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U.S. Air Force and Disney receive the 2017 INFORMS Prize

The U.S Air Force (left side) and The Walt Disney Company (right side) were co-recipients of the 2017 INFORMS Prize.

The U.S. Air Force and The Walt Disney Company both received the 2017 INFORMS Prize for their pioneering and enduring integration of operations research (O.R.) and analytics programs into their organizations. The prizes were presented at the INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research in April in Las Vegas.

The INFORMS Prize honors effective integration of operations research into organizational decision-making. The award is given to organizations that have repeatedly applied the principles of O.R. in pioneering, varied, novel and lasting ways.

The U.S. Air Force launched its operations research program in 1942, which has since grown to include approximately 539 military and 849 civilian operations research analysts serving in nearly 300 Air Force organizations and agencies. The diverse applications of O.R. span operational effectiveness, acquisition of new systems, cost analysis, manpower and personnel, along with logistics and infrastructure. Air Force analysts provide timely, credible and defendable analyses that have been and continue to be essential to informing decisions.

“The Air Force’s commitment to operations research was forged 75 years ago in the urgency of World War II and continues today,” says Kevin Williams, director of Air Force studies, analyses and assessments. “We continue to drive analytical innovation and excellence as we address the challenges of the future in nearly every facet of the planning and execution mission of the United States Air Force.”

From improving the consumer and guest experience, to creative content development and operational excellence, The Walt Disney Company uniquely leverages diverse analytic applications to create innovation and value across nearly every system and organization within the company. In addition, Disney brings together analytics professionals and industry leaders to connect and share best practices to advance the field as part of an annual conference.

“Driven by our desire to create, innovate, learn and inspire, we use analytics and data to enhance our business in unique ways,” says Mark W. Shafer, senior vice president, revenue & profit management, The Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “At Disney, we’re storytellers, and analytics have become part of our story, and will ensure we continue to create magic for years to come.”

 

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