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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

Bloor, Robin

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 DummiesService 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.


Presentations By


Geoffrey Malafsky

Phasic Systems, Inc

mcknight, william

William McKnight 

Founder and President
McKnight Consulting Group

lampa, mike

Mike Lampa 

Managing Partner
Archipelago Information Systems




Plenary Sessions

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

The intensity of mission-critical situations tends to foster a special brand of learning. When everything's on the line, the human power of innovation excels. That's why America's corporate elite relies on expert consultants to help them plan enterprise strategy and operations. One veteran consultant knows how to apply this kind of rapid-fire training to the world of data management.
Register for this in-person seminar to learn from Geoffrey Malafsky of Phasic Systems as he outlines his proven methodology for reconciling disparate data systems in "tens of minutes." One major success story involves moving large scale legacy HR systems to a common enterprise services environment. His mantra? "No data left behind!"


Tuesday, April 30th | Advancing Information Management Across the Enterprise | William McKnight

Increasing data volumes and data's high utility have led to an explosion of capabilities and possibilities in the past few years. While stalwart structures of our information, like the enterprise data warehouse, remain highly supported, it is widely acknowledged that no single solution will satisfy all enterprise data management needs. Many are confused by the value of Hadoop, data warehouse appliances, and stream processing, with their seemingly conflicting value propositions for current information management infrastructure. Although storage remains historically inexpensive, costs for keeping "all data for all time" are still escalating. The key to making the correct data storage selection is understanding your workloads—current, projected, and envisioned. This practical session will organize and explore the major categories of information stores available and help you make the best choices to keep information as an unparalleled corporate asset.


Wednesday, May 1st | Is Your Organization Embracing Analytics for Better Business OutcomesMike Lampa

According to the International Institute for Analytic's ( 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.



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