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My boss in the 70s (head of the OR Department) used to say that an OR project should provide hemibel improvements (on the order of 3 times). The reasoning involved the inaccuracies of models and the costs of implementing changes. Read more

OR Exchange is your question-and-answer portal on O.R. and analytics topics. Anyone can participate and earn "karma." Can you answer any of these (so-far) unanswered questions on relaxing constraints in CP optimizer, how to create constraints in OPL of CPLEX, benchmark instances for the vehicle routing problem?

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How increasing public awareness and educating the average Internet user are important ways to curb the growing mistrust of the expanding big data field... Keep reading.

This leading INFORMS practice prize, previously a CPMS prize, rewards strong mathematics applied to practical problems, supported by clear and coherent writing. The deadline for the two-page abstract deadline is May 1, 2014. Click here for application information.

One of our best member benefits is the opportunity to write for our prestigious and popular member magazine. Have a story idea? Put your name out there with articles that provide an insider's look at the OR/MS profession that give readers a better understanding of how data, modeling, and mathematical analyses are used to drive effective business decisions and competitive advantage.  
 
Contact editor-in-chief Pete Horner.

There is still time for employers to sign up for the Analytics Connect Job Fair. The premier INFORMS career event, held during the Business Analytics Conference in Boston, March 30-April 1, allows employers and experienced analytics professionals to connect in a casual atmosphere. The program offers a Job Fair reception and "Lightning Round" employer presentations on Sunday, 3:30-7:30pm, open to all conference attendees. An Analytics Connect breakfast and Employment Outlook panel discussion takes place on Monday, 7-8am. On-site interviews take place on Monday and Tuesday. Click here for more information.

Daniel Boardman, an MBA student from Baruch College's Zicklin School of Business, was named the winner of the Student Analytical Scholar Competition sponsored by the Analytics Section of INFORMS and supported by SAS. Boardman won free registration, lodging, and travel to the upcoming INFORMS Business Analytics & Operations Research Conference, as well as participation in the Professional Colloquium at the conference. Leonardo Carrasco, pursuing a master's in management in operations research at the University of British Columbia, and Lukas Halim, a master's of science in analytics candidate from the North Carolina State University Institute for Advanced Analytics, received Honorable Mention. To learn more about the competition click here.

When the U.S. federal government takes note of a topic, you've arrived in a special way. Earlier this month the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) convened a conference on data science. INFORMS staff presented a poster outlining the CAP® program at the inaugural Data Science Symposium at the NIST program. During the two- day conference, presenters representing both public and private stakeholders explored the definition of data science and big data and ways in which to make the extremely large datasets more accessible to researchers while preserving data integrity and data provenance. Read the INFORMS CAP abstracted, presented by INFORMS Certification Manager Dr. Louise Wehrle, on page 30 of the proceedings here. Learn more about the conference here.

The CAP exam will become computer-based in the second quarter of 2014. We have signed with Kryterion to deliver the exam at hundreds of testing locations throughout North America and abroad. Watch this space for more details.
 
In the meantime, paper and pencil tests are still available. INFORMS invites all members who wish to challenge themselves and distinguish themselves to apply and sit for the INFORMS prestigious analytics certification exam at these scheduled locations:
 
March 29 - Boston, MA (with the INFORMS Analytics Conference)

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March 30 - Las Vegas, NV (with Gartner's Business Intelligence & Analytics Summit)
April 15 - Toronto, ON (with Queen's University School of Business)
May 17 - Baltimore, MD (INFORMS headquarters on the campus of UMBC)
May 22 - Cincinnati, OH (with University of Cincinnati Lindner College of Business)
June 21 - San Jose, CA (with the INFORMS Big Data Conference)   
 
Other venues are under consideration. If you want CAP to come to your area, let us know at certification@informs.org.       
 
The CAP Study Guide is now available. See the beta version online here. The study guide combined with the 24 sample questions contained in the Candidate Handbook and recommended readings from our Analytics Certification Board provide you with all the material you need to prepare and separate yourself from others. CAP Study Guides will be available for purchase at the INFORMS Analytics Conference and online soon.
 
Applications are open. Put CAP after your name. For more information, see www.informs.org/certification.

Members who consult full time or part time are invited to add themselves to the Find an Analytics Consultant Database. Only members may add their information, but the database will be promoted widely to the broad analytics community who need your help.