Advanced Analytics Operations Optimization Certificate

Boost your quantitative analytic and managerial leadership skills to lead your organization to greater heights of efficiency and effectiveness.

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DATES: Six course modules beginning April 2016

LOCATIONS: A hybrid live online/onsite program

All onsite modules will be held at:

Carnegie Mellon University – Tepper School of Business
Executive Education
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Propel your strategic decision-making, leadership and operations performance.

As an experienced operations manager, you understand that superior analytic capability spells competitive advantage – and success. Carnegie Mellon’s Advanced Analytics Certificate for Operations Optimization uniquely features top-ranked Tepper School of Business professors and the "Optimization in Practice" project facilitated by operations planning leader ORTEC Consulting.

Throughout the onsite and online program, participants apply advanced analytics models to challenges from their own organizations to generate real-time solutions and successful implementation.

Willem-Jan van Hoeve, Associate Professor of Operations Research highlights the key take aways for participants of the Advanced Analytics Certificate in Operations Optimization. Watch the video.

  • Program Overview

    Today’s increasingly complex and aggressive market and supply environment demands advanced analytic proficiency just to keep pace. Recent years have ushered in unprecedented technological advances and an explosion of data, both gathered and stored. As more sophisticated analytical techniques make it possible to harness the power of data for better decision making, business leaders increasingly need a deeper understanding of how analytics impact business results. The Advanced Analytics Certificate for Operations Optimization will take you to cutting-edge effectiveness through sharp focus on analytics and leadership within a unique live online / onsite format.

    Through interactive lectures by leading faculty and guest experts, personal coaching, case study, company visits and more, the Advanced Analytics Certificate program will boost both your quantitative analytic and managerial leadership skills, allowing you to lead your organization to greater heights of efficiency and effectiveness. And with a Carnegie Mellon certificate representing your professional accomplishment, you’ll be recognized as having a higher level of managerial competency ready to increase your impact.

    Key Objectives

    • Build superior analytic and managerial capabilities for enhanced planning, strategic decision-making and organizational performance.
    • Directly apply newly-acquired skills to real time organizational challenges with the support of a Project Coach.
    • Master the latest, state-of-the-art analytic tools and techniques to achieve and maintain competitive advantage.
    • Differentiate yourself professionally with a Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business Certificate.
  • Participants

    This program is ideal for experienced Operations Managers from a broad range of industry sectors.

    • Ideal industries include: consumer packaged goods; chain retail; aerospace; airlines; oil, gas and chemicals to name a few.
    • Managerial functions that include: supply chain planning; production planning; logistics; forecasting; inventory; and operations analysis.
  • Optimization in Practice Project

    Develop a business case showing the potential savings of a change in your supply chain.

    “What is the best supply chain network set-up to efficiently serve our customers while keeping the cost under control?”

    “Do we have the right inventory levels and policies?”

    “How can we increase our production capacity?"

    “How do we use our resources optimally?”

    “How to efficiently plan and schedule activities and resources?”

    These are just a few of the questions many logistics and supply chain managers face on a daily basis. Many of the answers to these questions require a significant investment in time and/or budget before they can be implemented. You have to convince your management this is a good investment.

    Through the “Optimization in Practice” project we support each participant to build an individual business case answering a relevant supply chain question or challenge.

    • “What are the steps to take to analyze your current business process?”
    • “What are the best KPI’s to take into account?”
    • “What are the potential savings you can expect implementing the proposed change?”
    • “What are the potential risks and challenges for the implementation, does it really improve bottom line performance?”
    • “How to compare different scenarios?”
    • “How to best present your business case?”

    We coach you to use the right data, methods and tools to use for your analysis. The ultimate goal is to build a business case you can present to your management to request for funding or additional support.

  • Featured Faculty

    The Advanced Analytics Operations Optimization Certificate will be led by distinguished professionals and faculty members from across Carnegie Mellon University. 

    Dr. Michael Trick, Senior Associate Dean, Faculty and Research and Higgins Professor of Operations Research

    • Operations research; sports scheduling; integer programming

    Willem-Jan van Hoeve, Associate Professor of Operations Research

    • Operations research; optimization; constraint programming; hybrid solution methods; decision diagrams for optimization; real-world applications of vehicle routing and scheduling

    Sridhar Tayur, Ford Distinguished Research Chair and Professor of Operations Management

    • Healthcare operations; supply chain management; enterprise analytics and software; private equity and lean operations; entrepreneurship and social enterprises

    Alan Montgomery, Associate Professor of Marketing

    • Electronic marketing; clickstream analysis; price optimization; Bayesian statistics; decision theory

    Dr. Anita Wooley, Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory

    • Organizational behavior and theory

    Cindy de Groot, Managing Director North America, ORTEC Consulting

  • Tepper School of Business and ORTEC Consulting

    Tepper School of Business has partnered with global leader in advanced analytics and optimization, ORTEC Consulting, to deliver the Advanced Analytics Certificate program. Like Carnegie Mellon, ORTEC believes that advanced analytics and optimization are key for companies to innovate and outperform. ORTEC’s domain experience ranges from supply chains, resource planning and forecasting to pricing, e-commerce and big data. With a track record of more than 34 years, customers and offices around the globe, ORTEC shares a passion for complexity with a hands-on mentality to solve the unsolvable.

    Award-winning Global Optimization Academy

    In 2012, the collaborative, supply chain-wide optimization efforts of TNT Express, ORTEC and Tilburg University were awarded the INFORMS® Franz Edelman Award for its successful application of Operations Research in supply chain optimization. The main driver for the success of this program was the GO (Global Optimization) Academy, a two-year development program teaching supply chain, planning and logistics managers how to apply optimization principles in their daily activities to improve overall business performance.

    Our goal is to teach you how to apply Advanced Analytics in your daily work activities by helping each participant to prepare a business case showing the potential benefit of a change in the supply chain to the bottom line company results.

    About INFORMS and the Franz Edelman Award

    The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®) is an international scientific society with 10,000 members, including Nobel Prize laureates, dedicated to applying scientific methods to help improve decision-making, management, and operations.

    The Franz Edelman competition, held annually by INFORMS, aims to bring forward, recognize and reward outstanding examples of operations research, management science, and advanced analytics that are used to bring changes to society, industry and business.


  • Fee and Terms

    Fee: The program fee of $18,000 per participant covers instruction, course materials, coaching, and most meals. A non-refundable $450 deposit will be invoiced at the time of registration. The balance of the program fee is due prior to the start of the program either in full or in three installments.

    Accommodation: Logistic details will be communicated to participants after registration. Cost of accommodation is not included in the program fee. Recommendations for local hotel options can be provided, however rooms reservations and transportation are the responsibility of the participant.

    Cancellation policy:

    • All requests to cancel must be received in writing.
    • Qualified substitutes for registration can be accommodated.
    • Cancellations forfeit the deposit fee.