ToolsGroup announces Major New AI SC Planning Software Optimized for Cloud

ToolsGroup announces a major new release of its 'Powerfully Simple' supply chain planning (SCP) software, SO99+ 8.0, bolstered by a new technology integration with Microsoft. With this release, ToolsGroup migrates its software to Microsoft Azure and its machine learning engine (MLE) to Microsoft AI - an open artificial intelligence (AI) and cognitive computing platform. Version 8.0 makes innovative advanced analytics solutions accessible to a much broader audience. It will be generally available beginning October 16, 2017. ToolsGroup's machine learning-based application products now include: - Trade promotion and media forecasting - New product introduction (NPI) - Extreme or complex seasonality - Demand sensing and social sensing ToolsGroup's application layer, MLE, sits on top of Microsoft AI, translating business phenomena into AI models. It marries statistical modeling with machine learning analytics to solve supply chain planning and optimization problems. ToolsGroup SO99+ 8.0 has a new SaaS architecture, delivery approach and takes full advantage of Microsoft Azure. ToolsGroup's database of reference is now cloud-native and optimized in Azure for such IT benefits as enhanced scalability, performance and mobility. This new release also coincides with the ISO27001 Certification of ToolsGroup for Information Security - certifying the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data.