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Make Data Work
March 13–14, 2017: Training
March 14–16, 2017: Tutorials & Conference
San Jose, CA

Developing a modern enterprise data strategy

Edd Wilder-James (Google), Scott Kurth (Silicon Valley Data Science)
1:30pm5:00pm Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Data-driven business management, Strata Business Summit
Location: 210 B/F Level: Intermediate
Average rating: ****.
(4.17, 6 ratings)

Who is this presentation for?

  • Mid-manager- to senior-director-level technology domain practitioners

What you'll learn

  • Learn a method and supporting principles for planning and executing data-driven transformation projects within your organization


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—what actions your business should take to get started with data and where to start to realize the most value.

Edd Wilder-James and Scott Kurth explain how to create a modern data strategy to power data-driven business.

Topics include:

  • 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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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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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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03/15/2017 2:43am PDT

You can sign up for the slides for all our talks here: Thank you!

03/14/2017 1:09pm PDT

Nice session today. How do we get access the slides?

Picture of Aruna Kishore Veleti
03/14/2017 7:09am PDT

Very nice session for the day, me being part of a Data Strategy program not long ago I can understand value of this session

03/14/2017 7:08am PDT

Are the slides from this presentation going to be available to attendees?

Srinivas Dornala | SR. SYSTEMS ADMIN
02/12/2017 11:25am PST

Do these courses offer any PDU or CPE equivalent?