“AutoML” Parameter Search for Hierarchical Demand Forecasting Optimization

In general, machine learning approaches expose many options that affect performance and accuracy. “AutoML” (Automated ML) concerns problems of optimizing over such options. Forecasting demand of products that form a hierarchy raises this kind of challenge. We recently wrote a blog post about demand forecasting for hierarchical data. We listed several approaches to reconciling forecasts…

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Demand forecasting for hierarchical data

Introduction Demand forecasting is an essential component of supply chain management. Accurate demand forecast leads to more effective production planning, better inventory management, or more accurate capacity planning. We collaborated with UXC Eclipse, a global Dynamics partner, to build a customer-tailored application for demand forecasting using Cortana Intelligence Suite components. The solution not only improved…

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Recommendation API now available through Microsoft Cognitive services

Recommendation API has moved from its home in Data marketplace to a new home in Cognitive services. All of our customers have already moved to consume the service from its new location. If you are trying out the service and have built some infrastructure and integrations, this post will provide you all that is needed…

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Describing reorder point problem

How much to order when and which replenishment policy to use for which product and questions of similar nature are asked all the time among folks responsible for managing operations at a distribution center or in a manufacturing plant. The problem is well-understood but not necessary simple. Choices are many. Here is a short deck…

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Looking forward to WPC

Hey folks, WPC is just a few weeks away and I wanted to take a moment to update folks on the sessions that should be of particular interest to System Integrators / Value-Added-Resellers and Independent Software Vendors (SIs/VARs/ISVs) that are investigating and/or developing solutions for customers incorporating components of the Cortana Intelligence Suite.  Here’s a few sessions that…

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Unlocking your data’s potential with the Dynamics AX 2012 R3 Entity Store and Cortana Intelligence Suite

For those interested in adding intelligence to their AX solutions, the release of the AX2012 R3 entity store today is a big deal. The AX2012 R3 Entity store is a feature that enables Administrators and Power users to export their entities to a data store dedicated for Reporting and Analytics. We call this database “Entity…

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Building a data driven supply chain with Cortana Analytics

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Dynamics partners have a huge opportunity to reinvent supply chain scenarios and deliver a data-driven application that uses machine learning, optimization solvers and other advanced analytics to embed intelligence and surround the traditional rule-based automated business process enabled by Dynamics. They could do this by dynamically predicting supply chain input. Instead of asking…

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