January 27 - 29, 2019
Hyatt Regency - Mission Bay, San Diego, CA

Day 2: Monday, January 28th

8:00 am - 8:30 am Networking Breakfast

8:30 am - 8:35 am Chairperson's Opening Remarks

8:35 am - 9:15 am Winning It All With Data And Analytics: How Adoption Of Data Driven Decisions Transforms An Organization’s Fortunes

The Boston Red Sox had not won a World Series since 1918 when they won the 2004 championship. In 2011 the new data driven General Manager of the Chicago Cubs, a team that had not won a championship since 1908 told Cubs ownership it would take 5 years to be competitive.  In 2016 Chicago won the World Series.  In 2013 the Houston Astros lost a league worst 111 games.  In 2017 they became World Series champions.  What do these three teams have in common?  They are all among the teams that have successfully overcome resistance to a data driven culture and have managed to gain true, organization wide adoption.

Participate in the incredible session to discover:

•How leadership was convinced to embrace data driven decisions
•How being at the leading edge of technology provided competitive advantages throughout the organization
•How analytics determined strategies for long term stability and success

9:15 am - 9:45 am Welcome to the Analytics Economy

Breakthroughs in connectivity and compute power are giving us the power to collaborate and solve problems we never could before. As analytics evolve from a force that helps organizations to a force that drives them, we are seeing the dawn of an Analytics Economy. In this economy, data is the natural resource, insights are the currency, and there’s a fundamental change in how value is created. In this presentation, we’ll discuss how to unlock the potential of this new economy, with an emphasis on artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things. We’ll also examine the need for a unifying platform that makes analytics accessible to everyone, everywhere – and explain how such a platform can turn a world of data into a world of intelligence.

9:45 am - 10:15 am Turning Projects Into Products To Gain Adoption Of Self Service BI

Rajeev Kapur - Chief Data Officer, Kimberly-Clark
One of the biggest inhibitors to the adoption of a data driven culture is the limited skill sets of most users.  Self-service BI tools empower users to access data from different sources in order to enhance, alter or create new reports and insights.  By decentralizing and creating independent, self-sufficient users, new and meaningful insights can be extracted from easily accessible data.

•Allow users to independently create reports and dashboard that meet their specific needs
•Enable users to quickly integrate data into existing reports to enhance insights
•Gain a competitive edge by making decisions with increased agility and speed

Rajeev Kapur

Chief Data Officer

10:15 am - 10:25 am Networking Break

10:25 am - 10:55 am Business Meetings

10:55 am - 11:25 am Business Meetings

11:25 am - 11:55 am Business Meetings

Master Class

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm Leap Into Your Visualizations With Mixed Reality Analytics
Your brain operates naturally in 3D so why are your reports and visualizations in 2D?  Complex and multi faceted data presentations can hide valuable insights when presented in simple 2D.  To find hidden patterns and insights mixed reality analytics and visualizations allow users to walk among the data and view from a 360 degree perspective.  

Mixed Reality Visualizations are:

•Revealing patterns to users in 3D that would require highly skilled data scientists to recognize in 2D
•Accelerating adoption by presenting data in a way that is natural to users
•Allowing groups to easily analyze data together by “stepping into” the visualization


12:00 pm - 12:45 pm Applications For Robotic Process Automation (RPA) In Data Management
Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is allowing the automation of repetitive tasks and providing intriguing possibilities within data management.  RPA can be used to create sophisticated data handling solutions to assist in data wrangling, data cleansing and the creation of metadata.  

Learn how to implement RPA to:  

•Improve data quality by screening for irregularities
•Preform deduplication and extraction of new sources of raw data
•Replacing manual keying of data input

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm Networking Lunch

Round Table A

1:45 pm - 2:50 pm Data Preparation to Drive Agility and Innovation

Round Table B

1:45 pm - 2:50 pm How to Effectively Utilize Natural Language Processing

Round Table C

1:45 pm - 2:50 pm Identifying the Right AI Applications and Projects

2:50 pm - 3:20 pm Getting the Elephant To Dance – How Large Enterprises Can Achieve Digital and Analytics Success

Nitin Seth - CEO, Incedo Inc.
Organizations have invested tremendous amounts of resources into digital and analytics initiatives yet the actual business impact has been way smaller than expected. Reasons for these failures are often misunderstood, which leads to cycles getting repeated as the root causes are not addressed. In this session Nitin Seth, CEO Incedo draws upon his vast experience of working with Fortune 100 companies to share how large organizations can crack the code on digital and analytics execution.
Join Nitin to:
•Understand why transformation initiatives fail?
•Recognize how digital businesses are fundamentally different from traditional ones?
•Get a practical framework for attaining “Digital and Analytics Excellence”.
•Learn the two speed approach that can bring you execution success.


Nitin Seth

Incedo Inc.

3:20 pm - 4:00 pm Panel Discussion: Demonstrating ROI To Your Stakeholders In Terms They Can Relate To

Kyle Wierenga - Vice President Analytics, Business Intelligence, Data Integration, Bloomingdale's
Stephen Marasco - Head of Enterprise Modeling, USAA
While there is definite buy in to the concept of a data driven culture, being able to clearly demonstrate the ROI of specific projects and initiatives remains as important and difficult as ever.  In today’s environment it isn’t just an increase in revenue.  Hear how these data leaders have shown the savings from data driven operational changes and how they measure and convey the value of increased employee production derived from modelling. 

•How to communicate the value of  new projects
•How to establish the value of data driven decisions
•How to attribute cost savings to new initiatives

Kyle Wierenga

Vice President Analytics, Business Intelligence, Data Integration


Stephen Marasco

Head of Enterprise Modeling

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm The Convergence Between Data & Digital: Mapping Out A Cohesive Strategy For Maximum Impact

Joe Caserta - President and Founder, Caserta
As we continue to shift into a data-driven digital society, it’s crucial to ensure a cohesive strategy between the Chief Data Analytics Officer and the Chief Digital Officer. In this talk, Joe Caserta will discuss the convergence between data and digital, addressing the interdependencies, ambiguities, and complications between the two. Joe will outline a cohesive strategy to enhance enterprise operations and improve your bottom line.
Join this session to discuss approaches are working and lessons learned along the way.

Joe Caserta

President and Founder

4:30 pm - 4:40 pm Networking Break

4:40 pm - 5:10 pm Business Meetings

5:10 pm - 5:40 pm Business Meetings

5:40 pm - 6:10 pm Business Meetings

6:10 pm - 7:10 pm Focus Session: Practitioner Roundtable Discussions

Earlier in the Exchange, we collected your insights and challenges in the data and analytic space using the Thoughtexchange social learning tool. During this follow-up session, you’ll have dedicated time to sit with your peers and develop an action plan to improve data and analytics operations.
Sponsored by Thoughtexchange

7:10 pm - 7:40 pm Networking Cocktails Sponsored by Thoughtexchange