Operations Management is a broad and multidimensional business area. A highly integrative discipline, Operations Management determines how an organization executes on its mission and goals. Operations Management is both an art and a science, tying together quantitative analytical skills with cognitive problem solving. All organizations, regardless of industry, size, or operating environment generate and manage large volumes of data that, used well, becomes critical information that guides the decision making and competitive capabilities of the enterprise. The emerging area of Business Analytics is focused on using business data to examine what has happened, to determine or predict what will happen, and to explore or model what should happen in the future. Successful managers across functional areas finance, marketing, operations, human resources, accounting, or information systems need to be able to understand and utilize business analytics methodologies in order to manage and lead effectively.