About Palisade

We’re the difference between taking a guess and taking control.

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We turn the art of decision-making into a science that works for you.

Our innovative software solutions create usable insights from uncertain situations. As the leading provider of risk and decision analysis software for three decades, Palisade enables companies and organizations to evaluate risk at any level and decide what step comes next.

With offices around the world, Palisade offers a truly global presence. We are proud of our global team, and our ability to offer sales and technical support for Palisade software. Learn more about our Management Team.

And, with hundreds of thousands of decision makers using our products at top research universities and Fortune 500 companies, Palisade has a diverse client base that spans a broad range of industries and organizations.

Celebrating Over 35 Years

Palisade has been helping professionals make better decisions since 1984. From humble beginnings in our founder’s basement, to establishment as an internationally recognized industry leader, Palisade continues to focus on our core values: providing user-friendly analytical tools that enable decision-makers in any industry to choose the best approach.

Palisade is distinguished by its core products

What We Do

Our flagship tools, @RISK and the DecisionTools Suite, bring powerful new analytics to Microsoft Excel. By harnessing the power of Monte Carlo simulation, decision trees, optimization, and other techniques, Palisade’s products enable users to fully understand risks and make better decisions.

Palisade also offers personalized risk solutions, allowing for customized software applications that integrate @RISK and other Palisade technology with your organization’s models. Along with our cutting-edge software solutions, Palisade provides business consulting, model-building services, and on-site training designed around your organization’s specific needs and goals.

Palisade Facts

Who We Serve

Palisade software can be applied to any decision or process, and is fully integrated with the modeling platforms in Microsoft Excel. This means our tools serve customers across a wide range of industries. We have a long track record of supporting clients in research institutions, oil and gas companies, insurance/actuarial firms, financial organizations, pharmaceutical companies, utilities, manufacturers – the list goes on. So whether you’re with Shell or Stanford, we have a solution for you.

What Makes Us Different

Unlike most software companies, the same core development team that created Palisade tools in the 1980’s and 1990’s continues to improve and expand on our products today, providing a solid foundation of expertise that’s rare in the industry.

What’s more, our developers listen to our customers; user feedback is a huge influence on our development cycle, so that every iteration of our software is better suited to meet your decision making needs.

Case Studies

See how Palisade software benefits consumers and industry professionals

Palisade History


In 1980, founder Sam McLafferty developed his own Monte Carlo simulator on an Apple II with a built-in modeling language. This innovation sowed the seeds for the Palisade’s genesis in 1984, right out of Sam’s basement. The first product was PRISM, a stand-alone Monte Carlo tool for the IBM PC.


This innovation sowed the seeds for the Palisade’s genesis in 1984, right out of Sam’s basement. The first product was PRISM, a stand-alone Monte Carlo tool for the IBM PC.


From thereon, Palisade continued to steadily grow, developing its first @RISK software in 1987 for Lotus 1-2-3 for DOS. @RISK continues to be our flagship product today. The DecisionTools Suite followed, giving users a full set of integrated programs for risk analysis and decision making. The Suite was an immediate hit for academics, and has seen steady commercial adoption ever since.


Throughout the decades, Palisade has never stopped innovating. And while our technologies have changed with the times, our core values have stayed the same: to provide world-class risk solutions and customer service, giving analysts and decision-makers the tools to make the best decisions possible.

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