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Business Consulting in Operations Research

Decision Sciences

We suspect that you wouldn't want your business to become stagnant, nor to miss an opportunity to take it down a path to success. That's where ADASI comes in. Using decision sciences, we can analyze a change that you're looking to implement, or propose a change, then estimate the outcome of making or not making that change. ADASI provides this analysis to support your decision whether to implement the change.


Consulting in Management Decision Sciences

Our Founding Partner is an industrial systems analyst experienced at predictive, evaluative, and simulation modeling of proposed enhancements in business processes or in systems of flow, such as irrigation systems, bank teller transactions, oil pipelines, and computer networks. Acting as a business consultant, ADASI can build a mathematical model that will help you understand how changing your processes or equipment may affect your business in a positive or negative way.   Our NAICS is 541614.

Coordinate System If you are developing a product, you may be considering how to price it. If the product has defined and measured performance, then performance can be a deciding factor, especially if its effect on the user’s benefit/cost ratio can be estimated. Or, you may want ADASI to predict for various configurations of the product how well it would be expected to perform if altered in any way. We are experienced at building such models to help determine how much performance you will get. These are just two of the many questions that may be resolved using a quantitative model. Others are described below under our typical service offerings.

Our Typical Client Service Offerings

Projects that ADASI successfully performed targeted a variety of purposes, including predictive and diagnostic modeling, product line calibration modeling, individual product performance modeling, recovery modeling, and reverse engineering. Examples follow:

Predictive Product Intervention Modeling

In some cases, it is useful to predict the change in performance that a client (or the client’s customer) could expect after a proposed product or business-process enhancement has made one or more changes to the product or process. As an example, for a systems manufacturer, we estimated the effect of multiple changes to a systems product. Results for a characterized typical workload imposed on the system were established by triangulating analytic and simulation models. The end result was that the client was able to decide whether to invest in development and field support of the enhancement based on its expected benefit/cost ratio, rather than risk an expensive development whose potential for adequate payoff would fall below a threshold.

Business Process Modeling

Every business process has measurable and measured objectives or else is at risk of failure. Changes over time in appropriate metrics can be calculated from the integral of measured rates of change of the relevant variables. We have assisted clients in modeling processes using metrics appropriate to their business processes. Where problems, inefficiencies, or shortfalls were detected, we assisted them in re-engineering the business process.

Diagnostic Modeling

In a consumer banking operation for which complaints arose about customers of the client waiting too long or overflowing the queuing space allotted, we were asked to determine how many tellers would be required so that the response time and time in queue for each client should be less than X minutes and queue length bounded by Y with probability Z. Solution implementation ended the complaints.

Product Line Calibration Modeling

In a case involving a homogeneous product line that was priced largely to performance, we devised an accurate way to align system tuning with benchmarking results. The resulting theory was announced to the CMG (Computer Measurement Group) and tested successfully against a client’s product line, with the result that serious tuning errors were corrected.

Individual Product Performance Modeling

In a case where the client’s customer had written performance specifications into its acceptance test, we used design specifications of the system under test to create an analytic model of expected results against the workload mandated for the acceptance test. This was triangulated against simulation model results and indicated a shortfall in performance against the acceptance criterion. By inspecting the analytic model for the contributions of each system element to the results, we were able to predict what design change would allow the developed product to pass acceptance testing.

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Individual Product Performance Modeling

In a case where the client’s customer had written performance specifications into its acceptance test, we used design specifications of the system under test to create an analytic model of expected results against the workload mandated for the acceptance test. This was triangulated against simulation model results and indicated a shortfall in performance against the acceptance criterion. By inspecting the analytic model for the contributions of each system element to the results, we were able to predict what design change would allow the developed product to pass acceptance testing.

Recovery Process Modeling

We were asked to determine from an empirical plot of data points the best-fitting function to the data, and the time in microseconds from a power loss to the expected point at which recovery operations would no longer be reliable. These results enabled the client to prepare for power restoration with minimal data loss.

Systems Design and Documentation Services

ADASI offers the following systems design and documentation services: Computer systems integration design; Information management; computer systems integration design; office automation computer systems integration design; Network systems integration design services; Systems Integration Validation and Verification (IVV); process documentation; systems documentation; software documentation; reverse engineering.

Historic and Cultural Preservation Research and Development Services

ADASI has learned by studying the experience of Galileo Galilei to recognize that its business partners and clients can develop winning strategies by carefully documenting who within their staff achieves breakthroughs in technology or policy, what that change was, when and how it was implemented, and with what results. Accordingly, we offer what the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) has designated as "historic and cultural preservation research and development services" [code 541720], and provided this service internally with measurable positive results.

Operations and Productivity Improvement

ADASI offers operations research services to improve the productivity of business processes and products. These services are closely related to Analytics (quantitative analysis aided by information technology). They may utilize tools of management science as defined by INFORMS, and include decision analysis, queueing in flow systems, linear optimization, inventory models, and forecasting.

IVV: Independent Verification and Validation

Check adherence of other vendors to contractual requirements and to quality in the domain of computer networking.

Reverse Engineering

In some cases where a client had developed a product with no user specifications, no functional specifications, and/or no design specifications, we were able to supply the missing theory and method of operation to facilitate both marketing and sustaining engineering of the product.

ADASI is also a book publisher. Be sure to check out Albert DiCanzio's book on Galileo's science and significance.  This book characterizes operations-research applications (similar to those we perform in ADASI’s consulting business) as derivatives of Galilean science.