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Argus Insights introduces Consumer Innovation Analytics

Argus Insights, Inc. announced the introduction of Consumer Innovation Analytics (CIA), a Web-based analytics platform designed to improve the product innovation cycle. Designed with product marketing and development communities in mind, CIA provides competitive landscapes and the ability to drill down to the product detail.

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India’s Escorts Group embraces IBM smarter computing for group-wide ERP

The Escorts Group, one of India’s leading engineering conglomerates, is adopting IBM’s smarter computing approach to information technology. Through an agreement with IBM, Escorts Group will receive a workload-optimized hardware solution to replace the company’s existing ERP system infrastructure.

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SAS predictive analytics rank highly in inaugural Victory Index

SAS has been included in the inaugural Victory Index report from Hurwitz & Associates on predictive analytics. SAS was among 12 companies to be evaluated and was recognized based on strength of brand and for providing a comprehensive solution set to tackle a range of problems.

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1010data receives Safe Harbor Certification for cloud-based big data analytics platform

1010data, Inc. received the U.S.-European Union (EU) Safe Harbor certification from the U.S. Department of Commerce. 1010data’s stringent privacy and security policies successfully met the requirements as outlined in the Safe Harbor agreement.

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FICO awarded eight patents for credit scoring, fraud detection and predictive analytics offerings

FICO was recently awarded eight patents by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for inventions underlying FICO offerings in credit scoring, fraud detection and predictive analytics.

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Frontline Systems enters data mining market with XLMiner Add-in for Excel

Frontline Systems, developers of the Excel Solver and a full line of advanced optimization and simulation software products for Excel, has entered the market for data mining and “predictive analytics” by acquiring all rights to XLMiner, the leading Excel-based add-in for data mining, from its prior owners and distributors, Cytel Software Inc. and Statistics.com LLC.

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Analytics makes positive difference in recovering travel industry

As the travel industry continues to recover from the recession, it’s imperative that each segment of the ecosystem better understand customer behavior, increase bookings and build revenue to their sites, which analytics makes possible, according to the latest report published by Heavy Reading IP Services Insider (www.heavyreading.com/entvoip).

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Pittsburgh Pirates tap SAS Analytics

Baseball loves the numbers, both traditional RBIs and ERAs plus newer sabermetric measures like walks plus hits per inning pitched (WHIP) and value over replacement player (VORP). As “Moneyball” has become a valued statistical approach to selecting talent, teams such as the Pittsburgh Pirates are also embracing analytics to improve operations and marketing and build stronger relationships with fans.

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Gartner: Industrialized low-cost IT services to transform IT services market

Chief information officers (CIOs) should consider adopting industrialized, low-cost IT services (ILCS) to reduce the cost of “running the business,” while controlling the risk, integration and customization issues, to increase the business value of IT and enhance its perception by the business, according to Gartner, Inc

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‘Watson,’ WellPoint team up to improve patient care

WellPoint, Inc. and IBM announced an agreement to create the first commercial applications of the IBM Watson technology. Under the agreement, WellPoint will develop and launch Watson-based solutions to help improve patient care through the delivery of up-to-date, evidence-based health care for millions of Americans.

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Headlines

Fighting terrorists online: Identifying extremists before they post content

New research has found a way to identify extremists, such as those associated with the terrorist group ISIS, by monitoring their social media accounts, and can identify them even before they post threatening content. The research, “Finding Extremists in Online Social Networks,” which was recently published in the INFORMS journal Operations Research, was conducted by Tauhid Zaman of the MIT, Lt. Col. Christopher E. Marks of the U.S. Army and Jytte Klausen of Brandeis University. Read more →

Syrian conflict yields model for attrition dynamics in multilateral war

Based on their study of the Syrian Civil War that’s been raging since 2011, three researchers created a predictive model for multilateral war called the Lanchester multiduel. Unless there is a player so strong it can guarantee a win regardless of what others do, the likely outcome of multilateral war is a gradual stalemate that culminates in the mutual annihilation of all players, according to the model. Read more →

SAS, Samford University team up to generate sports analytics talent

Sports teams try to squeeze out every last bit of talent to gain a competitive advantage on the field. That’s also true in college athletic departments and professional team offices, where entire departments devoted to analyzing data hunt for sports analytics experts that can give them an edge in a game, in the stands and beyond. To create this talent, analytics company SAS will collaborate with the Samford University Center for Sports Analytics to support teaching, learning and research in all areas where analytics affects sports, including fan engagement, sponsorship, player tracking, sports medicine, sports media and operations. Read more →

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