Moving to Big Data: Strategies and Tactics for Setting Your Organization up for Success

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This session, will deliver a practical set of tactics and strategies for the audience. In particular, it will address the following

How do we go about setting up the objectives?
What are realistic milestones?
What’s the role of a big data group?
How do we measure our success?

What sort of people do we need and how do we hire them?
How do we think about training?

How do we shape the right organization?
What’s an appropriate size?
Where does a big data group fit in the Enterprise?

How does a big data group work with the rest of the organization?
What are the key organization processes we need to put in place?
How should we run the development process?
What processes and governance do we need for a data science team?

What are the right cultural norms for a big data group?
How can we shape and mold the culture of the rest of the organization?

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Sheridan Hitchens

Sheridan has more than 15 years experience in Business Intelligence, Analytics, Web, Product Management, Business Strategy and Organization Effectiveness. He is currently VP of Data Products at, the leading online real estate auctioneers in the United States.

He has also held positions at two leading online ganmes companies, Kabam and Playfirst, where he has built out Analytics and Big Data groups from inception. Earlier on in his career, Sheridan worked at Procter and Gamble in the areas of Decision Support and Executive Information Systems. He also worked as a Managing Consultant at Towers Perrin where he led many business strategy and organizational effectiveness engagements for large companies.

Sheridan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from Cambridge University and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, both with honors. He has also held several elected positions at both universities. Most notably, he served as the president of his college student union at Cambridge.


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