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INFORMS Initiatives: CAP, Pro Bono Work, New Team Competition

cap-logoCAP designation demonstrates value in job market

The Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®) designation is becoming more valuable as a tool to distinguish the knowledgeable analytics professional. Employers are recognizing this, as evidenced by numerous tracking metrics that indicate more and more companies are listing CAP as a qualification in their job ads. The list includes major companies from diverse areas, including communications, consulting, energy, healthcare, insurance, information technology, logistics, manufacturing, recruiting and retail.

For more information, follow us on Twitter @CAPCertify, consult www.certifiedanalytics.org or contact info@certifiedanalytics.org.

Submit a project for Pro Bono Analytics

Do you know a company that would benefit from analytics assistance? Maybe it could better utilize their data to operate more effectively, or need assistance in accurately measuring, tracking and assessing success. Pro Bono Analytics connects organizations with a volunteer expert skilled in using analytics processes and tools to help answer such tough questions. Visit the Pro Bono Analytics website where analytics volunteers and nonprofit organizations connect.

INFORMS Annual Meeting searchable schedule now live

The 2016 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn., on Nov. 13-16 is an opportunity to bring together leading academics, industry experts, students, INFORMS members and representatives of government agencies. Come present to 5,000-plus attendees and join intriguing plenary and semi-plenary presentations, panel discussions, tutorials, and some of the thousands of oral and poster presentations. To access the schedule, click here.

New competition for tomorrow’s leaders in O.R. & analytics

INFORMS has announced a new INFORMS O.R. & Analytics Student Team Competition, a unique competition that provides a real-world workplace experience. Sponsored by Syngenta, the competition will feature teams of university students using identical data sets and software systems to solve a challenging business problem via an O.R./analytics approach. A panel of industry experts will judge the submissions.

For more information, visit: http://connect.informs.org/oratc/home.

Patrick NoonanContinuing ed: Essential practice skills for analytics projects

Patrick S. Noonan, a professor at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and whose experience with the management consulting profession spans 30 years, will teach an intensive, hands-on, two-day course on “Essential practice skills for high-impact analytics projects” on Sept. 28-29 in Arlington, Va. The course, part of the INFORMS Continuing Education program, is aimed at analytics professionals looking to sharpen and expand their analytical skills for real-world problem-solving.

By the end of the course, students will learn practical frameworks and systematic processes for addressing complex, real-world problems and how to facilitate effective action. They will also understand best-practice techniques, including problem statement summaries, issue trees, interview guides, work plans, sensitivity analysis, stress-testing recommendations, the “Pyramid Principle” of story logic, story-boarding, slide-craft, delivering presentations and fielding Q&A.

Professor Noonan will next teach the essential practice skills course on Sept. 28-29 at the Executive Conference Center in Arlington, Va., 22202. For more information and to register, click here or contact Continuing Education Program Manager Bill Griffin (bgriffin@informs.org).

2017 Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics offers $5,000 prize

Put your analytics skills to the test and win $5,000 in the 2017 “Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics” sponsored by the Analytics Society of INFORMS. Using provided variety, growing region and exogenous data sets, participants are challenged to predict which soybean seed variety or mix of up to five varieties in appropriate proportions is more likely to be chosen by farmers from a growing region. Data for the challenge will be available in early September. For more information, click here.

 

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