Analytics Section of INFORMS NewsStudent Analytical Scholar Case Study Competition
INFORMS will once again offer the Student Analytical Scholar Competition, a scholarship program that will send the winning recipient to the 2016 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research. Supported by SAS and sponsored by the Analytics Section of INFORMS, the competitive program will recognize one outstanding student who would like to learn more about the practice of analytics at the conference in Orlando, Fla., April 10-12, 2016. The scholarship covers the cost of attending the event and additional networking opportunities.Read More
Analytics Section of INFORMS NewsSyngenta Crop Challenge
A new award for 2016, the Syngenta Crop Challenge addresses the need to feed an increasing world populationwith decreasing land devoted to agriculture. To improve the productivity of the agricultural land available, farmers need to make good seed variety planting decisions, taking into consideration local soil conditions and unpredictable weather patterns.Read More
Analytics Section of INFORMS NewsInnovative Applications in Analytics Award
The IAA Award recognizes creative and unique developments, applications or combinations of analytical techniques used in practice. The 2015 winner, Mayo Clinic, gave a reprise of their winning presentation entitled “Intelligent Surgery Scheduling” at the INFORMS Annual Meeting. During the business meeting, Pooja Dewan, 2015 Award Chair, presented the award to Dr. Kalyan Pasupathy, representing Mayo Clinic.Read More
Corporate Mobile Software-as-a-Service Forecast
According to the latest Strategy Analytics Wireless Enterprise Strategies forecast, “Corporate Mobile SaaS Forecast, 2010-2016,” the Global Corporate Mobile SaaS Market will reach $1.2 billion in 2011 and grow to $3.7 billion by 2016, with a five-year compound growth rate (CAGR) of 25.8 percent. The ability to integrate powerful business applications on smartphones, tablets and other wireless devices will facilitate and accelerate SaaS adoption in the corporate business environment.
Corporations with employees who travel increasingly look to unified communications-as-a-service (UCaaS) hosted VoIP, Web and Video conferencing solutions as a cost-cutting mechanism. UCaaS is a key alternative to premise-based UC platforms for improving productivity, processes and workflow.
“The corporate UCaaS hosted VoIP market, already generating over $176 million, is set to undergo nearly 57 percent year-on-year growth in the next five years,” says Gina Luk, senior analyst of Wireless Enterprise Strategies. “Leading mobile operators, such as AT&T, Verizon, Vodafone and Everything Everywhere (Orange & T-Mobile) already offer a variety of smartphone and wireless devices which enable VoIP applications on 3G and WiFi networks. Consequently, corporate adoption of the technologies needed for an expanding anytime, anywhere workforce – from mobile devices to mobile VPNs – is on the rise.”
Andrew Brown, director of Wireless Enterprise Strategies (WES) at Strategy Analytics, add, “Smart corporations are taking advantage of the increased availability of both UCaaS and cloud-based business solutions at a significantly lower total cost of ownership.”