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Make Data Work
September 26–27, 2016: Training
September 27–29, 2016: Tutorials & Conference
New York, NY

Beyond the numbers: Expanding the size of your analytic discovery team

Moderated by:
Edd Wilder-James (Google)
Maksim Pecherskiy (City of San Diego), Robert Stratton (Neustar), Chris Kakkanatt (Pfizer)
4:35pm–5:15pm Wednesday, 09/28/2016
Location: 1 C04 / 1 C05
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What you'll learn

  • Discover how Pfizer, the City of San Diego, and Neustar leverage the strengths of a broad team of professionals beyond the boundaries of the analytics specialists and are reimagining how to structure organizations for analytic creative thinking
  • Description

    To thrive as a data-driven enterprise, organizations must train their eye for the best opportunities for analytic impact. Creative problem-solving through collaboration enables each individual working with data to utilize their strengths and specialized skills. Hypothesis testing for business impact through analytics requires finding ways to share hypotheses as well as the data assets that are used to test assumptions through data tools like data inventories, data catalogs, code repositories, and data visualization tools.

    Join moderator John Akred of Silicon Valley Data Science and analytics and data experts from global pharmaceutical company Pfizer, the City of San Diego, and Neustar, the first real-time provider of cloud-based information services, for a lively discussion on how these businesses have tapped into the strengths of a broad team of professionals beyond the boundaries of the analytics specialists and are reimagining how to structure organizations for analytic creative thinking.

    This session is sponsored by Alation.

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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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    Maksim Pecherskiy

    City of San Diego

    Maksim Pecherskiy is the chief data officer for the City of San Diego, where he strives to bring the necessary components together to allow the city’s residents to benefit from a more efficient, agile government that is as innovative as the community it surrounds. Previously, Maksim was a Code for America fellow in Puerto Rico with a focus on economic development. His team delivered a product called PrimerPeso, which provides business owners and residents a tool to search and apply for government programs for which they may be eligible. Maksim graduated from DePaul University with a bachelor of science degree in information systems and Linköping University, Sweden, with a bachelor of science degree in international business.

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    Robert Stratton


    Robert Stratton is senior group director at MarketShare: A Neustar Solution, where he leads the development of marketing analytics and decision support technology using a host of modeling methods on Hadoop. Robert has 15 years’ experience leading and conducting analytics projects across a wide range of industries. He holds a PhD in computer science from King’s College London and a master’s degree in development economics.

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    Chris Kakkanatt


    Chris Kakkanatt is the director of business analytics and insights at Pfizer. Previously, he held several consulting positions at IBM. Chris holds an MBA in finance and value investing from Colombia Business School and a bachelors of science in computer science from Cornell University.