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UPS wins Gartner BI Excellence Award

UPS was awarded the 2011 Gartner Business Intelligence (BI) Excellence Award following a presentation and subsequent vote of more than a thousand delegates at the Gartner Business Intelligence Summit held May 2-4 in Los Angeles. Jack Levis, director of process management at UPS, made the presentation and accepted the award on behalf of the package delivery and logistics behemoth headquartered in Sandy Springs, Ga.

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Worldwide BI, analytics, PM software market tops $10 billion

Worldwide business intelligence (BI) platform, analytic applications and performance management (PM) software revenue reached $10.5 billion in 2010, a 13.4 percent increase from 2009 revenue of $9.3 billion, according to Gartner, Inc.

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INFORMS launches Section on Analytics

As part of its outreach to the greater analytics community, the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) announced the establishment of a new Section on Analytics.

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Analyze This!: Let’s get this analytics party hopping

In my ongoing quest to figure out what’s going on in the world of analytics, I’ve recently been to the Predictive Analytics World (PAW) conference and the INFORMS Business Analytics and Operations Research conference in Chicago. I have seen dozens of presentations, heard scores of panel discussions and had a million or so conversations. In no particular order, here are some of my impressions.

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ADVIZOR brings BI, data analysis to the masses

ADVIZOR Solutions announced a new line of product offerings focused on individual data analysis.

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Lawson introduces Lawson Analytics for healthcare

Lawson Software has introduced Lawson Analytics for Healthcare, a new analytic solution that will offer healthcare organizations a simple way to connect staffing, clinical and financial information for better decision making. Lawson Analytics for Healthcare is designed to help deliver the benefits of a major business intelligence project at a fraction of the cost and time.

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Walmart acquires social media company Kosmix

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Kosmix, underscoring its commitment to social and mobile commerce. Kosmix, based in Mountain View, Calif., has developed a social media technology platform that filters and organizes content in social networks to connect people with real-time information that matters to them.

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SAS endorses STEM recommendations for boosting math and science outcomes

Business analytics company SAS has endorsed the new “Vital Signs” reports that offer state-by-state recommendations on strengthening K-12 math and science to prepare students to compete globally. SAS CEO and founder Jim Goodnight urged state leaders to resist political pressure to lower expectations.

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New York State recovers $83 million in tax debt with IBM technology

New York State recovered $83 million in delinquent taxes last year thanks in large part to the deployment of the IBM Tax Collections Optimizer. The $83 million represents an 8 percent increase from 2009 and is double the average increase in prior years before the new technology was introduced.

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GE smart grid automates electric distribution systems

GE Intelligent Platforms recently announced the availability of its newest solution for the electric distribution industry, Proficy Grid Manager, a targeted portfolio of proven grid optimization software technologies for local utilities.

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Headlines

Study: The magic of animated movies not tied to latest technology

In the nearly 60 years between the 1939 release of Hollywood’s first full-length animated movie, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and modern hits like “Toy Story,” “Shrek” and more, advances in animation technology have revolutionized not only animation techniques, but moviemaking as a whole. However, a new study in the INFORMS journal Organization Science found that employing the latest technology doesn’t always ensure creative success for a film. Read more →

Six finalists named for Edelman Award

INFORMS selected a diverse group of six finalists for the 47th 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 2018 finalists, who will present their work before a panel of judges at the INFORMS Conference on Analytics & Operations Research in Baltimore on April 15-17, included innovative applications in broadcasting, healthcare, communication, inventory management, vehicle fleet management and alternative energy. Read more →

Are Super Bowl ads worth it? New research suggests benefits persist

On Feb. 4, more than 40 percent of U.S. households will watch the 2018 Super Bowl game on TV. Advertisers will pay up to $4 million for a 30-second spot during the telecast. Is the high cost of advertising worth it? A new study finds that the benefits from Super Bowl ads persist well into the year with increased sales during other sporting events. Further, the research finds that the gains in sales are much more substantial when the advertiser is the sole advertiser from its market category or niche in a particular event. Read more →

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