Solver Technical Support, Software Upgrades, and Consulting Overview
Frontline Systems offers software upgrades and technical support for each of its software products, plus consulting assistance to help you build your own model or application. Our products are powerful tools that you can use to build and solve optimization and simulation models; they are moderately priced as tools, for self-service use. Since you must create a risk analysis or optimal decision model for your problem to take advantage of our powerful tools, it is important for your success to have access to high-caliber assistance, as well as product upgrades.
When you purchase a software license, you gain the benefit of our cumulative R&D investment -- representing tens of millions of dollars. When you maintain Annual Support coverage for your software product license, you gain the further benefit of the seven-figure sum we spend every year to maintain and improve our products. These costs can be spread across many thousands of customers, yielding great cost savings for you.
You can use our video demos, User Guides, online Help, example models, Website support pages, and recommended textbooks to learn how to use our software tools, and how to build an effective model. Our technical support service is designed to supplement your own efforts: Getting you over stumbling blocks, pointing out relevant sections of our User Guides or example models, helping you fix a modeling error, or -- in rare cases -- working around an issue with our software (always at our expense).
Annual Support gives you access to both our software upgrades and our technical support services, for a year at a time. For the majority of our customers, who have some level of expertise in simulation or optimization modeling, this provides everything they need.
But some customers ask us to create or modify a model or application specifically for them. We can often do this, very cost-effectively, thanks to our technical resources and experience. But these costs cannot be spread over many other customers. To keep our product prices moderate, we must charge reasonable fees for consulting assistance, and draw a fair boundary between technical support for "self-service" customers, and consulting for "full-service" customers who want us to work on their specific model or application.
Technical support includes answering any reasonable question about our software products, explaining concepts of optimization and simulation, and suggesting ways to formulate models, but it doesn't include creation or modification of models (in the form of spreadsheets or programming language code) by our technical services staff specifically for you.
Frontline Systems offers consulting assistance on a fee basis where our technical services staff will apply its expertise to your model. Most often this involves debugging, modifying or improving a model that you or others have created, but our staff can develop a model "from scratch," given accurate specifications for the problem to be solved.
"Your suggested changes not only solved some of the problems that I was having, but also tremendously increased the speed of solution. With the problem setup the way you set it up, it only took [one-sixth the time] to solve the same 115 problems. WOW! ... What is it about your setup that results in such a speed increase?" - Chris Funk
It is often more cost-effective for you to use our consulting assistance services than to build or debug a model yourself. Our experienced technical services staff can often perform this work in a fraction of the time it would take you. This means more rapid progress towards the results you are seeking, and very often a net savings compared to the value of the time you'd otherwise spend on model development and debugging.
Please click on Annual Support Contracts - Specifics for more information on our consulting assistance services.
Click on Consulting Assistance: Summary Terms/Prices for information about our terms and pricing for consulting assistance.