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Please recommend INFORMS to colleagues, friends, supervisors, or students! To thank you for your efforts, INFORMS will award prizes! See the Member-Get-a- Member web page for more details. Contest ends March 25. Your recommendation is our most effective membership marketing tool!

Companies new to analytics are invited to submit information on what their most pressing business problems are and what solutions they are considering. INFORMS will review and assign a veteran analytics professional - an INFORMS member - to mentor you. Request an analytics mentor here.

Graduating in May? Congratulations! INFORMS has a gift for you. You may now transition from a student membership to a regular membership at half off the regular member price. Simply call INFORMS at +1-443-757-3500 or 800-446-3676 or send an e-mail to informs@informs.org and mention promo code STUDTOREG. This offer is open to current student members or former members of INFORMS who were student members in 2012 or 2013.

2014 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research

March 30-April 1, 2014, Westin Boston Waterfront, Boston, MA
Register Now for the Best Rates!
Online registration is still open. The registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, breaks, the Sunday evening reception, and the Edelman Awards Ceremony and Banquet. Ask about Team Discount rates for the third and additional registrants from the same organization. For more information regarding registration please click here.

FREE Technology Workshops, Sunday, March 30

Take advantage of in-depth training in software solutions provided by leading analytics providers.
There is no charge for these workshops if you register for the INFORMS Conference; sign up when you register. If you already registered for the conference and want to add any workshops, call 800-446-3676, ext. 538, or e-mail megan.carroll@informs.org. For more information, including a schedule of the workshops, please click here.

Soft Skills Workshop

Sunday, March 30
This full-day workshop, held on Sunday, provides information and practice in using the "soft skills" needed to work with people to employ the techniques of business analytics, operations research, and management science. A popular feature of the meeting, the workshop follows a case study through various phases of an analysis project, providing participants with a hands-on approach to the important soft skills that can make or break a successful implementation.
Cost: $75. Fee covers morning and afternoon refreshments and a box lunch.
You can sign up for this workshop when you register for the conference. If you have already registered for the conference and would like to add this workshop to your registration, please call 800-446-3676 or e-mail meetings@informs.org. Please click here for the workshop schedule and any additional details.

Spreadsheet Guru Contest

Monday, March 31, 4:00-6pm
A test of head-to-head individual spreadsheet skills in data analysis and presentation, the Spreadsheet Guru Contest will kick off on Friday, March 21, 2014, via the World Wide Web. Registrants will be able to download the problem file anytime between Friday, March 21, and Friday, March 28, but all entries must be received by 12:01am ET Saturday, March 29, 2014. The top 16 Web entrants will join all those who wish to enter on-site at the 2014 INFORMS Analytics Conference for the semifinals, which will be held Monday afternoon, March 31, at 4:00pm ET. The top four semifinalists will move on to the finals immediately afterward. Thanks to the Analytics Section, all entry fees will go directly to the prize pool. Current Analytics and SPRIG Section members will be charged $15 each to enter, and those who are not members of either section will be charged $25 to enter. Nonmembers will receive membership in the Analytics Section. To register for this competition click here.

For Your Career & Your Company

INFORMS Continuing Education
These two-day, in-person courses provide real-world value in skills, tools, and methods that can be implemented in your work. Two courses will be offered just before the INFORMS Analytics Conference including Essential Practice Skills for Analytics Professionals and Data Exploration & Visualization. Both courses will be held March 28-29. For more information and to register, contact Thedra White at continuinged@informs.org or visit www.informs.org/continuinged.

Analytics Certification
INFORMS is pleased to offer the CAP® certification exam at this conference on Saturday, March 29, at the conference hotel. Attendees of this conference qualify for a discounted, bundled rate of Conference + Certification.

  • Analytics Certification Board chair and veteran INFORMS member Scott Nestler will deliver a talk on CAP certification on Monday at 11:30am. Stop by to hear "CAP Turns One" and have all your questions answered about this popular new credential.
  • INFORMS Certification Manager Louise Wehrle will provide a poster presentation on the five E's of CAP during Monday's poster presentation session.    
  • Stop by the INFORMS booth to purchase the first-ever CAP Study Guide. This brand new resource provides an easy and efficient way to prepare for CAP.      
  • A special display of CAP Candidate Handbooks and brochures will be set up near Registration, so grab yours while you can. Quantities are limited.

For more information, please click here

Debut! Analytics Maturity Model
How well does your organization use analytics? What can you do to progress from good to great? Attend this debut of the new INFORMS analytics maturity model to see how you can score your organization, set target goals, and attain the enormous advantage of analytics leadership. This special session will be on Tuesday, April 1.
For Attendees
Transportation Information

Registration Hours  
Sunday  7am-5pm
Monday 7am-6:30pm
Tuesday 7am-3pm
Exhibit Hall Hours   
Sunday 7-8:30pm
Monday 9am-4:30pm
Tuesday 9am-3:30pm

Transportation Information
Super Shuttle- INFORMS Discount Available
Rates to/from the airport are $15 each way per passenger or $28 round-trip. Prices do not include gratuity. You are required to book and pay online to get the group discount. Please click here to make reservations.   
Rates to/from the airport: $20 each way for taxi.   
Public Transportation
Walk 0.2 miles to the World Trade Center Station. Take the Silver Line (SL1) bus to Boston Logan Airport. The bus stops at each terminal. Cost: $2.50 each way.

2014 Conference on the Business of Big Data

June 22-24, 2014, San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, CA
Register Early and Save! click here
Call for Posters
You are invited to submit a proposal to present a poster at 2014 Conference on the Business of Big Data. The benefits of presenting a poster include the prestige of being selected to present at an INFORMS top-quality conference, the opportunity to receive feedback on your work from colleagues, and the opportunity to participate fully in the conference, networking with industry practitioners, academics, and consultants. Selection notification is April 25. For more information on submitting a poster please click here.  
Bill Franks, Chief Analytics Officer at Teradata Corporation, and Michael Svilar, Managing Director, Delivery Lead, and Capability Lead at Accenture, will deliver keynote presentations. Franks is the author of the book Taming the Big Data Tidal Wave. Svilar has run analytics projects across multiple industries for more than 30 years and holds a patent in forecasting analytics. He has worked on projects across multiple industries.

Hand-picked presentations will be organized around the following three tracks:
Track: Big Data Case Studies
Google- Behdad Masih, quantitative analyst
HERE, a Nokia Business - Toby Tennent, product development manager
Exponent®, Inc.- Juergen Klenk, principal scientist
Kabbage, Inc.- Pinar Donmez, chief data scientist
U.S. Census Bureau- Cavan Capps, big data lead
Merck & Co., Inc.- John E. Koch, director of informatics
Intel Corp.- Link C. Jaw, Internet of Things solutions group
JPMorgan Chase Intelligent Solutions- Govind Nagubandi, data scientist
Analytics Media Group (AMG)- Alan Papir, software engineer
Teradata Aster- Lee Paries, vice president, central & western United States
Bell Labs- Marina Thottan, director
Alpine Data Labs- William C. Ford, lead data scientist   

Track: Big Data 101
Amazon- Vikram Garlapati, manager, solutions architect
Northwestern University- Diego Klabjan, professor, Industrial Engineering & Management Sciences; director, Master of Science in Analytics Program
Kaiser Permanente- Anton J. Mobley, security data scientist
Booz Allen Hamilton- Peter Guerra, principal
IBM- Kevin Foster, big data solutions architect
Koverse, Inc.- Paul Brown, CEO and founder
Verizon Wireless- Anne Robinson, PhD, director, supply chain strategy & analytics
Booz Allen Hamilton- Brian Keller, data scientist

Track: Emerging Trends in Big Data
IBM- Rob High, chief technology officer, Watson Solutions, IBM fellow and vice president
LinkedIn Corp.- Simon Zhang, senior director, business analytics
SAS- Paul Kent, vice president, big data
University of California, Berkeley- Ion Stoica, professor, University of California Berkeley; CEO, Databricks; CTO, Conviva
Kaggle- Anthony Goldbloom, founder and CEO
SAP- Chris Hallenbeck, global vice president
Pivotal- Kaushik Das, senior principal data scientist
GraphLab- Shawn Scully, data scientist

INFORMS 36th Marketing Science Conference

June 12-14, 2014, Goizueta Business School, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

INFORMS DAS Conference- Advances in Decision Analysis

June 16-18, 2014, Georgetown University, Washington, DC

  INFORMS Transportation Science & Logistics Society Workshop

June 30-July 2, 2014, Loyola University, Chicago, IL

IFORS 2014 Triennial Conference

July 13-18, 2014, Barcelona, Spain  

INFORMS Annual Meeting 2014- San Francisco

November 9-12, 2014, Hilton San Francisco Union Square and Parc 55 Wyndham San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Submit Early-Capacity Is Limited!
Abstract Deadline: May 15
Abstracts received by May 15 will receive preference in scheduling. In recent years, the INFORMS Annual Meeting has grown significantly, making it difficult to accommodate all of the talks submitted. It may be necessary to accept submissions in the order in which they are received if there is not sufficient capacity to schedule all of the talks submitted by May 15. Therefore, we encourage you to submit early, well before the May 15 deadline.

Winter Simulation Conference

December 7-10, 2014, Savannah, GA
Paper Submission Deadline: April 1
The submission deadline for contributed papers is April 1, 2014. Click here to submit your paper.
Plan to attend the WSC in sunny Savannah!

INFORMS Meetings Calendar

Go to http://meetings.informs.org for a complete conference calendar.

Deadline for Nominations: April 15, 2014.
The term of Stephen Graves as editor-in-chief of the INFORMS journal Manufacturing & Service Operations Management (M&SOM) will end on December 31, 2014. The president of INFORMS has appointed a committee to conduct a search for a new editor-in-chief. The full call for nominations is available here.


What metrics are you using in your company's branding campaign? Are they giving you information that translates into business action? In this preview of a workshop at the analytics conference, Mark Garratt of in4mation insights, who will share the podium with Heineken's Steven Tramposch, explains how they reexamined their marketing mix and made major business improvements. Hear them on INFORMS Today: the Podcast Series

Join INFORMS Design and Brand Manager Mary Leszczynski on Tuesday, April 1, 4:40-5:30pm, to learn about your newest member benefit, INFORMS Connect, a members-only online network to connect with fellow INFORMS members, collaborate on projects, share documents, and manage your INFORMS community activity. You will be able to search for other members based on keywords, contribute to an OR/MS and analytics knowledge base, view your INFORMS Community content, and set your preferences for Community list-serve deliveries. See a demonstration of how INFORMS Connect works, have your questions answered, and do some IRL (in real life) networking with colleagues. Stop by the INFORMS booth during exhibit hours in Boston to get your profile picture taken and uploaded.

See the cover story on Analytics in the Oilfield and other great articles on Information Decay, What's the Fracking Problem? and Where the Analytics Jobs Are. Read the Executive Edge column on Data Power.  Visit the INFORMS booth to pick up a print copy, or read it online today.

The 2014 INFORMS Bookstore will have select analytics-related books for sale, including primary reference titles for the certification program. The bookstore is an added benefit for both the speaker and attendee, delivering increased exposure and accessibility to important content via the INFORMS booth located in the registration area. Attendees have the advantage of a one-stop-shop bookstore to browse, order and purchase discounted books. 

Visit our booth/bookstore in the registration area to talk with INFORMS staff about our journals, magazines, membership benefits and services, communities, networking opportunities, and print copies of our journals including Service Science and INFORMS Transactions on Education.
INFORMS staff is available to assist you with purchasing print and electronic products, adding a subdivision or renewing memberships. Go to the booth to learn more about our certification program (CAP), INFORMS Continuing Education and for the latest information on all INFORMS products and services as well as our newest member benefits. We look forward to seeing you!

  • Books on Analytics: Browse and purchase from a wide selection of titles selected for this meeting or as recommended readings for certification.
  • Add online subscriptions to your 2014 membership.
  • Add a CPMS (College on the Practice of Management Science) membership for rest of 2014.
  • Learn more about all of INFORMS Societies and Sections and sign up to join the Analytics Section as part of your membership.
  • INFORMS Connect: Stop by the INFORMS booth during exhibit hours to get your profile picture taken and uploaded.
  • INFORMS T-shirts will be available for sale.
  • Complimentary Print Journals: Take home issues of ORMS Today, Analytics (special print), Service Science (special print), or any of 12 other INFORMS journals.
  • Pick up information on INFORMS Societies, awards, special programs, publications, and other membership benefits.