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Speed dating, I mean mentoring, at SAS Executive Conference

Shannon Heath, SAS

Shannon Heath, SAS

Just as you may be feeling on a first date, does big data have you paralyzed? Are you stumped by coming up with the right thing to say or all this talk of data visualization? Is your dating or data running amok? Get it all under control at the SAS Global Forum Executive Conference with a speed mentoring session sponsored by SAS and Teradata.

In your 15-minute one-on-one session, your mentor will provide practical and proven insights on big data strategies, data visualization, business-IT alignment, master data management, data governance and more. You’ll walk away with critical tools and information to spark discussion back at your organization. And who knows, maybe on your next date.

“Organizations without a deliberate, systemic approach to governing and managing their data are floundering. Data governance, which we define as the organizing framework and business-driven decision rights for data, links business and data strategies and creates an active, sustainable mechanism for managing data across its lifecycle. In these mentoring sessions, we will help you learn how to be deliberate in your data governance design and execution to be successful,” said mentor Kimberly Nevala, Director of Thought Leadership Delivery with SAS Best Practices.

In addition to data governance strategies, big data is sure to be a hot topic at the sessions. “With so much hype out there about big data, people are looking for some advice on what they should do. The mentoring sessions will be a terrific chance to interact with people who want to cut through the hype and develop some tangible action steps. I look forward to the discussions!” said mentor Bill Franks, Teradata Chief Analytics Officer.

Mentor Paul Bachteal, Senior Director, Americas Technology Practice, agrees. “While there are clearly technology hurdles associated with Big Data, we find that many organizations are struggling to gain alignment among their business and IT staff in order to meet their rapidly increasing analytical requirements. The mentoring sessions will provide a forum to discuss proven ways to establish common priorities and achieve joint success,” said Bachteal.

In sessions centered on Master Data Management (MDM), mentors will meet you wherever you are in your MDM journey and help to propel you forward. Whether you are just beginning and need to identify your MDM function or you have already begun an MDM journey that needs some direction, these sessions are designed to help you wrap your head around MDM within your organization today and look at where you are headed for the future.

“There is no ‘cookie cutter’ approach to implementing MDM and there is a simple reason for that – no two data environments are the same. Understanding your current data environment and what is needed from the data are critical to designing a valuable MDM program. These sessions will help folks tackle these and other MDM issues,” said mentor Anne Buff, Thought Leader with SAS Best Practices.

Use the registration form to book a session (and don’t worry, you don’t need a profile to register). We’ll match you with the mentor whose expertise most closely aligns with your interest. Mentoring session priority will be given to pre-registered attendees.

Mentoring Hours
15-minute power sessions are available during Executive Conference networking events:
Monday, April 29, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 30, noon – 2:00 p.m.
Alternate times may be scheduled, pending mentor availability.

Mentors – Who’s who

Anne Buff is a team builder and thought leader with SAS Best Practices, a group of skilled experts who combine industry-leading research with experiential knowledge across 15 business and technology domains. She specializes in facilitating discussions and workshops on master data management, data integration and team building. With 15 years of experience in technical training and education, she works to create an engaging ‒ and fun ‒ experience to bring companies to that “a-ha!” moment. She works closely with SAS Development teams, studying the technical applications of SAS software products. Her recent focus is analytics in the cloud.

Kimberly Nevala, aka the “Governance Guru” of the SAS Best Practices team, is responsible for industry education, key client strategies and market analysis in the areas of business intelligence and analytics, data governance, and master data management. She has more than 15 years of experience advising clients on the development and implementation of strategic customer and information management programs, as well as managing mission-critical projects. She specializes in developing business and IT strategies, organizational alignment, program planning, design, and governance. She is the co-author of The Data Governance eBook: Maps, Mechanics and Morals, as well as Planning Your BI Program: A Portfolio Management Approach and 10 Mistakes to Avoid When Launching a Data Governance Program.

Bill Franks
is Chief Analytics Officer for Teradata’s global alliance programs, providing insight on trends in analytics and helping clients understand how Teradata and its analytic partners can support their efforts. He also oversees the Business Analytics Innovation Center, a venture jointly sponsored by Teradata and SAS that focuses on helping clients pursue innovative analytics. His book Taming the Big Data Tidal Wave is making a huge splash.

Paul Bachteal is Senior Business Director of the Americas Technology Practice at SAS, where he supports customer engagements across a broad spectrum of product segments, including information management, high-performance analytics, business visualization and performance management. The development and delivery of best practices to align business and IT staff has been his recent focus, particularly as in-memory solutions are sought by customers to meet their rapidly increasing data and analytical challenges.

In addition to your one-on-one mentoring session at SAS Global Forum, you can also learn more about how SAS and Teradata’s integrated solutions solve complex problems and offer competitive advantage. Be sure to:


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