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Analytics Magazine

Fall 2009 Table of Contents

decision analystFEATURES

SO YOU WANT TO BE A DECISION ANALYST?

By Daniel T. Maxwell
All it takes is technical and personal skills, insight, tools, techniques and luck.

ANALYSIS PLACEBOS

By Douglas Hubbard and Douglas A. Samuelson
The difference between perceived and real benifits of risk and analysis and decision models.

B.I. & MODELING SYSTEMS SYNERGY

By Jeremy F. Shapiro
Integrating often-competing methodologies helps analyze, solve tough problems.

REAL VALUE OF I.T.

By Gerald J. Lieberman
Rather thatn a cost center, compare information technology to other business investments.

TO BOLDLY GO …

By James J. Swain
Simulation software survey: tools to explore strange new worlds and familiar ones.

NO SUCH THING AS A FREE LUNCH?

By Jaime Catalan, et al.
How combinatorial auctions help feed two million public school children in Chile.

DEPARTMENTS

INSIDE STORY
EXECUTIVE EDGE
PROFIT CENTER
NEWSMAKERS
CORPORATE PROFILE
PRACTICE CONFERENCE PREVIEW
LAST WORD

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

Gaining distribution in small retail formats brings big payoffs

Small retail formats with limited assortments such as Save-A-Lot and Aldi and neighborhood stores like Target Express have been growing in popularity in the United States and around the world. For brands, the limited assortments mean greater competition for shelf-space, raising the question of whether it is worth expending marketing effort and slotting allowances to get on to their shelves. According to a forthcoming study in a leading INFORMS scholarly marketing journal, Marketing Science, the answer is “yes.” Read more →

Cognitive computing a disruptive force, but are CMOs ready?

While marketing and sales professionals increasingly find themselves drowning in data, a new IBM study finds that 64 percent of surveyed CMOs and sales leaders believe their industries will be ready to adopt cognitive technologies in the next three years. However, despite this stated readiness, the study finds that only 24 percent of those surveyed believe they have strategy in place to implement these technologies today. Read more →

How weather can impact consumer purchase response to mobile ads

Among the many factors that impact digital marketing and online advertising strategy, a new study in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science provides insight to a growing trend among firms and big brands: weather-based advertising. According to the study, certain weather conditions are more amenable for consumer responses to mobile marketing efforts, while the tone of the ad content can either help or hurt such response depending on the current local weather. Read more →

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