The Accenture and MIT Alliance in Business Analytics is a collaboration to conduct research and develop new business analytics solutions to help organizations make more informed decisions, solving some of the most challenging problems faced by today's global companies.
The alliance also brings together the top analytics minds in business with subject matter experts at MIT and Accenture to form the Analytics Innovation Consortium—an exclusive network of chief analytics officers and their executive equivalents from around the world.
Members of the consortium have the unique opportunity to shape future alliance research projects, discuss emerging trends in analytics, operations research and big data and collaborate with an international network of peers. They represent such industries as oil & gas, consumer goods, banking, insurance, pharmaceuticals and communications.
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The alliance advisory board, co-chaired by Narendra Mulani and David Simchi-Levi, selected six ideas for the first round of projects, focused on the themes of big data or decision science.
Chief Analytics Officer,
Narendra Mulani is the Chief Analytics Officer—Accenture Analytics. In this role, he is responsible for driving Accenture’s strategic agenda for growth across business analytics. He leads an integrated community of management consulting, technology and outsourcing people who are serving clients across industries around the globe.
Professor of Engineering Systems,
David Simchi-Levi’s specializes in developing and implementing robust and efficient techniques for manufacturing and supply chains. Currently working on a large scale research program focusing on the development of new business analytics solutions to help organizations make more informed decisions, and solve some of their most challenging problems.
Andrew Fano leads the data insights R&D group for the Accenture Technology Labs where his research focuses on applying machine learning and text mining to a wide variety of business problems in industries including products, industrial equipment, insurance, pharmaceuticals, retail, security, packaged goods and aerospace. He is among Accenture's top patent holders.