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Profit Center: What is analytics?

Definitions are useful to the extent they serve a purpose. So, is defining “analytics” important?
Yes and no. It’s not likely that we’ll ever arrive at a conclusive definition of analytics, but discussing what is and isn’t within its realm provides cohesive boundaries; boundaries that can help analytics emerge as an academic discipline, a field of business or a career.

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Analyze This!: ‘Shareholder engagement’ keys analytics teams’ success at Cisco

To understand what analytics in a large organization looks like, I recently paid a visit to Cisco. I had several reasons for choosing Cisco. To work at Cisco is to live with constant organizational change, as the company has acquired and integrated 144 other firms [1] since 1993, stitching them together to form an increasingly broad set of products.

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Big data, analytics and the path from insights to value

In every industry, in every part of the world, senior leaders wonder whether they are getting full value from the massive amounts of information they already have within their organizations.

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Inside Story: Welcome (Back) to Analytics

Welcome to the second issue of Analytics! We hope you enjoyed the premiere issue distributed in March and April and are now ready to learn even more about the wonderful world of business analytics. This digital magazine provides you with a comprehensive look at the analytics profession through news articles, features, columns and departments. More than 5,000 unique visitors sampled the first issue of Analytics, making it an unqualified success.

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Inside Story: Movers & Shakers

Some of the biggest names in the high-tech software and consulting universe – IBM, SAS, Microsoft and Fair Isaac to name just a few – have seen the future of business in this increasingly international, interconnected world and the future is … analytics.

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Business-to-business: The Evolution of Pricing

The business-to-business (B2B) landscape is littered with a vast array of manufacturers, distributors and service providers. Each one, unique in its own way, has a process to create pricing for the organization. At one company, a new salesperson makes a gut-feel estimate of how much to increase the price of a high-visibility item.

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Corporate Profile: McDonald’s Corp.

    Corporate Profile: McDonald’s Corp.

With 32,000 restaurants in 118 countries, McDonald’s is the largest franchise-owned restaurant chain within the quick service industry. After 50plus years, McDonald’s continues to make tremendous strides within its brand. Whether it’s global re-imaging, new bold tastes added to the menu or increasing the efficiency of service, the change is dramatic and the customers are “lovin’ it”.

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Executive Edge: The Rise of Strategic Analytics

    Executive Edge: The Rise of Strategic Analytics

Analytics isn’t a new subject, even for me. Like most professors, I did a lot of analytics in graduate school, and even had a real job as head of statistical computing at Harvard for a while. Then I lost interest for 20 years outside of an occasional correlation or regression analysis.

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Corporate Profile: Analytics At UPS

Founded in 1907 as a messenger company in Seattle, Wash., United Parcel Service (UPS) has grown into a $51.5 billion corporation by clearly focusing on the goal of enabling commerce around the globe. Today, UPS is a global company with one of the most recognized and admired brands in the world.

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Software Survey: Resources for Spreadsheet Analysts

Spreadsheets have been an important platform for analytics ever since VisiCalc launched in 1979. Spreadsheets put the power of mathematical modeling and computer programming into the hands of anyone with a PC. Today, spreadsheets are as much a part of the modern office as a desk; it’s virtually impossible to find a knowledge worker without a copy of Excel on her PC.

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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 →

UPCOMING ANALYTICS EVENTS

INFORMS-SPONSORED EVENTS

INFORMS Annual Meeting
Nov. 4-7, 2018, Phoenix

Winter Simulation Conference
Dec. 9-12, 2018, Gothenburg, Sweden

OTHER EVENTS

Applied AI & Machine Learning | Comprehensive
Starts Oct. 29, 2018 (live online)


The Analytics Clinic
Citizen Data Scientists | Why Not DIY AI?
Nov. 8, 2018, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Advancing the Analytics-Driven Organization
Jan. 28–31, 2019, 1 p.m.– 5 p.m. (live online)


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