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Adaptive Data Preparation™ … From Raw Data to Ready Data in Minutes, not Months

Luca Barone (Cisco), Charles Zedlewski (Cloudera), Timothy Weaver (Dannon), John Garris (UBS), Prakash Nanduri (Paxata), Howard Dresner (, Ben Haines (Box)
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In every analytic exercise, business teams must spend the bulk of their time blending and cleaning data, leaving very little time to actually perform meaningful analytics. Many times, as data takes weeks and months to prepare, the business has run out of time and made a gut-decision instead.

This has become even more challenging for the visionaries of Gen D (Generation Data) who want immediate access to information they can shape and iterate as dynamically as their querying process.

Join a lively panel discussion moderated by the undisputed father of BI, Howard Dresner, featuring the visionaries of Gen D: Luca Barone from Cisco, Charles Zedlewski from Cloudera, Timothy Weaver from Dannon, John Garris from UBS and Prakash Nanduri from Paxata. Find out why data analysts now have the ability to collect, explore, transform, and combine data on their own or work with peers in a shared, transparent environment as they shape data for analytics in minutes…not months.

The panel will share their opinions on:

  • Why Bring your own BI (BYOBI) was a leading indicator of the Gen D revolution
  • How they deliver self-service BI while ensuring common trusted data across the enterprise
  • Why the Cloud, crowd-sourcing and machine-learning are disrupting traditional information management
  • The missing link between self-service analytics tools and next-generation data management platforms like Hadoop

This session is sponsored by Paxata

Luca Barone


Luca Barone, Sr. Director, Strategy and Marketing at Cisco Systems, is responsible for monitoring mega-industry and market trends and their implications for Cisco’ strategy. As part of this effort, Luca looks at new and innovative business models, with particular focus on Cisco’s software, cloud, and SDN opportunities. Luca has an extensive background in strategy, P&L management and technology, with deep expertise in software, hardware, IT services and cloud computing. His passion for customer-insight driven strategy development drove his success within Microsoft’s support business, where he turned the business around from losing tens of millions of dollars to a 40% operating margin. Luca also held strategic positions at Bain & Company and Procter & Gamble.

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Charles Zedlewski


Charles leads Cloudera’s product function, setting the strategic direction for Cloudera’s Distribution for Apache Hadoop and Cloudera Enterprise. Prior to Cloudera Charles held a number of leadership roles at SAP, BEA Systems as well as venture backed startups.

Charles holds a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College and an MBA from MIT.

Timothy Weaver


Timothy Weaver is the CIO for Danone’s North American business units, where the focus is to bring health through food to as many consumers as possible. Its Dannon subsidiary is the market leader in the USA’s fast growing yogurt category. Timothy has a proven track record for defining, aligning, and delivering IT strategies that focus on top line growth across Danone’s North American markets. His focus is on the delivery and use of leading edge tools and capabilities around pattern-based analytics and predictive modeling to enhance connections with shoppers and retailers while growing the overall yogurt category. Prior to joining Danone, Timothy was a top IT executive with Red Bull Energy Drink where he served various roles across both its North American business and many of its international market launches.

John Garris


John Garris, Executive Director at UBS, is a recognized visionary with a combination of technology and marketing expertise. At UBS, John is focused on corporate innovation and the deployment of emerging technology solutions to optimize financial services capabilities delivered to private, corporate, and instutitional clients. Prior to UBS, John has served in a variety of roles in the technology industry, including Technology Director at frog design, competitive and market strategy at, founding team member at eConsultancy Scient, and product management roles at Oracle and Open Media Network.

Prakash Nanduri


Prakash Nanduri, co-founder and CEO of Paxata, is a seasoned entrepreneur and enterprise software executive with over 20 years of experience in both start-ups and large companies. As co-founder and Vice President of Velosel Corporation, Prakash pioneered Master Data Management (MDM) in 1999, a segment which Gartner estimates to be a $3.2 billion market by 2015. Velosel was acquired by TIBCO in 2005 and has been a significant contributor to the overall growth of the company in recent years. Prakash also spent three years leading Product and Technology Strategy within the Office of the CEO at SAP, where he worked on key strategic initiatives including the SAP Cloud and Big Data (Hana) business strategy.

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Howard Dresner

Howard Dresner is Chief Research Officer of Dresner Advisory Services, LLC, an independent advisory firm and a well known authority and author in the areas of Business Intelligence and Performance Management.

Howard has over 30 years of IT industry experience with 24 years in the Business Intelligence market.

He spent 13 years at Gartner, where he was a Research Fellow and Lead Analyst for BI. He also served as Chief Strategy Officer at Hyperion Solutions prior to forming Dresner Advisory Services in 2007.

Howard is a frequent speaker around the globe and has published two books on the subject – including: Profiles in Performance – Business Intelligence Journeys and the Roadmap for Change (John Wiley & Sons, November 2009) and The Performance Management Revolution: Business Results through Insight and Action (John Wiley & Sons, November 2007).

Ben Haines




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