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INFORMS launches aCAP certification for early career analytics professionals

  INFORMS launches aCAP certification for early career analytics professionals

Since its inception in 2013, the Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®) program has enabled hundreds of organizations across 20 different countries (including 20 percent of the Fortune 100) to meet those challenges through its rigorous process of certifying top experienced analytics professionals. Now, the CAP program is helping organizations expand that ability to top early career professionals with the launch of its new Associate Certified Analytics Professional (aCAP) program.

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Associate CAP helps young analytics professionals stand out

  Associate CAP helps young analytics professionals stand out

The INFORMS Associate Certified Analytics Professional (aCAP™) program enables emerging analytics professionals to obtain a competitive advantage over their peers with the distinction of a certification, while affording them the opportunity to build the experience and soft skills necessary for a full CAP certification.

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INFORMS Prize submissions due Dec. 1

The deadline to apply for 2017 INFORMS Prize is Dec. 1, 2016. The INFORMS Prize is awarded for effective integration of advanced analytics and operations research/management sciences (OR/MS) in an organization.

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2017 INFORMS analytics conference accepting submissions

The deadline for submitting proposal presentations for the 2017 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research is Jan. 15, 2017. The conference will be held April 2-4 in Las Vegas.

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Williams, Burciaga to lead 2017 Analytics Certification Board

  Williams, Burciaga to lead 2017 Analytics Certification Board

Jim Williams, CAP, of FICO and Aaron Burciaga, CAP, of Accenture Digital have been elected chair and vice chair, respectively, of the 2017 Analytics Certification Board (ACB). The ACB, whose members are elected by INFORMS and CAP® designees, meets on a quarterly basis to provide oversight and guidance to the Certified Analytics Professional (CAP) and the Associate Certified Analytics Professional (aCAP) programs.

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Progress report: ‘Guide to the Analytics Body of Knowledge’

The “Guide to the Analytics Body of Knowledge” (ABOK) is nearing a first draft. Along with a study guide for those seeking Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®) status, ABOK can also be used by instructors to help with curriculum development, by HR managers to determine what the employees need to know, by regulators to understand the state of analytics practice, by employers to provide a career path for employees and by new-comers to analytics to understand more about the field

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Student Team Competition for tomorrow’s leaders in O.R. & analytics

A brand new INFORMS competition provides real-world workplace experience for undergraduate and master’s level students. Student teams will be given the same business problem, data sets and access to software to solve a challenging problem using an O.R./analytics approach. A panel of industry and academic experts will judge written submissions based on teams’ use of the full analytics process, from framing the problem to methodology selection, data use, model building, and innovation. Demonstrated “soft skills” in teamwork, communication and presentation will also be considered in judging.

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Continuing Ed: Essential practice skills for analytics projects

  Continuing Ed: Essential practice skills for analytics projects

Immediately following the upcoming 2016 Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn., INFORMS will host a unique continuing education opportunity. Patrick S. Noonan, a professor at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and whose experience with the management consulting profession spans 30 years, will teach an intensive, hands-on, two-day course titled “Essential practice skills for high-impact analytics projects” on Nov. 17-18 in Nashville.

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Editor’s Cut 2016, Vol. 5 (Big Data Analytics) now available

INFORMS Editor’s Cut is a new, open access, comprehensive online multimedia library that identifies and utilizes a variety of great information about operations research and analytics across a range of current topics and issues. The latest issue on Big Data Analytics provides access to a wealth of content, including journal articles, media stories, podcasts and videos, as well as a variety of additional information from INFORMS and other sources on key issues, challenges and opportunities in big data.

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INFORMS Annual Meeting provides valuable insight for practitioners

  INFORMS Annual Meeting provides valuable insight for practitioners

The program for the 2016 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn., on Nov. 13-16 features a variety of content targeting topics of interest to analytics practitioners. In addition to the presentation of the Daniel H. Wagner Prize, which recognizes excellence in analytics practice, a selection of plenary and keynote speakers from organizations such as IBM and Amazon, panel discussions, sessions and presentations will highlight the latest news and applications of analytics across a wide range of industries.

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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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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 →

UPCOMING ANALYTICS EVENTS

INFORMS-SPONSORED EVENTS

CONFERENCES

2017 INFORMS Healthcare Conference
July 26-28, 2017, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

CAP® EXAM SCHEDULE

CAP® Exam computer-based testing sites are available in 700 locations worldwide. Take the exam close to home and on your schedule:


 
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