When I think of advocates of mathematics and statistics for business, I cannot come up with two better exemplars than the MIT Sloan School of Management and IBM.

MIT is perhaps the pre-eminent engineering and technology school in the world, and the Sloan School is recognized as the top business program for quantitative analysis. And IBM, with its recent BI and analytics software acquisitions, its growing quantitative professional services for business, and its ubiquitous Smarter Planet messaging, has built a bet-the-business corporate strategy around analytics and optimization.

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