Supply Chain Optimization and Prescriptive Analytics

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Supply Chain Optimization and Prescriptive Analytics

Course Description

As the fourth course in the Supply Chain Analytics Professional Certificate program, this course combines advanced analytics and mathematical optimization to find solutions for supply chain problems. You’ll learn various techniques, such as linear programming, mixed integer programming, and heuristics, with a focus on production processes, distribution network optimization, and routing. You’ll learn how to make data-driven decisions based on prescriptive analytics along with best practices for implementing optimization applications. Using the fictional Cardboard Company (CBC) case study, you’ll create production plans that maximize profit, use heuristics to make effective routing decisions, and prescribe ways to reduce costs throughout the supply chain.

While you are not required to complete the Transforming Supply Chain Management and Performance Analysis, Creating Business Value with Statistical Analysis, and Machine Learning Applications for Supply Chain Planning courses prior to this capstone, we suggest you being familiar with their learning outcomes.

This course is also available as a private or corporate offering. Visit the Supply Chain and Logistics Corporate Training page to learn more.

Course Content



  • Linear programming
  • Heuristics


  • Production processes
  • Distribution network


  • Optimize CBC’s supply chain performance
  • Design network and inventory policies
  • Create scenarios
  • Evaluate using simulation
  • Analyze outcomes
Requirements & Materials

Important Information

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  • Elementary knowledge of statistics
  • Basic coding skills
  • Experience using Python, Power BI*

*Don’t have experience with Python or PowerBI? We designed the courses to apply to both people with experience and without experience in these programs. We will provide resources for installing and getting started with the programs in the weeks leading up to the course. One week before the course starts, we will have a webinar to provide more guidance and provide direct assistance. During the course, we will provide the solutions to the exercises so that participants can choose to write the code on their own, use the solutions as hints, or use the solutions entirely and focus on the content rather than coding.



  • Laptop computer


  • Lecture materials via PDF in Canvas

Session Details

  • Special Discounts: All residents of the State of Georgia are eligible for a 50% discount while funds last thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration. Use of this discount is subject to verification of GA residency. Enter coupon code SCL-GAAIM at checkout (cannot be combined with other discounts).

    Non-Georgia residents can register and pay for all required courses in a Supply Chain & Logistics certificate and receive a discount of 17% off per course. Enter coupon code SCL-Cert at checkout. Review coupon instructions for more information.

    If you have 3 or more participants from your organization, please contact us for volume discounts at

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for experienced business professionals who perform (or want to perform) data analyses of any form in the area of supply chain, and who seek to get more from their supply chain data. The course will benefit learners who want additional tools and who want to become a change agent that tackles strategic supply chain goals.  

Supply chain professionals collaborating during course

What You Will Learn

  • The role of mathematical optimization in addressing complex supply chain planning challenges  
  • Linear programming, mixed integer programming, and heuristics application
  • How to evaluate production processes, distribution network, and routes using optimization
  • Supply chain performance optimization
  • Network and inventory policy design
  • How to build optimization models
Supply chain professionals collaborating in warehouse

How You Will Benefit

  • Use mathematical optimization to address complex supply chain planning challenges.
  • Understand the application of linear programming, mixed integer programming, and heuristics.
  • Apply Python’s optimization capabilities to analyze production processes, distribution networks, and routes.
  • Leverage Power BI platform for collaborative planning, visualization, and data management.
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The purpose of taking these courses was to advance my career and gain and greater understanding of the role that I am in with my employer. Our group was diverse in all of their roles and came from various industries, so I was able to get information they shared, and I can apply that to what I am doing in my own role.

- Roz Nero
Procurement Negotiator and Proposal Specialist
Roz Nero, procurement specialist


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