2015 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research
Huntington Beach, Calif.
CORS - INFORMS Joint International Meeting
Le Centre Sheraton, Montreal
INFORMS Healthcare 2015
2015 Analytics Applications Summit
Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, Harrisburg, Pa. (Free event)
Analytics Section of INFORMS NewsConference Updates
Healthcare Conference: Section Past President Don Kleinmuntz and Treasurer Tarun Mohan Lal are organizing an analytics cluster of sessions/presentations at the upcoming INFORMS Healthcare Conference in Nashville, Tenn., July 29-31. The cluster will have speakers from several healthcare provider organizations and vendor groups.Read More
Analytics Section of INFORMS NewsSave the Date for CAP Information Session
A Certified Analytics Professional (CAP) event will be held April 13 during the 2015 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research in Huntington Beach, Calif. Section members, along with other conference attendees, are encouraged to attend this informative session to better understand the value a certification can bring to a career.Read More
Analytics Section of INFORMS NewsINFORMS Professional Colloquium
The INFORMS Professional Colloquium (IPC), a one-day program set for April 12 in conjunction with the 2015 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research, enhances the experience for a select group of 20 students (mostly Ph.D.s, a few MS and MBA students) who are near graduation and who want to enter industry rather than academia. The colloquium will cover real-world case studies, job searching, a “day in the life of an O.R. professional,” and other useful topics, capped by a reception with the students and sponsors prior to the job fair receptionRead More
Gartner: Nearly one-third of organizations to use cloud
Nearly one-third of organizations either already use or plan to use cloud or software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings to augment their core business intelligence (BI) functions, according to Gartner, Inc.
According to a survey of 1,364 IT managers and business users of BI platforms in the fourth quarter of 2011, only 17 percent of organizations have replaced or plan to replace parts of their core BI functions with cloud/SaaS offerings. However, 27 percent already use or plan to use cloud/SaaS options to augment their BI capabilities for specific lines of business or subject areas in the next 12 months.
“Business users are often frustrated by the deployment cycles, costs, complicated upgrade processes and IT infrastructures demanded by on-premises BI solutions,” says James Richardson, research director at Gartner. “SaaS- and cloud-based BI is perceived as offering a quicker, potentially lower-cost and easier-to-deploy alternative, though this has yet to be proven. It’s evident that, despite growing interest, the market is confused about what cloud/SaaS BI and analytics are and what they can deliver.”
Gartner has identified three major drivers for the adoption of cloud/SaaS offerings for BI, analytics and performance management:
Time to value: The use of SaaS BI may lead to faster deployment, insight and value, particularly where IT is constrained by existing work and/or limited budget so that it cannot respond to demands for information and analysis as quickly as the business requires.
Cost concerns: The cost dynamic differs between on-premises and SaaS models. Software purchased as a service can usually be expensed, rather than capitalized, on the balance sheet. Buyers often think that SaaS is cheaper, but the reality is that this is unproven. Gartner's cost models show SaaS can be cheaper over the first five years, but not thereafter. The long-term benefits lie elsewhere – in terms of cash flow, reduced IT support costs, etc.
Lack of available expertise: SaaS analytic applications offer prebuilt intellectual property that can help firms work around a lack of the skills needed to build their own analytic solutions.