The authors of this book have been involved in these types of projects since 1997.  We have successfully completed hundreds of these projects, we have taught many people at companies how to do this analysis, we have taught consulting firms how to do these projects for their clients, we have written off-the-shelf network design software and worked on the science and algorithms, we have taught this material in the classroom at some top universities, and we are frequent guest lectures and speakers on this topic.

We wrote this book to share this knowledge with you.  We hope you will better appreciate and understand network design after you read the book.

Meet the authors:

Michael Watson is a recognized leader in the supply chain network design community.  He has been involved with network design projects since 1998 through LogicTools, ILOG, IBM, and now Opex Analytics  He’s helped complete these projects, trained people how to do these studies, and helped shaping the direction of IBM’s LogicNet Plus software.He is also an adjunct professor at Northwestern University teaching Master’s level operations and supply chain courses in the McCormick School of Engineering’s MEM) and Analytics programs and Kellog’s MMM program.


Sara (Lewis) Hoormann is a Principal at Opex Analytics and was formerly a world wide client technical professional at IBM.  She is recognized as a leader in teaching people how to do network design projects.  She has helped run these projects, completed many training sessions, developed training material, and leads a monthly and highly educational virtual users group on network design topics.  She also frequently guest lectures on network design in MBA and Supply Chain classes.


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Pete Cacioppi is a founder and chief scientist for Opalytics. He was also chief scientist of LogicTools and developed all the optimization engines for the associated product suite. While at IBM, he spearheaded the development of the first off-the-shelf commercial bi-objective solve engine and received the Patent Application Invention Award for “Interactive Visualization of Multi-Objective Optimization”. He holds an M.S. in Computer Science (with a thesis in Operations Research) from the University of Chicago, and a BA in Computational Physics from Dartmouth College.


Jay Jayaraman is currently part of Accenture within their Analytics business unit, which he joined through the acquisition of OPS Rules (a leading management consulting firm) where he served as Partner. In this role, he has responsibility for selling, designing & delivering solutions to clients that leverage a combination of strategy and advanced analytics (machine learning & optimization).  He brings hands-on expertise in supply chain strategy & large scale global network design, with projects ranging from pre/post-merger supply chain network rationalization to helping clients align their end-to-end supply chain to fuel growth. He has worked with companies in many different industries including consumer packaged goods, retail, industrial, life sciences, hi-tech and others. Previously, he served as the head of a consulting practice within IBM that focused on developing & implementing optimization-based solutions for its clients’ most challenging business problems. Prior to this, he worked for Kuehne & Nagel, helping with network design and warehouse infrastructure design & planning. He holds an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Florida, and a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Anna University, India