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2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting heading to Phoenix

  2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting heading to Phoenix

The 2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting will be held Nov. 4-7 at the Phoenix Convention Center and Hyatt Regency Phoenix in the heart of downtown Phoenix. The Hyatt is just across the street from the Convention Center and both venues are within walking distance to many popular attractions.

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Essential practice skills workshop scheduled for Washington, D.C.

  Essential practice skills workshop scheduled for Washington, D.C.

Patrick Noonan, a former management consultant, business owner and college professor, will lead a two-day workshop in the Washington, D.C., area as part of INFORMS’ Professional Development and Continuing Education program. The workshop, entitled, “Essential Practice Skills for High-Impact Analytics Projects,” will be held Sept. 19-20 at the AMA Washington D.C. Area Executive Conference Center in Arlington, Va.

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Society focuses on member value, including regional conferences

  Society focuses on member value, including regional conferences

As we move into the heat of summer, we continue to focus on value for our members. With that goal in mind, plans for regional meetings coordinated with INFORMS’ local chapters are moving ahead, including conferences set for Seattle and Chicago in the near future. Other local chapters have expressed interest in using this format for launching their own regional conferences, which allow our members to collaborate while invigorating the respective local chapters. Local chapters interested in participating should reach out to me or any of our officers. INFORMS Connect (http://connect.informs.org/) is a good way to do this.

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Most brands fall short of applying customer analytics in real time

  Most brands fall short of applying customer analytics in real time

With the convergence of digital technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and the internet of things (IoT), opportunities are surging for brands to use advanced analytics to learn – and deliver on – what their customers expect in any given moment and place. A new study, conducted by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services and sponsored by SAS, Intel and Accenture Applied Intelligence, reports that companies using customer analytics are already achieving notable gains. Yet most believe themselves to be a far cry from effectively servicing their customers in real time.

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Closer C-level collaboration needed to bridge gap in cyber readiness

  Closer C-level collaboration needed to bridge gap in cyber readiness

With the proliferation of more and more sensitive data, expanding connectivity, and the adoption of automated processes, new research from Accenture reveals that C-suite and IT decision-makers need to embrace a different approach to cybersecurity to effectively protect against future cyber risks. While most companies have a chief information security officer (CISO) or assigned cybersecurity to a C-suite executive, such as a chief information officer (CIO), often, these leaders have limited influence on cybersecurity strategy outside their departments.

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Do ‘top’ online rankings really help sell products or services?

  Do ‘top’ online rankings really help sell products or services?

Anyone who shops online is familiar with those “top-rated” products or services that rise to the top of their search on e-commerce intermediary sites like Amazon or Expedia. So, do those rankings really help those products or services get sold? According to a new study, the answer is, “yes” and “no.”

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Report: Automotive industry to invest $3.3 billion in big data in 2018

  Report: Automotive industry to invest $3.3 billion in big data in 2018

Big data investments in the automotive industry are expected to surpass $3.3 billion in 2018, according to a report by SNS Telecom & IT. Amid the proliferation of real-time and historical data from sources such as connected devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional applications, big data is rapidly gaining traction from a diverse range of vertical sectors.

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Digital vs. print books: playing favorites can hurt overall book sales

  Digital vs. print books: playing favorites can hurt overall book sales

Since the first e-book platform launched in 2007, e-book sales grew to comprise 20 percent of all book sales by 2015. To ensure the increasing popularity of e-books do not undermine the success of their printed counterparts, publishers frequently delay the digital publication date for several weeks after the print edition has been released.

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INFORMS launches Recognition and Development Department

  INFORMS launches Recognition and Development Department

INFORMS recently launched the Recognition and Development Department to promote charitable giving opportunities to support the profession, INFORMS programs, the robust INFORMS awards program, as well as a new focus on scholarship opportunities. This new initiative invites INFORMS members to designate donations to support existing INFORMS awards and programs, as well as identify and cultivate new award and scholarship opportunities.

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Society plans high-quality, regional conferences

  Society plans high-quality, regional conferences

Having more meetings for Society members to showcase their work and to network and learn from others is important to the membership. I’m grateful to our past president Stefan Karisch and the INFORMS office for working diligently to make this a reality. Our goal is to work with local chapters, Analytics Society members and the INFORMS office to create high-quality, regional conferences. This will not only benefit our members, but it can also revitalize the local chapter. Of course, I am also hoping those participants join our important society.

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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 →

UPCOMING ANALYTICS EVENTS

INFORMS-SPONSORED EVENTS

INFORMS Annual Meeting
Nov. 4-7, 2018, Phoenix

Winter Simulation Conference
Dec. 9-12, 2018, Gothenburg, Sweden

OTHER EVENTS

Applied AI & Machine Learning | Comprehensive
Sept. 10-13, 17-20 and 24-25


Advancing the Analytics-Driven Organization
Sept. 17-20, 12-5 p.m. LIVE Online


The Analytics Clinic: Ensemble Models: Worth the Gains?
Sept. 20, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


Predictive Analytics: Failure to Launch Webinar
Oct. 3, 11 a.m.


Advancing the Analytics-Driven Organization
Oct. 1-4, 12 p.m.-5 p.m.


Applied AI & Machine Learning | Comprehensive
Oct. 15-19, Washington, D.C.


Making Data Science Pay
Oct. 29 -30, 12 p.m.-5 p.m.


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