Conference Tracks

Data4Decisions’ conference tracks are designed to address business leaders’ most pressing challenges, encouraging cross-industry collaboration and sharing of best practices and strategies. The tracks bring together C-level decision makers, pioneering data professionals, government leaders and other industry experts to present interactive panel discussions and case studies citing specific examples from the industries that are leading the Big Data movement.

Please visit our Sessions page for a full list of sessions and descriptions.

  • Make Better Decisions
    • Learn the proven techniques and best practices your peers are using to extract the most out of their data and confidently guide their organizations’ strategic decisions.
    • Sample sessions:
      • Data for Better Talent Acquisition & Retention, Craig Stone, HireNetworks
      • Communication in Data Science: Translating Data into Strategic Insight, Melissa Nysewander, Fidelity Investments
  • Gain Customer Insights 
    • Find out how customer-centric organizations are uncovering crucial insights hidden in their data to predict consumer behavior and gain a powerful advantage in the marketplace.
    • Sample sessions:
      • Deep Learning, the Open Source Way, Michael Alcorn, Red Hat
      • Why Behind the Buy: Using Attitudinal Insights to Drive Growth, Colleen Sharp, The Futures Company
  • Improve Operations 
    • Reduce costs, increase efficiencies and boost productivity with analytics-driven strategies for streamlining your operations, optimizing your workforce and effectively managing your systems.
    • Sample sessions:
      • Using school data to make a meaningful impact, Brian Bedrick, Interactive Data Partners
      • Data Odyssey: A Federal Agency’s Journey to Better Decisions, Leon Jablow, Sententia International
  • Detect Threats and Manage Risk 
    • From safeguarding customer data to detecting criminal activity, learn how data-centric protections and tools are being deployed to minimize risk.
    • Sample sessions:
      • At Risk? Impact of System Replacement on Legacy Data Retention, Jim Hammeer, Harmony Healthcare IT
      • Fraud and AML, David Stewart, SAS
  • Increase Profitability 
    • Discover how big data can radically improve your business insights, equipping you to boost profitability, manage expenses, improve customer loyalty and avoid costly missteps.
    • Sample sessions:
      • Navigating Wireless Big Data to Improve Efficiency and Reduce Cost, Kae Zulager, BPI
      • Smart Grid, Brad Klenz, SAS
  • Get the Big Picture 
    • See how data visualization can help you meet your overall business plan and goals, and determine what it takes to get you there.
    • Sample sessions:
      • Data Visualization and Virtualization in the Cloud, Ian Firman, Red Hat
      • Research-based Analytic Products for Government and Business, Craig Hill, RTI
  • Acquire the Best Talent 
    • Learn effective methods to recruit data-savvy talent and build a strong workforce that understands how to manage and deploy data—and also knows how to extract the business insights you need.
    • Sample sessions:
      • What Does a Data Scientist Look Like, Wayne Thompson, SAS
  • Use Data in Real Time 
    • You’ll stay on top of your market when you can react lightning-fast to recent developments and emerging trends—and this track’s focus on converting big data into real-time insights will help you do just that.
    • Sample sessions:
      • Data Drives the Ambulance – Setting EMS Protocol, Jeffrey Hammerstein, Wake County EMS (plus panel)
      • Real-time Video-IP Streaming Architectures for Predictive Decision Models, Myles Baker, CapTech Consulting
  • Select the Right Technology 
    • Glean insights from top technology experts to help you determine which platforms and tools are right for your business and can help you achieve your organization’s objectives.
    • Sample sessions:
      • Buried Alive! Massive Graph Analytics In 20 Lines Or Less, Jesse Shaw, LexisNexis Risk
      • Extracting Key Text from Unstructured Electronic Health Records, Gregory Massey, SAS
  • Creating a Data Driven Organization
    • Discover what you need to become a data driven organization.