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Bentley University Virtual Analytics Symposium, Dec 2, 2009

From: Haughton, Dominique
Date: Nov 8, 2009

Dear colleagues, you are warmly invited to the event below, either in person (Bentley University Room Smith 122) or remotely via Centra (instructions to follow; all that is needed is an internet connection and earphones and microphone). Further details follow the flyer. Please feel free to pass on this invitation to colleagues you think might be interested. All the best, Dominique

RSVP: Dominique Haughton at dhaughton@bentley.edu, please specify if you are planning to attend in person or remotely

Launching of the Bentley University Virtual Analytics Symposium

Co-sponsored by Bentley University, the Boston Chapter of the American Statistical Association, and the Boston chapter of INFORMS

December 2, from 12:00 to 2:00

Inaugural speaker: Thomas H. Davenport, President's Chair in Information Technology and Management, Babson College

Competing on Business Analytics

In this session, Tom Davenport will discuss both his research on how companies compete on the basis of their analytical capabilities, and how this has movement has transformed the role of analytics and analysts in organizations. Tom will present a model for how organizations compete with analytics, and data that suggests a correlation between analytical orientation and better financial performance. He'll also discuss what these trends mean for individual analysts and their roles and structures within large organizations.


Tom Davenport is the President's Distinguished Professor of Information Technology and Management at Babson College. He has led research centers at Accenture, McKinsey and Company, Ernst & Young, and CSC Index, and has taught at Harvard Business School, Dartmouth's Tuck School, the University of Texas, and the University of Chicago. His most recent work is on how companies compete on their analytical capabilities. His 2006 article "Competing on Analytics" in Harvard Business Review was the best-selling reprint of that year, and was named one of the ten "must read" articles in the history of HBR. He then co-authored a book—his thirteenth—by the same title in 2007, which rapidly became a best-seller and has been translated into ten languages. He has a new book on analytics called Analytics at Work that will be published in late 2009.

In 2003 he was named one of the world's top 25 consultants by Consulting magazine, and in 2005 he was named one of the top 3 "Business/Technology Analysts" in the world by Optimize magazine. In 2007 and 2008 he was named one of the 100 most influential people in the information technology industry by Ziff-Davis magazines.

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