August 05 - 07, 2018 | The Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL

Day 2, Monday, August 6, 2018

8:00 am - 8:30 am Networking Breakfast

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

Day Two Opening Keynote

8:35 am - 9:35 am Data and Analytics as the Driver of Transformation in the Automotive Industry

Paul Ballew - Vice President and Global Chief Data & Analytics Officer Ford Motor Company
As the daily processes become more and more automated, big data ecosystems are growing is size and importance. New opportunities are emerging from the autonomous data ecosystems. This session looks the big data ecosystem from the perspective of the evolving automotive industry. As vehicles are become increasingly automated, connected and electrified, the automotive data ecosystem has grown, in turn propelling data to the driver’s seat. In this session hear how Ford Motor Company has leveraged autonomous data to become a giant in the automotive industry. 

Participants will:

•See behind the scenes of a successful big data ecosystem use case
•Apply the lens to your most pressing autonomous data challenge(s) 
•Identify gaps in current big data strategies / initiatives  
•Discover opportunities


Paul Ballew

Vice President and Global Chief Data & Analytics Officer
Ford Motor Company

9:35 am - 10:05 am Solutions, Not Slides: Leveraging Data Science to Make Decisions and Build Products

Dan Wagner - Founder and CEO Civis Analytics
Data science and analytics teams are naturally curious, and we love nothing more than an interesting insight based on facts. But interesting insights alone can’t drive a recommended course of action that will maximize revenue. Similarly, an open-ended data-mining mission without a clear vision for application of the results introduces unnecessary data privacy risks. 

This session will discuss:

•How to build an action-oriented mind set within a data science team
•Team structures that cut through the red tape (hint: bring the MBAs and the nerds together)
•Best practices for integrating data and analytics into the decision-making process
•Examples of how other large companies have successfully infused data across product teams


Dan Wagner

Founder and CEO
Civis Analytics

10:10 am - 10:40 am Business Meetings

10:40 am - 11:10 am Business Meetings

11:10 am - 11:25 am Networking Break


11:25 am - 12:10 pm Developing Holistic Strategies to support an Analytics Center of Excellence
Todd Jones - Chief Analytics Officer WebbMason Analytics
Learn how others have optimized their organizations’ analytics investments by developing a holistic analytics strategy to address common pitfalls including lack of data, duplicate efforts, and failure to activate insights.
Analytics COEs require more than data scientists and analytics technologies.  Developing a holistic strategy that addresses analytic development processes, talent management, technologies/platforms, and an ROI-driven culture can help embed analytics organizations into the decisions that drive the business.  This session will discuss ideas for 'rounding out' an analytics strategy to ensure all the needs of a mature analytics organization are addressed:
•Learn how to develop a talent strategy, including job descriptions, skills assessments, & comp models
•Leave the discussion with ideas on how to achieve flexibility & speed through analytics platform strategy, including big data and the cloud
•Learn about the value of building an ROI-driven culture through agile analytics development lifecycle and activation facilitation


Todd Jones

Chief Analytics Officer
WebbMason Analytics

Master Class

11:25 am - 12:10 pm Artificial Intelligence in Practice! Applying the Principles of AI to Develop Intelligent Solutions
When it comes to successfully implementing AI, the main focus should be on the people. However, this focus is often overlooked and organizations fail to measure up. During this session, attendees will learn how leading CDAOs have empowered their teams to tackle and solve complex and immediate problems using artificial intelligence. During this session explore the value of AI to the modern enterprise, hear best practices for implementation and integration and discover where problems arise as well as how to overcome them.

12:15 pm - 12:45 pm Infusing Innovation into Legacy Organizations by Building a Data Science Service

The largest inhibitor to legacy organizations’ adoption and engagement with advanced analytics is fear and nerves about the implications of these changes on the company’s image. So how does that analytics muscle develop in legacy organizations and become embedded in operations? In this session explore building a data science service and how those findings translate to legacy organizations. Participants should leave understanding how to:

•Introduce advanced analytics in a way that is generative and appealing to legacy organizations
•Embed analytics in operations: legacy systems, outdated business processes and the workforce
•Leverage citizen data scientists for large scale experimentation practices
•Create a consensus among stakeholders to capitalize on the possibilities of advanced analytics

12:50 pm - 1:50 pm Networking Lunch

Roundtable Discussions

Roundtable Discussions: Please choose your topic and join the relevant discussion.

1:55 pm - 3:00 pm Building an Enterprise Analytics Layer
Tzaras Christon - President & CEO Aginity Software
Companies that are analytic and predictively driven - enterprise wide - will ultimately own their respective industries. However, most companies fail to realize their full data and analytic value or recognize that their vital analytic processes are broken. Why? Building and deploying analytics in enterprises today is incredibly manual, costly, and slow. Join Tzaras Christon, President & CEO at Aginity, as he outlines the benefits and challenges of building an enterprise analytics layer. He’ll be covering topics such as:

•Why companies struggle to realize full data and analytic value, and identifying broken processes
•Navigating the complex analytics software and platform ecosystem
•Integrating consistent, reusable analytics across diverse data sources and applications
•Enabling self-service and agility, while still providing powerful enterprise-level safety, security, and consistency


Tzaras Christon

President & CEO
Aginity Software

Roundtable Discussions: Please choose your topic and join the relevant discussion.

1:55 pm - 3:00 pm Driving Value-Based Decisions with a Structured Decision-Making Process
With the introduction of decision-making platforms, users can go beyond just assembling and analyzing data, to derive real actionable business decisions with the results of those analyses. Structured decision-making processes can be achieved through organized, repeatable, efficient and auditable steps and in turn used to transform the operations of the entire enterprise. In this session, participants will discuss how to create a pragmatic decision-making process for the modern enterprise.

Roundtable Discussions: Please choose your topic and join the relevant discussion.

1:55 pm - 3:00 pm Replatform Teradata to the Cloud Without Rewriting Applications
Mike Waas - Founder & CEO Datometry
Datometry empowers global enterprises to gain competitive advantage by up-leveling their data management to become cloud-native quickly and effectively. The company’s SaaS offerings enable enterprises to quickly adopt cloud data warehouses at up to 80% savings of time, cost, and risk of conventional replatforming, and without rewriting applications.


Mike Waas

Founder & CEO

Roundtable Discussions: Please choose your topic and join the relevant discussion.

1:55 pm - 3:00 pm Data: The Next Frontier
Alan Koch - Senior Lead: Data Analysis Curriculum ASPE Inc.
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. 


Alan Koch

Senior Lead: Data Analysis Curriculum

3:05 pm - 3:35 pm Business Meetings

3:35 pm - 4:05 pm Business Meetings

4:05 pm - 4:35 pm Business Meetings

4:35 pm - 4:50 pm Networking Break

Evening Keynote

4:50 pm - 5:20 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.


Joe Caserta

President and Founder

Fireside Chat

In a highly-entrepreneurial academic medical center environment, centralized and top-down control is rarely a viable way to launch a program of work broad enough to encompass novel research as well as its deployment among hospital and clinic patients.  At Duke Health, the premier care provider in central North Carolina, Duke University data scientists have successfully collaborated with clinicians and IT staff to model opportunities for patient health improvement and see these models deployed in hospitals and clinics.  Drs Huang and Blackwelder will outline the people- and technology-based processes behind the successful collaborations, and share fascinating examples of machine learning and AI applied to real-world healthcare problems.

Stephen Blackwelder

Chief Analytics Officer
Duke University Health System


Erich Huang

Co Director, Duke Forge; Assistant Dean for Biomedical Informatics; Director of Data Science & Innovation
Duke University Health System

6:00 pm - 6:40 pm Focus Session: Practitioner Roundtable Discussions

Earlier in the Exchange, we collected your insights and challenges in the shared services 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.  

6:40 pm - 7:10 pm Networking Cocktail Reception