Data geeks unite! We’re extremely excited to attend the upcoming Strata Data Conference, September 26 – 28 in New York City. For those of you not familiar with the conference, it’s basically the place to be if you work in a data-driven business. No other conference unites leaders, innovators, strategists, developers and technologists from across the business world to discuss the intersection of business and “cutting-edge” data science.  

We’ve been looking over the conference schedule (salivating actually), and here are our top picks for hottest sessions at Strata Data Conference to attend:

1. Executive Briefing: From data insights to action—Developing a data-driven company culture

  • Ashish Verma (Deloitte)
  • 2:05pm–2:45pm Wednesday, September 27, 2017
  • Location: 1E 12/13

Deloitte GM Ashish Verma will be discussing the challenges organizations face after investing in hardware and software to power their analytics projects and the missteps that lead to inadequate data practices. Ashish will explain how to course-correct and implement an insight-driven organization (IDO) framework that enables you to derive tangible value from your data faster.

2. How an Italian company rules the world of insurance: Facing the technological challenges of turning data into value

OMG THIS LOOKS SO COOL! Sorry…we’re just geeking out over here.

AHEM….As we’ve written about previously, there’s been an explosion of connected cars entering the marketplace, leading to a relatively new industry called insurance telematics. The introduction of black boxes that track how, when, and where drivers go, as well as how fast they go and how hard they break, has completely changed the world of insurance. And with more than 4.5 million black boxes, Italian car insurance has the most Telematics clients in the world. We’re excited to check out Riccardo Corbella and Beniamino Del Pizzo’s talk exploring the data management challenges that occur in a streaming context when the amount of data to process is gigantic, and the models that will help overcome those obstacles.

3. An authenticated journey through big data security at Walmart

  • Matt Bolte (Walmart), Toni LeTempt (Walmart)
  • 1:15pm–1:55pm Wednesday, September 27, 2017
  • Location: 1E 14
  • Level: Beginner

Security in retail used to mean having someone on-hand to deal with shoplifters and a closed camera system to collect evidence. However, as recent events have shown, today’s retailers need to be as wary of data breaches and hackers as they do of shoplifters, probably even more. Security is one of the most important components for big data systems, but unfortunately, it’s usually the area least planned and architected. Matt Bolte and Toni LeTempt share Walmart’s authentication journey, focusing on how decisions made early can have a significant impact throughout the maturation of your big data environment.

4. Building advanced analytics and deep learning on Apache Spark with BigDL

Another great topic for our data scientists and software engineers to geek out on. Yuhao Yang and Zhichao Li from GigaSpaces’ partner Intel discuss building end-to-end analytics and deep learning applications, such as speech recognition and object detection, on top of BigDL and Spark and explore recent developments in BigDL, including Python APIs, notebook and TensorBoard support, TensorFlow model R/W support, better recurrent and recursive net support, and 3D image convolutions.

Strata Data Conference 2017

5. How American Express mastered digital transformation

  • Atul Dalmia (American Express)
  • 11:20am–12:00pm Wednesday, September 27, 2017
  • Location: 1A 18
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Secondary topics:  Financial services

Digital transformation is a hot topic these days, especially for companies in industries who have been slow to adopt new technologies and the new business models offered by them. And while it’s clear that big data lies at the heart of digital transformation, it’s not always clear how to start. Amazingly, it took American Express five years to undergo a digital transformation. The company faced multiple challenges that many global corporations face: decentralized legacy data stores, lack of throughput for processing data, and not nearly enough capacity for deploying AI and machine learning systems.Amex Vice President of Global Information management Atul Dalmia will share his experiences leading the credit card company through the development of the company’s big data platform ecosystem that today includes real-time decisions on credit, marketing, and servicing experiences, personalized marketing offers, and recommendations based on a 360 view of the customer, business, and merchant, improved cross-channel marketing, and lower fraud disruptions based on known travel patterns of the customer.

6. Apache Spark in the hands of data scientists

If you’ve ever wanted to know how online personal shopper software works, now’s your chance! Spoiler alert: It’s not about someone dictating fashion trends to you; it’s about data! Software engineer Neelesh Srinivas Salian of Stitch Fix offers an overview of the data platform used by data scientists at Stitch Fix, based on the Spark ecosystem. Neelesh explains the development process and shares some lessons learned along the way.

7. Building the IoT data lifecycle

  • Han Yang (Cisco Systems)
  • 11:20am–12:00pm Wednesday, September 27, 2017
  • Sponsored
  • Location: 1E 17

Han Yan, Technical Marketing Manager and Product Manager at Cisco Systems, explores the role IoT can—and should—play in transforming business. Yan will discuss how businesses can re-engineer themselves from a “holistic lifecycle perspective” in terms of generating, analyzing and archiving data.

8. Ignite Strata

  • 6:30pm–8:00pm Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Want to go to a great event where you’ll be educated, entertained and inspired all at once? Then you should definitely check out Ignite Strata. If you’ve never been to an Ignite event, you’re missing out. Think of it as a fast-paced TED event. Basically, speakers have five minutes (only) to give a talk to a specific theme. Their slides advance automatically, and once time’s up, the presentation’s done—whether the speaker is or not (most speakers manage to finish on time). This year’s theme at Strata is the wonder and mysteries of big data and pervasive computing. Oh, and it’s a great networking opportunity, too!

Will we see you at the conference? Find us in booth #809 to chat about these topics and more. Plus, we’ll be demoing our InsightEdge Platform so you can see in real-time what real-time analytics can do.

If you want to set a meeting with us, you can do it here.

8 Sessions to Watch Out For at Strata Data Conference 2017
Dana Meschiany on LinkedinDana Meschiany on Twitter
Dana Meschiany
Marcom Manager @ GigaSpaces
Dana is a content wizard, a lover of words and a tech geek at heart. When she's not planning events or tweetin' about them, you can find her playing fetch with her dog Dexter or catching up on the latest Netflix series.