Updated: Wednesday 22 April 2015, 20:39


INFORMS Healthcare 2015 ready for Nashville

INFORMS Healthcare 2015 ready for Nashville

The 2015 INFORMS Healthcare Conference will be held in Nashville, Tenn., on July 29-31. Over the past two decades, Nashville spawned more than 500 healthcare companies, many of them spun off from Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), Vanderbilt University Medical Center and HealthTrust. Today those companies, including 13 publicly traded companies, generate more than $70 billion in annual revenue and more than 400,000 jobs globally. Read more

Syngenta earns 2015 INFORMS Edelman Prize

Syngenta earns 2015 INFORMS Edelman Prize

Syngenta, which uses analytics and operations research to improve food supplies to an increasingly crowded planet, won the 2015 Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Operations Research and the Management Sciences. The award is sponsored by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), the leading association for analytics professionals. Read more

Chevron wins INFORMS Prize for analytics excellence

Chevron wins INFORMS Prize for analytics excellence

The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), the leading association for analytics professionals, presented its 2015 INFORMS Prize for excellence in analytics and operations research to Chevron Corporation for its long and innovative history of applying analytics and operations research across the breadth of the worldwide energy company. Read more

UBC’s Sauder School of Business receives UPS Prize

INFORMS awarded its prestigious UPS George D. Smith Prize to the Centre for Operations Excellence at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business. The UPS George D. Smith Prize is awarded to an academic department or program for effective and innovative preparation of students seeking to be practitioners of operations research. It is accompanied by a $10,000 cash award. Read more

IBM, partners seek to transform personal health with Watson Health Cloud

IBM, partners seek to transform personal health with Watson Health Cloud

To dramatically advance the quality and effectiveness of personal healthcare, IBM is establishing a Watson Health Cloud that will provide a secure and open platform for physicians, researchers, insurers and companies focused on health and wellness solutions. The HIPAA-enabled Watson Health Cloud will enable secure access to individualized insights and a more complete picture of the many factors that can affect people’s health. Read more

Gartner: Government must flip from legacy to digital systems

The heavy presence of legacy technologies in government is hampering CIOs’ efforts to digitize their organizations, according to a survey by Gartner. The 2015 CIO Agenda surveyed more than 2,800 CIOs worldwide on their top digital business opportunities, threats and strategies and includes responses from 343 government CIOs. Read more

Analytics Section of INFORMS News

Analytics Section salutes award winners

The Analytics Section of INFORMS hosted a recognition breakfast for those who won awards and competitions sponsored by the Section at the recent INFORMS Business Analytics & Operations Research Conference in Huntington Beach, Calif. Read more

Student Analytical Scholarship winners announced

Jodie Lam, who is pursuing a master's degree in management/operations research at the University of British Columbia, was named the winner of the Student Analytical Scholar Competition sponsored by the Analytics Section of INFORMS and supported by SAS. Read more

Conference Updates

Healthcare Conference: Section Past President Don Kleinmuntz and Treasurer Tarun Mohan Lal are organizing an analytics cluster of sessions/presentations at the upcoming INFORMS Healthcare Conference in Nashville, Tenn., July 29-31. The cluster will have speakers from several healthcare provider organizations and vendor groups. Read more

INFORMS Initiatives

Stand out from the flock with certification

Stand out from the flock with certification

If you’re into birdwatching, shorebirds – particularly juveniles (called fledglings) – are among the most difficult to identify, not unlike young analytics professionals, but one way to stand out from the flock and make yourself easy to identify is by becoming a Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®). Read more

Continuing Education: upcoming courses

INFORMS Continuing Education courses are designed for today’s analytics professionals. The course “Introduction to Monte Carlo and Discrete-Event Simulation” will be offered May 28-29 in Washington, D.C. The “Data Exploration & Visualization” course will be offered June 12-13 in Montreal prior to the CORS/INFORMS 2015 Joint International Meeting. Read more

Applications for the 2015 Wagner Prize due May 1

Applications for the 2015 Wagner Prize, including a two-page abstract, are due May 1. The prestigious practice prize rewards professionals who devise innovative analytical methods, utilize those methods in a verifiably successful O.R./analytics project, and describe their work in a clear, well-written paper. Any work presented in an INFORMS section or society practice-oriented competition is eligible as long as the work did not result in a published paper. Read more

Industry News

Frontline Systems releases Solver SDK Platform V2015

Frontline Systems is shipping Solver SDK Platform V2015, a major new release of its popular analytics Software Development Kit, and releasing a “production” version of its new RASON modeling language and REST API at https://rason.com. Application developers can use these tools to extend any server-based, browser-based or mobile application to deliver analytic results, using the full range of optimization and simulation methods. Read more

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June 14-17
CORS - INFORMS Joint International Meeting
Le Centre Sheraton, Montreal

July 29-31
INFORMS Healthcare 2015
Nashville, Tenn.


ryan pellet

“Unstructured data consists largely of interactions; it’s all those angry or pleasant customer phone calls, the thousands of emailed questions, the Facebook wall posts and tweets directed toward a company. Despite being told otherwise by big data experts, most business practitioners see unstructured data as largely useless. … The problem is, they are missing one of the most important parts of the calls: why the customer was calling.”

– Ryan Pellet, chief strategy officer of Nexidia, in his Executive Edge article in the March/April issue of Analytics magazine.

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