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Data and Analytics at Catalyst Conference: Get Oriented Now!

by Svetlana Sicular  |  August 8, 2015  |  1 Comment

Catalyst conference starts tomorrow. Our track is Building a Sustainable Data and Analytics Architecture for the Digital World, and in addition, there are more talks on data and analytics in other tracks. I’d like to help you get oriented before Catalyst starts by telling you which analyst specialize on what topics, and what talks are relevant to data and analytics.

Carlie Idoine is our track chair, her specialty is analytics, in all its flavors — BI, advanced analytics, cloud, self-service and more. She gives a keynote for the track – don’t miss it:

  • Mon, 10 Aug 9:30 AM – 10:15 AM Marquee: Reaching New Frontiers in Data Management

Carlie will talk about the Wild West and Gold Rush in the Data and Analytics space where analytics discovers gold nuggets. Interestingly enough, many people who heard her talk keep extending the Wild West metaphor (People faced substantial hardships on the trip. At first, loose gold and gold nuggets could be picked up off the ground. Later, gold was recovered from streams. Gold worth tens of billions of today’s dollars was recovered, which led to great wealth for a few, mostly vendors who enabled gold prospectors. Railroads were built across the country from California to the eastern United States. Settlements, agriculture and ranching expanded along the railroad. Let me know what parallels with  Wild West are in your mind – now, or after the Carlie’s keynote, tweet to @Sve_Sic or leave a comment here).

Carlie’s other sessions are:

  • Tue, 11 Aug 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM Serving Up Self-Service Business Analytics
  • Tue, 11 Aug 2:10 PM – 2:55 PM Water Cooler: Best Practices For Implementing Self-Service Business Analytics

Rick Greenwald — our guru on data in the cloud and on hard-core database technologies. He is known among Gartner analysts as Mr Consistency, and believe it or not, consistency is indeed a big deal, so is Rick. His sessions are:

  • Mon, 10 Aug 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM — Is a Database In the Cloud Right For You?
  • Mon, 10 Aug 5:15 PM – 6:00 PM — Distributed Databases: Why Eventual Consistency Isn’t
  • Wed, 12 Aug 11:20 AM – 12:05 PM — Cloud and In-Memory Computing: Two Great Tastes that Go Great Together (“go great together” probably refers to Rick Greenwald and Eric Knipp presenting jointly this session)
  • Wed, 12 Aug 2:15 PM – 3:45 PM — Workshop: Selecting the Right Cloud Database Deployment Option

John Hagerty covers professional effectiveness, but deep inside he loves analytics. That’s why he participates in the Data and Analytics track — we are glad to surface his deep passion:

  • Thu, 13 Aug 9:50 AM – 10:35 AM — Why Data and Analytics is Now Everyone’s Business

I highly recommend John’s other sessions too!

Jamie Popkin makes his last appearance at Catalyst, enjoy while you can. He specializes on connecting data and analytics, as well as on text analytics, sentiment analysis and now, on CDO (Chief Data Officer).

  • Mon, 10 Aug 11:20 AM – 12:05 PM Using Tai Chi to Act on Business Analytics: Finding Hidden Opportunities
  • Tue, 11 Aug 8:15 AM – 9:45 AM — Workshop: Gearheads Intervention Program, with Jack Santos (our close ally who covers soft topics in technology, such as communication, IT careers and management practices)
  • Thu, 13 Aug 8:15 AM – 9:00 AM — Sentiment Analysis Cracks the Code on Unstructured Voice of the Customer Analytics

Lyn Robison specializes on MDM — Master Data Management and Mobile Device Management. He also covers noSQL databases. Lyn is a great thinker and writer (which you can say about many Gartner analysts, but he is!). Lyn’s sessions are:

  • Sun, 9 Aug 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM – The IoT Hackathon
    It’s tomorrow, even before the start of Catalyst! And it’s do-it-yourself! Lyn will facilitate this hackathon with Drue Reeves , Kirk Knoernschild , Ramon Krikken , Kyle Hilgendorf , Gary Olliffe. Note, Drue Reeves is our secret weapon, keep reading.
  • Mon, 10 Aug 4:20 PM – 5:05 PM – Available, Scalable, or Consistent Databases — Distributed Systems and the CAP Theorem
  • Tue, 11 Aug 8:15 AM – 9:00 AM — Just Enough Master Data Management for Analytics and Logical Data Warehouses
  • Wed, 12 Aug 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM — TechDemo: Connecting Mobile Apps to Back-End Systems and the IoT

Mei Selvage specializes on data integration and on the Logical Data Warehouse. She is also passionate about business glossaries (which can help to distinguish MDM and MDM, covered by Lyn Robison). Mei is a true Enterprise Architect. Her sessions are:

  • Tue, 11 Aug 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM — Roundtable: Align Data Integration and Data Warehousing to Support Business Analytics
  • Tue, 11 Aug 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM — Initiate a Shared Business Glossary to Improve Analytics and Data Warehouses
  • Thu, 13 Aug 8:15 AM – 9:45 AM — Workshop: Adopt Data Integration Patterns to Build an Optimal Architecture

Svetlana Sicular (this is I!). I cover big data and information governance, as well as all kinds of generic enterprise information management subjects.  This year we decided that big data is finally showing its pervasive nature, and that’s why my first session is in the other track (Track Developing Great Software Requires Innovation, Agility, and Design). My sessions are:

  • Mon, 10 Aug 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM — Workshop: Look Smart: Big Data for Nondata Professionals
  • Tue, 11 Aug 9:10 AM – 9:55 AM — Lessons Learned from Seven Big Data Failures
  • Thu, 13 Aug 8:15 AM – 9:15 AM — Roundtable: Complementing EDW with Hadoop

And our new, so far, secret weapon, Drue Reeves, does not participate in the Data and Analytics track, but mark my words – he will!

Last but not least, our guest speaker Dr Eugene Kolker, CDO of Seattle Children’s Hospital, awarded as one of the top three innovators in 2015 in Healthcare IT. He will share his experience in this session:

  • Tue, 11 Aug 2:10 PM – 2:55 PM — TechCase: A Forensic Look at Succeeding with Data & Advanced Analytics

Catalyst is the most important event of the year for the analysts I mentioned here. We are eager to make it equally important (and thrilling) conference for the attendees. See you tomorrow!


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Svetlana Sicular
Research VP
6 years at Gartner
23 years IT industry

Svetlana Sicular is passionate about bringing analytics to domain experts and helping organizations successfully compete by applying their business acumen in analytics and data science. She is convinced that domain expertise and high-value data are the greatest assets that companies should monetize in new analytics applications. Read Full Bio

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