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Make Data Work
Dec 4–5, 2017: Training
Dec 5–7, 2017: Tutorials & Conference

Organizing for machine learning success

John Akred (Silicon Valley Data Science), Mark Hunter (Sainsburys Bank)
11:15am11:55am Wednesday, December 6, 2017
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Who is this presentation for?

  • Data leadership, CxOs, and those responsible for data science, ML, AI, and data infrastructure

Prerequisite knowledge

  • Experience working with data in organizations

What you'll learn

  • Gain a blueprint for how to organize your company around machine learning and AI


Deploying machine learning in business requires far more than just selecting an algorithm. You need the right architecture, tools, and team organization to drive your agenda successfully. John Akred and Mark Hunter share practical advice on the technical and human sides of machine learning, based on experience preparing Sainsbury’s for its ML-enabled future. You’ll leave with a blueprint for organizing your company around machine learning and AI as well as an understanding of the benefits, pitfalls, patterns, and anti-patterns.

Topics include:

  • How to successfully combine the right enabling architecture, tools, and team
  • The fundamental importance of training data
  • Critical choices in feature engineering approaches
  • The right IT structures to enable efficient, effective data science teams (Hint: it’s not traditional IT.)
  • Key sources of friction and how to address them
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John Akred

Silicon Valley Data Science

With over 15 years in advanced analytical applications and architecture, John Akred is dedicated to helping organizations become more data driven. As CTO of Silicon Valley Data Science, John combines deep expertise in analytics and data science with business acumen and dynamic engineering leadership.

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Mark Hunter

Sainsburys Bank

Mark Hunter is chief data officer at Sainsbury’s Bank. Previously, Mark was head of analytics and digital products at Coles Financial Services, where he worked across Beijing, Hong Kong, and Melbourne. He has served as deputy chair of ISAC, an analytics industry association in Australia.