Updated: Thursday 01 October 2015, 17:55


Syngenta, INFORMS offer Crop Challenge

Syngenta, INFORMS offer Crop Challenge

The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), the leading professional association in analytics and operations research, and Syngenta recently announced a new, joint award, the Syngenta Crop Challenge, which will focus on ways that analytics can address the problem of feeding millions of people throughout the world who face hunger every day. Read more

Analytics Section to host many events at INFORMS Annual Meeting

Analytics Section to host many events at INFORMS Annual Meeting

The INFORMS Annual Meeting, set for Nov. 1-4 in Philadelphia, is the largest analytics/operations research conference in the world with up to 5,000 attendees expected. The conference brings together leading academics, industry experts, students, INFORMS members and representatives of government agencies. Read more

Achieving the Dream: Data & Analytics Summit focuses on community colleges

Community colleges, prized for helping meet workforce demands, are turning to data and analytics to improve student achievement. The inaugural Data and Analytics Summit, sponsored by Achieving the Dream and SAS, recently attracted nearly 200 representatives from about 80 community colleges to deepen understanding of data as a strategic asset to improve student outcomes. Read more

Study: E-mail, analytics remain vital components of marketing

Study: E-mail, analytics remain vital components of marketing

IBM recently announced findings from its 2015 E-mail Marketing Metrics Benchmark Study, which analyzes e-mail marketing trends from 3,000 global brands, representing 40 countries and multiple industries. Read more

Counterfeiting can improve fashion quality, benefit consumers

Counterfeiting can improve fashion quality, benefit consumers

Counterfeit products have the power to stimulate innovation in the fashion industry and benefit consumers, according to a new study published in Marketing Science, a journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). The research investigates two questions: How do brands react to counterfeits, and what are effective means of enforcement against counterfeits? Read more

IoT may boost China’s economic growth by $1.8 trillion by 2030

IoT may boost China’s economic growth by $1.8 trillion by 2030

The Internet of Things (IoT) could deliver economic gains in China of up to $1.8 trillion in cumulative gross domestic product (GDP) by 2030, according to new research from Accenture, but the potential gains are at risk due to challenges in infrastructure, data policy and talent. The Accenture report, “How the Internet of Things Can Drive Growth in China’s Industries,” explores how the IoT’s ability to unite the physical world of objects and the virtual one of computing and analytics can deliver a range of benefits to multiple sectors. The report claims that... Read more

Analytics Section of INFORMS News

Analytics Section officer election results

Analytics Section officer election results

The election of Analytics Section officers for 2016 is now complete. Stefan E. Karisch (photo), director, Analytics, Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, was elected vice-president/president-elect; Erick Wikum, principal scientist, Tata Consultancy Services Limited, was elected treasurer; and Polly Mitchell-Guthrie, senior manager, Advanced Analytics Customer Liaison Group, Research & Development, SAS Institute, was elected to a second term as 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

INFORMS Initiatives

Guide to the analytics body of knowledge

The Analytics Certification Board is developing a guide to the broader analytics body of knowledge (A-BOK), a standard text for certification programs such as the Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®) program. The guide will give applicants, aspirants, employers, teachers and others an idea of what knowledge is included in the analytics process. Read more

Big Data for Intelligence Symposium

The Defense Strategies Institute’s 3rd Annual Big Data for Intelligence Symposium, set for Nov. 17-18 in Alexandria, Va., will bring together senior leaders from the intelligence community, DoD, government Agencies, academia and industry to discuss advances in big data to support the intelligence mission. Speakers and delegates will have the opportunity to speak openly about opportunities to exploit big data through advanced analytics in order to provide more robust and actionable intelligence products. 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

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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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



Nov. 1-4
2015 INFORMS Annual Conference
Philadelphia, PA


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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