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Inside Story: Brave new mobile world

January/February 2013

Pete Townshend of The Who was way ahead of his time when he wrote “Goin’ Mobile” more than 40 years ago, but the world has finally caught up. Today, seemingly everyone and their brother are goin’ mobile, hooked on mobile communications.

In response to the growing number of readers who prefer their reading material served up via a mobile communication device, we begin the new year with a new look. Instead of the landscape/horizontal format we’ve employed for four years and which worked well for desktop computer viewing, we’ve switched to a portrait/vertical configuration more suitable for mobile apps, including Apple iOS (iPad and iPhones) and the Android (Google) platform, which includes any Android device from phones to a variety of tablets including Barnes & Nobles’ Nook, Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Google’s Nexus. (We’re investigating compatibility with the new Windows phones.)

Keep in mind it takes a little time to convert the finished issue and submit it to Apple and Google for testing and approval, so give it a few weeks before you try it. We look forward to your feedback.

The widespread use of mobile communications, the social media it enables, the enormous amount of data it produces and the technology that drives it all has given rise to a concept called “worksocial,” the topic of this month’s cover story by Samir Gulati. As Gulati explains, “worksocial starts with the processes and data that drive the business, and overlays the innovations of social collaboration and mobile access directly over those business engines.” The goal: better, faster organizational decision-making.

Along with the usual variety of articles designed to inform, enlighten and enhance your analytical career (see, for example, “Ten things to consider when evaluating analytics and decision sciences partners” by David Zakkam and Deepinder Singh Dhingra or “Modeling experience yields key insights” by Bruce W. Patty), this issue features an article and a 20-plus page special supplement on a new program that can advance your career: Certified Analytics Professional (CAP).

An important initiative of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), CAP represents a gold seal of approval for analytics professionals from the premier organization for advanced analytics in the world. To find out more about this ground-breaking program and what it could mean for your career, visit the CAP website.

– Peter Horner, editor

business analytics news and articles


Using machine learning and optimization to improve refugee integration

Andrew C. Trapp, a professor at the Foisie Business School at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), received a $320,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to develop a computational tool to help humanitarian aid organizations significantly improve refugees’ chances of successfully resettling and integrating into a new country. Built upon ongoing work with an international team of computer scientists and economists, the tool integrates machine learning and optimization algorithms, along with complex computation of data, to match refugees to communities where they will find appropriate resources, including employment opportunities. Read more →

Gartner releases Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25 rankings

Gartner, Inc. has released its 10th annual Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25 ranking. The rankings recognize organizations across the healthcare value chain that demonstrate leadership in improving human life at sustainable costs. “Healthcare supply chains today face a multitude of challenges: increasing cost pressures and patient expectations, as well as the need to keep up with rapid technology advancement, to name just a few,” says Stephen Meyer, senior director at Gartner. Read more →

Meet CIMON, the first AI-powered astronaut assistant

CIMON, the world’s first artificial intelligence-enabled astronaut assistant, made its debut aboard the International Space Station. The ISS’s newest crew member, developed and built in Germany, was called into action on Nov. 15 with the command, “Wake up, CIMON!,” by German ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst, who has been living and working on the ISS since June 8. Read more →



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