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Because the question asked most often about the CAP® program is 'how do I prepare?' we are developing a series of webinars designed to help candidates prepare for the exam. The webinar series is tentatively scheduled to begin in December 2014 and end in early 2015. We expect a new webinar to be delivered every two weeks on the INFORMS channel of BrightTalk (www.brighttalk.com). More information will be published on this series as it becomes available.

The proposed schedule is:

December 3, 2014 - Overview and Introduction (presenters: Scott Nestler, CAP & Chair of the Analytics Certification Board and Matt Windham, CAP, Director-Analytics at NTEL-X). Available here.           

December 17, 2014 - Domains 1 (Business Problem Framing) and 2 (Analytics Problem Framing) 

January 7, 2015 - Domain 3 (Data)  

January 21, 2015 - Domain 4 (Methodology (Approach) Selection)  

February 4, 2015 - Domains 5 (Model Building), 6 (Deployment) and 7 (Model Lifecycle Management)


Although CAP® is available through a computer-based testing format, we continue to host exams at selected sites, especially at the INFORMS conferences such as the upcoming Analytics conference in Huntington Beach, CA on April 12-14, 2015.   

As always, applications remain open for the ongoing computer-based examinations. Test on your schedule and put CAP® after your name. For more information, see www.informs.org/certification


Scott Nestler, CAP® and chair of the Analytics Certification Board and Aaron Burciaga, CAP® have written an article about the CAP® credential for the current issue of Phalanx, the joint membership magazine of the Military Operations Research Society (MORS) and INFORMS Military Applications Society (MAS).

In summary: The opportunities of a data-driven world have captured the imagination and savvy of businesspersons. Big data is in vogue. It is fueling a new era of business decisions inextricably tied to facts. Analytics increasingly exist by mandate (Kiron 2014) and offer promises from Vegas to Bethesda-from predicting sports scores (Lewis, 2003) to sleuthing cures to cancer (Helft 2014). What kind of analyst will you be? How will you approach the analytic challenges of the Big Data era? We should seek to be, and prefer to work with, experts in the fields of analytics.  

Education and experience are the hallmarks of such experts. Certification can be a useful tool and an important credential that is also the formal recognition of professional achievement. A credentialed workforce grows to be the chorus of true analytics professionals that supplant corporate pitches, salesmanship, and less-than thoughtful delivery. There is a clear need to identify and retain the analytic services of professionals who have the knowledge, experience, and discipline to lead data analytics projects.

  • Essential Practice Skills for Analytics Professionals
    February 26-27 - San Jose, CA
  • Data Exploration & Visualization 
    March 19-20 - Dallas, TX
  • Foundations of Modern Predictive Analytics
    April 15-16 - Huntington Beach, CA
  • Introduction to Monte Carlo and Discrete-Event Simulation 
    May 28-29 - Washington, DC

Please visit our CE website for the most up-to-date course dates and locations.

Watch an interview with Pat Harker, former editor-in-chief of Operations Research and president of the University of Delaware, on his recent commentary inService Science. Watch it here.

Winter Simulation Conference

December 7-10, Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, Savannah, GA  

The Winter Simulation Conference (WSC) is the premier international forum for disseminating recent advances in the field of system simulation. In addition to a technical program of unsurpassed scope and quality, WSC provides the central meeting place for simulation practitioners, researchers, and vendors working in all disciplines in industry, service, government, military, and academic sectors.

Access to the conference program is now available here.    

Simulation 101 Workshop

Sunday, December 7, 1-7pm
$125 - dinner included, sign up when you register for the meeting

The pre-conference Simulation 101 Workshop is designed for newcomers to discrete-event and Monte Carlo simulation. The target audience consists of both technical and non-technical persons who may have a background in computing, engineering, management, mathematics, and/or statistics but who have had minimal exposure to simulation and its applications. Attending this workshop will help newcomers assimilate the technical sessions presented at WSC '14. By working on specific examples, the focus of the workshop will be on the intuition associated with simulation rather than on underlying theory and mathematics.  
Participants will be introduced to the conceptual, algorithmic and implementation steps of the development of several simple discrete-event and Monte Carlo simulation models, and then will experiment with those implementations using software developed specifically for the workshop.

Free Vendor Workshops

Take advantage of these workshops that are free with your meeting registration. Workshops will be offered by AnyLogic, Applied Materials, Emulate3D, Forio, FlexSim Software Products, MathWorks, Arena Simulation Software, Imagine That, Simio, and Frontline Systems. Click here to see the complete workshop schedule.

2015 INFORMS Computing Society Conference 

January 11-13, 2015, Omni Richmond Hotel, Richmond, VA


Registration is open for the 2015 INFORMS Computing Society Conference. New this year to the meeting is the student poster session with travel awards sponsored by NSF. Join us for the special COIN Fest. Plenary speakers include Karla Hoffman and George Nemhauser. For more information, click here. 

2015 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research 

April 12-14, 2015, Huntington Beach, CA


Online Submission Now Open! Click here for more information.

Submission Deadline for Selected Presentations: December 19, 2014

The 2015 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and O.R. is the one program that consistently delivers time-proven applications and processes that will improve your business' bottom line. Anyone who works in the analytics, operations research, or management science fields will want to attend the analytics event of the year.  

Invited tracks will cover topics such as marketing analytics, unstructured data analytics, real-time decision systems, managing risk, supply chain management, revenue management & pricing, soft skills, and decision analysis.   

Save the date! Registration for this conference will be opening soon.

INFORMS Healthcare 2015 Conference - Call for Submissions!     

July 29-31, 2015, Nashville, TN


Online Submission Now Open! Click here for more information.   

Submission Deadline for Oral Presentations: March 1, 2015

Registration opening soon!

This third INFORMS topical conference on healthcare focuses on reinventing value in an era of health reform, specifically the use of O.R. and analytics to improve the long term efficiency, effectiveness, and quality of healthcare delivery. The conference includes elements of both an INFORMS academic meeting and practitioner-oriented meeting. Joint involvement of Vanderbilt's medical and business schools provides a unique conference experience for the attendees. 

INFORMS Meetings Calendar 

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

INFORMS is rebranding and revamping 'Focus On' as the new INFORMS Editor's Cut (IEC) collections bringing together key analytical insights and innovations from leading academics and practitioners on relevant topics through a multimedia experience. IEC will emphasize leading topic areas and package multimedia materials for our members and the press. INFORMS past president Anne Robinson has been appointed the series editor (2015-2017). We are currently soliciting topic collection ideas and volume editors to lead them. Please click here to submit applications and suggestions.

INFORMS invites you to renew your membership in INFORMS today. Your membership dues show your support for our vitally important field and guarantee uninterrupted access to exclusive member benefits that will help your career. We are thankful that you have chosen to be a part of INFORMS and share our excitement and enthusiasm for our field, which truly makes a difference in the lives of people everywhere. 
Download our Members Benefit Guide for a full listing of benefits and opportunities.

INFORMS, its board, and members join in extending condolences to families of two giants in the field of operations research who passed away this fall.

Mel Salveson, a founder of TIMS and its sixth president, passed in September at the age of 95. Dr. Salveson also was the inaugural recipient of the INFORMS Fellow Award presented in 2002.

He initiated the founding of TIMS in September 1953, and suggested the name Management Science Institute for it. This name was altered to The Institute of Management Sciences at the first meeting of the organization. The idea of TIMS grew out of the Management Sciences Research Project at UCLA, which he founded and directed during 1948-1954. Read more about his inspiring career here.

Ralph Disney was a leader in queueing theory and stochastic processes mathematics. He authored or co-authored over 70 research articles, three books and numerous chapters in compendia in his field. He was a prolific reviewer of articles both pre- and post-publication, including over 150 reviews for the Mathematics Reviews. He advised and mentored over 20 doctoral students from around the world and in different academic disciplines.  

Dr. Disney was appointed to many committees concerned with editorial and curricular matters. He served as Associate Editor, Editor or technical advisor to many of the technical publications of his and related fields. He was a founder of the Applied Probability College in Operations Research Society of America (ORSA), one of INFORMS' founding societies. Read a tribute to Ralph Disney here.

INFORMS, its board, and members join in extending condolences to the family of Georgia Tech's Sandra Slaughter, who died unexpectedly on November 3. Read a tribute to her from her friends and colleagues here.

Management Science - New Issue    

Read the 13 new articles in the November 2014 issue of Management Science. "Management Insights" provides you with a brief overview of all papers in the current issue. 

Organization Science - New Issue         

Read the 14 new articles in the November-December 2014 issue of Organization Science. Members can subscribe to the 2015 INFORMS PubsOnLine Suite for only $104.00 to access all 14 journals back to volume 1, issue 1.       

Transportation Science - Special Issue on Energy and Transportation         

Read the 14 new articles in the November 2014 special issue of Transportation Science.     

Marketing Science - New Issue        

Read the all new articles in the November-December 2014 issue of Marketing ScienceSubscribe to all 14 INFORMS 2015 journals for only $104.00. 

Mathematics of Operations Research - New Issue  

Read the 18 new articles in the November 2014 issue of Mathematics of Operations Research.

Service Science - New Issue 

Read the new articles posted in the December 2014 online issue of Service Science.   

Strategy Science - Recommend for 2015    

Select as your 2015 dues journal or ask your Institution to subscribe to Strategy Science our 14th journal publishing in 2015. Strategy Science seeks to publish outstanding research directed to the challenges of strategic management in both business and non-business organizations. The journal is also open to a wide variety of underlying disciplinary approaches including economics, operations research, political science, psychology, and sociology.   

Save over $1,700 - 2015 INFORMS PubsOnLine     

All 2015 institutional PubsOnLine Suite subscribers will receive access to the most recent three years of the series TutORials in Operations Research and the journal Strategy Science at no additional cost. Recommend that your library subscribe to INFORMS 2015 PubsOnLine Suite to save over $1,700 and get even more content in 2015.  

Management Science - New Editor-in-Chief       

The INFORMS board has approved the appointment of Teck H. Ho as the next editor-in-chief of Management Science. His first term is July 1, 2014 to December 31, 2017. He is the William Halford Jr. Family Professor of Marketing, and the Chair of the Marketing Department at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Ho is as an imminent scholar in marketing, decision analysis, and behavioral economics. He will succeed Gerard Cachon, who has served as editor-in-chief since 2006. 

Transportation Science - New Editor-in-Chief       

The INFORMS board has approved the appointment of Martin Savelsbergh as the next editor-in-chief of Transportation Science. His first term is January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2017. He is the James C. Edenfield Chair and currently holds the Schneider Professorship at the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Professor Savelsbergh is recognized as an academic leader, scholar, and teacher in the field of logistics and supply chain engineering. He will succeed Michel Gendreau, who has served as editor-in-chief since 2009. 

Operations Research - Second Term Approved      

The INFORMS board has approved the reappointment of Stefanos Zenios as the editor-in-chief of Operations Research. His second term is January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2017. He is the Charles A. Holloway Professor of Operations, Information, and Technology and professor of health care management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, Stanford, California. Professor Zenios' field of study develops guiding principles in the application of technology to prolong and improve health outcomes for patients with challenging and expensive treatment needs.    

Call for Papers - Service Science

In Search of a New Alignment in Service Research   

The editors of two of the top journals in the service area, one from INFORMS' service science community and one from IEEE's services computing community; invite you to break out of your disciplinary comfort zone. Parallel special issues have been commissioned to intentionally challenge and disrupt the status quo. This dual special issue is intended to reconcile existing multipronged orientations and approaches to service research. Read the Call for Papers. Submissions due: March 1, 2015.  

Co-Creating the Customer Service Experience with High Tech and High Touch

In today's highly competitive environment, there is a growing need to provide customers with a truly memorable experience to increase both customer satisfaction and customer loyalty. Customer experience has been operationalized in different ways, such as "memorable events" (Pine & Gilmore, 1999) or clues that customers can see, smell, taste, hear, or perceive while interacting with service systems (Berry & Carbone, 2007). Today, a customer's experience resulting from the interaction with a service provider requires a combination of high tech and high touch, depending on the type of service and therefore is generally heterogeneous. Read the Call for Papers. 

Submissions due: October 15, 2015.

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