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Inside Analytics

Sexy job, sense of humor, slogan

By Peter Horner

They already have the sexiest job of the 21st century according to a Harvard Business Review article by Tom Davenport and D.J. Patil. Now, it turns out, data scientists also have a great sense of humor. Who knew?

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INFORMS conference to focus on the business of big data

INFORMS conference to focus on the business of big data

The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS, publishers of Analytics magazine) is launching a new topical conference that will put the focus squarely on the business of big data – how organizations can transition from being data-rich to decision-smart. The INFORMS Big Data Conference will be held June 22-24 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, Calif. Read more

Study reveals salaries, location, education of data scientists

Data scientists, the elusive kingpins in the big data movement, can earn base salaries well over $200,000, are younger, overwhelmingly male, have at least a master’s degree and probably a Ph.D., and one in three are foreign born, according to the first-ever study looking at salaries, education levels, gender and geographical location of this new profession. Almost half of all data scientists are on the West Coast working for technology and gaming companies. Read more

Every second counts in digital business world

The hallmark of a digital business will be the ability to spot opportunities that might span a matter of just seconds, according to Gartner, Inc. Gartner introduced the concept of a “business moment” – a transient opportunity that is exploited dynamically – in 2013 and expects these moments to occur more and more frequently as enterprises migrate from today's world to the digital business world. Read more

MIT’s LGO program receives UPS Prize

MIT’s LGO program receives UPS Prize

The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) awarded its prestigious UPS George D. Smith Prize to Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Program. Read more

Mayo Clinic earns INFORMS Prize

Mayo Clinic earns INFORMS Prize

Mayo Clinic, the innovative healthcare organization that has used analytics throughout its organization to provide economical, quality services in an era of ballooning medical costs, was named the 2014 winner of the INFORMS Prize. The prize was presented at an awards gala held in conjunction with the 2014 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research in Boston. Read more

Webinar on integrated business planning & supply chain optimization

On May 20, the webinar, “Influence customer demand; optimize your commercial activities through integrated business planning” will provide an exclusive look at an end-to-end supply chain optimization solution, designed to help businesses meet their customer’s needs in the most efficient, cost-effective and profitable way. Read more

Utilities closing analytics skills gap with SAS grant

Utilities lack a strong pipeline of data scientists to tackle tough industry-business concerns. SAS has stepped up with a research and software grant, including energy forecasting technologies, to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Energy Production Infrastructure Center (EPIC). Multidisciplinary engineering coursework combined with practical data applications are expected to attract new students to the field. Read more

Analytics Section of INFORMS News

IBM, UNICEF team up to win Innovative Applications Award

For members of the INFORMS Analytics Section, one of the many highlights of the recent INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research were the excellent presentations by the finalists in the Third Annual Innovative Applications in Analytics Award competition. Read more

Analytics Section welcomes new members from SPRIG

At the close of 2013, the officers of the INFORMS Analytics Section and the Spreadsheet Productivity Research Interest Group (SPRIG) agreed that SPRIG would merge into the Analytics Section. SPRIG’s officers evaluated membership trends and activities, and came to a difficult conclusion that the group was not likely to be viable in its current form. They approached the Analytics Section, which welcomed any and all SPRIG members. Read more

INFORMS Initiatives

INFORMS continuing education courses set for San Jose

INFORMS’ popular continuing education courses will be held June 20-21 (“Essential Practice Skills for Analytics Professionals”) and June 25-26 (“Data Exploration & Visualization”) before and after, respectively, the 2014 INFORMS Conference on the Business of Big Data in San Jose, Calif. Register early to save $100. Read more

Prestigious Analytics Certification Board named

An independent and prestigious Analytics Certification Board (ACB) has been appointed by the INFORMS Board of Directors, further signaling the staying power of this new credential and the wide support for it by industry luminaries. Read more

Industry News

Banks stop criminals with SAS Financial Crimes Suite

Getting away with financial crime just got harder. The latest SAS Financial Crimes Suite arms institutions to detect potential suspicious activity more efficiently than ever. A new customer due diligence solution within the suite more accurately detects changes in a customer’s risk profile. Enhanced anti-money laundering and case management capabilities also make it easier to have a complete view of threats across an institution’s financial crimes investigation unit. Read more

SGI, Cognilytics partnership brings analytics to enterprise big data

SGI, a leader in high-performance computing and big data, and Cognilytics, a global provider of big data and advanced analytics solutions and the winner of the SAP North America Partner Excellence Award 2014 for Platform Solutions, announced a partnership to help enterprises monetize their data as a strategic asset. Read more

Predictive analytics drives production, maintenance at BMW

IBM recently announced that car manufacturer BMW Group is deploying IBM big data and analytics technology to optimize products, repairs and maintenance. The use of predictive analytics helps to detect and fix vulnerabilities before new models are launched – and long before they might cause problems in series production. Read more

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Instant Replay

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

"Analytics & the future of healthcare"

by Peter Horner and Atanu Basu
Market-driven reform is already shifting emphasis from volume to value as industry leaders weigh in on what’s next.

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The "Web First" section features articles that will appear in upcoming issues of Analytics magazine.

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CAP™ Exam Schedule

The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) will hold exams for its Certified Analytics Professional program according to the following schedule:

April 15, 2014
Queens University School of Business
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

April 29, 2014
MORS Educational & Professional Colloquium (EPD)
Virginia Military Institute
Lexington, Va.

May 17, 2014
INFORMS Headquarters
Catonsville, Md.

May 22, 2014
University of Cincinnati
Lindner College of Business
Cincinnati, Ohio

May 26
Carleton Room, Ottawa Marriott
(in conjunction with CORS Annual Meeting)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

June 21, 2014
INFORMS Conference on The Business of Big Data
San Jose Marriott
San Jose, Calif.

To apply, click on https://www.informs.org/Certification-Continuing-Ed/Analytics-Certification/Apply-for-Certification
For more information, click on https://www.informs.org/Certification-Continuing-Ed/Analytics-Certification

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“Many businesses face the daunting challenge of building analytics programs within their organizations, yet become so wrapped up with the system and technology that they fail to realize the full value of the insights.”

– Patrick Taylor, CEO and founder of Oversight Systems, in the Executive Edge column in the March/April issue of Analytics magazine.

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