IBM Business Analytics Workshop

The Fourth Annual Robert H. Smith School of Business and
IBM Business Analytics Workshop
"Supply Chain Analytics"

Friday, May 2, 2014

Robert H. Smith School of Business [directions]
University of Maryland
College Park, MD

HIGHLIGHTS: Smith & IBM Host Workshop on Supply Chain Analytics
Supply chain analytics was the theme of the Fourth Annual Business Analytics Workshop, held in College Park, Md., on Friday, May 2, 2014. Co-sponsored by the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business and IBM, the day-long workshop consisted of topics ranging from cyber supply chain risk management to disaster response planning and logistics. The workshop provided ample time for questions from the audience and speakers delivered real-time solutions to some of the attendees. Read more | Download presentations

Companies and government agencies have recognized for many years that understanding and managing their supply chains brings competitive advantage for businesses and high performance to the mission for Government agencies.  Over the past few years there has been unprecedented change to supply chain data.  It is more pervasive to have it and it much more quickly available, due to influences such imbedded measurement capabilities (e.g., RFID) and real time systems that capture and aggregate data on massive scales. This availability of data creates opportunities to analyze, extract, and utilize this data to identify patterns, and channel this information to better decision making. Business analytics techniques such as statistical analysis, data mining, and network modeling are uniquely valuable in taking advantage of these new and extremely rich sources information.  Potential related applications cover a wide range, including the Department of Defense, U.S. Postal Service, Department of Homeland Security, and many others.  

This workshop brings together thought leaders from the Robert H. Smith School of Business, IBM and the Federal Government to provide perspectives and share ideas on how to utilize the wealth of information and data on the Internet through Business Analytics techniques. The presentations will focus on leveraging analytics methodologies utilizing supply chain data, communicating insights from existing studies, and identifying potential applications of similar techniques to new problems.  A panel discussion will seek to analyze and highlight synergies across the ideas and methodologies provided by the presentations. 

Keynote Speaker

Gansler

The Honorable Jacques S. Gansler - former Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics - is the keynote speaker. He holds the Roger C. Lipitz Chair in Public Policy and Private Enterprise in the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy and is the director of the school's Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise.