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Oct 15–17, 2014 • New York, NY

Visual Change: The Power of Scaled Data Visualization in Action

Nathan Shetterley (Accenture), Joshua Patterson (NVIDIA), Allan Enemark (Accenture), Kathleen Moynahan (Accenture Technology Labs)
11:00am–11:40am Friday, 10/17/2014
Design & Interfaces
Location: 1 E8/1 E9
Average rating: ****.
(4.67, 3 ratings)

Nate, Josh, and team set out a few years ago to make data visualization a focus areas in Accenture Technology Labs, the R&D arm of Accenture. From there, visualization has become a key part of the analytic and big data strategy for Accenture as a whole.

They started by building open source, publicly available visualization, which quickly drew media attention, and sales leads for the firm. As the demand for improving the data visualization abilities within the firm grew, the need for a standard of design, data visual quality, and functionality was obvious.

Over the last year, the team has put together a visual literacy curriculum, a community of practice, and a workshop around making data visualization more effective. In addition, data visualization has become the main component of new cutting edge workshop programs centering around non-linear story telling and interactivity. Learn how Accenture is revolutionizing analytics and big data, with a concept that has been around since the beginning of time, story telling, with the added power of data visualization.

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Nathan Shetterley


Senior Manager for Accenture’s research into Emerging Data Architectures, Analytics, and Visualizations. Leading multiply teams of researchers and developers who are building data-driven, analytical solutions based on the next generation of distributed, horizontally-scaling data storage and analysis technologies, using cutting edge data acquisition, integration, quality, processing and end-to-end enterprise data management, analytic, and visualization technologies.

Mr. Nathan Shetterley is an experienced Data Architect with a background in Smart Grid/AMI operations strategy, serving either in SI&T, ESCO, or Utility clients roles for most of his career. He extensive experience with Home Area Network technologies, Measurement and Verification, and AMI/Smart Grid Process Design. Nathan also has deep expertise in RFP evaluation and Vendor Management.

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Joshua Patterson


Joshua Patterson is a director of AI infrastructure at NVIDIA leading engineering for RAPIDS.AI. Previously, Josh was a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow and worked with leading experts across public sector, private sector, and academia to build a next-generation cyberdefense platform. His current passions are graph analytics, machine learning, and large-scale system design. Josh loves storytelling with data and creating interactive data visualizations. He holds a BA in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MA in economics from the University of South Carolina Moore School of Business.

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Allan Enemark


Industrial and UX designer who believes data should be both insightful and beautiful. When not buried under post-it notes or tangled in wireframes, he is probably tinkering with a 3D printer or out wandering with a camera.

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Kathleen Moynahan

Accenture Technology Labs

I am a multidisciplinary interaction designer, currently researching visual literacy and applying its fundamental principles to data visualization in the Accenture Technology Labs. I love to design engaging, beautiful experiences – from interactive, experimental interfaces to everyday work tools – that enhance people’s lives. I am an artistic inventor who designs in the spirit of playfulness, observation, intuition and joy.

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Cindy Charles
10/23/2014 10:22am EDT

Any chance you can share the slide with the team/roles (the one with the unicorn)?

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Kathleen Moynahan
10/20/2014 10:36am EDT

Thanks Christine! We really enjoyed sharing our journey with everyone. I’m glad you found it useful. Feel free to get in touch if you have any further questions!

Christine Harney
10/17/2014 8:08am EDT

Really exiting. Visualization has become really important to informing the results of big data processing to me (engineer) and to the awesome analysts I work with. This presentation hit home.