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Analytics Society reviews 2016 and shares plans for 2017

Stefan Karisch

The Analytics Society of INFORMS enjoyed a successful year in 2016, when it not only received society status within INFORMS, but it also again grew in membership and expanded its scope of activities, all of which were reviewed at a lively reception and business meeting at the 2016 Annual Conference in Nashville, Tenn. We are now 1,248 members strong, with 2,046 engaged with our LinkedIn Community. Especially encouraging is the growth of student members by more than 80 percent compared to 2015.

At the meeting, we transitioned leadership of the Society to Stefan Karisch of Boeing (president), Jack Levis of UPS (vice president/president-elect), Subrat Sahu of Caterpillar (secretary) and Aaron Burciaga of Accenture (treasurer). Many thanks to retiring President Jim Williams (FICO), Secretary Polly Mitchell-Guthrie (SAS) and Treasurer Erick Wikum (Tata Consultancy Services) for their service.

Attendance at the business meeting was, as in the past, excellent. We discussed focus areas during 2016, including increased capabilities (the Certified Analytics Professional program – CAP®, continuing education), visibility (communications), recognition (awards), conferences (annual, regional, topical) and outreach (supporting the analytics ecosystem). Society members came forward to offer their time to continue to drive these efforts forward. Many thanks to all the volunteers, and we will be in touch soon to arrange efforts toward managing Society website content, judging awards, contributing articles, promoting CAP and other special initiatives.

A good share of the business meeting focused on recognition, via awards, that the Society supports. These are described in more detail in another article below.

The incoming leadership also provided a look ahead for 2017. We are going to continue efforts to strengthen membership benefits along the focus areas outlined above. In addition, we also identified additional development opportunities in these areas.

We plan to amplify the Innovative Applications in Analytics Award as a premier competition in applied analytics. The quality and impact of the entries has grown considerably since its inception in 2012, and we are looking at new ways to promote the contributions of our field. We also considered expanding the number of analytics meetings co-hosted or co-sponsored by the Analytics Society to provide our members more opportunities to connect at regional, one-day events. Based on repeated requests by our members, we plan to more frequently capture and disseminate analytics trends. Building on past contributions by members, we will share topics of interest as seen by our community. If you are interested in engaging in any of these activities, please contact Stefan Karisch (stefan.e.karisch@boeing.com).

In closing, be sure to check out the Analytics Society’s forum on the INFORMS Connect site and our LinkedIn group. We look forward to continued growth and to developing a vibrant society that brings more analytics professionals to INFORMS.

– Stefan Karisch, president, Analytics Society of INFORMS

 

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