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Programme 2015

Effective Data Management and Analytics to Drive Successful Projects

8.30 - 9.00 Registration and breakfast

9.00-9.05 Welcome and opening remarks

Stuart Sumner, Editor, Computing

9.05 - 9.25 Computing research: a review of Big Data & analytics trends

Speaker: Graeme Burton, Chief Reporter, Computing

9.25 - 10.10 Panel discussion: Institutionalising Big Data analytics in your organisation

  • What are the best methodologies for institutionalising big data analytics in your organisation?
  • How to initiate a cultural shift to a data driven decision making?
  • How can you leverage the skills base you already have by converging traditional tools with Big Data?


John O'Donovan, CTO, Financial Times
Mike Bugembe, Head of Analytics, JustGiving
Jonathan Sunderland, Director of Information Science, Direct Line Group

10.10 - 10.40 Keynote: How Big Data and analytics has changed the way businesses operate

10.40 - 11.10 Morning break and visit to exhibition area

11.10 - 11.30 Architectures for Big Data analytics

  • How can you improve your services and reduce costs with smart analytics?
  • Why integration of your Big Data tools with an existing BI eco-system is crucial for success
  • How to choose from the array of available Big Data platforms - which one is right for you?

Speaker: Senior Representative, Exasol

11.30 - 11.50 Software defined storage (SDS) - a must for Big Data

  • With demands for agility and capacity, storage systems can't be islands
  • What characteristics are important to have in any SDS infrastructure
  • Fundamentals of SDS deployment

11.50 - 12.10 Predictive analytics - the first step to the Internet of Things

  • Why you should start thinking about predictive analytics now
  • What do you have to do to become a successful predictive enterprise?
  • Learn how you can build a foundation for Internet of Things with predictive analytics

12.10 - 12.30 Data governance and refinery for better analytics

  • Learn how trusted and timely data can power analytics and meet governance standards
  • How to manage multiple data sources and ensure proper governance
  • Is it possible to ensure that only those users with proper credentials can access data resources?

12.30-13.30 Lunch break and visit to the exhibition area

13.30 - 14.15 Panel discussion: Big Data and analytics for increasing enterprise operations efficiency and effectiveness

  • How can Big Data analytics improve process efficiency across your organisation?
  • How can you increase process transparency without compromising on security with Big Data?
  • How to integrate Big Data into your processes with minimal disruption to business operations?


Shane Green, ICT Business Analyst, London Borough of Camden
Chris Patten, Enterprise Architect, British Gas

14.15 - 14.45 Case study: Big Data Analytics at

Speaker: Thierry Bedos, CTO,

14.45 - 15.05 Afternoon break and visit to exhibition area

15.05 - 15.35 Case study: Chief Data Officer - the new hero of Big Data analytics?

  • The growing importance of Big Data analytics and desire to capitalise on data-driven strategies has given rise to a new position in the C-suite, the Chief Digital Officer (CDO).
  • What is unique about CDOs' role in driving transformative change and why is this position so critical for your organization?
  • Can a CDO potentially make the CIO role irrelevant?

Speaker: Ian Hood, Group Chief Digital Officer, RSA

15.35 - 16.20 Panel discussion: Monetising Big Data - how can Big Data help you understand your customers better?

  • How to draw actionable consumer insights with Big Data analytics?
  • Can Big Data help you build customer loyalty?
  • Is Big Data the new competitive advantage?
  • Where is the line between using Big Data to offer better products or services and violating your customer's privacy?


Matthew Fryer, VP Global Analytics,
Ian Hood, Group Chief Digital Officer, RSA

 16.20 - 16.25 Closing remarks

 16.25 Drinks reception

Please note: This programme is subject to change

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