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AIMMS releases AIMMS 4.21 with new functionality

AIMMS recently released AIMMS 4.21 that includes vertical drag and drop functionality for the Gantt Chart widget in the WebUI. It also offers “time window” functionality for this widget, which allows users to zoom in better on the specific part of the whole Gantt Chart that you are interested in.

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Wayne State Univ. enrolls SAS analytics to improve retention, graduation rates

Administrators and staff at Wayne State University are dedicated to helping students succeed. But accessing student-level data to guide their strategy was challenging. Pre-formatted online reports provided limited insight, and working through IT was time-consuming. To solve these issues and quickly create and share interactive reports, Wayne State uses SAS Visual Analytics with Hadoop.

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Continuing education: Essential practice skills for analytics projects

Continuing education: Essential practice skills for analytics projects

Patrick S. Noonan, a professor at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School 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 INFORMS’ Continuing Education program, is aimed at analytics professionals looking to sharpen and expand their analytical skills for real-world problem-solving.

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How to renew your CAP certification

How to renew your CAP certification

To anyone who earned Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®) status in 2013, it’s time to renew. CAP is a credential that includes a requirement to continue involvement in the analytics profession and to demonstrate compliance every three years. Certificate holders need to earn 30 professional development hours (PDUs) over the three years of certification in order to renew.

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Last call for poster sessions at INFORMS Annual Meeting

The sheer magnitude of the 2016 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn., set for Nov. 13-15, is fueling new ideas for attendees to present their research or implemented results. A poster competition will be held on Monday and Tuesday of the conference, with cash awards given for first place ($350), second place ($250) and third place ($150).

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Analytics Society seeks submissions for IAA Award

The Innovative Applications in Analytics Award, inaugurated in 2012 and presented by the Analytics Section of INFORMS, recognizes creative and unique application of analytical techniques. The prize “promotes the awareness and value of the creative combination of analytics techniques in unusual applications to provide insights and business value.” The prize committee seeks implementations that integrate theoretical advances and innovative applications in order to create value.

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Mu Sigma releases ‘State of Analytics and Decision Science’ report

Mu Sigma releases ‘State of Analytics and Decision Science’ report

Mu Sigma, a global provider of decision science and big data analytics solutions, recently announced the results of its inaugural “State of Analytics and Decision Science” report, which identifies gaps and shortcomings in traditional approaches to analytics and problem solving. With the goal of understanding senior decision makers’ priorities and challenges in regards to analytics, Mu Sigma surveyed executives who lead or heavily influence data and analytics investment decisions at large U.S. enterprises across a variety of industries.

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KPMG survey: Just one-third of CEOs trust their D&A

KPMG survey: Just one-third of CEOs trust their D&A

Just one-third (33 percent) of CEOs have a high-level of trust in the accuracy of their data and analytics (D&A), a new KPMG survey has found, and 29 percent have limited trust or active distrust of their organization’s use of D&A.

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INFORMS Professional Colloquium – volunteer opportunity

Are you willing to help a student attending the Analytics Conference in Orlando by serving as a “buddy” during the event? The Analytics Section will be partnering with the INFORMS Professional Colloquium (IPC) to match Section volunteers with the students (~20) attending the event, described as providing “real-world career guidance for practice-oriented graduate students.”

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UPMC, IBM bring cognitive supply chain services to healthcare

UPMC, IBM bring cognitive supply chain services to healthcare

UPMC has formed Pensiamo, an independent company that aims to help hospitals improve supply chain performance through a comprehensive source-to-pay offering, including cognitive analytics with IBM Watson Health technologies.

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ITIF: Expand computer science education to keep up with demand

Computer skills are in high demand among employers in a wide range of industries, not just tech-related fields, yet despite growing interest in the subject, a new report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) finds that too few U.S. students are taking quality computer science classes at the high school and university levels. ITIF makes the case for public action to support and maintain the groundswell of interest in computer science and capture the economic and social benefits that will come from fostering a more highly skilled workforce. Read more →

Report outlines benefits of data-driven customer experiences

According to a new report by Forbes Insights and SAS, “Data Elevates the Customer Experience: New Ways of Discovering and Applying Customer Insights,” the benefits of brands evolving to data-driven customer experiences (data-driven CX) are wide-ranging. The study notes data-driven methods enhance revenue generation and enable cost reduction, as well as accelerate process efficiencies and quality improvements. Read more →

Debunking myths about harm from artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) holds great promise for economic growth and social progress, but pervasive, inaccurate myths about hypothetical harms could encourage policymakers to retard further innovation in the technology, according to a new report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF). ITIF, a leading tech policy think tank, makes the case that policymakers should actively support further development and use of artificial intelligence if we want society to reap the myriad benefits it has to offer. Read more →

Report: Technology rarely used to detect fraud

Technology is an important tool to help companies fight fraud, but many are not succeeding in using data analytics as a primary tool for fraud detection. Meanwhile, fraudsters are leveraging technology to perpetrate fraud, according to a new report by KPMG International, “Global Profiles of the Fraudster.” Read more →

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