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Appreciating our volunteers

  Appreciating our volunteers

I want to express my gratitude to all our volunteers! Without the many members who share their time and talents, we wouldn’t be able to provide valuable services to our community. These volunteers serve as judges on prize committees, run our website and LinkedIn group, mentor new members and organize meetings to name a few examples. Volunteers are the reason that our subdivision grew from a small section into one of the largest societies of INFORMS in only a few years.

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AIMMS and Wipro sign strategic global partnership agreement

AIMMS, a vendor of prescriptive analytics software, and Wipro Limited, a global information technology and consulting company, have joined forces in a strategic global partnership to help companies realize the benefits of advanced analytics with AIMMS-based applications.

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FICO survey: APAC banks to stop doing business with suppliers who fail cybersecurity audits

Banks across the Asia Pacific region will stop doing business with suppliers that fail cybersecurity audits, according to a recent poll by FICO. Three in four senior fraud managers surveyed said that they would be concerned enough to stop working with a partner, while another 16 percent said they weren’t sure if they would continue working with them. Only 8 percent of fraud managers said they would definitely continue doing business.

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Optimization Direct creates new algorithm for massive MIP models

With bigger and more global data sets, customers are presenting increasingly large and complex models to optimize. With these massive models, established optimization technology generally fails in that it can either find no solution at all or solutions that take too long to find or are too poor to have any value. ODHeuristics, a new algorithm created by Optimization Direct, is designed to run on modern multiprocessor machines.

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2018 IAAA competition accepting entries

Entries are now being accepted for the 2018 Innovative Applications of Analytics Award (IAAA) competition, sponsored by Caterpillar and the Analytics Society of INFORMS. The IAAA provides a forum for enterprising teams and organizations to receive recognition for applications that combine different types of analytics – descriptive, predictive and prescriptive – in creative and unique ways to achieve real-world impact.

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INFORMS Video Library showcases 2017 award finalists

Participants in the 2017 INFORMS Business Analytics Conference in Las Vegas last month had the opportunity to experience real-world case studies of a full spectrum of analytics in action, including the finalists for many of the INFORMS-sponsored awards. For those who missed the award presentations, videos of this year’s award finalists are now available at the INFORMS Video Library.

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Workshop aims to improve your essential soft skills

  Workshop aims to improve your essential soft skills

In Inc. Magazine, Lou Adler wrote that, “People don’t underperform because they lack technical skills. People underperform because they lack soft skills.” Corporations and institutes of higher education tend to focus on teaching, assessing and maintaining technical skills, which are vital. Are “soft skills” any less important? The Essential Practice Skills for High-Impact Analytics Projects workshop, part of the INFORMS Continuing Education program, is specifically designed to improve “soft skills” for analytics practitioners.

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Hiring managers offer advice for ‘new collar’ job seekers

  Hiring managers offer advice for ‘new collar’ job seekers

Three IBM hiring managers recently shared valuable advice for “new collar” job seekers pursuing careers in some of today’s fastest growing technology fields, from cloud computing and cybersecurity to cognitive systems and digital design.

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What you like in a CEO candidate may not deliver results

  What you like in a CEO candidate may not deliver results

Attributes that often get someone hired as CEO may not be the ones that drive success once they are at the helm of the company. That’s one of many provocative insights in a study by consulting firm ghSMART. The study, recently featured in Harvard Business Review, identifies characteristics that differentiate the most effective leaders.

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Paying for online reviews backfires among socially influential

  Paying for online reviews backfires among socially influential

Online user reviews have become an essential tool for consumers who increasingly rely on them to evaluate products and services before purchase. The business models of online review platforms such as Yelp and TripAdvisor and e-commerce sites such as Amazon and Expedia critically depend on them. Should such sites pay users to encourage them to write reviews?

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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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Holiday Retirement earns Edelman Award

Holiday Retirement won the 2017 Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Operations Research and the Management Sciences from INFORMS for its use of operations research (O.R.) to improve the pricing model for its more than 300 senior living communities across the United States. Read more →

U.S. Air Force and Disney receive the 2017 INFORMS Prize

The U.S. Air Force and The Walt Disney Company both received the 2017 INFORMS Prize for their pioneering and enduring integration of operations research (O.R.) and analytics programs into their organizations. The prizes were presented at the INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research in April in Las Vegas. Read more →

Air Force Academy’s O.R. program saluted

The U.S. Air Force Academy won the 2017 UPS George D. Smith Prize for its operations research (O.R.) program, which prepares graduates to become frontline O.R. practitioners as analysts in the Air Force. The program exposes more than 50 percent of cadets to at least one O.R. course and provides cadets the opportunity to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in O.R. Read more →

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