SPARK! Data Strategy Sessions, Austin | April 29 - May 1, 2013
SPARK! Data Strategy Sessions offer the opportunity to engage with SPARK! Event panelists in additional sessions that deliver high-value at a low-cost point. SideTrack attendees are also invited to share in the SPARK! Event morning plenary sessions and sponsored lunchtime panels to enjoy a full half-day of interactive industry activities, engagement with industry experts and sponsors, and peer networking sessions.
Featured Keynotes By
John O'Brien | Founder and CEO, Radiant Advisors
With over twenty-five years of experience delivering value through data warehousing and business intelligence programs, John O’Brien's unique perspective comes from the combination of his roles as a practitioner, consultant, and vendor CTO in the BI industry. As a globally recognized business intelligence thought-leader, John has been publishing articles and presenting at conferences in North America and Europe for the past ten years. His knowledge in designing, building, and growing enterprise BI systems and teams brings real world insights to each role and phase within a BI program. Today, through Radiant Advisors, John provides research, strategic advisory services and mentoring that guide companies in meeting the demands of next generation information management, architecture, and emerging technologies.
Robin Bloor | Co-Founder and Principal Analyst, The Bloor Group
Robin Bloor is the co-founder and principal analyst of The Bloor Group. He has more than twenty-five years of experience in the world of data and information management. He is the author of a number of books including, The Electronic B@zaar, From the Silk Road to the eRoad and Words You Don’t Know and co-author of three books with Judith Hurwitz, Marcia Kaufman, and Fern Halper: Service Oriented Architecture for Dummies, Service Management for Dummies, and Cloud Computing For Dummies. Robin is an international speaker and has written scores of white papers, research reports, and columns on a wide range of topics from database evaluation to networking options and comparisons to the enterprise in transition.
Phasic Systems, Inc
Founder and President
McKnight Consulting Group
Archipelago Information Systems
The Journey to Rediscovering BI | John O'Brien | 29 April
Today's data warehousing and business intelligence (BI) landscape is reinventing itself faster and with more innovation than ever before, challenging every aspect of BI programs to adapt and keep up. Companies are adopting emerging technologies -- like big data, advanced analytics, and visualization -- to deliver even more business value through mobile BI, self-service, and discovery. These new information business models are challenging BI programs to abandon old paradigms and to rediscover a new definition of BI.
Where Did We Come From, Where Are We Going? | Dr. Robin Bloor | 30 April
This presentation reviews the evolution of business intelligence (BI) roughly up to its current level of capability, then speculates as to how it may evolve going forward. There are several aspects to this: The progress of hardware technology and its impact on software. The progress of BI itself - an escalation in capabilities, and complexities. The move towards an event-driven world. The gradual lowering of latencies. The behavior of the software market itself. The impact on architectures.
Dueling Perspectives | John O'Brien and Dr. Robin Bloor | 1 May
Data Strategy Sessions
Monday, April 29 | No Data Left Behind | Geoffrey Malafsky
Tuesday, April 30th | Advancing Information Management Across the Enterprise | William McKnight
Wednesday, May 1st | Is Your Organization Embracing Analytics for Better Business Outcomes | Mike Lampa
According to the International Institute for Analytic's (www.IIAnalytics.com) Lead Faculty predictions for 2013, enterprises will continue to prioritize business analytics as CEOs demand their leaders go beyond simply knowing what has happened and focus more on why and what their plan is to secure a brighter future. In this session you will learn how to evolve business decision-making with analytics; critical success factors for maturing your organization's analytical capabilities from reporting to predictive analytics; and how IT can change methods to enable and embrace analytics within the organization.