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What do you enjoy listening to? What do you skip? Let us know by taking the INFORMS Podcast Survey. It will only take five minutes of your time and you can give shape to the sound of the INFORMS podcast series INFORMS Today. Log onto the INFORMS podcast survey here and share your views on what fascinates you, what bores you, and how you would design a podcast. We've extended our deadline to December 15 so you can share your views. Click here today!

Interfaces - New Issue

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

Decision Analysis - New Issue   

 Read the all-new articles in the December 2014 issue of Decision Analysis. When you renew your membership for 2015 subscribe to all INFORMS 2015 journals for only $104.00.         

Strategy Science - 2015 Subscriptions       

Select as your 2015 dues journal or ask your Institution to subscribe to Strategy Science our newest 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.

Calls for Papers - Service Science

Service Science Special Issue: 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 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.   

Service Science Special Issue: 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 and Gilmore 1999) or clues that customers can see, smell, taste, hear, or perceive while interacting with service systems (Berry and 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.

Service Science Special Issue: Multi-actor Value Creation in Service Innovation

Collaborative value creation builds on orchestrated social action among the different stakeholders involved. In service innovation, joint value creation calls for specific network leadership and resource integration capabilities, because advanced service entails complex configurations of people, technologies, organizations, and shared information. Hence, mutually beneficial outcomes may be difficult to achieve within such configurations through traditional approaches to innovation. Read the Call for PapersSubmissions due: February 15, 2015.

Call for Papers - Interfaces         

Interfaces Special Issue: Operations Research Applications in the Energy Industry  

Operations research can play an important role in the generation, distribution, and consumption of energy.

Accordingly, Interfaces is planning a special issue focusing on applications of operations research techniques in the energy industry. Read the Call for PapersSubmissions due: July 1, 2015



The INFORMS Career Center  

offers the largest list of O.R. analytics jobs in the industry. Here are just a few job listings:

Manager, Analytics, The Energy Authority. Assist the Executive Director, RTO Market Services & Analytics in overseeing the development and application of requisite models and analytical tools to structure and evaluate the full range of physical, financial, and derivative energy products.

Business Intelligence Data Analyst, Bayer. Provide innovative and creative solutions that will enable the tactical direction of Bayer HealthCare (BHC) Customer Logistics Service Center (CLSC) data warehousing and subsequent reporting within Bayer HealthCare.  

Assistant Professor - Operations Management, Stony Brook University. Stony Brook University's College of Business invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Operations Management at the assistant professor level, beginning in fall 2015.

This issue of OR/MS Today is packed with content from the 2014 Annual Meeting, including a Q&A with INFORMS President-Elect L. Robin Keller, a recap of all the major awards handed out by INFORMS, and a photo essay that captures a few of the many memorable scenes from the massive event. This final 2014 issue of OR/MS Today will be available online early next week. Be sure to renew your membership to maintain uninterrupted service in 2015. Look for the new issue here.


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.

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