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Thanks to 2017 leadership team and welcome to 2018 leaders

  Thanks to 2017 leadership team and welcome to 2018 leaders

It was great seeing many of the Analytics Society members at our business meeting in Houston, where we discussed our strong membership and financial picture, and also recognized winners of our keystone awards. In addition, we thanked our 2017 leadership team and introduced our 2018 leaders.

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Get in the game: coach a champion IAAA team

The 2018 Caterpillar and INFORMS Analytics Society Innovative Applications in Analytics Award (IAAA) competition is underway. By Nov. 15, the award’s judging panel will select six finalists from among 28 submissions. Each finalist team will be assigned a coach.

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Passing the torch at the Houston INFORMS conference

  Passing the torch at the Houston INFORMS conference

I look forward to the upcoming INFORMS Annual Meeting in Houston on Oct. 22-25, and I invite you to attend the business meeting of the Analytics Society on Monday, Oct. 23 from 6-7 p.m. At this meeting, we will review recent accomplishments, recognize the winners of our society-sponsored awards and hand over the leadership of the Analytics Society to the newly elected officers.

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Looking forward to the INFORMS conference in Houston

  Looking forward to the INFORMS conference in Houston

Another INFORMS Annual Meeting is fast approaching, set for Oct. 22-25 in Houston. It promises to be a great venue to meet other practitioners. The program is shaping up to be very interesting. Several plenary and keynote presentations will be given by industry representatives, and there will be a number of practice-oriented sessions spanning a diverse set of application areas.

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IAAA and Interfaces: a winning combination

The six finalists of the 2018 Innovative Applications of Analytics Award (IAAA) competition, sponsored by Caterpillar and the INFORMS Analytics Society, will receive expedited consideration for the publication of their winning work in a special issue of Interfaces, INFORMS premier journal of applied analytics.

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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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Recognizing analytics excellence

  Recognizing analytics excellence

At the recent INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research, the Analytics Society hosted a recognition breakfast for the winners and participants in competitions that the Society sponsors. The awards included the Innovative Applications in Analytics Award (IAAA), the Student Analytical Scholar Award and the Syngenta Crop Challenge. As these awards have grown in reputation and reach, we use this annual event to recognize and celebrate analytics excellence.

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Turner Broadcasting System wins 2017 IAAA

  Turner Broadcasting System wins 2017 IAAA

The Innovative Applications in Analytics Award (IAAA), sponsored by Caterpillar and the INFORMS Analytics Society, recognizes creative and unique applications of analytical techniques. As stated on the award website, the prize “promotes the awareness and value of the creative combination of analytics techniques in unusual applications to provide insights and business value.” To win the award, implementations must integrate theoretical advances and innovative applications in order to create value.

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Syngenta Crop Challenge applies analytics to solve global hunger

  Syngenta Crop Challenge applies analytics to solve global hunger

The 2017 Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics asked participants to use data analytics to predict which soybean seed variety – or assortment of varieties – is most likely to be chosen by farmers within a specific growing region. Since seed variety selection is one of the most important decisions farmers make each season and no two seasons are alike, data-driven models are increasingly being deployed in making seed decisions. By helping farmers increase the potential of their crop production, competitors are contributing to a solution for the growing issue of global hunger.

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See you in Las Vegas!

  See you in Las Vegas!

We hope to see many Analytics Society members in Las Vegas for the upcoming INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research be held April 2-4. As shared in previous communications, the Analytics Society is organizing many exciting events for the conference.

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Analytics Blog

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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Three keys for organizations to gain value from information

In the current information-driven society and increasingly digitalized world, Gartner, Inc. says that sentiments are shifting from the economics of tangible assets to the economics of information – “infonomics” – and other intangible assets. Infonomics is the theory, study and discipline of asserting economic significance to information. It strives to apply both economic and asset management principles and practices to the valuation, handling and deployment of information assets.  Read more →

Burtch Works study on ‘Salaries of Predictive Analytics Professionals’

According to the recently released Burtch Works study on “Salaries of Predictive Analytics Professionals 2017,” senior-level executives saw the largest increase in salaries from 2016 to 2017, and industry diversification of employment has diluted the concentration of such professionals from financial services and marketing/advertising to consulting and technology. Read more →

New study asks, ‘Is your business AI-ready?’

Despite fears that robots will replace human labor, the majority of artificial intelligence (AI) leaders (79 percent) expect their employees will work comfortably with robots by 2020, according to a new Genpact survey of C-Suite and senior executives titled, “Is Your Business AI-Ready?” Read more →

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2017 Winter Simulation Conference (WSC 2017)
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