ILOG was an international software company purchased and incorporated
IBM announced in January, 2009. It created enterprise software
products for supply chain, business rule management, visualization and
optimization. The main product line for Business Rules Management
Systems (BRMS) has been rebranded as
IBM Operational Decision Manager
(ODM). Many of the related components retain the
ILOG brand as a part
of their name.
The software developed by the
ILOG software company supports several
software platforms, including COBOL, C++, C#, .NET, Java,
Adobe Flex / AIR.
Founded in 1987 in Paris, France,
ILOG had its main headquarters in
Gentilly, France, and Sunnyvale, California. It also had main offices
in Australia, China, Germany, Japan, Singapore and the United Kingdom.
Through its acquisition of
CPLEX Optimization Inc. in 1997, ILOG
became the owner of the
CPLEX mathematical programming software, and
ILOG's acquisition of
LogicTools in 2007 made
ILOG the owner of a line
of supply chain applications. The
CPLEX and other tools also had some
minor rebranding under the
IBM Optimization Suite of tools.
4 Recent developments
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ILOG's main products:
ILOG JRules, a business rule management system (BRMS)
that enables both business and IT users to write and maintain the
logic applied by applications that automatically implement decisions.
ILOG Views, a visualization development system and toolkit based
C++ with add ons for charts, maps and reactive graphic objects.
This product still exists as
Rogue Wave Software
Rogue Wave Software Views.
ILOG CPLEX, optimization software for mathematical programming
ILOG JViews, a visualization development system based on Java and
supported with add-ons for Gantt charts, graphs, maps and diagrams
ILOG Elixir component sets for
Adobe AIR and
Adobe Flex platforms
ILOG Supply Chain Apps
ILOG Solver was considered the market leader in commercial constraint
programming software as of 2006.
ILOG was an international software company. It developed, marketed,
sold and supported BRMS, optimization and visualization software
components, as well as supply chain applications.
ILOG had business
locations in nine countries, but it had two principal locations
incorporated into IBM:
France: Gentilly, a small town just outside Paris
United States: Sunnyvale, California, in
Silicon Valley south of San
ILOG is an abbreviation of the combination of two French
words: "Intelligence" and "Logiciel". These words can be translated as
ILOG began licensing software components to companies
developing software applications. These customers licensed the
components in order to add new functionality to their software
applications. The software components were initially developed in the
LISP programming language, and transitioned to
C++ in 1992 in order to
follow the technical evolution of the software industry.
ILOG introduced two new products in 1993:
ILOG Views and
ILOG customers use them to make visualization interfaces (Views) and
resources allocation applications (Solver). Until 1995,
were concentrated in Europe, particularly in France. In 1995, the
company started to expand globally by establishing a major sales
presence in the United States and Asia.
In 1997 Apr 19, it acquired
CPLEX Optimization, Inc. (CPLEX), located
in Incline Village, Nevada, which provided linear-based optimization
software products for the supply chain industry. In the late 1990s,
ILOG started to introduce Java versions of its products to follow once
again the software industry’s technical evolution. It also
introduced a business rule management system (BRMS) product in 1996,
which gives software engineers the ability to better manage the rules
operating their applications. The financial services sector has been
the primary market for ILOG's
BRMS products, for use in developing,
for example, online trading or credit decision making applications.
BRMS product line is currently the company's largest product
ILOG also introduced a C# version of some of its visualization
products in fiscal year 2004 and of their
BRMS products in fiscal year
Until ILOG's initial public offering in 1997 on the NASDAQ National
Market (which subsequently became the Nasdaq Stock Market on August 1,
ILOG was financed through a combination of retained earnings,
venture capital funding and interest free loans from French government
agencies and the European Union. This initial public offering enabled
ILOG to acquire CPLEX.
In 1998, SAP A.G. invested in ILOG. The financing from SAP was part of
the partnership that has made SAP ILOG's biggest customer every year
to date. This partnership, along with others, made
ILOG a player in
the supply chain management market. In 1998,
ILOG listed on the
Nouveau marché of Euronext
Paris and in 2005 transferred to Eurolist
by Euronext Paris.
On October 26, 2006,
ILOG acquired 35% of the capital and voting
rights of the Chinese company Shanghai FirstTech Co., Ltd.
(FirstTech). FirstTech is a systems integrator that develops and
markets manufacturing and insurance solutions in the Chinese market.
On November 20, 2006,
ILOG acquired one-third of the capital and
voting rights of Prima Solutions (Prima), a Paris-based supplier of
software platforms for the insurance sector.
On April 11, 2007,
ILOG completed the acquisition of LogicTools, a
Chicago-based provider of supply chain planning applications
specializing in network design and inventory optimization.
LogicTools’ applications are based on the
On July 28, 2008,
ILOG announced an agreement regarding a
proposed acquisition by
IBM of ILOG.
On January 6, 2009, the acquisition of
IBM was completed.
On July 1, 2009, the "Transfer of Business" letter was issued that
ILOG was effectively integrated within IBM. This
coincided with a fresh release of the
ILOG products, which is now
branded as an
As of 2009, more than 1,000 universities use
ILOG Optimization for
research and teaching, and more than 1,000 commercial customers,
including over 160 of the Global 500, use
ILOG Optimization in some of
their most important planning and scheduling applications.
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