Friday, May 11, 2012

Kelley MBAs bring home Business Analytics win from Notre Dame

The MBA team of Rahul Gupta, Sam Singhania and Arpit Sharma won the
top prize at the IBM Business Analytics Case Competition at Notre Dame.

We've been on a roll with case competitions this spring. Adding to the list of wins is a group of  Kelley MBA students who won the IBM Business Analytics Case Competition at Notre Dame recently.
Rahul GuptaSam Singhania and Arpit Sharma, all second-year MBA candidates (now graduates!), brought home the top prize of $2,500. 

It was the first year for the competition, which was organized by the Business Analytics Club at Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business and sponsored by IBM.

The case was a real-world problem with associated data sets to be analyzed using IBM's SPSS software.

Singhania said the biggest challenge was understanding the data sets, two of which were from surveys that had more than 600 data fields and no numerical values.

"Another challenge was being able to link the findings from the three data sets in order to develop business insights and actionable recommendations," Singhania said. "This was because the three data sets addressed very different issues and relationships between them were not very intuitive."

Their written analysis earned the team a place in the top three and the opportunity to present their solutions in person to IBM representatives, who judged the team to be the best of competition. 

It's been a big year for business analytics at the Kelley School. The MBA Program announced a new Business Analytics major, and we established the Institute for Business Analytics, one of just a few such programs nationwide. Just this week, Kelley signed an agreement with the Indian Institute of Management-Lucknow to offer a year-long certificate program in business analytics to students in India.

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