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

Day 3: Tuesday, January 29th

7:30 am - 8:00 am Networking Breakfast

8:00 am - 8:05 am Chairperson's Opening Remarks

8:05 am - 8:45 am Modernizing Data Ecosystems To Drive Insights And Optimize Processes

Sean Xu - Executive Director - Information Management, MGM Resorts International
Companies are looking to leverage new technologies, develop advanced analytics and new data capabilities to achieve competitive advantages in product development, marketing and customer experience as well as operational efficiencies. You need a holistic view of comprehensive data ecosystem, strategies to develop and scale up this ecosystem iteratively to drive insights and optimize processes in a sustainable fashion. 

•Develop holistic, comprehensive data ecosystem blueprint
•Use each project as a vehicle to deliver business solution to realize benefits 
•Scale up the ecosystem iteratively to optimize capabilities and rationalize technology foundation

Sean Xu

Executive Director - Information Management
MGM Resorts International

8:45 am - 9:25 am Panel Discussion: Raising Unicorns - Strategies for Talent Acquisition, Development and Retention

Kyle Wierenga - Vice President Analytics, Business Intelligence, Data Integration, Bloomingdale's
Stephen Marasco - Head of Enterprise Modeling, USAA
The war for talent is very real within the data and analytics space.  The significant shortage of experienced talent makes finding candidates with the right skills and experiences a rare thing indeed.  When you do find that rare person, the development and retention strategies must be properly defined  and well executed or the talent you do manage to get in the front door will quickly walk right out the back door.
Join this discussion to learn about innovative and creative strategies that are being used to build effective data and analytics organizations


Kyle Wierenga

Vice President Analytics, Business Intelligence, Data Integration


Stephen Marasco

Head of Enterprise Modeling

9:25 am - 9:55 am Business Meetings

9:55 am - 10:25 am Business Meetings

10:25 am - 10:55 am Business Meetings

10:55 am - 11:05 am Networking Break

11:05 am - 11:45 am Panel Discussion: Fact vs Fiction In The Application Of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning And Deep Learning

Jaya Kolhatkar - Chief Data Officer, Hulu
The path to Effective implementation of AI is littered with costly, poorly planned projects that ultimately resulted in expensive failures.  This discussion will reveal how specific tasks were identified and then the process by which AI, Machine Learning and Deep Learning were applied in order to achieve positive outcomes.

Jaya Kolhatkar

Chief Data Officer

11:45 am - 12:15 pm Workshop: Building The Data & Analytics Organization For Today And For The Future

As the roles of the CDO and CAO continue to evolve from a mere carve out of the CIO to a true seat at the table there are many questions about the ideal organizational structure.  How will the roles evolve from a very tactical role to one of increased strategy, vision and leadership?  How will those skills be developed?  What is the ideal reporting structure to allow for true innovation and creativity?

Listen and participate in this very topical and important discussion about what the future will be and where you will fit in.

12:15 pm - 12:20 pm Chairperson's Closing Remarks

12:20 pm - 12:20 pm End of Exchange