What do you like best?
The interface to define and program the problem and the potential to show the solution. Also the capacity of the software to connect to external data sources for reading and writing, that allows to easy load big amounts of data. The results can be shown in a very different and useful ways, which is very interesting to detect important key points and options.
What do you dislike?
It is mainly thought to run in batch mode, not in continuous mode, it is necessary to program special code, it also needs to run in foreground and the code can be visible. It would be nice to be able to compile the project to be used by third people, not only with AIMMS PRO. It would be nice to have other communication protocols, like OPC. For small business, it is not easy to use since AIMMS PRO is not necessary and may be so expensive. A different way to share a license, like a dongle or similar may also be interesting for small projects.
Recommendations to others considering the product
I is a very friendly application where you do not really need programming skills to solve not so complex problems. Once you have a very difficult problem, you have many options to program it starting from scratch or using parts of other projects with not so much programming knowledge.
What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
Production optimization, demand and supply planning, logistics, distribution, simulation. We have mainly found benefits on operations where we have found new more efficient run possibilities which have provide the opportunity to sometimes justify new investments in our production plants.