7:30 am to 8:00 amRegistration, Breakfast & Networking
8:00 am

Keynote Presentation: The New IT
Jill Dyché, Author, Advocate & Advisor Vice President, SAS Best Practices

The IT organization is changing, and fast. Systems are synonymous with smartphones, small companies are taking on big data, and every end user has a legacy system under his or her desk. As workers become more tech-savvy, the IT organization finds itself increasingly marginalized. How does a CIO lead an organization struggling to survive, let alone support change in the brave new world of business-enabled IT?

Noted consultant and author Jill Dyché discusses what, in her forthcoming book, she calls “The New IT.” She will describe new models for IT business engagement, the role of corporate culture in redefining IT, and analytics in the changing IT landscape.

Jill illustrates other shifting models for IT organizations by considering five levers—cultural alignment, organizational models, corporate strategy, portfolio management, and support structures—that can help CIOs reframe their organizations and establish a twenty-first century vision for IT, and in so doing, create value anew.
8:50 am

The New IT Asks: To Hadoop or Not to Hadoop?
Tamara Dull, Director of Emerging Technologies, SAS Best Practice
The current success rate for big data initiatives hovers around 25%. Is Hadoop, the poster child for big data technologies, somewhat responsible for this? Granted, some think that this 1-in-4 success rate is respectable given the newness of big data technologies. Others, however, are still a bit gun-shy about jumping onto the big data/Hadoop wagon – and numbers like these don’t help.

In this session, we’ll take a quick look at some of these current trends, and then jump right into answering some common Hadoop questions, such as:

  • What can Hadoop do that my enterprise data warehouse can’t?
  • We’re not doing “big” data, so why do we need Hadoop?
  • Is Hadoop really enterprise-ready?

Come prepared to participate in this brief, interactive session – and leave with a better understanding of how Hadoop can help your organization.

9:10 am

The New IT Asks: How Can Our Data Generate Value?
Anne Buff, Thought Leader, SAS Best Practices

In our rapidly developing digital economy, every company is in the business of data (regardless of how ready we are to admit it). As organizations have officially embraced big data initiatives, everyone gets that data is valuable. The question now is “how can our data generate value?” With advancements in technology to capture, store, manage, package and deliver data, opportunities for data monetization are abundant.

In this session, we will look at a variety of models for internal business value generation and external monetization and we will review the capabilities necessary to successfully create and sustain competitive advantage in the information business.

9:30 am

Data Executive Roundtable Discussion
Moderated by: Jill Dyché

Date & Time: April 15, 2015 – 7:30 am – 10:30 am

Location: St. Andrew’s Club & Conference Centre
150 King St. W., 27th Floor
Toronto, ON
Link to Directions & Parking

Cost: Complimentary

Questions? Contact Andrew.Bowden@sas.com