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Analytics Magazine

July/August 2011 Table of Contents

Table of Contents

July/August 2011FEATURES

Corporate profile: Kaplan, Inc.

By Bror Saxberg and David Niemi
How analytics helps an international education organization go to the head of the class.

New math, big data

By Robert Byrne
Across the supply chain, manufacturers and retailers exploit vital raw material of the information economy.

Business forecasting effectiveness

By Michael Gilliland
Should accuracy be an organization’s biggest concern? The case for value added analysis.

Potholes and politics

By Steve Palmer
Aging infrastructure is everybody’s problem: The need for optimization, not just more money.

Sales force strategy

By Rohit Tandon, Arnab Chakraborty and Debasish Das
HP’s perspective on emerging significance of analytics to strengthen sales strategy and boost performance.

DEPARTMENTS

Inside Story

By Peter Horner

Executive Edge

By Jim Goodnight

Profit Center

By E. Andrew Boyd

Analyze This!

By Vijay Mehrotra

What’s New

By Peter Horner

Forum

By Doug Samuelson

Conference Preview

By Cem Saydam

Learning Resources

By Barry List

The Five-Minute Analyst

By Harrison Schramm

Thinking Analytically

By John Toczek

Headlines

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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