Nashville Analytics Summit

August 11-12 2016 | OMNI Hotel | Nashville, TN
The 2016 Nashville Analytics Summit, presented by Tableau will be held on Thursday, August 11 and Friday, August 12 at the Omni Hotel in downtown Nashville. The Summit focuses on a fundamental issue in organizations today: how to effectively leverage analytics. Speakers from various industries and backgrounds will address issues of big data and analytics. Format includes a two day summit with alternating workshops and speaker presentations. Session Topics Include: Data Science, Business Intelligence, Dashboards, Reporting & Data Visualization, Data Governance, Security & Ethics, Professional Development
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Schedule

  • 11 August
  • 12 August

Adam Yeomans

Regional Director
Associated Press
Adam Yeomans is the Associated Press Regional Director for the South. He previously served as AP's bureau chief for Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi based in Nashville. Prior to coming to Nashville, he was AP's assistant bureau chief in Miami, Florida, from 1998 to 2004, and news editor for Florida from 1996 to 1997. He joined the AP in Tallahassee, Florida, in 1993 as a reporter after working for The Orlando Sentinel, where he covered tourism and economic development. At AP, he helped oversee the AP vote tabulation system that was crucial to reporting the outcome of the 2000 Florida presidential balloting and was part of the AP team that was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for its election coverage. He helped supervise coverage of the Elian Gonzalez custody fight in 2000, and led coverage of the Sept. 11 terrorists' connection to Florida, the slaying of Gianni Versace, Florida's $13 billion settlement with the tobacco industry, and other major news events. Yeomans serves on the boards of the Nashville/MidSouth Region of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government, and serves on the government relations committee of the Tennessee Press Association. He is a native of Fort Myers, Fla., and a graduate of the University of Florida.

12 August

Alan Cudney

Principal Industry Consultant in the Healthcare Division
SAS
Alan Cudney, RN-BC, PMP, CPHQ, FACHE, is a principal industry consultant in the Healthcare division of SAS Institute. As a registered nurse informaticist, Mr. Cudney is deeply grounded in processes and technology at the patient level. His healthcare experience of more than 30 years crosses hospital settings, managed care, disease management, outpatient psychiatry, long-term care and IT vendors. This provides a broad perspective, which is critical for leading the transition to value-based care.
Mr. Cudney has directly staffed or led more than 40 consulting engagements, and has performed multiple leadership roles. He has collaborated with organizations to promote healthcare IT adoption, population health, clinical informatics, care coordination and quality improvement. The result includes multiple success stories and client testimonials.
Mr. Cudney completed undergraduate work at the Florida State University and earned Master of Business Administration and Master of Health Science degrees from the University of Florida. He is also certified as a Project Management Professional, a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is widely published, has presented at national conferences and has served as guest lecturer for college courses. He also serves on the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Hospital Administration.

11 August

Allison Baker

Data Scientist
Hospital Corporation of America
Allison Baker is a Data Scientist with the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), with a background in statistical genetics and predictive analytics. A Cleveland, Ohio native, she has a BS in mathematics and statistics from John Carroll University, and an MS in genetic epidemiology and biostatistics from Case Western Reserve University. After two years at the Center for Human Genetics Research at Vanderbilt University, she began working at HCA as a biostatistician in the Clinical Services Group. Faced with more complex problems, she explored machine learning techniques to answer her clinical questions. This rapidly transitioned Allison into her current role as Data Scientist, where she collaborates with the Data Development team to build real-time predictive applications.

12 August

Amy Harris

Associate Professor
Middle Tennessee State University
Dr. Amy Harris is an associate professor of computer information systems in the Jennings A. Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University. She received her Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from the Fogelman College of Business and Economics at the University of Memphis. Dr. Harris earned her Master of Science in Computer Information Systems from the Jennings A. Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University and her Bachelor of Arts in Music and Communications from Mississippi University for Women. Dr. Harris teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in business intelligence and analytics for the Department of Computer Information Systems. Her primary research focus is healthcare information systems, with works published in journals including in Communications of the ACM, Journal of Computer Information Systems, Communications of the Association of Information Systems, and Computers in Human Behavior. She is an active member of the Nashville Technology Council and Women in Technology of TN (WiTT).

12 August

Andrew Brodie

Sr. Partner
SSB
Sr Partner and founder of SSB. Big 5 consulting background as an enterprise data architect and developer. Now responsible for business development and strategy for SSB.

12 August

Ash Yenamandra

Graduate Student
Data Science Master’s Degree Program, Lipscomb University
Ms. Yenamandra is a student of Masters in Data Science at Lipscomb Univeristy. Ash is also an Asst Professor and Medical Director in the field of Cinical Genetics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville. TN. I am a PHD with Board certification in Medical Genetics. I have been at Vanderbilt for the last 7 years.

12 August

Bill DeGray

Program Manager
Deloitte LLP
Bill DeGray is currently the ITS Cyber 2020 Deputy Program Manager for Deloitte Services, LP. This program, with 10 projects currently in-flight, is focused on delivering security enhancements for Deloitte. Additionally, Bill is leading an initiative to incorporate data science into project management cost forecasting, which his presentation will explore. Bill's previous positions at Deloitte included Project Manager then Senior Project Manager. In this capacity, he managed numerous projects including: application development, IT infrastructure, operating system upgrades (Windows 8.1) and office productivity upgrades (Office 2013). Prior to Deloitte, Bill was the Director for military web application development and IT Director for iostudio, LLC. Bill is a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel, Medical Service Corps Officer, with 24 years of service. He has over 30 years total experience managing projects and military operations. Bill is completing an M.S. degree in Data Science from Lipscomb University in Nashville. He also has an M.S. degree in Computer Information Systems from the University of Phoenix in Nashville, and a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut. He also holds Project Management Professional (PMP) and ITILV3-Foundation certifications.

11 August

Brent Teveit

Vice President of Analytics
XSOLIS
Brent Teveit has over 25 years of health care industry experience, the last dozen in executive management roles in four highly successful health care services and information businesses in Nashville, TN. Brent is VP, Analytics with XSOLIS where he leads the technical team building innovative tools in core areas of real time data analytics, large scale data processing and machine learning. Most recently, Mr. Teveit was co-founder of Ingram & Associates and was primarily responsible for overall business direction, technology and sales/marketing with specific focus on business development including Ingram's CVIR services group. Before Ingram & Associates, Brent founded and held the position of President & CEO of Criterion Health Strategies, which provided decision support and information warehousing systems to health care integrated delivery systems. In 1997 Criterion was purchased by HIE. As a member of the executive team of Inforum, first as Senior VP of Sales and Marketing and then President, and member of Inforum's Board of Directors-Brent helped make the company one of Nashville's most successful IPOs in the early 1990s. Inforum remains a recognized leader in strategic planning and marketing systems for health care. In 1993 Inforum merged with the Medstat Group that was subsequently purchased by Thomson Publishing. Earlier in his career Brent spent a number of years with HBO & Company (now McKesson HBOC) in Atlanta and held a variety of roles, most recently as Vice President, in the company's sales, customer service, and technology areas.

12 August

Bryan Huddleston

President & CEO
Nashville Technology Council
Bryan is the president and CEO of the Nashville Technology Council(NTC), the largest technology trade association in Tennessee. By connecting, uniting, developing, and promoting our community, the NTC propels the Nashville area forward to be a national leader in technology-based innovation and development. Bryan has worked in the technology industry his entire career in positions as mentor, product manager, developer and business development. He began as a computer repair technician while a student at Murray State University. He moved to Nashville in 1995 to join Ingram Industries. Bryan has worked at Quest Software (now Dell) and spent eight years at Microsoft Corporation. Bryan sits on multiple community boards including the Lipscomb University SCI advisory board, Nashville State Foundation, Women in Technology and Nashville Entrepreneur Center. He also sits on the Savant Learning Systems advisory board. Bryan is married and hard at work adding diversity to the future technology workforce with three beautiful girls under the age of 9. In his free time, he enjoys reading, writing, exercise and "tinkering" with technology.

Candra Grant

Director of Analytics
Dave Ramsey Solutions
Candra Grant is the Director of Analytics at Ramsey Solutions. She has over 10 years of experience working with data across multiple industries (e.g., CPG, retail, tech, consulting, etc.). Driven by natural curiosity, creativity, and motivated by driving value, Candra finds strategy development, data analysis, and visualization fun and inspiring. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Georgia. Outside of work, she loves to travel, find interesting facts about being left-handed, read, and volunteer.

12 August

Casey Bennett

Chief Scientific Officer
Faros Healthcare
Casey Bennett is the Chief Scientific Officer for Faros Healthcare, and formerly a Data Scientist at Centerstone Research Institute. He received his PhD from the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University. His work focuses on artificial intelligence in healthcare, including the areas of robotics, machine learning, clinical decision support, and personalized medicine. He was the lead designer for Centerstone's award-winning organization-wide analytics platform (2010 TDWI Best Practices Award) and the national Knowledge Network Data Warehouse, the largest ongoing clinical mental health data repository in the country. He has published dozens of scientific articles, done interviews for national and international magazines like ComputerWorld and Slate, and been a guest on nationally syndicated radio talk shows. His work has also been featured as part of IBM's Smarter Planet campaign. He is currently working on projects using artificial intelligence to augment clinical decision-making in chronic illness, as well as utilizing in-home robots for therapeutic purposes with elderly patients.

12 August

Charles Apigian

Professor and Chair of Computer Information Systems
Middle Tennessee State University
Dr. Charlie Apigian is a Professor and Chair of Computer Information Systems for Middle Tennessee State University, where he teaches information security, web development, and analytics. He believes in helping younger students develop a passion for IT and turning that passion into a career. In addition to his teaching and research, he is responsible for the Computer Information Systems department at MTSU, which has over 400 undergraduate and 120 graduate students majoring in Information Systems. The recent accomplishments within the CIS department include an emphasis on bridging the gap between industry and academics through mentoring, internships, and relevant initiatives that have also led to three concentrations at the graduate level; Information Security, IT Project Management, and the new Business Intelligence & Analytics program. Dr. Apigian has also been involved in working with schools in Rutherford County on curriculum and pathways in IT and more recently has helped develop dual enrollment courses at four high schools in Williamson County.

12 August

Chris Harline

Sales Consultant
Domo
Chris has extensive experience across multiple fields of business – from IT, Sales, Operations, and Support. With his technical and line-of-business skills, Chris intimately knows the impact that big data has on companies, both large and small.

11 August

Christopher Rossie

Managing Director
PwC
Christopher Rossie is a Managing Director in PwC Advanced Risk and Compliance Analytics Solutions (ARCA) practice where he leads the Greater Atlanta ARCA team. Chris' expertise includes developing solutions for continuous monitoring and analysis including data acquisition, repeatable analytics focused on behavior, and visualization focused on prompting action. Chris has over 30 years of experience delivering software solutions to global clients with the last 20 focused on information security and data analytics for internal audit, finance and accounting, and risk and compliance departments. Prior to joining PwC, he was the co-founder and Executive Vice President of Oversight Systems, a software-as-a-service data analytics solution provider.

12 August

Dalton Ruer

Solutions Architect
Qlik
Dalton Ruer has worked in the IT field for 30 years, 25 of which have surrounded database related activities. He has traveled the world as a consultant and trainer, worked for startup companies as well as large corporations like AT&T and authored a book on client/server development. For the past 10 years Dalton has focused his efforts on improving healthcare processes using data. He is also a huge proponent of solid data visualization and combines that with his healthcare knowledge in his blog QlikDork.com. His passion for 0’s and 1’s and his belief that they can provide real answers to real problems is matched only by his love of chocolate.

12 August

Damian Mingle

Chief Data Scientist
WPC Healthcare
Damian Mingle is the chief data scientist at WPC Healthcare. He leads a dynamic team in an effort to create clinical, operational, and financial value leveraging machine learning to improve healthcare. Prior to WPC Healthcare Mingle held positions with Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), Coventry Healthcare, and Morgan Stanley. He is ranked in the top 1% globally of competitive data scientists. Mingle is the 2015 NTC Data Scientist of the Year.

11 August

Dan George

Workforce Analytics and Planning Lead
Bridgestone Americas
Dan George is a workforce analytics and strategic planning professional, focusing on supplying HR and corresponding business leads with in-depth analysis of talent data and the latest HR trends. With over 10 years of experience in Human Capital consulting, and 7 of those years focusing on HR analytics, Dan has a unique skill set that uses components of data science to help resolve workforce issues and execute HR strategies.

11 August

Daniel Bullington

Sr. Manager of IT Architecture
DaVita HealthCare Partners, Inc.
Daniel is a Servant Leader to large delivery and architecture teams and he is passionate about building true Lean Start-up inspired software engineering cultures to help companies win. Currently, Daniel serves as a Sr. Manager, IT Architecture in the Systems Architecture group at DaVita HealthCare Partners, in which he defines ideal solutions for clinical, revenue, and corporate domains. He led the architectural pivot from a legacy healthcare platform to a modern patient-centric platform - which included perplexing legacy data challenges solved in innovate ways. In previous roles, Daniel served as Sr. Manager, Business Intelligence for Asurion; Manager, Advisor Facing Systems (which included data warehousing for the broker-dealer business segment) for Jackson National Life Insurance; Manager, Middleware for Capital One.

11 August

Ed Marx

Director of Strategic and Operations Analytics
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Ed Marx is the Director of Strategic and Operations Analytics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he has worked since 2011. His team works with leaders across the Medical Center to help them frame their opportunities and questions, design the analytics that will most effectively address their needs, and present the results of their analysis. Ed has also led a number of special projects for the Medical Center including: targeted cost reduction, achieving Meaningful Use certification and attestation, and ensuring a successful transition of the Medical Center to a separate legal and financial entity. Ed spent seven years with McKinsey & Company before accepting his role at Vanderbilt. During his time there, he helped create the McKinsey Hospital Institute (renamed Objective Health), an offering focused towards community providers that enables them to capture bottom line impact and build capabilities through proprietary analytics, web-based performance tools, and benchmarking/expertise. He led the development of client solutions including a cost allocation model, physician utilization analyses, and lean training/implementation. Prior to McKinsey, Ed spent four years with Procter & Gamble where he led teams in the installation and equipment setup of new production lines. Ed graduated summa cum laude and with honors from Penn State with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and earned his Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

11 August

Eric Stephens

Manager Population Health Analytics
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Eric Stephens is a strategic data analyst currently working in the healthcare industry in Nashville, Tennessee. In 2015, he joined Vanderbilt University Medical Center as an Operations Analyst in the hospital's newly-formed Strategic and Operations Analytics group. Prior to Vanderbilt, Eric spent 13 years with SESAC, a music copyright organization, most recently holding the position of Associate Director of Research & Analytics. Mr. Stephens is a member of the American Statistical Association, the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS), Leadership Health Care, and Toastmasters International, and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Tennessee Tech University as well as a Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics from the University of Tennessee. He is a Certified Analytics Professional (CAP), and is active in the Nashville analytics community through his role as the co-chair of the Nashville Technology Council's BI and Analytics Peer Network. In addition to his role at Vanderbilt, Eric is an Adjunct Professor at Lipscomb University in Nashville, where he teaches courses in business analytics and statistical methods for various graduate programs in the College of Computing and Technology. He also serves as a technical presentation consultant to various organizations in the Nashville area. When not working or teaching, Eric is a part-time professional musician whose primary instruments are bass (both upright and electric) and tuba. He has performed with such varied artists as Dennis DeYoung (former lead singer of Styx), Jimi Jamison (former lead singer of Survivor), Grand Ole Opry star Porter Wagoner, and the Nashville Symphony.

12 August

Gabriel Bassett

Senior Information Security Data Scientist
Verizon
Gabriel is the senior information security data scientist specializing in data science, machine learning, and graph theory applications to cyber security on the Verizon Security Research team at Verizon Enterprise Solutions and a contributing author of the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report and Protected Health Information Data Breach Report. He has previously held cyber security risk manager, testing, intelligence, architect, and program management positions at the Missile Defense Agency and Hospital Corporation of America.

11 August

Gilbert Diaz

Graduate Student
Data Science Master’s Degree Program, Lipscomb University
A veteran, father, and husband... these are the three biggest things that makes me Gilberto Diaz. I fell in love with software development while I worked at Bionuclear Puerto Rico, Inc for five years; a company that supplies medical laboratory devices and software solutions. This led me to pursue a Bachelor's degree in Web Application Development at Lipscomb University after my military service. While taking Elementary Statistic during my Bachelor's, I realized that Data Science is who I am. I am currently working on a Master's of Science in Data Science at Lipscomb University. I love seeing how analyzing data and creating solutions can help tremendously. I am also working on a project to uncover previously unknown suicide risk factors.

12 August

Jason King, PhD

Data Scientist
Jason is a Data Scientist with XSOLIS, where he is responsible for predictive model development in the areas of machine learning and deep learning used in the company’s healthcare case management and revenue cycle solutions. Previously, Jason was a National Research Council (NRC) Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, MD. His work in single molecule trapping and image analysis lead to an interest in data science. He holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Tennessee Space Institute, and a BS in Physics from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

12 August

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Jay Baker

Linux System Administrator
BNL Consulting, LLC
Jay is a Linux System Administrator for BNL and the DevOps lead on the National Collaborative for Bio-Preparedness project. He has quickly become an expert on development pipeline automation and HIPPA compliance in a could environment. He has a knack for helping clients grasp the complex issues involved in developing and deploying software at enterprise scale.
Prior to BNL, Jay acquired a diverse range of experience from political field work to children's mental health. He graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin, and holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Psychology and Sociology, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Communications

12 August

Jeffrey Kriseman

Chief Data & Informatics Officer
State of TN
Jeffrey Kriseman, PhD, MSc is the Chief Data and Informatics Officer (CDIO) for the State of Tennessee. As the CDIO, he is charged with both strategic and tactical data initiatives than span the State Enterprise. Currently, Dr. Kriseman is leading the States Open and Closed Data Portal, implementation of an Enterprise Information Architecture, development of a State Center of Excellence in Enterprise Information, promotion of Standards-based Analytics and Visualization, and is co-leading and the State-wide Digitization and Collaboration initiatives and the States shift towards a Citizen-Centric Government. Previous to his role at the State level, Dr. Kriseman was appointed the Chief Public Health Informatics Officer (CPHIO) at the Tennessee Department of Health (TNDH) in early 2014. As the CPHIO, he oversaw informatics activities across the Department, and built significant momentum across State and Federal agencies. His role provided the informatics methods, standards, infrastructure, and support necessary to promote public health action through evidence based practice. Before joining TNDH in March 2014, Dr. Kriseman served as a Branch Chief for the Division of Notifiable Diseases and HealthCare Information at CDC, was the Senior Public Health Informatics Scientist at the Southern Nevada Health District, and possesses over twenty years of diverse informatics and IT experience working in areas such as translational genomics and the aerospace industry. Dr. Kriseman has a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, a Master’s degree in Biomedical Informatics, and he received his PhD in Biomedical Informatics from Arizona State University.

11 August

Jim Alcott

CEO
Alcott Marketing Science
Jim Alcott is an entrepreneur, marketing leader, and expert in applying data and analytics to solve key business issues. Jim got his start with Virginia-based Response Marketing Group (now part of Havas Worldwide). He joined Nashville-based First American National Bank to install and leverage the bank's first customer database. After serving as VP/Retail Marketing at Union Planters Bank, Jim co-founded Alcott Routon, a database marketing agency that served one-fourth of the nation's fifty largest banks and several other national and regional brands. As CEO, Jim successfully negotiated the sale of the agency to a strategic buyer in 2004. In 2009, Jim co-founded Alcott Marketing Science working with clients and advertising agencies to apply data and analytics to improving marketing and business performance. Jim holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Richmond. In 2000, he was selected for, and subsequently completed, the Birthing of Giants program at MIT for exceptional entrepreneurs under the age of 40.

12 August

John Liu

Sr. Data Scientist and Product Manager
Digital Reasoning Systems, Inc.
John is senior data scientist and product manager at Digital Reasoning, where he is developing new ways to augment human and financial intelligence. Prior to Digital Reasoning, John served in a number of senior roles at Spartus Capital, Citi Global Markets, Vanderbilt University, BNP Paribas, Bank of America and Lehman Brothers. He earned his bachelors, masters, and doctorate degree in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and is a CFA Charterholder. In his spare time, John coaches MathCounts, mentors start-ups, volunteers at science fairs, and unwinds at the Nashville Fencing Club.

12 August

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Joshua Robinson

Sr. Consultant
Cloudera
Josh has worked for Enterprise manufacturers from Hardware and High End Unix vendors to the leader in traditional Data Management. In those positions he has worked with customers from regional educators to international financial institutions, developing solutions that drive value from existing infrastructure and new projects that expand their value opportunities. Josh has been working in the big data space for the last 3 years enabling customer to collect, analyze, and drive new insights with their data. His recent project include working with customers to implement ingestion and analysis of whole genomes, centralizing data from siloed R&D for a pharmaceuticals manufacture, and using real time click stream and video viewership data to do market analysis in near real time.

12 August

Justin Schaper

Senior Vice President of Analytics
Intermedix
Justin Schaper is the Senior Vice President of Analytics at Intermedix. With a focus on improving provider performance and organizational operations, Justin oversees the organization’s predictive and prescriptive analytics tools and services. He has 28 years of information technology experience. Prior to joining Intermedix, Justin held the position as Chief Information Officer at PSR. Justin studied theoretical and mathematical physics at the University of Colorado Boulder.

12 August

Kevin Kline

Director of Engineering Services, Technology Evangelist
SQL Sentry
Kevin Kline is a renowned data and database expert and software industry veteran currently serving as the Director of Engineering Services at SQL Sentry, a leading vendor of database and business intelligence tools. At previous companies, his product designs have won multiple Best of TechEd and Readers Choice awards. A Microsoft SQL Server MVP since 2003, Kevin was a founding board member of the international Professional Association for SQL Server (SQLPASS.Org) and served as president from 2004-2008. He is the author of the best-selling SQL in a Nutshell, and co-author of SQL Server Management and Administration, Professional SQL Server Database Design and Optimization, and Database Benchmarking: Practical Methods for Oracle & SQL Server and 9 others. Kevin writes monthly columns for SQL Server Magazine and Database Trends & Applications Magazine, while his frequent blog posts appear at SQLBlog.com, SQLServerPedia.com, SQLServerCentral.com, and SQLMag.com, as well as at http://blogs.sqlsentry.com/KevinKline. He tweets at KEKline. Kevin is a top-rated speaker at conferences worldwide such as Microsoft TechEd & Ignite, the PASS Summit, SQLBits, DevTeach, Oracle OpenWorld, and SQL Connections. When he's not pulling his hair out over work, he loves spending time with his wife, seven kids, working on his antique truck, and in his garden.

11 August

Kunal Marwah

Data Scientist
Hospital Corporation Of America
Kunal Marwah is a Data Scientist at Hospital Corporation of American, his work is focused on building data science models and interactive dashboards for various regulatory, financial and clinical initiatives. Over the past two years, Kunal has been involved in developing models using natural language processing aimed at entity extraction, sentiment analysis and deep learning neural networks. Kunal lives in Nashville, TN where he enjoys running, volunteering in various non-profits and playing the acoustic guitar in his spare time.

12 August

Lea Pica

Director of Data Visualiation + Storytelling
Search Discovery
Lea is a seasoned digital analytics practitioner turned data visualization and presentation educator. Her greatest passion is empowering analysts and marketers to present their analytical insights in a way that gets remembered, inspires action, creates thrilled stakeholders and propels their careers.

11 August

Lydia Jones

Data Monetization Strategist/ Adjunct Professor of Law
InSage, LLC
Lydia Jones is a business and legal data monetization strategist. She has over 20 years of experience helping Fortune 100 and 500 clients in the online commercial space navigate data collection and data sharing initiatives while complying with privacy rules and industry best practices. Lydia is the founding president of InSage LLC, a consulting firm that helps companies expand business opportunities through data analytics, data insights, and data monetization. In 2016, Lydia launched Nashville’s First Data Monetization Workshop. The event drew C-Suite level attendees nationally and from all major industries, including healthcare, marketing, retail, consumer goods, children’s tech, education, and government relations. In addition to leading InSage, Lydia is a privacy consultant to private firms, governmental entities, and academic institutions. Lydia is also an adjunct professor of law at Vanderbilt Law School where she teaches Information Privacy Law and at Boston University School of Law where she teaches Information Privacy Law: Big Data Collection and Use.

11 August

Margie Johnson

Business Intelligence Coordinator
Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools
Margie Johnson has 20 years of experience in education and has served in a variety of roles, including middle school teachers, instructional technology specialist, and director of professional development. Currently, she is the Business Intelligence Coordinator for MNPS, where she is coordinating the professional learning for creating a data-informed culture throughout the district. A highlight of her career was when she guest lectured for the Postdoc Masterclass at the University of Cambridge, UK, where she shared her expertise in using data for fostering collaborative conversations.

11 August

Michael Wong

Sales Engineer
MicroStrategy
Michael has over 14 years of experience in the software industry; holding a range of positions from Solutions Consultant to Product Manager. He is currently employed as a Sales Engineer with MicroStrategy. Prior to joining MicroStrategy, he held a similar role at Platfora; a Silicon Valley start-up focusing on providing BI solutions on Big Data/Hadoop, working with customers in the logistics, healthcare, and transportation industries. Prior to Platfora, he was a Technical Account Manager with Cloudera, one of the premiere Hadoop distributions. Primarily supporting financial institutions and other companies in the Southeast. Michael has a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University.

12 August

Nathan King

Business Intelligence Practice Lead
InfoWorks
Nathan King is the Business Intelligence Practice Lead at InfoWorks. A strategic business leader with a passion for quantifying performance, he's worked as a leader in companies ranging from startups to publicly traded companies. Nathan has significant experience working with executive teams to define performance metrics and targets, and then working with various department managers and technical resources to quickly make data available to the business. With a background in technology product management, Nathan brings an agile approach to business intelligence projects. He focuses projects around short term deliverables, beginning with a minimum viable product and working in sprints to provide iterative value to teams that increases over time. As a consultant, he has helped fortune 100 firms and rapidly growing smaller companies introduce agile to their organizations. Nathan has worked in five countries on three continents and has an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. He currently serves as a visiting lecturer there. He resides in Nashville, TN.

11 August

Naveen Avalreddy

Principal Data Architect
Asurion
Naveen is a Principal Data Architect at Asurion, responsible for the platform architecture, design and implementation. He works extensively with Hadoop, Hive and Spark developing platform for large scale analytics solutions. He also is the chief architect for the Asurion data platform on AWS cloud using EMR, Redshift, Kinesis and Lambda.

11 August

Nick Beaton

Technical Consultant
Tableau
I’m passionate about designing systems that help people see and understand their data. While a student, I became intrigued with statistical programming and this lead to a career in data science. At the time, I had to write thousands of lines of code to clean, prep, load, and analyze datasets just so we could make basic, static graphics. I then found Tableau which made it all easier. I became hooked on the software and joined the company as a Technical Consultant. Today I’m working with some of the largest companies in the world to analyze massive datasets and make visual sense of their information.

11 August

Olivia Duane Adams

Chief Customer Officer and Founding Partner of Alteryx
Alteryx
Olivia Duane Adams is the Chief Customer Officer and a founding partner of Alteryx. In this role, Libby is responsible for overseeing and maximizing the complete Alteryx customer experience, from engagement to on-boarding, communications, performance, and retention. She has interacted with nearly every Alteryx customer, giving her a holistic perspective of the overall experience from implementation to adoption success. Prior to co-founding Alteryx, Libby was a leading sales representative for the media, advertising, communications, and automotive industries at Strategic Mapping, a provider of spatial analytics and desktop-based geographic business intelligence solutions. Libby also served as an account manager at Donnelley Marketing Information Services, where she was responsible for sales growth and vertical-specific product development in the advertising, media, and communications industries. Prior to Donnelley, Libby was a client service associate within the IMS division of VNU, which was the second-largest information resources holding company in the U.S. media and publishing industries. At VNU, she was responsible for supporting the company's user base with the key media information resources needed for the effective planning of marketing and media strategies. Libby earned a bachelor's degree from Castleton State College in Vermont, and is an active member of the college's alumni association.

11 August

Page Schmidt

Consultant 1
CTS
Page Schmidt is a technology consultant at CTS in Franklin, TN with a background in development, BI, and the software life cycle. As a consultant, Page has worked in a number of industries and roles and enjoys learning about the small details and decisions that can either propel a project forward or hold it back. Page is a Chicago native who has called Nashville home for the past two years.

11 August

Paul Walsh

Vice President, Weather Strategy and Business Meteorologist
The Weather Company / IBM
As Vice President, Weather Strategy and Business Meteorologist for The Weather Company, Paul helps companies use weather and climate "big data" to create and execute weather strategies that lead to more effective and profitable business outcomes.
One of the nation’s leading experts on the impact of weather on consumers and business, Paul’s observations are regularly featured on The Weather Channel and CNBC, and in dozens of national media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, and The New York Times.
Before joining The Weather Company, Paul served as Senior Vice President, Business Solutions at Atmospheric and Environmental Research (a Verisk Analytics company), Chief Strategy Officer at Storm Exchange, Inc., and Senior Vice President, Client Services/Analytics at Planalytics, Inc.
Prior to 1997 as a meteorologist in the United States Air Force, Paul provided weather-based intelligence support to war fighters and mission planners and served as the Chief of Weather Operations for the US Army’s elite 101st Airborne Division during Operation Desert Storm.

11 August

Rob Lill

President and Chief Architect
BNL Consulting, LLC
Rob Lill is President and Chief Architect of BNL Consulting. BNL's expertise ranges from executive dashboard development, Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), portal development, web development, web security, data warehousing, big data, query and reporting, advanced analytics, and a range of SAS-centric services. BNL is headquartered in Rockville, MD and has offices in Atlanta, GA, Jacksonville, FL, Chattanooga, TN and Nashville, TN.

12 August

Rocco Pecora

Solutions Architect
SME Solutions Group, Inc.
Rocco Pecora serves as Solutions Architect at SME Solutions Group, Inc. Mr. Pecora also consults in BI/Analytics Application Development with experience in numerous industries ranging from Energy/Utilities, Financial Services, and Retail. Rocco is a certified BI Application developer and works closely with Enterprises to help collect, visualize, and digest their data in order to create a single version of the truth. He has developed applications and dashboards for Smart Meter Implementation Plans that consisted of mapping solutions, inventory management as well as applications in the Financial Services industry that assisted in Fraud detection, Human Resource Management, and more.

12 August

Roger Shiltz

Solutions Engineer, Alteryx
Alteryx

11 August

Ron Katzman

Director of Operations
SME Solutions Group, Inc.
Mr. Katzman has over 20 years of experience in various industries including Manufacturing, Financial Services, Private Equity and Energy/Utilities, and specializes in Process Excellence and Data Analytics. He is a certified Six Sigma Quality Blackbelt, and was selected as a QlikView Luminary in 2014 for innovation with interactive dashboards in the Utility industry. Ron holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University and an MBA from the University of Utah.

12 August

Scott Augenbaum

Special Agent
FBI
Special Agent (SA), Scott E. Augenbaum, of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), started his career with the FBI in the New York Field Office in 1988 as a support employee. In 1994 he became a Special Agent in 1994 and was assigned to the Syracuse, New York Office, where he worked domestic terrorism, white collar and hate crimes, and all computer crime investigations. In October 2003, he was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent at FBI Headquarters, Washington D.C in the Cyber Division, Cyber Crime Fraud Unit and was responsible for managing the FBI's Cyber Task Force Program and Intellectual Property Rights Program. In 2006, he was transferred to Nashville, TN and managed the FBI Memphis Division Computer Intrusion/Counterintelligence Squad in Nashville, TN. Over the past ten years, he provided hundreds of computer intrusion threat briefings with the goal of educating the community on emerging computer intrusion threats and how to not to be the victim of a data breach. SA Augenbaum obtained an MBA at American Sentinel University in Information Technology and a Masters Certificate in Information Security Management from Villanova University and holds numerous General Information Assurance Certifications.

12 August

Steve Butler

Managing Partner Americas East
Think Big Consulting, a Division of Teradata
Steve Butler is currently the Managing Partner Americas for Business & Strategic Consulting for all industries including Retail, Financial Services, Health Care, Travel & Transportation, Telecommunications, Media & Entertainment and Manufacturing. He also heads the thought leadership and management of four strategy practices: Customer Engagement, Product Analytics, Cybersecurity & Fraud, and Data-Driven Finance & Risk. For the previous eight years, Steve was the Managing Partner for Business & Strategic Consulting at Teradata covering Telecommunications, Cable, Satellite, Digital Media & Commerce, Content Producers & Distributors and Utilities. Butler has focused his career on business intelligence, marketing and operations management. Prior to joining Teradata, Butler was with Asurion as a Senior Director of Product Development, where he developed and implemented the Innovation Lab - a call center environment used for A/B testing of programs and systems to be considered for Asurion's call centers. While there he also developed and implemented the Wireless Storefront, a call center and web channel for wireless accessories. Prior to Asurion, Butler spent nine years in telecommunications in progressive roles starting in field marketing and exiting as the Senior Director of Database Marketing at Cingular Wireless (now AT&T Mobility), where he contributed to cutting churn in half and increasing ARPU by 10% through enhanced targeting and marketing to the customer base. He began his professional career with Accenture following his MBA from The University of Alabama. When not supporting his clients, Butler spends his time with his family in Tennessee. He is a children's book author ("The Blueberry Bush"), an investor and mentor with the Nashville Entrepreneur Center focused on software & technology and an advocate for improving public education in Tennessee.

11 August

Steve Mostello

Enterprise Technical Consultant
Tableau
Steve Mostello has worked in the software industry for 18 years. At Tableau Software he works with large customers throughout North America helping them to see and understand data. Steve coaches his customers on how to find insights, trends, patterns, and unknown unknowns that are hidden in plain view inside their companies. He enables his customers to effectively tell a story out of their vast amounts of data.

12 August

Sundar Kuppuswamy

Sr. Director, Chief Data Scientist
Asurion
Sundar is responsible to lead the Data Science team at Asurion through the application of advanced analytical techniques using the vast amount of data at Asurion. His team is responsible for working with different business and technology stakeholders to build applications & prototypes to drive business value.

11 August

Todd Gary

Office of Research
Middle Tennessee State University
Dr. Todd Gary, from Middle Tennessee State University, holds a PhD in molecular biology from Vanderbilt University and deep ties to the data science community in Middle Tennessee. He completed a research fellowship in the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt and a NASA sabbatical in astrobiology at UCLA working with bioinformatics pioneer Jim Lake. He has also taught in the Data Science Master's degree program at Lipscomb University.

11 August

Walter Maguire

Chief Field Technologist
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Walter Maguire has twenty-nine years of experience in analytics and data technologies. He practiced data science before it had a name, worked with big data when "big" meant a megabyte, and has been part of the movement which has brought data management and analytic technologies from back-office, skunk works operations to core competencies for the largest companies in the world.

12 August

Zach Gemignani

CEO
Juice Analytics
Zach Gemignani is co-founder of Juice Analytics, creators of a new kind of tool for visualizing data. He has helped build the company's reputation for designing engaging information experiences and delivering unique data visualization solutions. As CEO, he is responsible for the strategic direction, business development, and thought leadership. He is the author of "Data Fluency: Empowering Your Organization with Effective Data Communication" published by Wiley.

11 August

Zach Gemignani

CEO
Juice Analytics
Zach Gemignani is co-founder of Juice Analytics, creators of a new kind of tool for visualizing data. He has helped build the company's reputation for designing engaging information experiences and delivering unique data visualization solutions. As CEO, he is responsible for the strategic direction, business development, and thought leadership. He is the author of "Data Fluency: Empowering Your Organization with Effective Data Communication" published by Wiley.

Damian Mingle

Chief Data Scientist
WPC Healthcare & Middle Tennessee State University
Damian Mingle is the chief data scientist at WPC Healthcare. He leads a dynamic team in an effort to create clinical, operational, and financial value leveraging machine learning to improve healthcare. Prior to WPC Healthcare Mingle held positions with Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), Coventry Healthcare, and Morgan Stanley. He is ranked in the top 1% globally of competitive data scientists. Mingle is the 2015 NTC Data Scientist of the Year.

Lorelei Samuelson

Director of Business Intelligence / Adjunct Professor 
SME Solutions Group
Lorelei Samuelson is the Director of Business Intelligence at SME Solutions Group, a Nashville, TN and Tampa, FL based analytics consultancy company. Her enthusiasm for analytics led Lorelei to found the BI & Analytics concentration at Middle Tennessee State University in 2014, later becoming their first adjunct professor. Lorelei delivers world-class, analytic solutions helping companies achieve success through accomplishing deep understanding of market performance, integrating emerging technology to improve business intelligence, and developing BI applications to ensure growth and ROI. She has worked at organizations ranging in size from publicly traded to private equity-owned to early startups. Her expertise ranges from project management, process improvement, executive dashboard development, data architecture, data warehousing, big data, query and reporting, and advanced analytics.
She holds a B.S. in Business Administration and M.S. in Computer Information Systems.
In her free time she enjoys mentoring other ambitious women in IT as the Director of Outreach for WiTT and staying active in the Nashville analytics community through her role as a committee member of the Nashville Technology Council’s Analytics & BI Peer Network."

Eric Stephens

Manager Population Health Analytics
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Eric Stephens is a strategic data analyst currently working in the healthcare industry in Nashville, Tennessee. In 2015, he joined Vanderbilt University Medical Center as an Operations Analyst in the hospital's newly-formed Strategic and Operations Analytics group. Prior to Vanderbilt, Eric spent 13 years with SESAC, a music copyright organization, most recently holding the position of Associate Director of Research & Analytics. Mr. Stephens is a member of the American Statistical Association, the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS), Leadership Health Care, and Toastmasters International, and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Tennessee Tech University as well as a Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics from the University of Tennessee. He is a Certified Analytics Professional (CAP), and is active in the Nashville analytics community through his role as the co-chair of the Nashville Technology Council's BI and Analytics Peer Network. In addition to his role at Vanderbilt, Eric is an Adjunct Professor at Lipscomb University in Nashville, where he teaches courses in business analytics and statistical methods for various graduate programs in the College of Computing and Technology. He also serves as a technical presentation consultant to various organizations in the Nashville area. When not working or teaching, Eric is a part-time professional musician whose primary instruments are bass (both upright and electric) and tuba. He has performed with such varied artists as Dennis DeYoung (former lead singer of Styx), Jimi Jamison (former lead singer of Survivor), Grand Ole Opry star Porter Wagoner, and the Nashville Symphony.

Tableau

Presenting

Pilgrim Consulting

Platinum
Pilgrim Consulting is world class software development shop that improves how companies do business. As entrepreneurs and business leaders, we understand the unique challenges that companies face in today’s competitive landscape.

Our team of developers, designers and project managers take a hands on and consultative approach to software development that empowers our clients to focus on what they do best. We deliver top shelf results within a broad range of business applications: From clickable prototypes and MVPs for early stage startups to enterprise products and staff augmentation for existing development teams.

Pilgrim Consulting provides a safe place to talk about software and excels at delivering results at a cost that shocks and delights our clients. We are mission driven, devoted to providing development solutions that are unrivaled while also having a positive impact in the U.S. and Abroad.

• World-class software development that helps you improve how you do business
• We work with you, to understand your business, your goals and solve your problems
• Scalable and multi-faceted development team with a broad range of experience
• We can tackle your clickable prototype, MVP, or fully developed application
• We can integrate into your team; augment and improve your dev efforts
• Mobile app development, web based applications, and large website development projects are our specialty

Alteryx

Platinum
Alteryx, Inc. is the leader in self-service data analytics. Alteryx Analytics provides analysts with the unique ability to easily prep, blend, and analyze all of their data using a repeatable workflow, then deploy and share analytics at scale for deeper insights in hours, not weeks. Analysts love the Alteryx Analytics platform because they can connect to and cleanse data from data warehouses, cloud applications, spreadsheets, and other sources, easily join this data together, then perform analytics — predictive, statistical, and spatial — using the same intuitive user interface, without writing any code. Thousands of companies and data analysts worldwide rely on Alteryx daily. Visit www.alteryx.com or call 888-836-4274.

Cloudera

Platinum
Cloudera delivers the modern platform for data management and analytics. The world’s leading organizations trust Cloudera to help solve their most challenging business problems with Cloudera Enterprise, the fastest, easiest and most secure data platform built on Apache Hadoop and the latest open source technologies.

OMNI - Hotels & Resorts

Platinum
The Omni Nashville Hotel is the clear choice for your next meeting or event in Music City. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown, the hotel is adjacent to the Music City Center, offering guests access to an additional 1.2 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space. The hotel itself features more than 80,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and more than 49,000 square feet of pre-function space.

RoundTower Technologies

Platinum
RoundTower Technologies is a systems integrator that provides innovative solutions and services in the areas of Datacenter Infrastructure, converged platforms, cloud automation and orchestration, DevOps, and data analytics. RoundTower is helping enable its customers to drive positive business outcomes by becoming more agile and efficient through the use of technology. Let our experts work with you to find the right solution for your unique project and see it through to a successful completion.

InfoWorks

Silver
InfoWorks is a Nashville-based business and technology consulting company specializing in business consulting, technology services, project management, analytics, software, and platform development services.

MicroStrategy

Silver

CTS

Supporting
CTS is a regional software consulting firm founded in 1993 that specializes in solving complex IT problems with creative and customized solutions. With our full-time employee base, we deliver software development, business intelligence, quality assurance, and application support solutions to enterprise clients across the Southeast, including office locations in Nashville, Atlanta, Birmingham, Charlotte, Chattanooga, and Mobile. Each of our offices acts as a local delivery center, providing technical services to our clients in that area. A strong local presence is central to our mission and maintaining lasting relationships with our clients. The highest percentage of our annual revenue comes from our recurring clients, clearly demonstrating our strong partnerships with client teams. With over 300 employees across our 6 offices, CTS strives to become the most trusted software consulting firm in the Southeast. Ultimately, CTS is about partnership and delivery. This focus enables CTS to build a sustainable delivery advantage and leads to lasting partnerships with our clients, employees, and communities.
CTS has over two decades of experience planning, developing, and implementing a wide range of high-performing data solutions. Specific business intelligence services include data architecture, enterprise data warehouse, Big Data, ETL, data conversion, data visualization, and reporting.

Juice Analytics

Supporting
We are the company behind Juicebox, a new kind of tool for visualizing data and building data products with the everyday decision maker in mind. We focus on changing data from a presentation to a conversation, creating a more designful experience for the end user, and delivering a complete solution rather than a do-it-yourself kit.

Lipscomb University

Supporting
Lipscomb University's College of Computing and Technology (CCT) offers innovative and uniquely multi-disciplinary programs that prepare graduates for entrepreneurial, technical and executive leadership positions within our industry, and further advanced degrees. Offerings at the CCT include 10 Bachelor's Degrees in the field of computing as well as Master's programs in Data Science, Software Engineering, and Information Technology. Our face-to-face Master's programs are suited to working professionals and feature evening courses. For more information on Lipscomb's College of Computing and Technology, please visit technology.lipscomb.edu

MTSU | Jones College Of Business - Department of Computer Information Systems

Supporting
The Computer Information Systems Department is located within the Jones College of Business at MTSU and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in information systems. With over 400 undergraduate students and over 100 graduate students specializing in security and assurance, IT project management, and business intelligence and analytics.

NovaCopy, Inc.

Supporting

SME Solutions Group, Inc.

Supporting
SME Solutions Group, Inc. leverages your business data to gain insight with the use of reporting applications that will drive actionable and strategic decisions. SME provides skilled analysts who understand the technologies and requirements necessary for identifying strategies to ensure successful execution of your business needs and objectives. Through the application of proven methodologies and analytical software, we help companies consolidate and visualize data into a single version of the truth.
Services include but are not limited to: business intelligence, data analytics, project management and process improvement.

Trinisys

Supporting
An Inc. 500 & 5000 award winning company, Trinisys revolutionizes the way businesses collect and process information. Our innovative platform offers solutions that help bridge the gap between your systems. Through our Convergence platform you can: Convert, Connect, and Combine. Clients have drastically reduced the time and cost involved in acquiring data from paper and the web with Trinisys’ innovative data capture software. The Trinisys integration engine enables companies to automate complex business processes and get data to the systems they use every day.

HCA

Supporting
HCA Information Technology and Services (IT&S) delivers healthcare IT products and services to HCA's portfolio of business and other pre-eminent healthcare brands, including Parallon Business Solutions, HealthTrust, Sarah Cannon Research Institute, and Workforce Solutions. As one of the largest providers of healthcare IT, IT&S offers products and services to more than 260 hospitals, 830 physician practices, 115 ambulatory service centers and 51 imaging centers. IT&S employs over 4,300 employees across the U.S., operates five data centers and fifteen division support centers. Our services include business analysis, systems development and integration, information security, customer support, training and education, and infrastructure support.

BNL Consulting, Inc.

Supporting

MapR

Supporting

Technical Innovation, A Diversified Company

Supporting

DOMO

Happy Hour
Domo helps every employee—from the CEO to the front line worker—optimize business performance by connecting them to the right data and people they need to improve business results. The company is backed with more than $500 million from the world's best investors and is led by a management team with tenure at the world's most well-known technology companies.

Intermedix

Coffee Cart
Intermedix delivers technology-enabled services and SaaS solutions to health care providers, government agencies and corporations. The company supports more than 15,000 health care providers with practice management, revenue cycle management and data analytic tools. Intermedix connects more than 95 percent of the U.S. population with crisis management and emergency preparedness technologies.

Mixtroz

Intentional Networking is making a comeback; Mixtroz makes it easy and fun! Mixtroz is a data driven technology company that brings real people (Not Profiles) together for curated, LIVE networking.
Download App to Participate in Thursday's Lunch Event!
iOS App Store:
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Google Play Android Store:
http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mixtroz.android
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WiTT

Women in Technology of Tennessee was founded to support women in all areas of technology. WiTT provides a forum for Tennessee women to empower women in technology through education, outreach, mentoring, and networking.

Registration

08:00 09:00

Special Event

Kick off - General Session

09:00 09:45 Legends Ballroom D

Speakers

Break

09:45 10:00

Business Intelligence, Reporting, Visualization

The Road to Self-Service Data Analytics [Workshop]

10:00 11:30 Legends A

According to the results of a recent survey on analytics by Harvard Business Review, 62% of line of business data analysts have to rely on other departments for analytics, yet 4 out of 5 of these analysts are frustrated by both the speed and quality of the work by these departments. In this workshop you’ll see the details behind this thought-provoking research by HBR, learn about some of the various approaches in use for data preparation, blending, and analytics, and hear case studies about how organizations have empowered their LOB data analysts with the freedom to do their own analytics. Attendees will build their first visual workflow for self-service data analytics, and leave with ideas they can immediately implement to eliminate some of the manual, time-consuming tasks they currently use for data preparation.

Speakers

Data Governance, Data Management, and Security

Leveraging Data in a Personalized Economy: From Insights to Income

10:00 11:30 Legends B

Companies are under significant pressure to leverage data – big, small, aggregated, anonymized, and de-identified. At the same time, today's consumer increasingly expects individualized products, services, and assistance – from personalized health and wellness applications to individualized digital banking to “my style” retail experiences. Consequently, it is essential to examine what impact the emerging personalized economy will have on data collection, data sharing, and data-driven revenue opportunities. Whether in social media or social discovery, or whether in selecting wearables versus ingestibles, consumers are flocking to innovative products that customize functionality to their personal preferences, and often to their unique physical and psychological characteristics. The rapidly increasing use of such highly personalized digital products and services has generated a parallel increase in voluntary disclosures to companies of personally identifiable data. But that data now extends beyond mere names, addresses, and zip codes to encompass real-time location data, personal physical attributes, cognitive patterns and processes, biometric data, genetic data, and more. What is your analytics team doing to capitalize on this growing personalized economy? This workshop will discuss 5 key concepts to maximize revenue generation from data insights based primarily upon personally identifiable information. Attendees will learn how to navigate the perceived (and real) privacy risks of data collection and data sharing within the personalized economy. And they will learn how to maximize new business and revenue opportunities by leveraging both aggregated data and personally identifiable data within and outside of their respective industries. This workshop will also provide a forum for attendees to discuss their own challenges within the personalized data economy and will conclude by offering solution-based frameworks that can be applied to the various industry-specific data challenges.

Speakers

Professional Development

Fostering a Culture of Data-Informed Decision Making

10:00 11:30 Legends C

Using Race to the Top funding, the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) developed a data warehouse, which launched during the 2010-2011 school year. Now, data for approximately 88,000 students and former graduates reside in the MNPS data warehouse where approximately 8,000 employees have access to the data. In this workshop, participants will learn about the MNPS data warehouse, its implementation and lessons learned, particularly the development of a Data-Informed Decision Making Ecosystem model. Using this model, MNPS is working to empower staff throughout the organization to use data for making informed decisions. Several tools will be presented in this hands-on workshop that can be used in your organization to foster collaborative data use.

Speakers

Business Intelligence, Reporting, Visualization

Tableau for Data Scientists (using R with Tableau)

10:00 11:30 Music Row 5

This session is intended for all levels of data analysts who are looking to broaden their skillset regarding applications of data science techniques using Tableau and the R integration. We will be delving into some of the most advanced analytics features currently available in Tableau - covering data integration, outlier analysis, forecasting and trends. We will then connect Tableau with R to perform statistical functions and sentiment analysis on unstructured datasets.

Speakers

Lunch with Mixtroz

11:30 12:30

Let Mixtroz help you say hello to your fellow analytics peers! We encourage all of our attendees to download the Mixtroz app and see how much fun social analytics can be!
Mixtroz is a data driven technology company that brings real people (Not Profiles) together for curated, LIVE networking.
Download App to Participate in Thursday's Lunch Event!
iOS App Store:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mixtroz/id1045796631?ls=1&mt=8
Google Play Android Store:
http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mixtroz.android
OR in-app:
market://details?id=com.mixtroz.android
Professional Development

Get Their Attention: How To Present Results to Get Results

12:30 13:15 Legends A

Are your executives and clients falling asleep during your analytics presentations? Chances are your slide design and data visualizations are obscuring your valuable insights. With her special blend of neuroscience-based visualization principles, practical hands-on design techniques, and entertaining “tough love”, Lea will equip you with a fresh new toolbox that will get you and your data presentations remembered and acted upon. It's time to make your measures matter.

Speakers

Data Governance, Data Management, and Security

Conceptual Model for Data Confidentiality (a.k.a. data obfuscation/masking/de-identifying) Solutions

12:30 13:15 Legends B

Every day it seems like the news outlets report on a data breaches at companies large and small. Healthcare, financial, consumer, etc. are all targets for criminals looking to make a profit or worse. Even though Personally Identifiable Information (PII), or Sensitive Personal Information (SPI) is protected under a variety of law and regulations such as HIPAA, PCI/DSS, GLBA, CPNI, et al. poor information security practices and human error continue to provide ripe attack surfaces. One of the easiest but often overlooked weak spots is lack of corporate governance controlling access to data assets in non-production environments and inter-user data sharing scenarios. This presentation will present a conceptual model for shared understanding and a pathway to successful implementation of a data confidentiality solution.

Speakers

Business Intelligence, Reporting, Visualization

Optimizing Talent Acquisition: Leveraging Data to Scale a Function and Inspire a Team

12:30 13:15 Legends C

Talent Acquisition is a functional discipline within Human Resources that is ideally suited for analytics. However, the process metrics that are common today are not ideally suited to uncover key business insights and often times can incent the wrong behaviors. Since its inception in 2013, the Bridgestone Talent Acquisition team has been on a journey that has been grounded in facts and data to help make informed talent and business decisions to support the organization during an exciting time of growth and transformation. Moreover, visibility to key metrics has helped to create a healthy work environment of “collaborative competition” on the team and drive an atmosphere focused on finding the best candidates for Bridgestone. Join Dan George for an overview of this exciting journey, what’s on the horizon, and how you might optimize the efforts of your HR or Talent Acquisition team.

Speakers

Data Science

Strategies for Weather and Climate "Big Data"

12:30 13:15 Music Row 5

I help companies use weather and climate "big data" to create and execute weather strategies that lead to more effective and profitable business outcomes. As one of the leading experts in the country on the intersection of weather and consumer behavior, I've helped business leaders in many of the largest corporations in North America and Europe use weather and climate intelligence to increase sales and maximize profits. I'm a regularly featured expert on the The Weather Channel and CNBC, and can be read in dozens of national media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, USA Today and The New York Times. Prior to joining the private sector in 1997 I served as a Meteorologist in the United States Air Force.

Speakers

Break

13:15 13:30

Professional Development

How to Build the Business Intelligence Roadmap: Your Journey to Outstanding Organizational Performance (and a promotion for you and your team)

13:30 14:15 Legends A

Business Intelligence professionals are often challenged by a never ending stream of reporting requests. The work is usually more tactical and reactive than strategic and forward thinking, a thankless grind that doesn’t put their capabilities to their highest use. What if BI professionals could bring fresh insights that drive growth as a partner to the business?
In this presentation we will offer solutions to lead from a strategic point of view. Join us as we open the “Consulting Kimono” and reveal the techniques and steps that we use to guide our strategic business intelligence projects to empower Business Intelligence departments to maximize their impact on the business.
Our consultants have tested and honed these tools in a variety of industries and complex company environments to build dashboards, data warehouses and ad hoc reporting solutions. Attendees will learn:
• The four phases every business intelligence strategy must go through, and for each key step the framework we use.
• 3 myths that pop up in many business intelligence initiatives (the "Sexy Technology Delirium Myth", the "BI = IT Myth", and the "Measure More to Know More Myth").
• The key questions to ask to determine the "north star" of their company's business intelligence strategy
• How agile project management techniques can be applied to business intelligence projects to deliver more to the business faster.
As a result of the session, attendees will be able to better assess their environment and help their business achieve new levels of insight to align teams and contribute to growth.

Speakers

Data Governance, Data Management, and Security

Self-Service Reporting: Empowering Users without Compromising Data

13:30 14:15 Legends B

As BI technology matures and businesses become increasingly data-centric, more and more companies are adopting self-service BI solutions to accelerate business decisions and reduce users’ reliance on IT for reporting. While the benefits of SSBI are numerous, putting data directly in the hands of users is not without its risks; providing non-technical users with the ability to combine, manipulate, and visualize their own data sets means entertaining a larger risk for data inaccuracies and erroneous conclusions. A successful implementation of an SSBI solution requires careful planning and cooperation between technical and business resources in order to both manage these risks and deliver the benefits of a self-service platform. This presentation addresses some of the major risks around Self Service BI solutions, including the potential for misinterpretation or invalid manipulation of data, possible duplication of effort between users, and security risks or data mismanagement. It also describes some key mitigation approaches, including: proper data governance, adequate training, proper tool selection, and risk tolerance analysis.

Speakers

Business Intelligence, Reporting, Visualization

Building Data Products for Fun and Profit

13:30 14:15 Legends C

Traditional analytics is focused on making your company smarter. What happens when analytics turns data outward to make customers and partners smarter? The next generation of analytics will be about data products as companies find opportunities to monetize their data and differentiate through customer-facing analytical solutions.
Zach has worked with dozens of clients to design, build, and launch data products. His clients have generated new revenues streams, built new business lines, and enhanced the value of existing products through data. This presentation will share lessons learned and best practices for taking your own data product to market. Zach will covers topics including:
* How to define the highest impact data product for your business?
* Characteristics of a successful data product
* What does a data product business model look like?
* Designing and developing your data product
* Anticipating common data challenges
* Launch isn't done: sales, support and maintenance of your data product

Speakers

Data Science

Analytics Provide the Cure for Big Data Overload

13:30 14:15 Music Row 5

The understandable excitement in the biopharmaceutical industry surrounding the analysis of big data is transforming into an uneasy discomfort over dealing with the sheer volume, variety and velocity of the data. And it’s not difficult to understand why. From electronic health records, claims data, health information exchanges, digital imaging, streaming device data, prescription data, physician notes, test results and vital signs, the potential impact from the analysis of patient level data is expanding at a daunting rate. The combination of rich data sources and technological advances in storage, processor speed and high performance analytics provides opportunities and challenges for the application of analytics to big data in healthcare and life sciences – and will further accelerate the convergence of clinical and commercial considerations. The application of modern visual analytics tools to big data sources will lead to “disruptive information” that will change how we develop and deliver health interventions and ultimately change patient lives. Learn more at sas.com/lifesciences Key talking points will include: Big data in pharma • Trends driving big data in pharma • Trends in the visualization, exploration and analysis of big data • What is big data in pharma: Definitions for commercial and R&D applications • Data sources and how we integrate these data sources • Opportunities and challenges (The “New-Old” Gold Rush)

Speakers

Break

14:15 14:30

Data Science

Visiting Scholar Program in Data Science Focused on Lowering Healthcare Costs and Improving Patient Outcomes.

14:30 15:15 Legends A

WPC Healthcare (WPC), a provider of professional services and predictive analytics solutions for healthcare, has initiated a Visiting Scholars Program to foster exchange and innovation in data science through collaboration with Tennessee universities. This presentation will focus on the Visiting Scholars program in data science, how other companies can begin a program, and the recent results focused on early diagnosis of costly diseases such as Sepsis. The WPC Scholars Program brings industry and academic experts together to share and learn from each other's research. Dr. Todd Gary, director of the Data Science Institute at Middle Tennessee State University, is the program's first visiting scholar. He works with Damian Mingle, chief data scientist for WPC Healthcare, and his team, providing research support on groundbreaking projects that leverage data science to deliver practical solutions addressing the major clinical, financial and operational concerns of healthcare organizations. The solutions are designed to lower healthcare costs and improving patient outcomes.

Speakers

Data Governance, Data Management, and Security

Dominating the DBIR Data

14:30 15:15 Legends B

Data-driven decisions are all the rage. But what is the data? Is it a concrete truth of unerring accuracy? Is it a bunch of numbers made up to suit someone’s agenda? In this talk, we will explore the process that went into producing the data and analysis for the 2016 Verizon Data Breach Investigations report, with an eye towards lessons that you can take away and apply to the datasets you manage. There’s a reason the DBIR team says it takes more time to collect the data for the DBIR than to write it! From challenges and solutions to compromises and frustrations, we will give the audience a chance to learn from our experience what it takes to manage a research dataset.

Speakers

Business Intelligence, Reporting, Visualization

I Love Big Data, Said No One Ever!

14:30 15:15 Legends C

How do savvy business leaders navigate data overload? With so many challenges coming from big data, businesses need a way to clearly see the information they care about to make faster, better-informed decisions. Domo will dive into the critical steps of tackling big data to ensure business intelligence success.

Speakers

Professional Development

The Most Important IT Pro in the Room

14:30 15:15 Music Row 5

You’ve just spent the last few days in deep technical training. You have learned many new techniques and best practices that you can take back to the office and use in your work to gain immediate improvements. But if you’re only interested in applying a handful of specific, tactical advantages, then you’ll miss out on the most exciting trend in the IT industry – our data-driven future. Share insights and inspirations in this talk with Kevin Kline, a founder and president emeritus of the Professional Association for SQL Server, to discover the broader trends that are pushing data professionals into greater prominence and strategies you can use to become the most respected, influential, and credible member of your organization’s technical staff.

Speakers

Break

15:15 15:30

Data Science

On Determining the Viability of Parametric Cost Forecasting of Agile Software Development Projects to Improve Project Cost Forecasts

15:30 16:15 Legends A

As organizations contemplate the many aspects of projects they plan to undertake (internal) or bid on (external), accurate project cost estimates and forecasts of the final costs are extremely important considerations in the decision to move forward. Yet, in spite of its importance, there are widespread perceptions that most project estimates are not very accurate. Perceptions aside, the reality is the project cost estimate becomes the basis for the project cost forecast. Regardless of the accuracy of the estimate, can organizations improve the accuracy of their forecasts? If so, how? This paper describes methods being used in an investigation to determine whether parametric forecasting is a viable alternative to bottom-up forecasting for software development projects. This investigation is being completed in four phases. Phase 1 (completed) focused on designing the investigation. Phase 2 (in-progress) will determine if there is a relationship between the percentage of the historical project costs incurred (the response variable) and the percentage of the project schedule completed (the predictor variable). Bivariate analysis will be performed, and this may be followed by multivariate analysis depending on the strength of the correlation coefficient (if R < 0.90). If a relationship does exist, Phase 3 will focus on identifying the model(s) that best describe(s) the relationship. This will consist of performing analysis of both linear and nonlinear regression models. Finally, Phase 4 will focus on development, testing, and piloting a parametric forecasting tool model based on the best regression model(s).

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Business Intelligence, Reporting, Visualization

Building your analytics team for success

15:30 16:15 Legends B

There are many choices you face when building or growing your analytics team, from what type of analytics the team should focus on, to how to structure the team, to even the reporting relationships in the organization. This discussion will cover some of the choices you face, the pros/cons of the various options, discuss the challenges and pitfalls we faced when building our team and lay out a path for how you can think about this in your own organization.

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Business Intelligence, Reporting, Visualization

Analytics: More Data, More Science or More Solutions?

15:30 16:15 Legends C

Asurion is a global leader in technology protection services. With its millions of customers producing Petabytes of data, Asurion is investing heavily in analytics software, cloud platforms, data experts & associated initiatives to create newer capabilities and services that range from, business intelligence to predictive insights. Working with large volumes of data, like the ones at Asurion, sometimes using Data Science techniques, span a wide-range of mathematical, statistical, data processing and software engineering concepts. Ability to define success and competence is the subject of much debate and associated media buzz. In order for the practice of Data Science and Analytics to serve businesses effectively, it is useful to understand the journey across competing facets: modelling perfection vs applicability, technology vs. value creation, knowing your customers' behaviors vs. guiding customer outcomes. In this example rich session, you will learn about Asurion's progress in this journey through real use cases for driving personalized engagement, increasing customer tenure and successfully scaling a customer experience model that lies at the intersection of consumer devices, mobile technologies and IoT. This discussion will also cover how we built an enterprise-grade, global-ready integrated analytics platform on a cloud data lake, using Hadoop, Spark, Hive and Elasticsearch with Kibana for real time event insights and recommendation systems to generate actions.

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Data Science

The Sentient Enterprise: How Machine Learning is taking over

15:30 16:15 Music Row 5

We will be reviewing what progress is being made in the area of Big Data Analytics specific to hands-off decision making, aka machine learning across several different industries, including the areas of sensor and IoT analytics.

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Exhibit Time

16:15 16:30

Special Event

Happy Hour Event Sponsored by Domo - Baja Sexto

16:30 18:30 Baja Sexto

Registration

07:00 08:00 2nd Floor Entry

Special Event

Keynote Speech - Walter Maquire – Chief Field Technologist – HP Big Data Group

08:00 09:00 Legends Ballroom D

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Break

09:00 09:15

Data Science

Cloudera [Workshop]

09:30 11:00 Legends A

Whether you are trying to increase operational efficiencies, discover and automate analytics, or transform your industry through unique data applications, we will walk you through our first hand experience of helping your organization build a modern architecture in order to make analytics pervasive across your organization.

In this workshop we will share:
• Details of the Hadoop ecosystem projects
• Real world examples of Hadoop in action
• How to orient Hadoop in your existing datacenter infrastructure
• Best practices for successfully deploying Hadoop

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Data Science

Machine Learning Workshop with H2O

09:30 11:00 Legends B

The data science field has quickly become a highly publicized area of interest with use-cases across a variety of subject matters. Through predictive analytics and machine learning, we can answer a multitude of questions: what patterns are in the data, how important are features at predicting outcomes, which variables should I change to affect my outcome the most, and is a new observation unusual? Data Scientists Allison Baker, Kunal Marwah and Cody Hall of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) work with a talented team of data scientists, software engineers, and web developers, building real-time prediction applications. Paramount to these efforts has been the ability to integrate the architecture for software production with the predictive models generated by H2O, a toolkit that allows for easy parallelization and execution of machine learning algorithms. This workshop will guide participants through the process of preparing data for analysis, loading data into H2O and running a series of machine learning techniques. We will work within two open-source environments: RStudio and H2O Flow (the user interface for H2O). Participants of this workshop are required to have R, RStudio, and H2O already installed on their systems. The link to a publically available dataset will be shared and we will collaboratively work through a series of data science questions using the H2O toolkit.

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Business Intelligence, Reporting, Visualization

Harnessing the power of the MicroStrategy suite to empower the business user in the golden age of data.

09:30 11:00 Legends C

The sheer volumes of data now being produced make it difficult for companies to fully realize the hidden knowledge in their information. The responsibility of analysis is quickly falling into the laps of the business users. With additional demands on the bottom line, data analytics is no longer the exclusive realm of the Data Scientist. Find out how today's BI suite of tools from MicroStrategy helps to empower the rise of the citizen data analyst. The simple and powerful applications are capable of accessing a wide range of data sources, from traditional data warehouses to Hadoop. Users can quickly and easily produce near production quality reports without having to rely on IT to manage the data.

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Data Governance, Data Management, and Security

Why would transnational criminal enterprises and foreign intelligence services want to target my organizations data?

09:30 11:00 Music Row 5

Does your organization have an information security strategy? Is being PCI or HIPPA Compliance? What is your plan when you contacted by the FBI and informed some one stole your crown jewels. Is it really safe to put everything in the cloud? Is my App really safe?

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Break

11:00 11:15

Data Science

Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare: Predictive Analytics Tools for a Pay-for-Performance World

11:15 12:00 Legends A

New AI technology can serve as a sort of “GPS for healthcare” … allowing patients and providers the ability to see what to expect in the future given various treatment choices, both in terms of costs and quality. Many of our current analytics tools in healthcare at the moment are like a GPS that can only tell you whether you should turn left or not at a particular intersection based on static information, without any consideration of long-term consequences or the ability to adapt to real-time changes (e.g. traffic jams or construction). That is not very useful. Indeed, in order to be useful, those tools need to be able to provide information about the entire route, update in real-time, and consider the sequences of decisions that those various route options entail. The same is true in healthcare. The presentation will describe AI technology that does exactly that, and the role that will play in the growth of value-based care.

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Professional Development

Opening the Pipeline: Cultivating BI and Analytics Talent in Middle Tennessee

11:15 12:00 Legends B

The demand for BI and analytics talent in Middle Tennessee is high and supply is low. Virtually every discussion of this issue involves the role that higher education institutions have to play in increasing the supply of qualified talent into the Nashville employment pipeline. This presentation will focus on the efforts being made at Middle Tennessee State University to increase the number of qualified candidates in BI and analytics. As the largest public university in the area, MTSU plays a vital role in increasing the volume of talent supplied to the market, talent that is usually from and plans to stay in Middle Tennessee. We want tell the story of how BI and analytics courses and programs at MTSU were created and are constantly evolving to meet the needs of students and employers. It will also discuss lessons learned from this process. Potential topics to be discussed include the importance of IT-community and alumni involvement in curriculum development, finding the right balance between teaching software skills and problem-solving abilities, and overcoming the technological challenges of using BI tools in a academic environment.

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Business Intelligence, Reporting, Visualization

Investing in a BI Tool vs. Establishing ROI on a Solution

11:15 12:00 Legends C

How can a business successfully unlock value from their BI Solution? In this session we will demonstrate various use cases highlighting how to implement BI best practices that achieve real value covering: • Business Process & Architecture • Strong Operational Definitions • Data Quality/Governance • Assuring a Single Version of the Truth • Change Management • Adoption Plan (CEO's to CSR's) • Standards for Dashboard Development • Repeatability and Rapid Development

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Data Governance, Data Management, and Security

Unstructured Decision-making

11:15 12:00 Music Row 5

Reporting and visualization play a key role in helping business decision-makers achieve data informed decisions. Too often, good opportunities for reporting and visualization are rejected due to perceived challenges in acquiring data such as those that revolve around unstructured data. The purpose of this session is to focus on examples of high value business problems with perceived data access challenges that have been addressed with visualization. During the course of the presentation, we will focus on how unstructured data is being effectively leveraged to help address business problems that haven't been obvious candidates for reporting and visualization and a couple of techniques that have been used to harness unstructured data. The session will include client use cases and demonstrations of both the process for streamlining data access as well as the reporting and visualizations that drive decision-making value for users.

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Lunch

12:00 13:00

Data Science

The Practical Application of Analytics on Marketing, Advertising, and Strategic Business Decisions

13:00 13:45 Legends A

Marketing today requires discipline and accountability with regards to results, yet so many organizations report that they struggle to measure performance. Our presentation will address specific examples of effective targeting using comparative profiling and predictive modeling as well as measurement and optimization challenges. We'll cite specific case studies in industries ranging from healthcare and financial services to education and retail, and we'll offer executable takeaways that attendees will be able to begin applying when they return home. We don't propose to address the newest, most esoteric modeling techniques or mathematical challenges. Instead, this session is designed to demonstrate how analytics and data science can be used by those making strategic business decisions to improve the return on marketing, audience / customer / patient communication, and advertising efforts. Marketers and business leaders need to use advanced modeling techniques, and they also need to know how to execute meaningful tests and interpret and apply sometimes simple but valuable measurement metrics to driving success.

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Data Governance, Data Management, and Security

HIPPA Compliant Center of Excellence for Data Management and Analytics

13:00 13:45 Legends B

We would like to present during our session on Analytics enablement in the Healthcare space. We are working on a project with UNC for Department of Homeland Security (DHS) which involves collaborative data partners who provide data for analytics capability on top of their data enriched with data from varying contributors. We would like to speak about the project (what the problem was, what UNC is wanted to accomplish, how we are helping them solve their problem, the Analytics/Big Data behind it all and most importantly the creation of a HIPAA compliant Amazon Web Services environment). The speakers will be Rob Lill, President of BNL, who will cover the who, what, how, and why and Jay Baker, who is a system administrator of BNL and he will discuss the AWS environment behind the project.

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Business Intelligence, Reporting, Visualization

The Data Consumption Continuum

13:00 13:45 Legends C

The Data Consumption Continuum Your data isn’t valuable. More to the point your data isn’t your biggest asset it’s your biggest expense. You’ve probably been feeling that way for a long time yet seeing it in print probably seems odd. You spend boatloads of money training your resources so that you can capture data. Backup the data. Protect the data from viruses. Replicate your data across data centers in case of emergency. Yet it’s still just amounts to terabytes of 0’s and 1’s. 30 years in the IT industry has taught me that all of those are good things. It’s also taught me that they are expensive things. None of which makes your data valuable. The only true value are the insights that are hiding in your data. My driving philosophy is that your data is like a gourmet truffle from the world’s greatest chocolatier which serves no purpose until it’s consumed. Static reporting. Guided analytics. Self service analytics. Predictve analytics. Story telling. No doubt each has independently garnered tons of press as ways to consume data. The truth is that they are only parts of the entire Data Consumption Continuum. In this session I will share the lessons I’ve learned that can help you enable your human resources become more fluent in consuming data and effectively move along the entire continuum as data preparers and data consumers. I’ll also share the mistakes I made along the way so that you can avoid the same traps.

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Professional Development

Defining the Profession: The Analytics Job Task Analysis

13:00 13:45 Music Row 5

A job task analysis (JTA) is a comprehensive description of the duties and responsibilities of a profession, occupation, or specialty area. The Analytics JTA, developed by a group of subject matter experts comprised of both analytics professionals and academics, defines the current knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) that must be demonstrated by analytics professionals to effectively and successfully provide these services. While created primarily to serve as the blueprint for the content domains of the Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®) program and examination, the Analytics JTA is also useful as a method of self-evaluation for both new and experienced analytics practitioners, as well as a way to help business managers and executives know what to look for and consider when funding, hiring, and managing analytic talent. In addition, when considered as a whole, the Analytics JTA can be thought of as a high-level process for applying analytics within an organization. This presentation will discuss the seven domains of the Analytics JTA, as well as provide a brief overview of the Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®) program.

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Break

13:45 14:00

Data Science

Introducing Data Science into a Legacy Business Intelligence Organization

14:00 14:45 Legends A

Many organizations look to evolve from analytics environments based solely on traditional business intelligencce to one encompassing Data Science capabilities and principles. On this journey, leaders have many hurdles to overcome, including decisions around how to focus on specific opportunities, when to buy versus build, what specific capabilities are needed when, and how to introduce effective change across the enterprise. This presentation will cover each of these topics in theory and in practice as introduced within a large healthcare company.

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Data Science

A Data Science Approach to Identify Previously Unknown Indicators that Could Lead to the Prevention of Suicide

14:00 14:45 Legends B

The presentation describes an approach to uncovering important and previously unknown indicators that could prevent suicide by analyzing data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC data includes 75 variables that identify characteristics of the death that includes demographics of the deceased. We will also describe the process of exploring data science methods to build a predictive model that could lead to prevention of suicide rate in US. We will show how the data was manipulated with the Python programming language and explored using the R scripting language, RStudio and in the Tableau environment. Project documentation and sharing was achieved using R markdown. Our preliminary analysis of this 2013 deaths by suicide data indicate our data science approach has the potential to reveal unknown risk factors.

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Data Science

News Data: Accessing the past, present, and future

14:00 14:45 Legends C

As companies look to third-party sources for information to improve their decision making, they are increasingly turning to a surprising source -- the media. For more than a century, The Associated Press has delivered structured, timely and accurate information about our world. Hear how data scientists and analysts from around the globe lean on the news to develop the contextual and accurate insights today's organizations need.

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Business Intelligence, Reporting, Visualization

Best Practices in Visual Analytics

14:00 14:00 Music Row 5

How can we use principles of perception to optimize this conduit of communication and make our visualizations intuitive, effective, compelling, and delightful? Join Steve Mostello’s session to learn how to create dashboards that are a joy to use and get people excited about seeing and interacting with their data.

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Break

14:45 15:00

Data Science

Beyond Machine Learning - The New Generation of Learning Algorithms Coming to Market

15:00 15:45 Legends A

Machine learning algorithms can be extremely powerful in pattern recognition and prediction, but they suffer from several well-known deficiencies in practice and scope. This has led to the evolution of new learning algorithms that unite concepts from cognitive neuroscience, educational psychology, and artificial intelligence. Examples of these algorithms are seen in self-driving cars, Go-playing computers, and conversational dialogue agents. In this talk, John will discuss how organizations are learning to leverage this new generation of learning algorithms for applications in industries such as financial services and healthcare. Attendees will learn about the fundamental precepts and practical limitations of machine learning and deep learning. The principles behind active learning, transfer learning, reinforcement learning, apprenticeship learning, multi-task learning, meta-learning, and lifelong learning will be examined with a deep dive into some application examples. Ultimately, this talk aims to spark interest in new learning algorithms that fundamentally challenge us to broaden our notion of machine learning and its capabilities.

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Professional Development

Putting Analytics to Work at Ramsey Solutions

15:00 15:45 Legends B

At Ramsey Solutions, we have made a transition from an analog company to a digital one. Data went from being something we wished we had to having an abundance of it at our fingertips. As a part of our transition from analog to digital, we realized data is one of the keys to fulfilling our mission to give HOPE to everyone in every walk of life. This won’t be your typical talk around best practices and it won’t end with a straight-forward formula for success with Analytics. In this presentation, we will discuss some of the challenges we faced, how we’ve used Analytics to build momentum, and missteps we have made in the journey to change the culture around how data is used and how decisions are made.

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Business Intelligence, Reporting, Visualization

Winning the NFL with Cloud BI

15:00 15:45 Legends C

SSB will demonstrate how NFL teams, including the Oakland Raiders, Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings and other clients are using SSB's Central Intelligence cloud based BI solution using 4 popular technologies for delivering enterprise scale, fully managed cloud BI and analytics. We will demonstrate the application and proscons of SQL Server, Snowflake, Redshift and Tableau. We will discuss when and where each technology is applicable, and why one would be selected based on technical fit. Attendees will leave the presentation with a foundation for architecting, selecting and deploying cloud based data warehousing, analytics, and business intelligence technologies.

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Data Science

How Machine Learning is Revolutionizing Health Care

15:00 15:45 Music Row 5

It is not a secret that increased use of electronic health records (EHR) is causing the health care market to rapidly creating tools that attempt to harness new data to create meaningful, actionable information. The most success is coming from organizations that are creating solutions that encompass machine learning technology. Specifically, creating solutions that are incorporating new findings into their operating algorithms to grow analysis more powerful over time while adjusting to rapid advances in medical research and human behavior. Also, machine learning has the ability to deliver findings from infinite amounts of data in real time, greatly expanding areas for major impact in health care. This talk will explore the growing opportunity for machine learning in our fast growing and constantly changing continuum of health care. Some areas we will explore include Hospital Financial Risk Prevention, Diagnostic Accuracy, Patient Risk Prevention, Improved Scheduling and Virtual Assistants.

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Special Event

iWatch Give Away

15:45 16:00 Legends Ballroom D