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The business of running businesses is getting a wake-up call. From flattened hierarchies to an explosion of information, Big Data is reinforcing some old business assumptions and upending others. If you’ve got a business degree, and you haven’t figured out how to apply Big Data to administration, you’re vulnerable. In this opening session, Strata chair Alistair Croll sets the stage for JumpStart with an overview of business in a data-driven economy.
Alistair Croll is an entrepreneur with a background in web performance, analytics, cloud computing, and business strategy. In 2001, he cofounded Coradiant (acquired by BMC in 2011) and has since helped launch Rednod, CloudOps, Bitcurrent, Year One Labs, and several other early-stage companies. He works with startups on business acceleration and advises a number of larger companies on innovation and technology. A sought-after public speaker on data-driven innovation and the impact of technology on society, Alistair has founded and run a variety of conferences, including Cloud Connect, Bitnorth, and the International Startup Festival, and is the chair of O’Reilly’s Strata + Hadoop World conference. He has written several books on technology and business, including the best-selling Lean Analytics. Alistair tries to mitigate his chronic ADD by writing about far too many things at Solve For Interesting.