Information Technology Peer Group Meeting 

Big Data Analytics: How to Make Value of Big Data 
July 26, 2017 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM 
How can your organization leverage analytics technologies to drive Big Data analysis and provide the insights your business needs? 

A recent Forbes article proclaimed that in 2017 "for the first time, it [big data analytics] will drive business operations, rather than simply reflecting performance." Big Data is becoming synonymous with business intelligence and analytics at most organizations. However, few organizations have truly been able to realize the power of Big Data. While millions have been devoted to the analysis of large data sets in search of meaningful and business critical insights, few organizations are truly realizing the full potential of Big Data. Most of the largest tech companies have invested heavily in deciphering these large data sets with Deep Learning and other forms of AI tools. These investments will soon lead to new tools and technologies that would make Big Data analysis both accessible and useful to the enterprise community. Understanding how best to utilizer these emerging technologies and how best to incorporate them within the organization will be critical.

The July meeting of the UWEBC IT Peer Group will be devoted to the discussion of how best to leverage analytics technologies to drive Big Data analysis and provide the insights the business needs. The emphasis of this meeting is on how best to develop a technology strategy that can adapt to the changing world of insights and discuss how best to incorporate some of these emerging technologies, solutions and strategies.

Webcast Available: If you can't make it to the event in-person (or if in-person registration has reached capacity), you can still register to attend from your computer. This option allows you to view the presentations, while attending in person provides you with the opportunity to participate in break-out discussions, ask questions or take advantage of networking opportunities. To attend the webcast, click the "Register for webcast" button on this meeting's homepage. You will receive a confirmation email with the link to the webcast a week before the meeting. 

Agenda Items:
9:00 AM Continental Breakfast and Networking (not webcast)
9:30 AM Introductions and Welcome (webcast available)
9:40 AM Big Data: Opportunities and Strategies (webcast available)
  Cavinda Caldera, UWEBC
10:00 AM Defining the Business Value of Big Data (webcast available)
  Brian Baillod, Cloudera
11:00 AM Break (not webcast)
11:15 AM Breakout Session I (not webcast)
12:00 PM Lunch (not webcast)
1:00 PM Building Big Data Solutions on Azure (webcast available)
  Dan Hoffmann and Pat Frigo, Skyline Technologies
1:45 PM Breakout Session II (not webcast)
2:30 PM Reconvene and Debrief (not webcast)
2:45 PM Big Data and Artificial Intelligence SIG Discussion (not webcast)
3:00 PM Adjourn (not webcast)
Gordon Dining and Event Center, Second Floor 
Jen Anderson, 608-890-1406, 

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