As IT and business professionals begin to better understand and manage the “three Vs” of Big Data, (volume, velocity, and variety), they’re starting to place more emphasis on the importance of business intelligence in creating greater value out of corporate data and making smarter business decisions. And with more widespread use of predictive analytics, these companies are able to spot new ideas and innovations sooner.
Many companies are trying to meet this challenge head on by harnessing the massive growth in data and the corresponding complexity created by both structured and unstructured data sources. But many traditional BI solutions are based on rigid data models that don’t allow for flexibility and more universal models that everyone in the organization can follow. These solutions are also more limited in what can be analyzed and reported.
At this event, you and your executive peers will discuss with experts from InformationWeek and CDW, as well as with other BI industry leaders like Microsoft and IBM, how to create a BI strategy that detonates that rigidity and enables workers – including those not accustomed to specific query or reporting methodologies – to more seamlessly and quickly retrieve, manage, and analyze data so they can make smarter business decisions.
Lenny is a contributing editor to InformationWeek and a writer and consultant with more than 30 years of experience in the application of information technologies to real-world business challenges. After graduating Yale in 1979, Lenny worked for AT&T Bell Laboratories. He then began an independent practice. By the end of the 80’s, he was working with leading innovators in networking, IT management, business applications and digital voice. Lenny has worked with all of the tech sector’s leading companies, as well as many successful start-ups. His work for these clients has included strategic messaging, white papers, live-event moderating, webcasts, case studies, executive ghostwriting, and web content development.
Edd Dumbill is Vice President of Strategy at Silicon Valley Data Science, a big data and data science consulting firm, focused on bringing the techniques and advantages of Silicon Valley data-driven development to the wider world. Edd was the founding chair of the O’Reilly Strata conference series, now the central event in the worlds of big data and data science. He was also chair of the O’Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) for six years. He has a background as a developer, writer, entrepreneur and technology analyst. Edd can be found on Twitter as @edd.
Marcello Benati is an enterprise architect with more than 25 years’ experience as a business intelligence consultant for various verticals for US and multinational companies. His primary focus is transformational business Intelligence, where he leverages data insights and applies lateral creative thinking methods to resolve challenges, discover solutions, and unleash new opportunities.
Marcello has led successful consulting engagements focusing on large scale data warehouse and BI projects for various clients in the Midwest region and internationally, with clients such as Nielsen, Redbox, Eli Lilly, Laidlaw, International Trucks, Sears, Johnson & Johnson, HSBC, Pfizer, Microsoft, and others.
In the past 10 years, he has worked to evangelize the democratization of information and Microsoft’s vision of “BI to the masses,” while leveraging IT investments to offer comprehensive and SMART Solutions (Strategy, Monitor, Analyze, Report, Take Control).
He combines data science and strategy to create solutions that are relevant and business-focused. Marcello holds a bachelor’s degree in international business and a master’s degree in information technology, as well as various certifications in applied math, physics, predictive analysis, and fractal encryption. He has developed 12 patents and is a citizen of the United States and Brazil. He loves languages, and is fluent in English, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, French, and German.
Leo Flynn is Director – Strategy for CDW, a leading provider of technology solutions to business, government, education and healthcare. Flynn and his Strategy team focus on analyzing emerging trends in the IT market in order to understand the new opportunities and threats that CDW will face in the future. Flynn also has responsibility for CDW Marketing Analytics, Research, Database and Direct Marketing functions.
Flynn joined CDW in 2003 as senior financial analyst in Financial Planning, supporting the segmentation of CDW’s sales force. Prior to assuming his current role, he held various management positions in CDW’s marketing and product and partner management departments. He brings a deep understanding of our partners’ businesses as well as CDW’s financial operating model.
Prior to joining CDW in 2003, Flynn launched Deutsche Bank’s venture capital placements practice in Europe and worked with rapidly growing technology companies to raise late-stage venture capital funding. Flynn is a CFA charterholder and a member of the CFA Society of Chicago. He holds a BBA, cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in Finance and Business Economics and earned his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Jim is a Performance Management Strategy Executive for North America within the Business Analytics Group at IBM. He works closely with the Sales and Solutions delivery teams to ensure that IBM’s Performance Management (PM) solutions are best aligned to address enterprise or industry-specific business issues and challenges, as expressed by the Finance and Management Executives at IBM’s clients.
Jim has over 35 years of Financial Management experience including holding the positions of CFO and Controller. He has a wide background in various industries including Telecom, Semiconductors, Consumer Products, Manufacturing, Import/Export, Ethical Pharmaceuticals and Electronics. Jim has been in the seats of IBM’s customers and prospects and adds valuable insight to best practices and successful processes to aid in the design and implementation/integration of IBM solutions.