July 11, 2012
RedPrairie Acquires Planora and Establishes "Center of Excellence" Focused on Advanced Analytics and Optimization Science
Montreal-based center dedicated to preparing customers for shifting market challenges with optimized supply chain, workforce and retail technologies
ATLANTA & MONTREAL – RedPrairie Corporation, a global supply chain and retail technology provider, announced today the creation of a "Center of Optimization Excellence" in Montreal. The Center of Excellence will serve as a technology lab devoted to advanced analytics and optimization science relative to supply chain, workforce and all-channel retail technologies.
The Center of Excellence was formed through RedPrairie's acquisition of Planora Inc., an organization founded by optimization research scientists Louis-Martin Rousseau Ph.D. and Alexandre Le Bouthillier Ph.D., and industry veteran Jean-Francois Gagné.
Based in Montreal, Rousseau and Le Bouthillier are internationally recognized for their optimization research, as well as for developing algorithms that drive robust optimization software. Through their decades of experience, Rousseau, Le Bouthillier and Gagné have partnered with the brightest minds in academia and industry who will now serve as the brain trust of the Center of Excellence.
"Creating a Center of Excellence speaks to the old adage, 'Knowledge is Power,'" said RedPrairie Chief Technology Officer John Kopcke. "As our customers face shifting market challenges in the form of Big Data, corporate globalization and the consumerization of technology, the Center of Excellence will allow RedPrairie customers to benefit from advanced optimization best practices that keep commerce in motion, no matter what complexities arise."
The scientific team at the Center of Excellence will work in conjunction with RedPrairie's research and development and product strategy groups to support continuous innovation, thought leadership and integration around all existing and emerging RedPrairie solutions.
"RedPrairie has succeeded in its industry for more than 35 years by realizing the importance of innovation," said Planora Executive Chairman, Pierre Donaldson. "We are excited about a partnership that will take the very best of optimization research, Big Data challenges and opportunities, and RedPrairie's solution footprint to create the most robust software technologies. The Center of Excellence is another initiative that prepares RedPrairie customers to handle the toughest business challenges of today, and tomorrow."
For more information on the RedPrairie Center of Excellence, please visit www.redprairie.com/planora.
About RedPrairie Corporation
For more than 35 years, RedPrairie's best-of-breed supply chain, workforce, and all-channel retail solutions have put commerce in motion for the world's leading companies. Installed in over 60,000 customer sites across more than 50 countries, RedPrairie solutions adapt to help ensure visibility and collaboration between manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and consumers. RedPrairie is prepared to meet its customers' current and future demands with multiple delivery options, flexible architecture, and 24/7 technical and customer support. For a world in motion, RedPrairie is commerce in motion.
To learn more about how RedPrairie solutions can optimize your inventory, improve employee productivity, or increase sales, visit RedPrairie.com or email email@example.com.
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