Tasso Argyros

Tasso Argyros, Co-President, Teradata Aster

Tasso Argyros is Co-President, Teradata Aster, leading the Aster Center of Innovation. Tasso has a background in data management, data mining and large-scale distributed systems. Before founding Aster Data, he was in the Ph.D. program at Stanford University.

Tasso was recognized as one of Bloomberg BusinessWeek's Best Young Tech Entrepreneurs for 2009. He holds a Master's Degree in Computer Science from Stanford University and a Diploma in Computer Engineering from Technical University of Athens.

Speaking: Boston May 22nd / Chicago June 28th / New York December 12th
Abstract: Simplifying Big Data Analytics for the Business

Paul Bachteal

Paul Bachteal, Director, Americas Technology Practice, SAS

Since joining SAS in 1985, Paul Bachteal has held a variety of key leadership positions in Sales, Marketing, and General Management. He currently supports customer engagements across a broad spectrum of SAS product segments, including information management, analytics, business intelligence, performance management, and high-performance computing. The development and delivery of best practices to drive alignment among business and IT staff has been a recent focus of Paul and his teams, particularly as in-database and in-memory solutions are sought by customers to meet their rapidly increasing data and analytical challenges.

Speaking: San Francisco April 19th / Boston May 22nd
Abstract: Technology Strategies for Big Data Analytics

Mayank Bawa

Mayank Bawa, Co-President, Teradata Aster

Mayank Bawa, Co-President, Teradata Aster, leads the Aster Center of Innovation's Research and Development and Customer Support organization devoted to building and supporting Aster Data’s product portfolio. Mayank co-founded Aster Data in 2005 and led it as its CEO from 2005 to 2010, growing the company from three persons to a strong, well-rounded team that shipped products with market-defining features.

Mayank was Aster Data’s Chief Customer Officer from 2010 to 2011, working with customers to do fascinating projects on Big Data.

Mayank has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from IIT-Bombay, and a Master's and Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Stanford University. Mayank was the recipient of the Stanford Graduate Fellowship (Sequoia Capital Fellow) at Stanford University during his doctorate studies. Mayank has published a dozen academic papers in top database conferences and has been affiliated with IBM Research and Microsoft Research.

Speaking: San Francisco April 19th
Abstract: Simplifying Big Data Analytics for the Business

Bernard Blais

Bernard Blais, Global Strategist and Principal Manager, SAS

Bernard Blais, Global Strategist and Principal Manager in SAS’ Global Technology practice, adapts SAS solutions and technology, chiefly high-performance analytics, to address big data and other business challenges. In his former role as head of the product managers group for the SAS Performance Management portfolio, he launched the Strategy Frameworks Initiative, which covers best practices in insurance, banking, pharmaceuticals, utilities and government.

Speaking: New York December 12th
Abstract: Technology Strategies for Big Data Analytics

Dave Brown

Dave Brown, Senior Director, Aurora Health Care

Dave Brown is Senior Director of Aurora Health Care’s Enterprise Business Intelligence team, responsible for delivering strategic analytics throughout the system’s integrated care delivery network. Dave’s professional focus is on building agile information platforms, leveraging message-centric data integration strategies, coupled with templated workflow management techniques, to deliver near real-time analytics required by today’s Big Data businesses. Dave’s work experience traverses the Financial Services, Manufacturing, Health Insurance, Receivables Management, Telecom, and Heath Care industries. Beyond his passions for Enterprise Information Management, Dave is also a sitting member of Aurora’s corporate Strategy & Planning organization.

Speaking: Chicago June 28th

Abstract: Transforming Health Care Analytics - Integrating ‘Big Data’ Analytics into a Health Care Provider’s BI Ecosystem

Matt Comstock

Matt ComstockMatt Comstock, Vice President Business Intelligence Office, Razorfish

Matt Comstock is Razorfish’s invaluable VP of CIG — the Customer Insight Group — providing Strategy, Account Planning, Business Analysis, and peace of mind to their clients. Working closely with the account services teams, CIG gives the Razorfish clients data-driven marketing insights to help them acquire, develop, and retain customers. These insights draw heavily on state-of-the-art data analytics, business intelligence, and advanced optimization technologies, many of which were developed at Razorfish. Prior to joining Razorfish, Matt consulted for two different organizations, assisting them with the development of their online business strategies. And before that, he worked at an agency as Director of Information Systems, where he oversaw the development, execution and management of their CRM, BI and Web Analytics services. Matt’s diverse background started in Computer Information Systems, and concluded with 20+ years of online business strategy, data warehousing, web analytics, business intelligence, CRM, web development, product development, and consulting.

Speaking: New York December 12th
Abstract: Razorfish Multi-Channel Marketing: Better Customer Segmentation and Targeting

Shaun Connolly

Shaun Connolly, VP Corporate Strategy, Hortonworks

Shaun Connolly is VP Corporate Strategy for Hortonworks and is focused on enabling Apache Hadoop to be the next-generation enterprise data platform. Shaun has over 20 years of experience in the software industry, with a track record of building early stage and midsize software companies into successful market leaders. Connolly was previously VP of Product Strategy at VMware where he focused on defining VMware's cloud application platform vision. Shaun has also held VP and Director level positions at SpringSource, Red Hat, JBoss, Princeton Softech, HP, Bluestone Software, and Primavera Systems. Shaun holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University.

Speaking: San Francisco April 19th / Boston May 22n
Abstract: Apache Hadoop's Role in Your Big Data Architecture

Bill Franks

Bill Franks, Chief Analytics Officer, Teradata

Bill Franks is Chief Analytics Officer for Teradata's global alliance programs, providing insight on trends in the Advanced Analytics space and helping clients understand how Teradata and its analytic partners can support their efforts. Bill also oversees the Business Analytic Innovation Center, which is jointly sponsored by Teradata and SAS and focuses on helping clients pursue innovative analytics. In addition, Bill works to help determine the right strategies and positioning for Teradata in the advanced analytics space.

Bill's focus has always been to help translate complex analytics into terms that business users can understand and to then help an organization implement the results effectively within their processes. His work has spanned clients in a variety of industries for companies ranging in size from Fortune 100 companies to small non-profit organizations.

Speaking: Boston May 22nd / Chicago June 28th / New York December 12th
Abstract: What Makes A Great Data Scientist?

Mike Gualtieri

Mike Gualtieri Mike Gualtieri, Principal Analyst, Forrester Research

As a Principal Analyst, Mike Gualtieri’s research is focused on software technology, platforms, and practices that enable application development professionals to deliver faster agility, prescient customer experiences, and breakthrough operational efficiency. His key technology and platform coverage areas are big data predictive analytics, blazing-fast performance best practices, user experience design, and emerging technologies that make software faster and smarter.

Mike has more than 25 years' experience in the industry helping firms design and develop mission-critical applications in eCommerce, insurance, banking, travel/hospitality, manufacturing, healthcare, and scientific research for organizations including NASA, eBay, Bank of America, Liberty Mutual, Nielsen, EMC, and others, He has written thousands of lines of code, managed development teams, and consulted with dozens of technology firms on product, marketing, and R&D strategy.

Mike earned a B.S. in computer science and management from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. While a student, Mike was awarded three U.S. patents for inventing an expert system used to train air traffic controllers around the world.

Speaking: New York December 12th

Ian Hersey

Ian Hersey, Chief Technology Officer, Attensity

To his role as Attensity CTO Ian brings more than 20 years of experience delivering innovative research technology into the commercial mainstream. Ian is responsible for providing the technical and strategic product vision to complement the company’s business vision, setting the tone and direction for Attensity’s technologies and business applications. Prior to Attensity, Ian was vice president of technology development and strategy at Business Objects, an SAP company. He came to Business Objects through its acquisition of Inxight Software. As co-founder of Inxight, Ian led the definition and development of what became the industry’s broadest text analysis platform; he also held senior product management and engineering management roles at Logos Corporation and Inso Corporation. Ian began his commercial career at IBM as a computational linguist.

Speaking: New York December 12th

Crystal Hutter

Crystal Hutter, Chief Operating Officer, Edmodo

Crystal is the chief operating officer at Edmodo, a leading K-12 social learning network. She oversees daily operations and manages teams responsible for marketing, community engagement, institutional outreach and strategic partnerships. Before joining the Edmodo team, Crystal made global investments in microfinance, mobile banking, and education ventures for Omidyar Network. Prior to Omidyar, she was a senior engineer at Oracle Corporation where she provided technical consulting for Oracle's North American government, education, and healthcare groups. Crystal has an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Speaking: San Francisco April 19th
Abstract: Solving the Education Crisis with Big Data

Ari Kaplan

Ari Kaplan, "Moneyball" advisor to Major League Baseball teams, President of AriBall

Ari Kaplan is a leading figure in sports analytics, having worked with over half of all MLB organizations and many global sports media organizations over 23 seasons. In 2011, Sports Illustrated named Ari “Top Ten General Manager Candidates”. He received Caltech’s “Alumni of the Decade” distinction for pioneering groundbreaking sabermetrics used to evaluate pitcher talent. Crain's Chicago Business also recognized Kaplan's work in business, baseball and humanitarian endeavors by including him in their annual "40 Under 40" cover story.

In addition to his scouting background, Ari is one of the few long-term baseball leaders who has a proven track record at Fortune 500 companies, as well as successfully running several high-profile organizations as CEO. He was President of the Independent Oracle Users Group.

Speaking: New York December 12th
Abstract: Cross Industry Lessons from Moneyball Analytics

Dan Jewett

Dan Jewett, VP, Product Management - Tableau Software

Dan Jewett is Tableau Software’s Vice President of Product Management. Dan joined Tableau from Hyperion Solutions where he was VP of Development responsible for the business intelligence products, including Interactive Reporting, Financial Reporting, Web Analysis, SQR, and the System 9 Workspace. Prior to Hyperion Dan was at Brio Software serving in a number of capacities including VP of Business Intelligence and VP of System Architecture.

Speaking: San Francisco April 19th
Abstract: Practical Applications of Visual Analytics

Stephen McDaniel

Stephen McDaniel, Director of Analytic Product Management, Tableau Software

Stephen is currently Director of Analytic Product Management at Tableau Software where he develops the product strategy and road-map for Tableau’s analytic capabilities. Additionally, Stephen is the co-founder of Freakalytics, where he is co-author of "The Accidental Analyst", “Rapid Graphs with Tableau Software”, "SAS for Dummies" and the "Rapid Dashboards Reference Card" and iPhone/Android app.

Speaking: Chicago June 28th
Abstract: Practical Applications of Visual Analytics

Rafael Mejia

Rafael Mejia, Database Marketing Specialist, Barnes & Noble

Rafael Mejia is the technical lead for NOOK Media’s Email Marketing group.  In his current and previous roles, Rafael has served and lead as a champion for data driven decision making and agile analytics and Business Intelligence.  His experience also includes government and education.

Speaking: New York December 12th
Abstract: Using Big Data to Quantify Loyalty - 'Do you come here often?'

Alan F. Nugent

Alan F. Nugent, Chief Executive Officer, Mzinga

Alan (Al) Nugent brings more than 30 years of experience in strategic management, technology excellence and innovation in global enterprises to his role as Mzinga’s Chief Executive Officer. He is widely recognized as an industry visionary and innovator in introducing emerging technology solutions for business to the market.

Prior to Mzinga, Nugent served as executive vice president and CTO at CA Technologies, where he drove the strategic technology direction and delivery of the entire CA product portfolio. Earlier in his career, Nugent was senior vice president and CTO of Novell, where he led the company’s moves into open source and identity-driven computing solutions. Prior to Novell, he was executive vice president, CTO, and CPO of Vectant, Inc.; senior vice president, CTO, and CIO at Munich Re/American Re; senior vice president and CTO at Xerox Corporation; and chief technologist and software architect for BellSouth Corporation. During the 1980s, Nugent founded three successful technology startups.

Speaking: Boston May 22nd
Abstract: The Social Media Challenge to Big Data

Gayatri Patel

Gayatri Patel, Director, Market Analytics, eBay

Gayatri Patel runs eBay's Data and Analytics products across its industry leading central data warehousing systems, analytics products, business intelligence, behavioral and transactional metrics, open source collaboration portals, behavioral data platforms, SCM/Personalization intelligence, and experimentation platforms. Launching over a dozen enterprise software products across Oracle, HP and founding her own software company now at SAP, she thrives on the challenge of matching innovation with high customer impact for over 23 years.

Speaking: San Francisco April 19th
Abstract: Big Data Decision-Making

Dr. DJ Patil

Dr. DJ Patil, Data Scientist, Greylock Partners

He has held a variety of roles in Academia, Industry, and Government. These include, the Chief Scientist, Chief Security Officer and Head of Analytics and Data Teams at the LinkedIn Corporation. Additionally he has held a number of roles at Skype, PayPal, and eBay. He is known for co-coining the term 'Data Scientist'. In 2011 he was ranked in Forbes Data Scientist list as #2 behind Larry Page. In 2012 he along with other notable "Gen Fluxers" were featured on the cover of Fast Company.

As a member of the faculty at the University of Maryland, his research focused on nonlinear dynamics and chaos theory and he helped start a major research initiative on numerical weather prediction. As an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow for the Department of Defense, Dr. Patil directed new efforts to leverage social network analysis and the melding of computational and social sciences to anticipate emerging threats to the US. He has also co-chaired a major review of US efforts to prevent bioweapons proliferation in Central Asia and co-founded the Iraqi Virtual Science Library (IVSL).

Speaking: San Francisco April 19th
Abstract: Using Data to Manage in Today’s Chaotic Environment

Marc Parrish

Marc Parrish, Vice President, Retention & Loyalty Marketing, Barnes & Noble

Marc Parrish is vice president, retention & loyalty marketing, Barnes & Noble.com. In this role, Mr. Parrish oversees all aspects of our Membership program, manages our various marketing initiatives (e.g., direct, e-mail, community), and executes programs to retain and grow our customers’ loyalty to the Barnes & Noble brands.

Mr. Parrish is a 20-year veteran of e-commerce and has been on the cutting edge of e-marketing since its inception, building large, direct marketing-driven e-commerce sites and online communities, as well as executing multi-channel retailing strategies. Before joining Barnes & Noble, he held senior marketing and management roles at Jigsaw (acquired by Salesforce.com), Capcom Entertainment, where he helped launch the online entertainment business; Palm Inc., where he helped initiate the e-commerce business; and Egghead.com (acquired by Amazon).

Mr. Parrish has an MBA from UCLA and an engineering degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Speaking: Chicago June 28th

Abstract: Big Brands Meet Big Data – The Newest Innovator’s Dilemma

William Rand

William Rand, Director, Center for Complexity in Business, University of Maryland

William Rand examines the use of computational modeling techniques, like agent-based modeling, geographic information systems, social network analysis, and machine learning, to help understand and analyze complex systems, such as the diffusion of innovation, organizational learning, and economic markets. He serves as the Director of Research for the Center for Complexity in Business, the first academic research center focused solely on the application of complex systems techniques to business applications and management science. He also has an appointment with the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, and affiliate appointments with the Departments of Decision, Operations & Information Technology and Computer Science.

He received his doctorate in Computer Science from the University of Michigan in 2005 where he worked on the application of evolutionary computation techniques to dynamic environments, and was a regular member of the Center for the Study of Complex Systems, where he built a large-scale agent-based model of suburban sprawl. Before coming to Maryland, he was awarded a postdoctoral research fellowship at Northwestern University in the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO), where he worked with the NetLogo development team studying agent-based modeling, evolutionary computation and network science.

Speaking: Boston May 22nd
Abstract: Trust and Influence in the Complex Network of Social Media

Mohanbir Sawhney

Mohanbir Sawhney, Robert R. McCormick Tribune Foundation Clinical Professor of Technology Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Professor Sawhney is a globally recognized scholar, teacher, consultant and speaker in strategic marketing, innovation and new media. His research and teaching interests include marketing and media in the digital world, process-centric marketing, collaborative marketing, organic growth and network-centric innovation. He has been widely recognized as a thought leader. Business Week named him as one of the 25 most influential people in e-Business. Sawhney is the co-author of five books. His most recent books are Collaborating with Customers to Create and The Global Brain: Your Roadmap for Innovating Smarter and Faster in the Networked World. Sawhney advises and speaks to Global 2000 firms and governments worldwide and serves on the boards of several technology startup companies.

Speaking: Chicago June 28th
Abstract: Turning Big Data to Business Advantage

Dan Siroker

Dan Siroker, Co-Founder & CEO, Optimizely

Dan Siroker is the Co-Founder & CEO of Optimizely. Optimizely makes it dramatically easier for you to improve your website through A/B testing. The inspiration for Optimizely came from Dan's experience as the Director of Analytics for the Obama Presidential Campaign and Deputy New Media Director for the Presidential Transition. Before Optimizely, Dan co-founded an online math game for kids called CarrotSticks. He was formerly a Product Manager for Google Chrome and AdWords. Dan graduated with Honors from Stanford University with a B.S. in Computer Science.

Speaking: San Francisco April 19th
Abstract: Lessons Learned from A/B and Multivariate Experiments

David Stone

David Stone, Director of Information Analytics & Innovation, Sears Holding Corporation

David Stone is Director of Information Analytics & Innovation at Sears Holding Corporation. Prior to Sears he led a team of Architects that built data and analytics platforms at eBay Inc. Before working at eBay he helped build the Wal-Mart Data Warehouse for 13 years in a number of roles including ETL developer, DBA, Solutions Architect and Manager of the Data Warehouse team. David served on the Teradata Product Advisory Council several years and is a member of the Tableau Customer Advisor Board. He currently lives in San Jose, California.

Speaking: Chicago June 28th
Abstract: The Effect of Big Data on Big Company Analytics

Jim Walker

Jim Walker, Director, Product Marketing at Hortonworks

Jim Walker is the director of product marketing at Hortonworks, specializing in open source business models with a focus on accelerating the development and adoption of Apache Hadoop. He has nearly twenty years’ experience building products and developing emerging technologies. During his career, he has brought multiple products to market in a variety of fields, including data loss prevention, master data management (MDM) and now big data. Prior to joining Hortonworks, Walker was the director of global product marketing for Talend after serving as director of sales messaging at Initiate System (now part of IBM). Walker also previously held several managerial positions at Vontu, ServGate Technologies, Phoenix Technologies and American Management System.

Speaking: New York December 12th
Abstract: Apache Hadoop's Role in Your Big Data Architecture

Simon Zhang

Simon Zhang, Director, Business Analytics at LinkedIn

Simon Zhang currently works at LinkedIn where he leads the business analytics team supporting core business lines (Hiring Solutions, Marketing Solutions and Premium Subscription business). Zhang's group helps the online monetization and global sales teams operate more effectively, using data assets and insights. These insights also allow their leadership team to make better decisions and enable sales executives to better understand and assist specific prospects and customers.

Zhang definitely wasn’t always consumed by data; in fact, click to read more about "Why a Neurosurgeon became a LinkedIn Data Scientist."

Speaking: San Francisco April 19th / Boston May 22nd / Chicago June 28th
Abstract: From Data Science to Business Value - Analytics Applied

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