Session 3: The Open Source Debate

A Geek’s Guide to Open Source and the Hadoop Ecosystem
Tamara Dull
Thought Leader, SAS Best Practices

Optimized. Efficient. Agile. Reliable. Stable. Structured. Everything that is important to a data warehouse professional is everything the world of big data seems to elude. Why does travelling through the world of big data still seem like a daunting journey through unchartered territory?

This session will provide you - the weary, travelling technical intellectual - with a guide to the unstructured, unfamiliar, and ever-changing world of big data, Hadoop, and open source software. We will look at the components and tools in the open source Hadoop ecosystem that are needed for storing, managing, and acting on data of all shapes, sizes and types. We will also explore the plusses and minuses of integrating open source software in your traditional, proprietary environment.

No need to take notes. All attendees will receive a digital copy of “A Geek’s Big Data Guidebook: Open Source and the Hadoop Ecosystem,” a handy resource guide written by Tamara Dull.


Session 4: Analytics in the Boardroom

Elevating and Understanding the Value of Analytics
Anne Buff
Thought Leader, SAS Best Practices

There is no argument in the boardroom or throughout the organization that data is a valuable asset, but despite the ardent agreement in value, business and IT leaders alike have distinct differences of opinion on how data should be managed and used. In this session, we will look at the heart of the data strategy arguments, share why the different mindsets exist and provide methods to develop an enterprise approach that allows for optimized, efficient data management and maximizes business value generation opportunities.

It is important to understand what elements of data strategy are best under the innovative wing of the business and which portions need the careful administration and oversight of IT. Putting the right pieces of your data strategy in the right hands will help your organization ensure data is used to advance the business and generate new revenue streams using the most cost-effective advanced technology capabilities in an environment where security and risk management are of utmost priority.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Differing views and approaches to data strategy
  • Business-based data strategy components.
  • IT-based strategy components.
  • How to bring business and IT components together in an enterprise strategy.
  • How to advance and protect the business through data strategy.


Date & Time:
Session 1: Completed
April 7, 2016.
Session 2: June 9, 2016 8:00AM – 10:30AM
Session 3: August, 2016 8:00AM – 10:00AM
Session 4: October, 2016 8:00AM – 10:00AM

Location: The St. Andrew’s Club
150 King St. W., 27th Floor - Toronto
Cost: Complimentary
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