INFORMS NEWS: Save time, renew membership online

An open letter to INFORMS members from INFORMS President Anne Robinson and INFORMS President-Elect Stephen Robinson:

Thank you for being part of another successful year for INFORMS, the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences. We hope that you share our excitement and enthusiasm for our field, which continues to enjoy renewed vitality and truly makes a difference in the lives of people everywhere.

We invite you to renew your 2014 membership in the Institute today. Save time and renew online at https://renew.informs.org.

Your membership dues show your support for our vitally important field and guarantee uninterrupted access to exclusive member benefits:

  • free INFORMS Career Center that combines state-of-the-art functionality with hundreds of fresh new O.R. and analytics jobs and career resources to help you plan your next career move;
  • members-only savings on analytics certification that helps organizations identify and develop qualified analytics professionals and promotes the use of best practice. It establishes INFORMS as the leader in advancing the use of data-driven decision-making in all corners of business and government;
  • members-only savings on continuing education that provides high-quality instruction in key topics to help advance career potential;
  • discounts of up to 60 percent or more on INFORMS publications;
  • suite of all 13 INFORMS electronic journals at the reduced price of $99 per year for regular members and $50 for retired and student members;
  • free highly popular member magazine, OR/MS Today, and industry magazine, Analytics;
  • members-only savings on renowned topical, regional, national and international meetings, conferences and workshops where you can present, learn and network;
  • access to more than 100 INFORMS communities including societies, sections and geographic and student chapters, providing multiple options for networking with professional peers and enhancing the visibility you need; and
  • free educational material that you can use to enrich the O.R. classroom including print, electronic, audio, video and multi-media materials.

Perhaps even more important than the benefits you can see are the benefits you cannot see. INFORMS provides you with a gateway to the global community of O.R. and analytics professionals. INFORMS colleagues comprise your professional network, offering the information, connections and services you need to stay at the top of the profession.

On to 2014!

We are looking forward to 2014 with great enthusiasm. We will bring continued progress on several strategic fronts. Along with certification and continuing education, we will increase the value of your membership with other products and services that enhance networking, collaboration and exchange of ideas and information.

We will further our mission to empower organizational data-based decision-making. Through our reinvigorated outreach program, we will work to help ingrain O.R. and analytical thinking and decision-making in all facets of industry, government and analyst organizations. We will take steps to ensure that INFORMS has up-to-date online systems to enable and encourage access, collaboration and effective exchange of information including the introduction of community-based private networks and an upgraded journals platform. And, we will launch an analytics maturity model online tool that will help organizations take stock of their analytics capability, set goals for improvement and make those improvements with INFORMS’ help.

We have three exciting and attractive meeting locations. The Analytics Conference will be held in the charming, historic city of Boston in April; a brand new INFORMS offering – Conference on Big Data – is set for San Jose, Calif., in June; and the 2014 Annual Meeting leaves its heart in captivating San Francisco in November. Our journals continue to publish the very best of O.R. scholarship, including coverage of the service sector with our newest journal, Service Science. Work begins in earnest in 2014 on our 14th journal – Strategy Science – set to debut in 2015. Our growing awards program continues to identify and reward meritorious achievement in all aspects of our field, and a renewed emphasis will be placed on programs that encourage and enable academic involvement in analytics.

Your membership dues support all of these activities, plus much more. Please don’t delay—renew your INFORMS membership today.
Sincerely,
Anne G. Robinson
(Verizon Wireless),
2013 INFORMS president
Stephen M. Robinson
(University of Wisconsin-Madison),
2014 INFORMS president
P.S. Renew your membership today at https://renew.informs.org and keep your professional network in place. We believe your deep commitment, along with your unique knowledge and experience, is crucial to enhancing our profession and allowing INFORMS to enhance its leadership position.