Updated: Tuesday 17 November 2015, 19:19


Personalizing customer experience tops success factors

Personalizing customer experience tops success factors

2016 will prove to be the most consequential year for companies adapting to digitally savvy, empowered customers, according to Forrester. Forrester identified the top 10 critical success factors that will determine if companies thrive or fail in the age of the customer in an introductory piece to its 2016 predictions reports. Read more

C-suite executives see ‘uberization’ as main threat

C-suite executives see ‘uberization’ as main threat

The trend of “uberization” or industry disruption caused by an unlikely competitor has become a dominant concern of the C-suite, finds a new IBM study. In just two years, the percentage of C-suite leaders who expect to contend with competition from outside their industry increased by more than a quarter, rising from 43 percent in 2013 to 54 percent today. Read more

CDC, Georgia Tech, Emory team up to win Wagner Prize

CDC, Georgia Tech, Emory team up to win Wagner Prize

A team comprised of researchers from the Centers for Disease Control, Georgia Tech and Emory University received the 2015 Daniel H. Wagner Prize for creating a model that uses genetic signatures to predict the efficacy of vaccines on an individual-by-individual basis. The winner was announced at the 2015 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. Read more

Hackathon introduces young analysts to real-world problems

Hackathon introduces young analysts to real-world problems

Katherine Anne Giles, a recent MBA grad from Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business, and Iman Dayarian, a postdoctoral fellow from the University of Toronto, teamed up to win the AIMMS Hackathon. The event, held in conjunction with the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, is designed to help students and young O.R. specialists develop modeling and optimization skills while gaining experience in using AIMMS software to solve complex real-world problems. Hackathon contestants also gained exposure to consulting and the airline industry thanks to the participation of Booz Allen Hamilton and Southwest Airlines. Read more

Study: Increasing cigarette taxes may shift consumers to more dangerous products

Study: Increasing cigarette taxes may shift consumers to more dangerous products

Increasing cigarette excise taxes may have the unintended consequence of encouraging consumers to seek higher nicotine content and more dangerous cigarette products, according to a study published in Marketing Science, a journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). Read more

Four reasons agile software development isn’t succeeding

A recent study commissioned by Magenic and conducted by Forrester Research designed to better understand the challenges and opportunities agile software development presents includes four key reasons why organizations are not experiencing success with agile and, therefore, not achieving the business growth agile could and should provide. Read more

Analytics Section of INFORMS News

Section continues to grow, hosts reception

The Analytics Section of INFORMS continued to progress in 2015, both increasing its membership base and expanding its scope of activities, all of which were reviewed at a lively reception and business meeting at the 2015 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. As of this writing, the Section has 1,171 registered members and 1,724 engaged with its LinkedIn community. Read more

Innovative 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

Syngenta Crop Challenge

Syngenta 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

Student 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

INFORMS Initiatives

INFORMS Prize nominations due Dec. 1

The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences annually presents the INFORMS Prize for effective integration of OR/MS and advanced analytics into organizational decision-making. The award is given to an organization that has repeatedly applied the principles of OR/MS and advanced analytics in pioneering, varied, novel and lasting ways. Organizations who have not won in the past 10 years are eligible to apply again. Read more

CAP update: Subject experts consider Analytics Body of Knowledge

CAP update: Subject experts consider Analytics Body of Knowledge

A group of subject matter experts recently met at the Research Triangle Institute in North Carolina to begin development of the Guide to the Analytics Body of Knowledge to complement the INFORMS Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®) program. The two-day event was led by RTI personnel who are skilled in the development of bodies of knowledge for various disciplines. Attendees will continue to meet virtually, and you, as the audience for this product, will be contacted for your input to the process via surveys and/or comment periods. Read more

INFORMS to launch ‘Pro Bono Analytics’ program

The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), the leading professional association in analytics and operations research, recently announced it is launching a new initiative – “Pro Bono Analytics” – in an effort to connect analytics experts with non-profit organizations seeking to improve how they achieve greater results by leveraging data and information. 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.)

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Chandrakant Maheshwari“Curiosity and continuous learning have become critical qualities for the analytics professional.”

Chandrakant Maheshwari, subject matter expert in the risk and regulatory practice, Genpact LLC, in his article “Driving curiosity as a culture in an analytics organization” in the November/December issue of Analytics magazine.

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