Presented By O'Reilly and Cloudera
Make Data Work
Sept 29–Oct 1, 2015 • New York, NY

Developing a modern enterprise data strategy

Scott Kurth (Silicon Valley Data Science), Edd Wilder-James (Google)
1:30pm–5:00pm Tuesday, 09/29/2015
Data-driven Business
Location: 3D 05/08 Level: Intermediate
Average rating: ***..
(3.53, 17 ratings)

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No prerequisites necessary.


Big data and data science have great potential for accelerating business, but how do you reconcile the business opportunity with the sea of possible technical solutions? Fundamentally, data should serve the strategic imperatives of a business—those key strategic aspirations that define the future vision for an organization. A data strategy should guide your organization in two key areas—which actions your business should take to get started with data, and where to start to realize the most value.

In this tutorial, we will explain how we work to solve real business challenges with data, including the following topics:

  • Why have a data strategy?
  • Connecting data with business
  • Devising a data strategy
  • The data value chain
  • New technology potentials
  • Project development style
  • Organizing to execute your strategy
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Scott Kurth

Silicon Valley Data Science

Scott Kurth is the vice president of client solutions at Silicon Valley Data Science, where he helps clients define and execute the strategies and data architectures that enable differentiated business growth. Building on 20 years of experience making emerging technologies relevant to enterprises, he has advised clients on the impact of technological change, typically working with CIOs, CTOs, and heads of business. Scott has helped clients drive global technology strategy, conduct prioritization of technology investments, shape alliance strategy based on technology, and build solutions for their businesses. Previously, Scott was director of the Data Insights R&D practice within the Accenture Technology Labs, where he led a team focused on employing emerging technologies to discover the insight contained in data and effectively bring that insight to bear on business processes to enable new and better outcomes and even entire new business models, and led the creation of Accenture’s annual analysis of emerging technology trends impacting the future of IT, Technology Vision, where he was responsible for tracking emerging technologies, analyzing their transformational potential, and using it to influence technology strategy for both Accenture and its clients.

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Edd Wilder-James


Edd Wilder-James is a strategist at Google, where he is helping build a strong and vital open source community around TensorFlow. A technology analyst, writer, and entrepreneur based in California, Edd previously helped transform businesses with data as vice president of strategy for Silicon Valley Data Science. Formerly Edd Dumbill, Edd was the founding program chair for the O’Reilly Strata Data Conference and chaired the Open Source Software Conference for six years. He was also the founding editor of the peer-reviewed journal Big Data. A startup veteran, Edd was the founder and creator of the Expectnation conference management system and a cofounder of the Pharmalicensing online intellectual property exchange. An advocate and contributor to open source software, Edd has contributed to various projects such as Debian and GNOME and created the DOAP vocabulary for describing software projects. Edd has written four books, including Learning Rails (O’Reilly).

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Gary Csaniz
10/20/2015 8:15am EDT

I wanted to attend this session, but a had a few conflicts. Have you posted the slides for Developing a modern enterprise data strategy?

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Scott Kurth
10/12/2015 9:59am EDT

Bhaskar, I checked with our communications team. Our system shows that the slides were emailed to you at 9:06AM PT. I’d suggest checking your spam folder or your “promotions” tab in gmail.

Bhaskar Nag
10/12/2015 9:44am EDT

I filled out that form and got a subscription to a mailing list, but didn’t get the slides. Please help. Thanks!

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Scott Kurth
10/07/2015 9:01am EDT

Sorry for the delay. The slides can be retrieved by going here:
There is a form at the bottom of the page. Thanks!

Muthiah Sabarethinam
09/29/2015 10:22am EDT

Great session.. do you have the slide deck available online? Thanks!

Madhu Seela
09/29/2015 10:20am EDT

Can you please share the presentation !!

Denise Rogers
09/29/2015 10:04am EDT

Are the slides available on line?