At a time when big data is dominating the business analytics arena, we are also pleased to inform you about the setting up of the CMUQ Securities Market Analysis Research & Training Lab (Q-SmartLab) at our Qatar campus. Our student editorial team has worked hard to deliver an insightful commentary on issues of importance to regional businesses through the application of skills acquired at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar to the resources available in the Q-SmartLab.