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Study: Salaries for early career data scientists decrease for first time

Salaries for early career data scientists decreased year over year for the first time in four years as did the percentage of early career data scientists with a Ph.D. while demand for data scientists continued to increase, according to a recently released Burtch Works’ 2017 salary study of data scientists. Salaries for more experienced data scientists generally held steady or increased slightly depending on an individual’s focus area, responsibility and geographic base, according to the report. Read more →

Generous health insurance plans encourage overtreatment, but may not improve health

Generous health insurance plans encourage overtreatment, but may not improve health

Offering comprehensive health insurance plans with low deductibles and co-pay in exchange for higher annual premiums seems like a good value for the risk averse, and a profitable product for insurance companies. But according to a forthcoming study in a leading scholarly marketing journal, the INFORMS journal Marketing Science, such plans can encourage individuals with chronic conditions to turn to needlessly expensive treatments that have little impact on their health outcomes. This in turn raises costs for the insurer and future prices for the insured. Read more →

Five essential pillars of big data GDPR compliance

Less than a year from now, on May 25, 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect in the European Union. GDPR represents a significant change in how data will be handled around the world. In the United States, the 2017 GDPR Preparedness Pulse Survey conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers polled C-suite executives from large American multinationals and showed that U.S. companies are overwhelmingly aware of, and concerned with, GDPR regulations. Read more →

Tom Willemain

New book provides a look into the super-secret NSA

Tom Willemain, a software entrepreneur, statistics professor and well-known figure in the operations research community, volunteered for a year-long sabbatical tour of duty in the National Security Agency (NSA). He recounts his experience in the recently released book, “Working on the Dark Side of the Moon: Life Inside the National Security Agency,” in which he provides the first ground-level look inside the super-secret NSA and a shadowy think tank affiliated with it. Read more →

Analytics Society of INFORMS

IAAA and Interfaces: a winning combination

The six finalists of the 2018 Innovative Applications of Analytics Award (IAAA) competition, sponsored by Caterpillar and the INFORMS Analytics Society, will receive expedited consideration for the publication of their winning work in a special issue of Interfaces, INFORMS premier journal of applied analytics. Read more →

INFORMS Analytics Section officers for 2016

Appreciating our volunteers

I want to express my gratitude to all our volunteers! Without the many members who share their time and talents, we wouldn’t be able to provide valuable services to our community. These volunteers serve as judges on prize committees, run our website and LinkedIn group, mentor new members and organize meetings to name a few examples. Volunteers are the reason that our subdivision grew from a small section into one of the largest societies of INFORMS in only a few years. Read more →

Industry News

AIMMS sponsors first Dutch Data Science Awards

The winners of the first edition of the Dutch Data Science Awards, recently announced in Haarlem, included Quantib, data visualization expert Stef van den Elzen, AgroEnergy and CQM. AIMMS and AIMMS implementation partner ORTEC sponsored the awards along with EY, Lubbers De Jong, Microsoft and Motivaction.  Read more →

INFORMS Initiatives

INFORMS Healthcare 2017: Optimizing operations & outcomes

Since the first edition in 2011, the biennial INFORMS Healthcare Conference has quickly developed into the global leading conference in its field. This is further underlined by the decision of the INFORMS Health Applications Society to cross the ocean for the fourth edition, which will be held in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on July 26-28. Read more →

Winter Simulation Conference heading to Las Vegas

The 2017 Winter Simulation Conference (WSC 2016) will be held Dec. 3-6 in Las Vegas at the Red Rock Resort. WSC is celebrating 50 years. In addition to a technical program of unsurpassed scope and quality, WSC is the central meeting place for simulation practitioners, researchers and vendors working in all disciplines in industry, service, government, military and academic sectors. Read more →

Recertification: INFORMS offers free, three-year CAP renewal

Meet the new certification manager

INFORMS recently welcomed its new Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®) manager, Jan paul Miller. Miller replaces Louise Werhrle, who retired to her native Newfoundland. A Baltimore native, Miller is a credentialing professional who sees his position at INFORMS at a most opportune time. “I think the CAP and aCAP programs are on the cusp of developing great momentum. Considering that the program has submitted its ANSI application and has had a favorable onsite visit, it could not but be a harbinger of good things to come.” Read more →

Patrick S. Noonan, a professor at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School

Workshop: Essential skills that make an impact

INFORMS’ “Essential Practice Skills for High-Impact Analytics Projects” workshop explores the concept of “structured problem-solving” and provides participants with practical frameworks to go from issue to action. It’s one of the many essential skills available at the two-day workshop to be held June 20-21 from 8:30 a.m-4:30 p.m. each day at the Goizueta Business School, Emory University, in Atlanta. Read more →

Recent Features

SaaS Leveraging the interconnectedness of business problems to accelerate better decision-making

Service as a Software: A new paradigm

In the short span of a few decades, the world of data-driven decisions has gone through a significant transformation at a bewildering speed. The cause can be linked to the hastening change in the business environment, as well as the rise and proliferation of connected devices, which continue to yield enormous amounts of data. Software has been a boon to enabling and scaling analytics for decision support in large organizations. But, the two main paradigms of software development – packaged software that enables scale for repeatable, well-defined problems and the traditional services model where we develop custom solutions to solve specific business problems – have limitations; that is, a lack of flexibility in the first instance and the inability to scale in the second. Read more →

csp to dsp

Mobile Ecosystem Transformation: From CSP to DSP

The ubiquitous availability of high-speed Internet and increasing smartphone ownership are at the forefront of the new era of digital transformation. The entire mobile ecosystem is experiencing significant growth. However, despite the growth in the overall mobile ecosystem, communications service providers (CSPs) across the world are facing saturated markets, experiencing slow subscriber growth and stagnated revenue as their core services are being increasingly commoditized by new Internet giants and over-the-top (OTT) content players. Read more →

failure in B2B eCommerce initiatives, including ways to avoid re-platforming, massive customization

Lessons learned from a decade of B2B eCommerce

For mid-size manufacturers and distributors, and many other B2B (business-to-business) organizations for that matter, eCommerce has become a major challenge for the operation. Despite the early promise of added sales and increased efficiencies, these companies are often experiencing what can only be described as a failure to meet the initial goals and objectives of the eCommerce system itself. Read more →

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Analytics Blog

Electoral College put to the math test


With the campaign two months behind us and the inauguration of Donald Trump two days away, isn’t it time to put the 2016 U.S. presidential election to bed and focus on issues that have yet to be decided? Of course not.


Headlines

What you like in a CEO candidate may not deliver results

Attributes that often get someone hired as CEO may not be the ones that drive success once they are at the helm of the company. That’s one of many provocative insights in a study by consulting firm ghSMART. The study, recently featured in Harvard Business Review, identifies characteristics that differentiate the most effective leaders. Read more →

Paying for online reviews backfires among socially influential

Online user reviews have become an essential tool for consumers who increasingly rely on them to evaluate products and services before purchase. The business models of online review platforms such as Yelp and TripAdvisor and e-commerce sites such as Amazon and Expedia critically depend on them. Should such sites pay users to encourage them to write reviews? Read more →

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