Accenture and MIT are attempting to rally the analytics community to solve some of the world's most complex business and social problems. The duo's Big Data and analytics rally cry started this week with a request for proposals specifically aimed at MIT faculty and researchers. 

Accenture and MIT have a longstanding Alliance in Business Analytics -- led by Accenture's Narendra Mulani and MIT's David Simchi-Levi. Previous initiatives have studied social media causal monitoring, learning and revenue optimization, equipment failure prediction, and fraud detection and prevention. The next round of research is set to start in early 2015.

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