General Motors Wins 2016 INFORMS Prize

2016 - Winner(s)
2016 Winner(s): General Motors

The 2016 INFORMS Prize is awarded to General Motors for its sustained track record of innovative and impactful applied operations research and advanced analytics. 

General Motors has hundreds of OR/MS practitioners worldwide who play a vital role in driving data-driven decisions in everything from designing, building, selling and servicing vehicles to purchasing, logistics, and quality. The team is constantly developing new business models and vetting emerging opportunities.

GM has developed new market research and analysis techniques to understand what products and features customers most want, to determine the ideal vehicles for their dealers to stock, and to identify the steps they can take to achieve GM’s goal of creating customers for life.

GM is also leading the industry by using data science and advanced analytics to predict failure of automotive components and systems before customers are inconvenienced.  GM’s industry-first Proactive Alert messages notify customers through their OnStar system of a possible malfunction, transforming a potential emergency repair into routine planned maintenance. 

“Over the last seven decades, OR/MS techniques have been used to improve our understanding of everything from traffic science and supply chain logistics to manufacturing productivity, product development, vehicles telematics and prognostics,” said Gary Smyth, executive director of GM Global R&D Laboratories. “These approaches to problem solving permeate almost everything we do.”

The impact OR/MS is now having on its business accelerated in 2007, when GM created a center of expertise for Operations Research to promote best practices and transfer new technologies.  It since has expanded to include partner teams in product development, supply chain, finance, information technology and other functions.   

Purpose of the Award

The INFORMS Prize is awarded for effective integration of advanced analytics and operations research/management sciences (OR/MS) in an organization. The award is given to an organization that has repeatedly applied the principles of advanced analytics and OR/MS in pioneering, varied, novel, and lasting ways.

Past Awardees

2016 Winner(s)
General Motors
2015 Winner(s)
2014 Winner(s)
Mayo Clinic
2013 Winner(s)
Ford Motor Company
2011 Winner(s)
2010 Winner(s)
2006 Winner(s)
Schneider National, Inc.
2004 Winner(s)
Procter & Gamble
2003 Winner(s)
2002 Winner(s)
Hewlett-Packard Co.
1999 Winner(s)
IBM Corporation
1998 Winner(s)
Lucent Technologies
1996 Winner(s)
Pfizer Inc.
1995 Winner(s)
1994 Winner(s)
AT&T US West Technologies
1992 Winner(s)
San Miguel Corporation
Featured Award

2017 Nominations Due December 15, 2016 (extended deadline)

The contribution will be judged relative to the impact OR/MS has had on the overall success of the organization. Thus, a multi-billion dollar firm that has a large OR/MS staff but integrates analytics or OR/MS techniques only occasionally might be ranked relatively lower than a small firm which uses analytics or OR/MS throughout its business. The award is given primarily based on the impact that OR/MS has had on the success of the firm.

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2017 Committee Chair: 

Tarun Mohan Lal
Principal, Advanced Analytics - Clinic Operations
Mayo Clinic
200 1st Street SW
Rochester, MN 55905
phone: (507) 266-9842 

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