Magenta Technology, the leading developer of multi-agent and semantic web technologies, today announced the launch of i-Scheduler applications and components. Magenta's i-Schedulers are intelligent, event-driven planning software that helps executives, managers and operation staff to make better decisions faster. i-Scheduler has been designed to provide high-transaction, complex business networks with the agile, responsive and robust decision-making support required to allocate business resources in near real-time, dynamic conditions.

Many business operations are now flooded with real-time data from sources such as RFID, GPS and mobile devices. At the same time, staff are under increasing pressure to take action to enhance customer service while improving operating margins. In effect, people have more data to understand, more difficult challenges and less time to make decisions. Magenta's i-Schedulers harness the power of multi-agent and semantic web technologies to enable faster decision-making that drives more competitive supply chains.

Unlike other applications that embed inflexible rules engines and rely on rigid constraints, Magenta's i-Schedulers are powered by exciting new agent technologies which are faster to implement, easier to maintain and more scalable. Further, i-Schedulers link planning more closely than ever with execution. This powerful new software allows users to make more informed trade-offs between cost, margin, customer service and risk. i-Schedulers further enable companies to combine their resources across their networks or even with other companies without losing control of operations. Other immediate benefits of deploying Magenta's i-Schedulers include the ability to reduce inventory, lower safety stock requirements and reduce costs of rework.

Based on service-oriented J2EE architecture, Magenta's i-Scheduler software is enterprise ready and equipped with features that allow operators to provide better services to customers while lowering operational costs. These features include:

* Event-driven continuous planning
* Best practice capture and enhancement
* Simulation to predict outcomes
* Incremental changes to schedules
* Sophisticated user interaction to improve results
* Asynchronous processing of multiple resource and/or demand plans
* Integration with third parties
* Support for distributed team-based decision-making

Michael Wooldridge, head of computer science at Liverpool University, said: "Magenta is the first commercially oriented company to develop enterprise-ready software that applies the compelling combination of multi-agent and semantic web technologies. Magenta's solutions are the next generation beyond batch optimisers and rule-based solvers, cracking many currently unsolvable challenges as well as delivering significant performance improvements."

Jonathan Himoff, CEO of Magenta Technology, added: "Companies have enough hardware and communications infrastructure in place right now to accommodate the present explosion in data, but i-Scheduler is the only solution that can enable companies to turn this data into maximum value. By deploying our i-Schedulers today, organisations will dramatically enhance their agility."

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