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)
CAP NewsAnalytics Maturity Model: Check strengths, weaknesses to improve
The new INFORMS Analytics Maturity Model (AMM) is proving to be a reliable self-assessment tool for analytics experts who want to determine how well their organizations gain the benefits of analytics. AMM allows you to input data about your organization – data is double encrypted to ensure security – rank your use of analytics on a 10-point scale and reuse the model to do comparisons over time.Read More
Analytics Section of INFORMS NewsCelebrate and learn more about the INFORMS CAP program
Anyone interested in learning more about the INFORMS Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®) program and celebrating the program’s two-year anniversary is invited to a gathering on the afternoon of April 13 in Huntington Beach, Calif., in conjunction with the INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research.Read More
Analytics Section of INFORMS NewsVolunteers needed to organize track at INFORMS Annual Meeting
The Analytics Section of INFORMS aims to sponsor an invited session track at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Philadelphia on Nov. 1-4. The Section is looking for one or two volunteers to organize the track, which will involve putting out a call for presentation and/or approaching likely session chairs or speakers, then making sure abstracts are submitted by the appropriate deadlines.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.