SAS Global Forum Executive Conference - Seattle - April 2010

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IT Management Session

IT Management Session (to be held April 13 in conjunction with SAS® Global Forum)

More than ever, business and IT are seeking common ground. At their core, both must focus on the requirements for running the business and driving business growth.

Now another intersection is surfacing. There is a clear need for both business and IT to apply more analytics to facilitate day-to-day operations and decision making. Are your employees speaking the common language of analytics?

Join us for a special session on Tuesday, April 13, to learn more about the many ways that analytics enhances IT. You won’t want to miss featured guests Thornton May, renowned author and IT futurist, and Bob Melk, publisher of CIO magazine. Network with your peers and hear firsthand experiences from seasoned IT professionals about the differences analytics can make.

Key takeaways

  • Understand 2010 IT trends and key research findings from CIO magazine.
  • Recognize the role IT plays in the “Analytics Age,” according to Thornton May.
  • Hear real-world best practices from those currently using analytics in IT.


All presentations take place on Tuesday, April 13, at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center, located at 800 Convention Place in Seattle.

9:00 - 9:50 a.m. – Survey Says: The State of IT
Bob Melk, CXO Media

Location: Room 609

Bob Melk will discuss “the state of IT,” delving into how you can benchmark your organization against cumulative IT trends. Learn about the top concerns of IT executives and how they plan to tackle those issues in 2010. You will also have the opportunity to weigh in on those topics, as well as seek advice from peers and industry experts during the audience participation segment.

10:00 - 10:50 a.m. – The New Know: Innovation Powered by Analytics
Thornton May, Author and IT Futurist

Location: Room 609

You won’t want to miss renowned author, futurist and IT communicator Thornton May exploring the topics covered in his latest book, The New Know: Innovation Powered by Analytics. Hold on to your seats as the erudite and effervescent May takes the audience on a ride that illuminates several key premises of his most recent work, including:

  • Shining a light on the oft-overlooked professionals at the heart of business analytics.
  • Describing how the rapid rise in data, the brisk expansion of tools and maturation of information management processes are changing various markets.
  • Illustrating the role IT plays in the Analytics Age.

11:00 a.m. – Noon – Roundtable: Using Analytics as Your Guide to Best IT Practices

Location: Room 609

When you’re investigating ways to incorporate analytics into your IT practice, there’s no substitute for real-world stories from IT departments that have implemented analytics-driven technologies.

This information-packed roundtable discussion pairs SAS experts with customers who have hands-on experience.

  • Hear how Thomson Reuters transitioned from intuition-based guesstimates to more accurate, fact-based capacity planning and resource utilization.
  • Learn how Discover Financial maximized availability and timeliness for superior decision support.
  • Find out how Catalina Marketing used analytics to build an IT infrastructure capable of handling massive data volumes, streamlining the model building process and delivering targeted messages with unparalleled precision.