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Service focus.
Product DNA.
Open approach.

We are Opex Analytics.

The analytics movement was in full swing when Opex Analytics was founded in 2013, but newfound applications of predictive analytics were mainly focused on marketing and sales. We saw a large untapped opportunity for applying these same advancements along with operations research to bring a new level of solutions to operational problems as well.

Bringing together machine learning and optimization, Opex Analytics made it viable for enterprises to build more powerful and sustainable custom analytics solutions for both new and many previously unsolvable problems.

AI is now the successor to the original analytics movement and our solutions have evolved into even more powerful applications of machine learning, deep learning, big data, optimization and other new technologies that emerge daily.

Making operational  excellence accessible

Making operational excellence accessible

Through our solutions and co-innovation partnerships, we make artificial intelligence accessible across a wide range of industries, enterprises and public-interest endeavours. Today, Opex Analytics partners with both Fortune 500 companies and fast-growing startups generating AI-based competitive advantages and enabling real business outcomes.

Fostering radical transparency

Fostering radical transparency

Our focus on client partnerships and diversity define us. We keep it real, making complex models transparent for business users, educating organizations on the application of AI, using open source software to provide more value and building trust with positive working relationships.

Leadership

Michael Watson

Michael Watson

Co-founder | Partner

With a PhD in Industrial Engineering and 20+ years of experience leading global business teams at LogicTools, ILOG and IBM, Mike brings deep analytics and supply chain optimization expertise to Opex Analytics. He pairs technical expertise with a personal approach to helping customers design and implement successful enterprise solutions.

An adjunct professor within the Masters in Engineering Management and Masters in Analytics programs at Northwestern University and the co-author of two books (Managerial Analytics and Supply Chain Network Design) taught in universities around the world, Mike is a recognized leader in the analytics space. At Opex Analytics, he combines scientific methods and AI teaching with a strong business focus to build a culture of openness, learning and real-world action.

Approachable and collaborative, Mike naturally excels at bringing people together. He inspires and empowers them to work towards a common goal both at work and at play. Whether he’s shooting hoops or spending time with his family, teamwork is a part of his everyday life.

Ganesh Ramakrishna

Ganesh Ramakrishna

Co-founder | Partner

Ganesh is Opex Analytics’ powerhouse of ideas. His ability to connect with and work alongside executive leaders, data scientists and development teams alike makes him best suited to bring varied perspectives and solid technical insight into any enterprise problem.

As a subject matter expert with an engineering background, he has worked in several global leadership roles at ILOG and IBM. Ganesh has traveled extensively and led high-impact analytics projects within enterprises across the Americas, Asia and Europe.

Ganesh also dreams of attending an entire test cricket series in person. His passion for sports and analytics shows up in the dynamic and success-driven ways Opex Analytics takes on new challenges every day.

Diego Klabjan

Co-founder

A full-time professor and the Founding Director of the Master of Science in Analytics program at Northwestern University, Diego’s close ties to Opex Analytics give the team an innovative edge in formulating and creating cutting-edge solutions.

Diego has also applied his expertise within industry projects with companies such as FedEx, GM and United/Continental Airlines throughout his academic career.

With a PhD in Algorithms, Combinatorics and Optimization in Industrial and System Engineering, he has also won several awards, notably the Transportation Science Dissertation Prize from INFORMS.

Diego continues to mentor technologists at both Northwestern University and Opex Analytics. An avid fitness buff, he is always on his feet, either running a marathon, energizing students and professionals, or furthering scientific and engineering exploration.

Kristen Daihes

Kristen Daihes

Partner

As a former vice president and global supply chain lead, Kristen has years of experience on the front lines of transformation initiatives, special project assessments and overall planning and management for Fortune 500 companies like SC Johnson, Mars, Unilever and Procter & Gamble. Kristen brings invaluable business leadership to Opex Analytics.

Kristen is brilliant at building relationships and accelerating practical business value through AI-driven transformation. Her first-hand experience in implementing sustainable business process change makes her highly proficient at connecting out-of-the-box thinking with business outcomes.

Ronan O'Donovan

Ronan O'Donovan

Partner

Ronan’s combination of product expertise and client experience is second to none. He is not only Opex Analytics’ product backbone, but also engages with enterprises to solve problems and architect custom solutions every day.

As a skilled product thinker, Ronan was previously the product lead for a major part of the Smarter Commerce portfolio at IBM. His expertise paired with years of experience implementing solutions alongside clients, helps him lead our development team and ensure the delivery of high-value products to businesses faster than ever before.

Derek Nelson

Derek Nelson

Partner

Derek brings more than 15 years of experience applying artificial intelligence to a variety of business problems. As an adjunct professor at Northwestern University, he excels at teaching both the concepts and applications to students and clients alike.

Derek’s blend of experiences, from leading software product teams at IBM to leading supply chain analytics services at Accenture, enable him to bring the right mix of services and decision product expertise to clients.
He infuses innovative thinking and practical application into everything that Opex does.

Partner with us to solve business problems with human and artificial intelligence.

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