2015 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research
Huntington Beach, Calif.
CORS - INFORMS Joint International Meeting
Le Centre Sheraton, Montreal
INFORMS Healthcare 2015
Feb. 19-20, 2015
Data Analytics for Action & Impact:Transforming Data to Goal-Driven Insight for the Data-Rich yet Information-Poor
2015 Analytics Applications Summit
Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, Harrisburg, Pa. (Free event)
Analytics Section of INFORMS NewsINFORMS Healthcare Conference seeks abstract
The Analytics Section will sponsor an invited session cluster at the INFORMS Healthcare Conference in Nashville, Tenn., July 29-31. The Section welcomes abstracts on topics related to analytics applications in healthcare including operations management, medical decision-making, big data, data mining and health analytics to name a few.Read More
Analytics Section of INFORMS NewsCall for volunteers: Contribute to the success of the Analytics Section
The Analytics Section of INFORMS has received several messages from Section members who would like to volunteer their time, but there are still opportunities for you to participate! Based on the member survey taken in September, we were delighted to find a significant number of respondents offering to volunteer some of their time to help us move our agenda forward.Read More
Analytics Section of INFORMS NewsUpdate on the Analytics Section’s focus areas for 2015
The Analytics Section of INFORMS will provide regular updates to the INFORMS community on five primary focus areas for 2015, each being coordinated and reported on by the Section’s officers: Capabilities (Jim Williams, VP), Recognition (Glenn Wegryn, President), Visibility (Polly Mitchell-Guthrie, Secretary), Conferences (Tarun Mohan Lal, Treasurer) and Outreach (Wegryn).Read 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.