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2018 Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics winner announced

  2018 Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics winner announced

Syngenta and the Analytics Society of INFORMS are proud to recognize a team from the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Colombia as the winner of the 2018 Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics. The competition, hosted by the Analytics Society of INFORMS, concluded during the 2018 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research in Baltimore, where five finalist teams presented their submissions to the Crop Challenge Prize Committee.

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Society plays a big role at analytics conference

  Society plays a big role at analytics conference

Well, it is hard to believe the INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research is over. I strongly believe this is the best conference anywhere. It was great seeing so many members of the Analytics Society in attendance.

Our members remain very involved and contributed throughout the conference. Don Kleinmutz, a former society president, served as emcee of the Edelman Gala, which is always a conference highlight. Don was witty, entertaining and styling in a tuxedo.

Many other members made presentations, served on panels and supported multiple competitions.

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Winners of 2018 Innovative Applications in Analytics Award named

When it comes to the winners of the 2018 Caterpillar and INFORMS Analytics Society Innovative Applications in Analytics Award (IAAA), which were announced during the recent INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research in Baltimore, it is apparently better to be safe than safer. The award recognizes organizations for applications that feature novel combinations of descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics to achieve meaningful results.

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Society gearing up for INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics

  Society gearing up for INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics

Officers of the Analytics Society of INFORMS are looking forward to seeing Society members at the 2018 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research on April 15-17 in Baltimore. Please come by and say hello. Just as important, encourage others to join the society of more than 1,800 analytics professionals. At the conference we will showcase our Innovative Applications in Analytics Award and the Syngenta Crop Challenge.

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Analytics Society looking forward to a productive analytics conference

  Analytics Society looking forward to a productive analytics conference

The 2018 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research is approaching and Analytics Society officers are looking forward to seeing many of our members in Baltimore on April 15-17. The Society’s Prize Committees are working hard in preparation for the Innovative Applications in Analytics Award and the Syngenta Crop Challenge. I am grateful for the professionalism and hard work of these committees. It shows the power of our great membership.

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Innovative and Pro Bono Analytics: a winning combination

  Innovative and Pro Bono Analytics: a winning combination

When Wes Chaar, José Antonio Carabajal, CAP, and Peter Williams from Turner Broadcasting won the 2017 Caterpillar and INFORMS Analytics Society Innovative Applications in Analytics Award (IAAA) for their application entitled “Audience Targeting Solutions Powered by Advanced Analytics,” they knew that they wanted to do some good with their $2,000 in prize money. Fortunately, they did not have to look far; they decided to team up with the INFORMS Pro Bono Analytics (PBA) program to support two important initiatives.

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Nominations due soon for Early Career Professionals’ Network event

Nominations are due Feb. 28 for graduate students or recent graduates seeking industry positions who are interesting in attending the Early Career Professionals’ Network (ECPN) event to be held April 15 during the INFORMS Business Analytics Conference in Baltimore. ECPN combines the former INFORMS Professional Colloquium (IPC) and Early Career Connections (ECC) events.

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Moving forward: award finalists, local meetings, engaging members

  Moving forward: award finalists, local meetings, engaging members

The Analytics Society of INFORMS continues to move forward with its priority initiatives of awards, local meetings and engaging members. The purpose is to provide value to our more than 1,800 members.

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Society turns its attention to awards and regional meetings

  Society turns its attention to awards and regional meetings

With the 2017 INFORMS Annual Meeting behind us, the Analytics Society is turning its sights to its awards and regional meetings. The Society’s Prize Committee has been very busy analyzing entries for the Innovative Applications in Analytics Award. The committee received 29 high-quality entries and is doing due diligence in analyzing each one. The Society is looking forward to presentations by six finalists at the INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & O.R. in Baltimore in April 2018. The judges will have a tough decision picking a winner.

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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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Headlines

Former INFORMS President Cook named to U.S. Census committee

Tom Cook, a former president of INFORMS, a founding partner of Decision Analytics International and a member of the National Academy of Engineering, was recently named one of five new members of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Census Scientific Advisory Committee (CSAC). The committee meets twice a year to address policy, research and technical issues relating to a full range of Census Bureau programs and activities, including census tests, policies and operations. The CSAC will meet for its fall 2018 meeting at Census Bureau headquarters in Suitland, Md., Sept. 13-14. Read more →

Gartner identifies six barriers to becoming a digital business

As organizations continue to embrace digital transformation, they are finding that digital business is not as simple as buying the latest technology – it requires significant changes to culture and systems. A recent Gartner, Inc. survey found that only a small number of organizations have been able to successfully scale their digital initiatives beyond the experimentation and piloting stages. “The reality is that digital business demands different skills, working practices, organizational models and even cultures,” says Marcus Blosch, research vice president at Gartner. Read more →

Innovation and speculation drive stock market bubble activity

A group of data scientists conducted an in-depth analysis of major innovations and stock market bubbles from 1825 through 2000 and came away with novel takeaways of their own as they found some very distinctive patterns in the occurrence of bubbles over 175 years. The study authors detected bubbles in approximately 73 percent of the innovations they studied, revealing the close relationship between innovation and stock market bubbles. Read more →

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Oct. 3, 11 a.m.


Advancing the Analytics-Driven Organization
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