BOARD REPORT

INFORMS Board of Directors expands analytics outreach

Barry ListBarry.List@informs.org

In a push to reach a far broader audience in the association’s quest for analytics leadership, the INFORMS board significantly expanded the audience that INFORMS seeks to reach with its multi-year campaign. The action took place during the INFORMS summer board meeting at the association’s headquarters on July 24 and 25.

The board decided to go beyond the association’s focus on individual members and make stronger efforts to work with corporations, government and universities in its work to lead important improvements in analytics.

Although continuing its focus on professionals in advanced analytics, the board reiterated its intention to reach out to analytics professionals at every stage of analytics use, from those who concentrate solely on descriptive analytics that gauge an organization’s health to those who use forecasting techniques to predict major changes facing an organization, to those using the most sophisticated prescriptive analytics tools that allow analytics professionals to make important recommendations to C-level executives and management about key decisions and the direction of a company or organization.

In refining its strategic goal, the board stated that “INFORMS will be recognized as THE leading association for promoting the practice, research, methods and application of advanced analytics, supporting analytics professionals and organizations.”

Other board news included:

  • A motion based on a proposal by INFORMS President Stephen M. Robinson created a new committee on the board to oversee the organizational health of the INFORMS Board, ensuring that new board members are properly oriented, that current members receive appropriate training, and that the board periodically assesses its operations and makes appropriate changes.
  • Relying on data from the World Bank, the board approved a motion for modified membership rates ($39 for regular members, $10 for student/retired) for INFORMS members from low-income economies (such as Afghanistan, Ethiopia and Haiti) and lower-middle income economies (such as Bolivia, Ukraine and Vietnam).
  • Mark Eisner, who chairs the History and Traditions Committee, introduced the committee’s new website, https://www.informs.org/About-INFORMS/History-and-Traditions-NEW, which features veteran O.R. greats’ oral histories, biographical portraits of key thinkers in the field, reports on institutions that played a key role in the development of OR/MS, and historical research materials such as bibliographies and subject area profiles.
  • Bjarni Kristjansson, INFORMS’ outgoing vice president for Information Technology, along with fellow VP David Hunt and IT Director Nagaraj Reddi, reported that INFORMS continues to work toward premiering an INFORMS data warehouse that will provide INFORMS staff with business intelligence tools that improve analysis and member service.
  • INFORMS Executive Director Melissa Moore reported that at mid-year the health of the society’s finances, operations and strategic initiatives continued to be strong.