INFORMS Initiatives

Annual meeting, CAP, pro bono work & more

INFORMS Annual Meeting provides valuable insight for practitioners

The program for the 2016 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn., on Nov. 13-16 features a variety of content targeting topics of interest to analytics practitioners. In addition to the presentation of the Daniel H. Wagner Prize, which recognizes excellence in analytics practice, a selection of plenary and keynote speakers from organizations such as IBM and Amazon, panel discussions, sessions and presentations will all highlight the latest news and applications of analytics. From healthcare, to supply chains, to cognitive computing, meeting attendees will have access to the latest developments in all areas of analytics application. For more information, visit:

Continuing Ed: Essential practice skills for analytics projects

Immediately following the upcoming 2016 Annual Meeting In Nashville, Tenn., INFORMS will host a unique continuing education opportunity. Patrick S. Noonan, a professor at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and whose experience with the management consulting profession spans 30 years, will teach an intensive, hands-on, two-day course titled “Essential practice skills for high-impact analytics projects” on Nov. 17-18 in Nashville. The course, part of INFORMS’ Continuing Education program, is aimed at analytics professionals looking to sharpen and expand their soft skill sets for real-world problem-solving. For more information, visit:

Associate CAP helps young analytics professionals stand out to employers

The INFORMS Associate Certified Analytics Professional (aCAP™) program enables emerging analytics professionals to obtain a competitive advantage over their peers with the distinction of a certification, while affording them the opportunity to build the experience and soft skills necessary for a full CAP certification. In addition, it provides employers with a trusted and independent verification of analytics knowledge of someone who is in the early stages of their career, making it easier for hiring managers to identify the best possible analytics talent. Universities will also be able to tout the numbers of their graduates who have obtained the aCAP, and later the full CAP, as part of their marketing efforts to prospective students, helping those analytics programs further stand out. For more information, visit:

Call for INFORMS awards

Deadlines are quickly approaching to submit nominations for a number of INFORMS prizes and awards, including the Franz Edelman Award (Oct. 19), recognizing the contributions of operations research and analytics; the UPS George D. Smith Prize (Oct. 31), highlighting strong connections between industry and higher education; and the INFORMS Prize (Dec. 1), awarding organizations for the integration of advanced analytics in OR/MS. For more information, visit:

New competition for tomorrow’s leaders in O.R. & analytics

A brand new INFORMS competition provides real-world workplace experience for undergraduate and master’s level students. Student teams will be given the same business problem, data sets and access to software to solve a challenging problem using an O.R./analytics approach. A panel of industry and academic experts will judge written submissions based on teams’ use of the full analytics process, from framing the problem to methodology selection, data use, model building, and innovation. Demonstrated “soft skills” in teamwork, communication and presentation will also be considered in judging.

The top five teams will cash awards: $7,500 (first place), $5,000 (second place), $3,500 (third place), $1,500 (fourth place), $1,000 (fifth place). In addition, finalist teams will receive a stipend to offset the cost of travel and conference registration. For more information, visit:

Submit a project for Pro Bono Analytics

Do you know a company that would benefit from analytics assistance? Maybe it could better utilize its data to operate more effectively, or need assistance in accurately measuring, tracking and assessing success. Pro Bono Analytics connects organizations with a volunteer expert skilled in using analytics processes and tools to help answer such tough questions. Visit the Pro Bono Analytics website where analytics volunteers and nonprofit organizations connect. For more information, visit:

Editor’s Cut 2016, Vol. 5 (Big Data Analytics) now available

INFORMS Editor’s Cut is a new, open access, comprehensive online multimedia library that identifies and utilizes a variety of great information about operations research and analytics across a range of current topics and issues. The latest issue on Big Data Analytics provides access to a wealth of content, including journal articles, media stories, podcasts and videos, as well as a variety of additional information from INFORMS and other sources on key issues, challenges and opportunities in big data. For more information, visit: