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CAP designation demonstrates value in job market

  CAP designation demonstrates value in job market

The Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®) designation is becoming more valuable as a tool to distinguish the knowledgeable analytics professional. Employers are recognizing this, as evidenced by numerous tracking metrics that indicate more and more companies are listing CAP as a qualification in their job ads.

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Continuing education: Essential practice skills for analytics projects

  Continuing education: Essential practice skills for analytics projects

Patrick S. Noonan, a professor at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School whose experience with the management consulting profession spans 30 years, will teach an intensive, hands-on, two-day course on “Essential practice skills for high-impact analytics projects” on Sept. 28-29 in Arlington, Va. The course, part of INFORMS’ Continuing Education program, is aimed at analytics professionals looking to sharpen and expand their analytical skills for real-world problem-solving.

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How to renew your CAP certification

  How to renew your CAP certification

To anyone who earned Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®) status in 2013, it’s time to renew. CAP is a credential that includes a requirement to continue involvement in the analytics profession and to demonstrate compliance every three years. Certificate holders need to earn 30 professional development hours (PDUs) over the three years of certification in order to renew.

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New competition for tomorrow’s leaders in O.R. & analytics

INFORMS recently announced a new International O.R. & Analytics Team Competition, a unique student competition that provides a real-world workplace experience. Sponsored by Syngenta, the competition will feature teams of university students using identical data sets and software systems to solve a challenging business problem via an O.R./analytics approach. A panel of industry experts will judge the submissions.

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Video Learning Center features analytics conference highlights

  Video Learning Center features analytics conference highlights

If you couldn’t attend the 2016 INFORMS Conference on Analytics & Operations Research or if you were at the Orlando event but missed some presentations, the INFORMS Video Learning Center has you covered. Feel free to use the videos as teaching material or to share with others to let them know how OR/MS and analytics are helping to make a difference in the World.

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Analytic workshop features renowned management consultant and educator

Learn practical frameworks and systematic processes for addressing complex, real-world problems and how to facilitate effective action from Patrick Noonan, former management consultant, business owner and educator. Noonan combines a hands-on teaching and learning approach honed from faculty posts at Harvard, Duke and most recently Emory University with real-world experience from a business career spent at global management consulting giant McKinsey & Co. and the Planning Technologies Group, which he co-founded in 1990.

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‘Guide to the Analytics Body of Knowledge’

INFORMS is in the process of creating a “Guide to the Analytics Body of Knowledge” (ABOK) to further its goal of advancing the analytics profession and to complement its Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®) program. Many of you have already seen and participated in the survey to confirm the content areas.

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It’s CAP certification renewal time

No one should bother to renew or bother to read this if they can guarantee they’ll stay in the same job with the same people for the same company doing the same thing in the same way for the same pay. If any of these varies or has the potential to vary, then renewal is indicated. It’s worth it. Renew now because if you don’t, you may have to take the exam again especially if one or more of the preceding conditions changed. Renewal is definitely less hassle and it costs less money, not to mention the wear and tear it saves on your nerves.

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INFORMS International Conference set for Hawaii

The 2016 INFORMS International Conference will take place on June 12-15 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort on the Kohala Coast in Waikoloa, Hawaii. The invited tracks will span the full range of emerging topics from global supply chains to social networks, and all aspects in between. The informative program is designed to educate attendees on current advances that are at the cutting edge of the field anywhere in the world. Through a series of diverse speakers, panels, tutorials and structured networking, the conference will offer attendees a forum for rich intellectual exchange on a broad range of OR/MS applications.

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CAP program: FAQs and answers

Because the INFORMS Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®) program has two pathways – the Certified Analytics Professional (CAP) and the Associate Certified Analytics Professional (aCAP) – below are three frequently asked questions and answers regarding the program

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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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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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