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Analytics and Big Data – Day One Highlights #Bigdataws

The Analytics and Big Data Congress – Day One!

What an amazing first day we had at the 5th Analytics & Big Data Congress! We are delighted to be hosting such an interactive audience and excellent speakers.

  • Philips and Kacy Harding opened the conference and discussed their strategy to engage with customers and reaching out to their audience through a variety of channels and even mobile applications.
  • Thierry Bedos delivered an exhaustive list of advice from on balancing your data innovation, platform building, operationalising your solution, communicating the new capabilities and delivering new use cases!
  • Ed Child from Asda spoke about the three components of success: data, tools, experts as key to translate data into action.
  • Robert Easton from Google presented on innovative uses of Big Data and showcased how it is in the benefit of the individual to give access to his/her data .

We closed the discussions elaborating on data protection, the feasibility of The Right To Be Forgotten in the era of Big Data with experts from the Information Commissioner’s Office, the European Data Protection supervisor and Kemp Little.



Don’t Miss…

What to expect on Day Two:

  • From M2M to the Internet of Things (IoT) and the central role of data
  • Gaining Value and trust in the Internet of Things and Big Data
  • Excelling in talent management: Investing in your most valuable asset, your employees, and bringing in cultural change
  • Data analytics for smart energy
  • Focus on the analytics to succeed with big data & data mining
  • Data analytics for the automotive sector
  • Investing in visualisation tools that simplify data analytics to improve its absorption from decision making functions
  • Boosting the organisation’s innovation by integrating its decision making with data analytics generated insights on customer needs
  • Acknowledging the rise of the digital marketeer and his role to drive engagement and minimise retention rates
  • Making big data a first class citizen of the enterprise

Click here to view the AGENDA.

Your Analytics and Big Data Expert Speakers Includes…

  • Thierry Bedos, CTO,
  • Pascal Moyon, Chief Digital Officer,
  • Robert Easton, Head of Google Cloud Platform UK&I, Google
  • Ed Child, Head of Customer Data & Marketing Effectiveness, Asda
  • Kacy Harding, Director of CDJ Decision Enablement, Philips
  • Simon Pack, Section Head Statistics & Data Management, Europe, P&G
  • Dr. Susan Wegner, Vcicer President Internet & Services, T-Labs, Deutsche Telekom
  • Gael Decoudu, Director, Global Analytics Decision Science, Vistaprint
  • Kiran Pande, Former Head of DW BI & CRM, Ladbrokes
  • Hermione Vaury, Head of Web Analytics, Air France
  • Jonas Vang, Global Director fir Search & User Experience,
  • Dan Senter, Reporting Centre of Excellence Manager, National Grid
  • Arturo Dell, Head of Business Intelligence, London Borough of Camden
  • Regis Hourdouillie, Smart Grid Director, Global Utility Team, Ericsson
  • Pierter Den Hamer, Big Data & Analytics Leader, Alliander
  • Surya Mukherjee, Senior Analyst, IT- Information Management, Ovum
  • Simon Griffiths, Business Intelligence Manager, BBC
  • Dr. Michael Weichert, Central Analytics Business Intelligence, Vodafone
  • Richard Sefl, Senior Lecturer in Analytics & Governance, University of Derby
  • Pietro Boggia, Principal – Automotive & Transportation, Frost & Sullivan
  • Zsuzsanna Belenyessy, Legal Officer, EDPS (European Data Protection Supervisor)
  • Carl Wiper, Senior Policy Officer (Policy Delivery), Information Commissioner’s Office
  • Nicola Fulford, Data Protection and Privacy Partner, Kemp Little LLP
  • Saverio Romeo, Principal Analyst, Beecham Research

Click here to view the FULL SPEAKER LINE-UP.

We look forward to welcoming those attending Day Two!

The Analytics and Big Data Team.

Mobile, cloud, big data platform helping to contain Ebola outbreak #bigdata

Source: Business Cloud News. October 27, 2014

IBM, working in conjunction with a number of organisations, is using a combination of mobile, cloud and analytics platforms to help Sierra Leone and Nigeria’s public health authorities contain Ebola outbreaks and help coordinate disaster relief efforts in the region.

The partners, which include Sierra Leone’s Open Government Initiative, Cambridge University’s Africa’s Voices project, Airtel and Kenya’s Echo Mobile, are deploying a platform that enables citizens to report Ebola-related issues via SMS.

Those messages are collected along with location-based data and fed into an IBM Connections-based platform that provides insight to governments about the disease’s spread, helping public health authorities identify correlations in the data and emerging outbreaks as they happen in real time.

The platform aims to help emergency workers coordinate and allocate medical resources to areas in need of Ebola-related relief.

“We saw the need to quickly develop a system to enable communities directly affected by Ebola to provide valuable insight about how to fight it,” said Dr. Uyi Stewart, chief scientist, IBM Research – Africa. Using mobile technology, we have given them a voice and a channel to communicate their experiences directly to the government.”

IBM developed the cloud and analytics platform underpinning the service along with Sierra Leone’s Open Government Initiative. Local telco Airtel has set up the toll-free number via which citizens can send SMS messages, while Kenyan start-up Echo Mobile anonymises the SMS data.

Cambridge University’s Africa’s Voices project helped incorporate questions sent via SMS into public service announcements to elicit feedback from citizens in both English and Krio.

According to IBM the organisations are working to extend the platform’s capabilities by incorporating phone signal data to track footfall, enabling scientists to map and accurately predict the disease’s spread.

IBM said it’s already opened up the IBM Connections platform to Nigeria’s Lagos State Government, which hosts an Ebola Operations Centre that coordinates disease containment efforts on behalf of the Nigerian government and other organisations.

The goal, IBM said, is to create a cloud-based Ebola Open Data Repository which will provide governments, aid agencies and researchers with free and open access to valuable data related to the Ebola outbreak.

This isn’t the first time IBM has coordinated technology deployments in a bid to support disaster relief initiatives. The company granted access to its SmartCloud platform to support both post-Haiti and Chile quake efforts in 2010.

People pose the greatest risk for network security – what can companies do?

Guest post from Rick Delgado.

Rick DelgadoWhile people can be the greatest asset, at times improving the bottom line for any organization, people also pose the greatest risk for network security. Employees can open enterprises up to data breaches in many ways whether it’s through ignorance, malicious intent, or pure carelessness.

What is a Data Breach?

A data breach is the unauthorized or illegal viewing, access, or retrieval of data by an individual, application, or service. It’s designed to steal and/or publish data to an unsecured location, also known as a data spill or data leak. Recent examples of data breaches of high impact are the breaches of Home Depot and Target. Home Depot’s breach affected about 56 million credit and debit cards, and Target impacted nearly 40 million cards. 43 percent of companies experienced a data breach in the past year, which is an increase of ten percent compared to the year before that.

Employee Negligence

According to one study, 80 percent of data breaches happen because of employee negligence. The root cause of the breach can be traced to someone giving out their password, a misplaced USB, spear phishing scams, or even a door left open to the company network center. Nearly 30 percent of companies who experienced a breach did not have a response plan or a team in place. Part of the issue with creating effective breach plans is the lack of employee confidence in their organization’s ability to take precautions. Only about 30 percent of people surveyed about their organization’s plans felt those plans were effective or very effective.

Limiting Access to Personal Data

Not limiting access to personal data comes with its consequences. About 70 percent of people in a recent poll reported they or one of their friends were spammed on a social networking site like Facebook. 46 percent were victims of phishing attacks and another 45 percent received malware.

Employees who share too much information on their social profiles put themselves and the enterprise at risk for data theft. Cybercriminals can steal company information through profiles and posts with attacks based on interests and likes. The security threats, also known as social engineering, are difficult to recognize and affect sites like Twitter and Google+. Attacks like “clickjacking” or “likejacking” trick web users into sharing confidential information, or they can take control of their computer when users access a certain link. Scammers will attract the curiosity of users with ambiguous entertaining headlines, getting users to share it with their friends and making it viral across the web.

Reducing the Risk Internally

Companies can reduce the risk to network security through training and establishing security plans. Although not every employee will express full confidence in their data breach response plan, it’s important to create one so the company has a platform to act on in case of an attack.

The first step in creating an effective plan is preparing only for incidents of concern to your business. It’s impossible to plan for everything and there’s no reason anyone should. The next step is to practice planned responses. A plan is worthless if it isn’t put into action. After creating an effective plan and practicing planned responses, it’s important for the company to think about responding in “minutes” and not “hours.” Companies need to move quickly to determine the cause and impact of the attack on their network security. The last two steps to a successful data breach response plan is to not over-communicate and to focus on restoring service before doing the forensics. Sharing too much information will put employees and shareholders into panic mode while creating a media mess. Restoring service should come first because the needs of customers need to meet, otherwise margins will drop drastically.

Proper training of employees can help a company keep everyone as informed as possible, in turn boosting network security. Knowledge is power, so executives will need to decide how much information employees should have and what types of information they’re allowed to share on their networking profiles. Keeping close tabs on company data may seem time consuming and tedious, but it’s not worth the risk of losing mission-critical information, tax records, and whatever else cyber criminals may be after.

About Rick Delgado: I’ve been blessed to have a successful career and have recently taken a step back to pursue my passion of freelance writing. I love to write about new technologies and keeping ourselves secure in a changing digital landscape. I occasionally write articles for several companies, including Dell. Twitter: @ricknotdelgado

Analytics and Big Data

The Analytics and Big Data Congress 2014 Brochure is now available! #Bigdataws

We are delighted to announce that the Analytics and Big Data Congress brochure is now available for you to download today!

With 100+ attendees already registered and an impressive speaker line-up, we are excited for this year’s congress taking place in London between 2-3 December and hope you can join us!

The 5th Analytics & Big Data Congress will bring together experts from technical and business functions to discuss their challenges, needs, misconceptions and ultimately find common ground to collaborate and ensure they can make the most of their data.

Join this 2 day event to learn about best practices applied by your peers, ask for expert advice, explore state of the art tools and discuss successful methodologies!

Visit the event website for more information!


Interview with Analytics and Big Data Speaker, Carl Wiper from the Information Commissioner’s Office #bigdataws

2013_Feb_Carl_WiperIn the build up to the Analytics and Big Data Congress taking place in London between 2-3 December, we caught up with Speaker Carl Wiper from the Information Commissioner’s Office. Read on for his view on the World of Analytics and Big Data!

a) What does your role at the ICO involve?

I work in the Policy Delivery department of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). This involves researching new developments, such as the growth of big data and open data, and working out the implications in terms of data protection and freedom of information. We then produce guidance documents to help practitioners to comply with the Data Protection Act and the Freedom of Information Act.

b) What do you foresee as being the growing challenge you will face in your role over the coming 3 years, and how are you preparing to face this?

Developments in technology, including the growing capability of big data analytics and the Internet of Things, mean that personal data is being collected and used in new ways that may not be apparent to the people concerned. The challenge for us is to understand how the data…

To download the full free interview, please visit:

Join Carl Wiper along with senior analytics and big data experts from; Asda, BBCNational Grid, Vodafone, Walt Disney Company… and many more! at the Analytics and Big Data Congress taking place in London this December 2014!

Click here to register for a free enterprise pass!

Capgemini opens SMAC innovation lab in Melbourne #cloudasia

Outsourcing and systems integration firm Capgemini has opened a digital innovation lab in Melbourne, Australia focused on developing innovations in and helping clients implement social, mobile, analytics and cloud (SMAC) technologies. The move comes as IBM and SAP bolster operations in what seems to be emerging as a key tech hub in the region.

Capgemini, which already has a strong presence in Australia with over 2,000 employees, said the multi-million dollar SMAC lab will be co-located with its new Global Delivery Centre, and will innovate around, and offer offer support to existing and potential customers implementing, social media, mobile, analytics and cloud computing technologies in their businesses.

“Melbourne has one of the largest research and development clusters in the southern hemisphere and spends more than any other Australian city,” said Deepak Nangia, chief executive officer for Capgemini Australia and New Zealand.

“Simply put, Melbourne is a prime place for investment – it has the ICT skills, infrastructure and capabilities we needed to open our SMAC lab. Today’s announcement reinforces our ongoing commitment to the local ICT market and building tomorrow’s talent.”

The move comes as other enterprise IT incumbents look to make a splash in the booming Australian cloud services market.

SAP this week opened a new $60m Innovation Centre and a Mission Control Centre in Melbourne, which will focus on helping organisations move to cloud deployment models and provide service support to local businesses and customers.

IBM also bolstered its Australian operations as of late, announcing this week that the company is building out a SoftLayer datacentre in Melbourne, which is scheduled to go live next month and offer the full portfolio of SoftLayer cloud services to customers in Australia and New Zealand.

According to Gartner, Australia is looking set to become one of the highest growth markets for cloud services in the Asia Pacific region. The research and analysis firm predicts spending on cloud services will grow at 23.08 per cent annually to reach $5.2bn in 2016, up from $3.2bn last year.

Source: Buissness Cloud News


Introducing SMAC

Achieving Business & IT Agility through Advanced SMAC Technologies: Social Media, Mobility, Analytics & Cloud

This year’s opening plenary and 3 dedicated streams in Enterprise ensure the opportunities and challenges surrounding the 3rd Platform’ Technologies: Social, Mobility, Analytics and Cloud are comprehensively covered!

Achieving true enterprise mobility is about more than deploying cloud computing. Cloud is the powerful platform needed to achieve business and IT agility, however cross device enterprise application management, integration of communication and social media, as well as data analytics are the game changers for the successful enterprises, SMEs and Start-Ups of the future.

Recognising the unification of these ICT trends and opportunities, Cloud World Forum Asia combines new case studies from across the SMAC: Social Media, Mobility, Analytics and Cloud landscape in the APAC region.

Speaker Interview with Dan Senter, Reporting Centre of Excellence Manager, National Grid #bigdataws

dan senter picIn the build up to the Analytics and Big Data Congress taking place in London between 2-3 December, we caught up with Speaker Dan Senter from the National Grid. Read on for his view on the World of Analytics and Big Data!

Dan Senter is Reporting Centre of Excellence Manger for the Shared services division at National Grid, international electricity and gas company based in the UK and northeastern US.  Dan has worked in business intelligence, change management and business transformation for the last 12 years, with specialist training in statistical analysis, data management, lean six sigma and PRINCE 2 project management. Prior to National Grid Dan was Head of Business Intelligence for Balfour Beatty Services amongst other roles there in Operations and Business Improvement and previous to this worked in manufacturing as a Continuous Improvement Coach at Tata Steel and Senior Development Engineer at Outokumpu Stainless. He has an MBA from Nottingham Trent Business School and an MEng in Materials Engineering from Birmingham University.

What has your experience with data analytics been?

I first got into analytics through my involvement in Business Improvement initiatives where I was working in a business implementing Lean methodologies. One of the fundamental elements to Lean is to always manage by fact, which means decisions are made based upon data… As a consequence many of the projects I worked on both started and ended with understanding the data, analysing it and developing ways to empower the business to take better decisions based upon what the data was telling them. Since those very early days at the start of my career working in business improvement I have moved wholly into the space of Business Intelligence working with businesses to improve the way in which they transform their data into meaningful information and enable them to make better quality decisions.

Do you think it is important for organisations to invest in analytics? If yes, why?

In short yes… Many if not all organisations are looking for more ways to understand their customers, their markets, their competitors, their own performance and much more. To do this businesses need the right combination of tools, data and knowledge to complete this analysis. As the volumes of data and speed in which it is being created more work is needed to ensure we focus of the things than can generate most valuable insights.

Why is there a fuzz about agility in Business Intelligence?

BI tends to have a bad name… In many organisations BI has been something owned by IT and ‘done to’ the business using traditional waterfall processes where all requirements are captured upfront to then be subsequently delivered. The nature of BI is that you never really quite know exactly what you need or could have until you start to see some data or transformations of data. Therefore the traditional approaches have ended up with increased and the end products not really fit for purpose. Business intelligence needs to be within the business with IT to support with the tools and the BI team working close to the business in translating requirements to n small deliverable insights. Development should be done following a balance of iterative emergent discovery to help the business use information as soon as it becomes available and feedback to refine future outputs.

More about the event!

The 5th Ananalytics-bd-143x154alytics & Big Data Congress is your ultimate chance to meet and learn from end-user leading organisations. Consumer insights, marketing, analytics, data experts and more are coming together to provide an in-depth business value case for Analytics and Big Data.

An agenda led by practical examples, advice and real world evidence, with an emphasis on engaging content and interactive formats, delivered by experienced market leaders.

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