GAINESVILLE-- In today's fast paced world, time is money.
Now one Gainesville business is turning efficiency into a business of its own.
Optym is in the business of making the world more efficient. The company got its start right here in Gainesville, focusing on one goal.
"With the vision that we'll go with all the optimization of transportation logistics," says Dr. Krishna Jha, Executive Vice President of Optym.
Optym was born under the direction of UF professor Dr. Ravindra Ahuja.
"GTEC played a big role," says Dr. Jha. Starting with about five employees, optym quickly outgrew its GTEC office.
"We went from two rooms to four rooms to six rooms… eventually we took almost one whole floor and so we expanded that way… so it provided a great opportunity to expand," says Dr. Jha.
The company started booming after signing its first client - CSX railways. Optym uses software that helps logistics companies like CSX run more efficiently.
"Say Southwest Airlines… they have thousands of flights flying everyday and then if you have optimization system that can tell them 'this is the best way' to run their flights, that's what they'll do," Dr. Jha exlains.
So while using complex algorithms can cut down on costs, they don't ignore people…
"You cannot ignore the service quality you don't want to have people wait for 12 hours at the airport because you want to make ten dollars more," Dr. Jha says.
A concept optym practices in their own operations.
"People are the most important factor in what we do," says Dr. Jha.
Luncheons with guest speakers and freedom from the usual 9-to-5 work day are the norm here-- and with almost 200 employees working in Gainesville, Armenia, Australia, and India…Dr. Jha says Optym's culture is what sets them apart.
"We take our culture beyond our boundaries here and we take it to the client, we work with them… so we work with them very closely," he says.
He says optym hopes to keep solving problems and making the world more efficient.
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