Updated: Friday 28 August 2015, 22:43

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INFORMS hosts successful healthcare conference

INFORMS hosts successful healthcare conference

The 2015 INFORMS Healthcare Conference recently held in Nashville, Tenn., was a big success with 125 sessions and more than 500 talks. The conference featured a great combination of academic and practitioner speakers, along with a nice blend of healthcare and analytics professionals. Interesting thought-provoking dialogue was evident from contrasting views of healthcare professionals. Read more

What record-breaking airline industry performance means for travelers

What record-breaking airline industry performance means for travelers

Against a backdrop of what is shaping up as the busiest summer travel season in U.S. history, Booz Allen’s airline and travel experts have highlighted the key drivers of a quickly changing traveler experience. “The airline industry has done a tremendous job of maintaining capacity discipline and identifying opportunities to unbundle and monetize ancillary products,” says Booz Allen Chief Scientist Alex Cosmas. “However, while these have contributed to the industry’s record profitability, both have unfortunately applied pressure on the customer experience.” Read more

Edge Up Sports drafts IBM Watson to help build a championship fantasy football team

Edge Up Sports drafts IBM Watson to help build a championship fantasy football team

Edge Up Sports has become an IBM Watson Ecosystem partner and is developing an app powered by Watson to help fantasy football team owners manage their team’s performance in the most optimal way for their league. Read more

CAP program rebrands, launches new website

CAP program rebrands, launches new website

The Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®) program, the premier global professional certification program for analytics professionals, recently unveiled its new brand identity package, including a new website and URL, explainer video and other material. Read more

Study: Tweeting responses to complaints triggers new complaints

Companies engaging with customers on Twitter beware: responding to complaints on social media has the side effect of triggering new complaints. That is one finding of a new study published in the Articles in Advance section of Marketing Science, a journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). Read more

Retailers need advanced analytics to compete in the digitalized marketplace

Retailers need advanced analytics to compete in the digitalized marketplace

Retailers will not be able to compete in the digitalized marketplace without advanced analytic capabilities, according to Gartner, Inc. Retail organizations should look to invest in advanced analytics providers that specialize in retail solutions. Read more

Analytics Section of INFORMS News

2016 Analytics Section officer elections

It is time to elect the next officers of the Analytics Section of INFORMS. Current President-elect Jim Williams will become president as of the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Philadelphia in November. There are two candidates for the next vice president/president-elect, two candidates for treasurer and an unopposed candidate for secretary. Read more

2015 Analytics Section member survey

Once again, the Analytics Section of INFORMS will be conducting a survey to get Section members’ feedback on what activities are benefiting the membership, which activities we should continue to support, and what efforts we should consider for the future. Currently, the Analytics Section provides resources or supports activities related to INFORMS conferences, regional analytics meetings, competitions, certifications and publications. Read more

Analytics Section members wearing ‘CAPs’

Analytics Section members wearing ‘CAPs’

The Analytics Section of INFORMS salutes its members who have achieved the Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®) designation. They have measured up to the high standard of the analytics profession that INFORMS’ subject matter experts have determined must be met in order to qualify as a certified professional. Read more

Caterpillar to co-sponsor 2016 Innovative Applications in Analytics Award

Caterpillar to co-sponsor 2016 Innovative Applications in Analytics Award

The Analytics Section of INFORMS announced Caterpillar Inc. as the Platinum level co-sponsor of the Section’s 2016 Innovative Applications in Analytics Award (IAAA). The prize competition promotes the awareness and value of the creative combination of analytics techniques in unusual applications to provide insights and business value. The judging committee will start accepting applications in September for the 2016 award. Read more

INFORMS Initiatives

Meeting in Philadelphia offers analytics, education & networking

Meeting in Philadelphia offers analytics, education & networking

The 2015 INFORMS Annual Meeting will be held Nov. 1-4 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and Philadelphia Marriott Downtown hotel. The conference will include an “Analytics Practice Meeting Within a Meeting,” featuring industry-oriented sessions, many of them organized by the Analytics Section of INFORMS. Read more

CAP exam offered at Philadelphia conference

CAP exam offered at Philadelphia conference

Although Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®) exams are available through a computer-based testing format, INFORMS continues to host paper-and-pencil exams at selected sites, notably at INFORMS conferences. The next such exam will be held in Philadelphia on Nov. 4 in conjunction with the INFORMS Annual Meeting. Read more

WSC 2015: Social and Behavioral Simulation

The Winter Simulation Conference (WSC) has been the premier international forum for disseminating recent advances in the field of dynamic systems modeling and simulation for more than 40 years. In addition to a technical program of unsurpassed scope and quality, WSC is the central meeting place for simulation researchers, practitioners and vendors spanning all disciplines and working in industry, government, military, service and academic sectors. WSC 2015 will be held Dec. 6-9 in Huntington Beach, Calif., at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa. The theme for WSC 2015 is “Social and Behavioral Simulation.” Read more

Industry News

AIMMS signs partnership agreement with BCG

AIMMS BV, an advanced analytics software company, recently announced a new partnership agreement with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), one of the world’s top management consultancies. The two firms will collaborate on software development, marketing, sales and implementation of AIMMS’ technology platform in order to strengthen their mutual position in the market for strategic consulting and advanced analytic services. Read more

Lindo’s What’sBest 13.0 offers wide range of performance enhancements

Release 13.0 of Lindo’s What’sBest! software includes a wide range of performance enhancements and new features. Read more

AIMMS featured in Gartner’s ‘Market Guide for Optimization Solutions’

AIMMS, an award-winning optimization platform, has been featured as one of seven major optimization software platforms in Gartner’s new “Market Guide for Optimization Solutions.” Read more

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Vijay Mehrotra

"The world has changed profoundly since we started our company back in 1994. 'Math' and 'data' were four-letter words that we couldn't put in our company name or on our business cards for fear of scaring off prospective clients. To bring in business, we did a lot of what my friends in sales call 'missionary work,' evangelizing to a world that was far less technologically advanced than today's."

– Vijay Mehrotra, a professor in the Department of Business Analytics and Information Systems at the University of San Francisco's School of Management, recalling his early days as an entrepreneur in his "Analyze This!" column in the July/August issue of Analytics magazine.

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