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INFORMS names Inniss director of Education and Industry Outreach

  INFORMS names Inniss director of Education and Industry Outreach

INFORMS announced that Dr. Tasha R. Inniss has joined the INFORMS staff as the inaugural director of Education and Industry Outreach. In this role, she will contribute her extensive mathematics and education background to the overall vision, strategic direction and implementation of all education- and practice (industry)-related activities and outreach.

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Certification manager: Three good reasons to hold CAP certification

  Certification manager: Three good reasons to hold CAP certification

In my 13 years of credentialing, one of the recurring questions that I am asked is: “Why should I be certified?” A good question; one that sets the stage for an in-depth look at the numerous benefits of a third-party credential in general and INFORMS’ Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®) certification in particular. Three good reasons to hold CAP certification – confirmation, differentiation, and documentation – are probably the ones that immediately come to mind.

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Society leadership moving forward on several fronts

  Society leadership moving forward on several fronts

I hope that everybody is enjoying their summer! While this is the time of barbeques and outdoor activities, your society leadership team is still pursuing the agenda set in place earlier this year. Today, I want to give you an update on our focus areas.

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CEOs say cognitive computing to play key role in their organizations

  CEOs say cognitive computing to play key role in their organizations

Cognitive computing has nearly endless possibilities to improve business processes and functions with 73 percent of surveyed CEOs in a recent IBM study citing it will play a key role in their organizations’ future and all executives in the study anticipating a 15 percent return on investment from their cognitive initiatives.

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Report: CIOs must define an event-centric digital business strategy

  Report: CIOs must define an event-centric digital business strategy

Achieving broad competence in event-driven IT will be a top three priority for the majority of global enterprise CIOs by 2020, according to Gartner, Inc. Defining an event-centric digital business strategy will be key to delivering on the growth agenda that many CEOs see as their highest business priority. 

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Drone delivery: Professor develops solution to minimize delays in operations

  Drone delivery: Professor develops solution to minimize delays in operations

When delivery companies like FedEx, Amazon and UPS launch drones to deliver packages in the near future, one Kennesaw State University computer science professor may be at the crux of solving one of its most complicated problems. Donghyun (David) Kim, assistant professor of computer science and an expert in computer algorithm optimization, is designing a fast-running algorithm to tackle simultaneous coordination problems among multiple delivery trucks and the drones launched from them.

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Tech spending growth limited to about 5 percent through 2018

  Tech spending growth limited to about 5 percent through 2018

Forrester predicts U.S. business and government tech spending will continue to grow by 4.8 percent through 2017 and increase to 5.2 percent in 2018. While these forecasts are higher than Forrester’s projections following the 2016 presidential election, they are lower than the expected numbers from a year ago.

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How to grow a premium brand without killing its soul

  How to grow a premium brand without killing its soul

Managers of premium brands face a perennial dilemma. How do you grow a premium brand without killing its soul – the unique brand cachet that attracts its core high price paying customers – even as you seek to expand sales to the masses by offering lower prices? In recent years, outlet stores located hours away from glitzy shopping districts, selling off-season and lower tier merchandise at a fraction of regular retail prices, have proliferated and become significant sources of revenues. The conventional wisdom is that relying on revenues from outlet stores can destroy the brand’s cachet over time. But according to a forthcoming study in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science, a leading scholarly marketing journal, outlet stores may actually help improve the brand’s cachet.

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LINDO Systems announces performance enhancements, new features

LINDO Systems recently announced a wide range of performance enhancements and new features for What’sBest!, LINDO API 11 and LINGO 17

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AIMMS sponsors first Dutch Data Science Awards

The winners of the first edition of the Dutch Data Science Awards, recently announced in Haarlem, included Quantib, data visualization expert Stef van den Elzen, AgroEnergy and CQM. AIMMS and AIMMS implementation partner ORTEC sponsored the awards along with EY, Lubbers De Jong, Microsoft and Motivaction. 

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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.


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Study: Salaries for early career data scientists decrease for first time

Salaries for early career data scientists decreased year over year for the first time in four years as did the percentage of early career data scientists with a Ph.D. while demand for data scientists continued to increase, according to a recently released Burtch Works’ 2017 salary study of data scientists. Salaries for more experienced data scientists generally held steady or increased slightly depending on an individual’s focus area, responsibility and geographic base, according to the report. Read more →

Generous health insurance plans encourage overtreatment, but may not improve health

Offering comprehensive health insurance plans with low deductibles and co-pay in exchange for higher annual premiums seems like a good value for the risk averse, and a profitable product for insurance companies. But according to a forthcoming study in a leading scholarly marketing journal, the INFORMS journal Marketing Science, such plans can encourage individuals with chronic conditions to turn to needlessly expensive treatments that have little impact on their health outcomes. This in turn raises costs for the insurer and future prices for the insured. Read more →

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