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INFORMS Annual Meeting in S.F. to bridge data, decisions

INFORMS Annual Meeting in S.F. to bridge data, decisions

The 2014 INFORMS Annual Meeting in San Francisco, set for Nov. 9-12 and whose theme is “Bridging Data and Decisions,” promises to be one of the largest ever, with more than 5,000 technical presentations. Whether you are interested in pressing societal needs, including healthcare, energy and climate change, new developments in supply chain management and logistics, cutting-edge methodologies for optimization, or advances in stochastic processes and risk analysis, you will find hundreds of presentations to match your interests. Read more

WSC 2014: Exploring big data through simulation

The Winter Simulation Conference (WSC) has been the premier international forum for disseminating recent advances in the field of system simulation for more than 40 years, with the principal focus being discrete-event simulation and combined discrete-continuous simulation. In addition to a technical program of unsurpassed scope and high quality, WSC provides the central meeting place for simulation researchers, practitioners and vendors working in all disciplines and in industrial, governmental, military, service and academic sectors. WSC 2014 will be held Dec. 7-10 in Savannah, Ga., at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa and the adjacent Savannah International Trade &... Read more

IBM announces $3 billion research initiative to tackle chip challenges

IBM recently announced it is investing $3 billion over the next five years in two broad research and early stage development programs to push the limits of chip technology needed to meet the emerging demands of cloud computing and big data systems. These investments will push IBM’s semiconductor innovations from today’s breakthroughs into the advanced technology leadership required for the future. Read more

Survey: 75 percent of businesses yet to capitalize on big data analytics

Seventy-five percent of businesses have yet to successfully deploy big data analytics solutions to gain business-impacting insights, despite 65 percent increasing their investment in analytic services and technologies in 2014. These findings are part of “Analytics 2014,” Lavastorm’s second annual survey on analytic usage, trends and future initiatives. Read more

EY establishes Global Analytics Center of Excellence

After an initial period, when big data was an optional extra for most businesses, data analytics is now widely accepted as a business imperative. However, most organizations have made only modest progress at a strategic level and have yet to develop a comprehensive framework for how to drive value. For this reason, EY (Ernst & Young Global Limited) has established a Global Analytics Center of Excellence (COE) and will commit to a $500 million, multiyear investment to deliver transformational change to clients by combining analytics with business acumen, domain and functional skills. Read more

FICO Infographic: Analytics that ‘think’ like humans

FICO Infographic: Analytics that ‘think’ like humans

A new infographic from FICO illustrates various ways in which big data analytic software mimics processes in the human brain. These applications of artificial intelligence address a range of real-world challenges, from combating financial crimes and computer hacking to verifying identities. Read more

CSHL receives $50 million to establish Simons Center for Quantitative Biology

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) recently announced a $50 million gift from Jim and Marilyn Simons to establish the Simons Center for Quantitative Biology. The Center will support research and education programs at one of the world’s leading independent biomedical research institutions, a birthplace of molecular biology and one of the first institutions in the world to recognize the importance of quantitation in the life sciences. Read more

Analytics Section of INFORMS News

2015 Innovative Applications in Analytics Award

Applications for the 2015 Innovative Applications in Analytics Award, sponsored by the INFORMS Section on Analytics, are due Aug. 25. The purpose of the award is to recognize creative and unique developments, applications or combinations of analytical techniques used in practice. The prize promotes the awareness of the value of analytics techniques in unusual applications, or in creative combination to provide unique insights and/or business value. Read more

Analytics cluster set for INFORMS Annual Meeting in S.F.

The Analytics Section of INFORMS will present the analytics cluster of sessions and presentations at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in San Francisco Nov. 9-12. The cluster encompasses 20 sessions featuring the most renowned analytics practitioners and leaders. Nine additional sessions will be jointly organized in collaboration with the Health Applications Society (HAS), CPMS (the Practice Section of INFORMS) and the Section on O.R. in Sports (SpORts). Read more

INFORMS Initiatives

INFORMS analytics continuing education courses

INFORMS has added two new courses – “Introduction to Monte Carlo and Discrete-Event Simulation" and “Foundations of Modern Predictive Analytics” – to its continuing education program. The intensive, two-day, in-person courses give participants hands-on practice in handling real data types, real business problems and practical methods for delivering business-useful results. The new courses, along with INFORMS’ other two popular continuing education courses, “Essential Practice Skills for Analytics Professionals” and “Data Exploration & Visualization,” provide analytic professionals with real take-away value to implement immediately at work. Read more

Good, better, best: An analytics maturity model that fits

The Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalog once offered customers products in three tiers of quality: “good,” “better” and “best.” The price for each product corresponded to distinguishing features that made choices good, and others still better or best. It was an elegant solution for simpler times. These paper catalogs provided customers with an information model for prudent investments in products such as a pair of boots – fitting customers both literally and figuratively according to their needs, resources and size. Read more

Industry News

What’s New in Frontline Solvers V2014-R2

Frontline Solvers recently introduced Version 2014-R2 of Frontline Solvers for Excel, including a new release of its “super product,” Analytic Solver Platform. The biggest news in the release is the introduction of XLMiner Platform, a completely rewritten and far more powerful data-mining tool and its subset XLMiner Pro (still more powerful than the former XLMiner Professional). Read more

DNV GL releases AIMMS-based business simulation game for energy market

DNV GL releases AIMMS-based business simulation game for energy market

DNV GL, a leading technical advisor to the global oil and gas industry, in cooperation with NV Nederlandse Gasunie and the University of Groningen, has developed a novel business simulation game that provides insights into the strategies that market players employ when introducing renewable energy sources in a liberalized energy system. Dubbed “GISEGAS,” the simulation game integrates a web-based front end user interface with a physical world simulation engine built with the AIMMS Modeling Language. Through GISEGAS, the project partners will provide students and companies in the industry with a safe simulation environment to explore different theories and gain new... Read more

Poll: Less than half of businesses plan more than a year ahead

A recent poll of more than 50 organizations, including some of the word’s best-known brands, shows less than half have a business planning process that looks more than 12 months ahead. The poll was conducted during an hour-long webinar, jointly hosted by supply chain optimization experts Oliver Wight, optimization technology and prescriptive modeling specialists AIMMS and Districon, a leading logistics solutions consultancy. Read more

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Instant Replay

(Selected articles that ran in previous issues of Analytics that merit a second look.)

"Consulting: 18 things nobody tells you about solo practice"
Doug Samuelson


November 9-12, 2014
2014 INFORMS Annual Meeting

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Dr. Stephen Chambal“The defense community is very interested in what is called ‘quantified warrior,’ which is an ability to monitor and assess a soldier’s condition and to understand how to optimize their performance on the battlefield. As one can imagine, athletic teams are very interested in maximizing their players’ performance ‘on the battlefield.’ ”

– Dr. Stephen Chambal, vice president of The Perduco Group, explaining why his defense consultancy company ventured into the sports analytics business in the May/June issue of Analytics magazine.

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