Redprairie Acquires Planora And Establishes Center Of Excellence
By Anuja Abraham
RedPrairie Corporation has created 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.