Analytics Conference Highlights Growth of Analytics in Business, Government Decision Making


Ashley Smith
Public Affairs Coordinator

White House Rep, UPS VP, Executive Forum, World Series of Analytics

CHICAGO, March 22, 2011 – Business analytics, which has received plaudits from Harvard Business Review, Gartner, and Accenture for aiding better decisions at organizations, will be the focus of a conference hosted by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®). The conference focuses on ways that successful organizations use quantitative methods to analyze massive amounts of data.

The INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research takes place at the Marriott Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile from April 10-12.

The conference highlights will include keynotes by thought leaders in business and government:

  • Government: Shelley H. Metzenbaum, White House Office of Management and Budget, Associate Director for Performance and Personnel Management
  • Business: UPS Vice President of Engineering Chuck Holland. Chuck Holland, vice president of industrial engineering, UPS, will serve as a plenary speaker. During his discussion, he will review strategies to help organizations with business problems that will help improve operating effectiveness. Holland will tap his 34-year career in engineering, operations, and technology to provide senior decision makers with the tools needed to remain competitive in the marketplace

 Other highlights will be:

  • A high level panel on growing an analytics capability in an organization hosted by Computerworld columnist Thornton May.
  • An Executive Forum with speakers from Best Buy, Gartner, SAS, Sirius XM Radio and representatives (tentatively) attending from Bank of America, Booz Allen Hamilton, Cisco, Deloitte Consulting, IBM, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and Walmart/Sam’s Club
  • The annual Franz Edelman Award competition, this year featuring teams from CSAV, Fluor Corporation, The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Intercontinental Hotels Group, Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, and the State of New York Department of Taxation

 Additional information about the conference is here.

For press passes and interviews, contact Barry List, 1-800-4INFORMs.


The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®) is an international scientific society with 10,000 members, including Nobel Prize laureates, dedicated to applying scientific methods to help improve decision-making, management, and operations. Members of INFORMS work in business, government, and academia. They are represented in fields as diverse as airlines, health care, law enforcement, the military, financial engineering, and telecommunications. INFORMS serves the scientific and professional needs of operations research analysts, experts in analytics, consultants, scientists, students, educators, and managers, as well as their institutions, by publishing a variety of journals that describe the latest research in operations research. INFORMS Online (IOL) is at Further information about operations research can be found at