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
Smart grid analytics ROI to exceed $121.8 billion globally by 2020
Utilities worldwide must maximize efficiency for constrained energy resources. Many are realizing the smart grid vision by using SAS Analytics and SAS Data Management to discover powerful insights buried in volumes of new data. SAS enables utilities to harness data for pinpoint control and monitoring, usage and demand forecasting, rapid diagnosis and repair, as well as predicting output from renewable sources such as solar and wind. For those capabilities, business analytics leader SAS is ranked No. 1 for smart grid analytics and data management/movement in the recently released utility industry report, “The Soft Grid 2013-2020: Big Data & Utility Analytics for the Smart Grid,” by GTM Research.
In addition to trends and predictions for the soft grid, the report forecasts that cumulative global spending on smart-grid-related analytics will top $20.6 billion between 2012 and 2020, with annual spend reaching $3.8 billion globally in 2020. The group estimates that, for utilities deploying these technologies, the achieved return on investment will exceed $121.8 billion globally over the same time period.
According to the report, SAS data analytics software lets utilities track, visualize and predict demand: “When it comes to the true next-gen analytics that represent the focus of this report, SAS remains head-and-shoulders above the other major software giants.”
“This is a transformational time for the utilities industry. Leaders are successfully analyzing a wealth of big data they produce to realize the efficiencies and savings of a more intelligent grid,” says Tim Fairchild, SAS Global Utilities Practice Director. “Powerful SAS Analytics, coupled with the innovation and leadership of SAS’ utilities customers, is helping make smart grid a reality.”