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Lanner provides businesses with superior technologies that enable value discovery, improve process understanding, support process change and result in superior decisions, both strategic and operational.

Lanner Heritage - A Proven Reputation

Lanner's rich heritage goes back as far as 1978, when the world's first visual interactive simulation tool was developed in the operational research department of British Leyland Motors, which subsequently became AT&T Istel. Lanner Group was formed by an MBO from AT&T in 1996 and is now recognised as the world's leading business process simulation and optimisation organisation. This wealth of knowledge has been retained through many loyal and talented members of today's team. This team is dedicated to providing business managers and service owners with a better and quicker way of optimising delivery and process performance today, providing technologies and expertise to release long term value for our customers. See Lanner's history - "in it for the long term".

Lanner Coverage - Global Experience

With offices in Europe, the United States and Asia and team members representing more than 500 years of relevant experience, Lanner works with leading companies and government organisations around the world. A global network of experts and partners helps us to provide a similarly agile response worldwide. Lanner's leading WITNESS simulation modelling technology enjoys a rich pedigree, having now helped over 5000 organisations worldwide that span the manufacturing, service and government sectors. Our reputation is strong because we enable business and process value discovery and deliver process performance improvements that drive sustainable bottom line results. Our customers tell us that the combination of our pioneering technologies and expertise cannot be matched.

Lanner Simulation - Superior Technology

Lanner's advanced simulation technology is supplied to simulation professionals and operational users through its WITNESS® brand. Lanner's L-SIM® brand has quickly established itself as the leading embedded simulation engine used in enterprise suites for the top software solution suppliers. Lanner has developed a new architecture and methodology for rapid development of niche decision support applications using its simulation technology at the core. Software applications such as PRISM - the virtual police force and Px-SIM - for pharmaceutical process efficiency are the result of significant investment by Lanner, with further focused sector applications planned for the future.

Lanner's History - "In It For The Long Term"

The time line below shows the origins of Lanner's software in 1978 in British Leyland to its leading position today and the foundation of its exciting new developments of today. Further reading on the background of simulation technology is available via the research paper - BW Hollocks - Forty Years of discrete event simulation - Journal of the Operational Research Society 2006

2014 Lanner partners with Virtual Reality leaders Virtalis to bring unprecedented 3D capabilities to WITNESS
2013 Key contributor to new BPSim industry standard for business process data
2012 Lanner simulation technology is made available on the cloud
2011 Lanner opens new UK Headquarters
2011 Lanner awarded Microsoft Gold Partner status
2010 NVM secured as Lanner's new investment partner
2009 Lanner's China presence established
2008 PRISM suite launched as Lanner's first productised simulation application
2007 Lanner wins ICT award for most innovative software product
2006 Lanner signs its first OEM partnership for its L-Sim simulation engine
2005 Lanner One Team ethos introduced
2002 WITNESS service sector version launched
2000 Lanner opens new offices in France
2000 WITNESS provides support for 3D modelling
1996 The Lanner Group is established with backing from 3i
1992 WITNESS deployed into the US and Europe with AT&T Istel
1989 ISTEL is sold to AT&T to form AT&T Istel
1989 ISTEL opens offices in Germany
1989 1000th WITNESS licence sold
1987 ISTEL is sold in a management buyout to a consortium of management, employees and investors
1986 WITNESS is born
1984 British Leyland Systems renames itself ISTEL
1983 BL Systems makes its first sale in the US
1980 Award winning SEEWHY simulation software launched
1978 BL Systems develops the worlds first Simulation application
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Simulation Explained

Simulation is a decision making tool. If you have a process in your organisation that you would like to optimize or improve, simulation can provide a cost effective means of finding the right solution, without relying on gut instincts or hindsight.


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