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Metro areas with the best, worst markets for STEM workers

  Metro areas with the best, worst markets for STEM workers

With STEM jobs expected to grow 1.7 times faster than non-STEM professions in the coming years, the personal-finance website WalletHub followed up on its “Best & Worst Cities to Find a Job” report with an in-depth analysis of 2017’s “Best & Worst Metro Areas for STEM Professionals.”

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INFORMS announces 2017 Edelman Award finalists

  INFORMS announces 2017 Edelman Award finalists

INFORMS announced six finalists for the 46th annual Franz Edelman Award for Achievements in Operations Research and Management Science, the world’s most prestigious award for achievement in the practice of analytics and O.R. The 2017 Edelman Award will be presented at the INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research in Las Vegas on April 2-4.

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E-commerce platforms should focus on sellers, not buyers

  E-commerce platforms should focus on sellers, not buyers

E-commerce platforms such as Uber and eBay, which link sellers and buyers, face the perennial dilemma of what is more lucrative, supporting the needs of the buyers or the sellers.

The traditional belief has been that it is more important to focus on buyers, who create demand, than on sellers. A forthcoming study in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science, sheds new light on this dilemma with the discovery that sellers are in fact 3.5 times more impactful than buyers in driving growth of e-commerce platforms.

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Israeli Ministry of Health reverses blood donation policy

  Israeli Ministry of Health reverses blood donation policy

The Israeli Ministry of Health recently agreed to reverse a blood donation policy and will now allow some Ethiopian immigrants, homosexuals and elderly people to donate blood. According to the Jerusalem Post, the change is a result of “new local and foreign epidemiological data and the improvement in medical technologies and risk assessment.”

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Johns Hopkins Hospital opens capacity command center

  Johns Hopkins Hospital opens capacity command center

The Johns Hopkins Hospital has launched a state-of-the-art, advanced hospital control center. The Judy Reitz Capacity Command Center, designed and built with GE Healthcare Partners (GE), combines the latest in systems engineering, predictive analytics and innovative problem-solving to better manage patient safety, experience, volume and the movement of patients in and out of the hospital, enabling greater access to Johns Hopkins’ lifesaving services.

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Security spending potentially a misleading indicator of success

Organizations spend an average of 5.6 percent of the overall IT budget on IT security and risk management, according to the most recent IT Key Metrics Data from Gartner, Inc. However, IT security spending ranges from approximately 1 percent to 13 percent of the IT budget and is potentially a misleading indicator of program success, analysts said.

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Golden State Warriors, Accenture team to re-imagine fan experience

  Golden State Warriors, Accenture team to re-imagine fan experience

The Golden State Warriors, GSW Arena LLC and Accenture recently announced a multi-year partnership to reinvent the fan and community experience at Chase Center and the surrounding district. Accenture will begin its relationship with the Warriors this season at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. Accenture will also be a founding partner of Chase Center, the state-of-the-art sports and entertainment complex to be built in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood, which is planned to open for the start of the 2019-20 NBA season.

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Gartner: Four forces driving a data-centric future for marketers

The convergence of marketing technology (Martech) and advertising technology (Adtech), event-triggered and real-time marketing techniques, personalization and the use of contextual clues are the four key forces that point to a data-centric future for marketers, according to a recent report from Gartner.

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Business execs lack confidence in insights from data and analytics

  Business execs lack confidence in insights from data and analytics

Most business leaders today believe in the value of using data and analytics (D&A) throughout their organizations, but say they lack confidence in their ability to measure the effectiveness and impact of D&A, and mistrust the analytics used to help drive decision-making, according to a new survey from KPMG International.

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MORS to hold Emerging Techniques Special Meeting

  MORS to hold Emerging Techniques Special Meeting

The inaugural Military Operations Research Society (MORS) Emerging Techniques Special Meeting (METSM) will be held Dec. 6-7 at the Hilton Mark Center in Alexandria, Va. The meeting will feature high-quality technical presentations from leading experts from both inside and outside the MORS family and provide an opportunity for consumers of analysis and non-traditional providers of analysis to meet and share their needs and capabilities.

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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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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. Read more →

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? Read more →

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