August 04 - 06, 2019 |
The Drake Hotel, Chicago, IL

Day 1: Sunday August 4th, 2019

10:30 am - 11:00 am Registration

11:00 am - 11:05 am Welcome Orientation

11:05 am - 11:15 am Thoughtexchange Technology Introduction

11:15 am - 11:25 am Chairperson's Welcome & Opening Remarks

Ted Sfikas, Director of Solutions Consulting, North America & LATAM at Tealium

Ted Sfikas

Director of Solutions Consulting, North America & LATAM

11:25 am - 12:05 pm From Metal Bender to App Developer: An Analytics Journey

As the role of the CDAO continues to evolve and play an increasingly important role in driving enterprise value, it’s more important now than ever that CDAO’s focus on developing a cross-functional, agile approach to the deployment of operational analytics. Learn from the real-world experience of your peers and gain valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities related to taking a proactive role in encouraging the use of soft skills and communication to bridge the information gap between the Data and Analytics team and the C-suite. Delve into the ways in which peers have created innovative, measureable KPI’s to communicate your value to the CEO and beyond. Key focus areas include:

•Emerging need to look beyond traditional forms of resource allocation and annual CapEx and OpEx planning to achieve the agility required to fully realize the long-term value that D+A can provide
•Making the case for an innovation budget which is more open-ended and less focused on defining specific projects
•How CDAO’s can pioneer data-driven culture and encourage digital transformation
•Reevaluating KPI’s to translate business value to other member of the C-suite
Jeff Hamilton, Head of Consumer Insights at BMW

Jeff Hamilton

Head of Consumer Insights

12:05 pm - 12:35 pm How to Build Out Cutting-Edge Data Analytics Divisions at Legacy and CPG Companies

As analytics has rapidly emerged as a key competitive differentiator in incumbent markets, it’s becoming critical that legacy organizations prioritize the development of data analytics divisions in order to identify new, data-centric business models and ensure agility in the age of digital transformation. Brian Pivar, Senior Director of Data & Analytics at The Kraft-Heinz Company, will guide us through some of the strategies he’s employing to foster a spirit of data-driven growth and innovation throughout the enterprise.

Gain some insight into how this organization has:
• Created a framework to evaluate and select the optimal stack of BI tools
• Worked towards creating cultural alignment within the organization
• Balancing quick wins vs. long term project
Brian Pivar, Senior Director Data & Analytics at Kraft Heinz

Brian Pivar

Senior Director Data & Analytics
Kraft Heinz

12:35 pm - 1:05 pm Lead with Speed- Next Generation Data Architecture Strategies For The Data Center & Cloud

Modern use cases such as the customer journey and hyper-personalization have blurred the boundaries between operational and analytics systems. Legacy operational databases and enterprise data warehouses find it really challenging to keep up with the demand for real-time insight. With all the hype in the industry about the next “new thing” how are real-world data-driven companies bridging the gap and making the data warehouse modernization journey between their existing IT investments and the promise of the agile, real-time enterprise in the cloud.

In this session you’ll learn:

  • The critical need for hybrid data to help scale, standardize and break silos
  • The key characteristics of an enterprise-class cloud data warehouse
  • Why over 60% of data migrations fail and how to ensure yours is not next
  • A real-time Data Warehouse? Can I leverage AI and ML too?

David Collins

Vice President
Actian Corporation

1:05 pm - 2:05 pm Networking Lunch

Pure Storage

Shilpa Yelamaneni, Director, Data Science and Advanced Analytics at Ecolab

Shilpa Yelamaneni

Director, Data Science and Advanced Analytics

Amanda Grasso, Director, Business Intelligence at Cook County Health & Hospital System

Amanda Grasso

Director, Business Intelligence
Cook County Health & Hospital System

Diana Shaw, Manager of Americas Artificial Intelligence at SAS

Diana Shaw

Manager of Americas Artificial Intelligence

2:45 pm - 3:15 pm Jumpstart Your Real-World AI Intiative

Delivery of AI and ML for your enterprise or mission is far from commoditized. There are numerous challenges in delivering a sustainable data platform for sharing and consuming data and models within your organization. In this talk, we will discuss insights and lessons learned from helping deploy a number of AI systems, including one of the world’s fastest supercomputers dedicated to AI and many of the world’s most recognized brands in autonomous cars.
Brian Carpenter, Senior Director, Field Technology & Strategy at Pure Storage

Brian Carpenter

Senior Director, Field Technology & Strategy
Pure Storage

3:15 pm - 3:45 pm Business Meeting

3:45 pm - 4:15 pm Business Meeting

4:15 pm - 4:45 pm Business Meeting

4:45 pm - 5:00 pm Networking Break

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm Using AI To Transform Clinical Outcomes & Reduce Resource-Heavy Expenditures

AI has increasingly become a powerful tool to enhance clinical outcomes and pioneer a more holistic, personalized approach to healthcare. Somesh Nigam, SVP and Chief Data and Analytics Officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, will dive into ways in which his organization has pioneered the use of integrated data and predictive modelling to determine optimal times to deploy intensive, resource-heavy interventions and preventive treatment.

Join this session to learn about topics including:

• Developing imperatives for big data analytics infrastructure
• Supporting population health management
• Managing quality and costs through analytics tools
• Driving effective coordination between both external and internal stakeholders to provide more actionable insights

Somesh Nigam, Senior Vice President, Chief Analytics and Data Officer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana

Somesh Nigam

Senior Vice President, Chief Analytics and Data Officer
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana

5:30 pm - 5:45 pm Collaborative and Courageous Leadership

Learn how innovative and dynamic leaders are leading the way by having courageous conversations within their organization. Discover how organizations are creating a culture that promotes openness, transparency and collaboration by empowering their employees to share their voice and consider the thoughts and ideas of others; shifting the corporate paradigm from closed and knowing to open and learning. In this session you’ll learn what collaborative and courageous leadership means to you and those around you.

Colin Bender, Sales Development Representative at Thoughtexchange

Colin Bender

Sales Development Representative

5:45 pm - 6:30 pm Deriving Value from IoT Data with Analytics at Scale

Jeff Healy, Director, Product Marketing at Vertica

Jeff Healy

Director, Product Marketing

5:45 pm - 6:30 pm Data: The Next Frontier

Explore opportunities to build on the analysis we already do (using new data or gaining additional insights from existing data) and identify actions we can take beginning tomorrow.
Michael Roberts, Director of Customer Engagement at ASPE

Michael Roberts

Director of Customer Engagement

Quick fire presentations, 10 minutes each, designed to ignite innovation. They will inform you of new technologies and trends that top CDAOs are leveraging to bring value to their organizations.

Ignite Sessions


6:30 pm - 7:00 pm Designing a Data Supply Chain for Data-As-A-Service

Ted Sfikas, Director of Solutions Consulting, North America & LATAM at Tealium

Ted Sfikas

Director of Solutions Consulting, North America & LATAM

6:30 pm - 7:00 pm GPU- Accelerated Analytics with OmniSci

Annette Jonker, Solutions Architect at OmniSci

Annette Jonker

Solutions Architect

6:30 pm - 7:00 pm Connecting Data, Empowering Decisions

Richard Stocks, US Head of Financial Crime at Quantexa

Richard Stocks

US Head of Financial Crime

6:45 pm - 7:40 pm Casino Night