The Analytic Executive
Quarterly Breakfast Series

Session 3: Digital Transformation

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
8:00 am - 11:00 am

This seminar series is an event designed specifically for data driven executives, or those hoping to drive their organizations to a high level of analytic competency across all functional areas of the business.

In this session of The Analytic Executive, our panelists will be discussing Digital Transformation. Spoken about by many, but defined by few, Digital Transformation can mean a variety of things to a very diverse audience. However, the unifying layer is that Digital Transformation will involve organizations using of a lot of data to drive strategic decisions more intelligently and quickly than ever before. It will also require the board and governing members to pony up and help to architect an action plan, timelines and funding structure required to help drive this organizational change.


Jill Dyché
VP SAS Best Practices, SAS

Steve Holder
Strategy Executive, Analytic Ecosystems, SAS Canada

Baiju Devani
VP Enterprise Analytics, Aviva

John Levy
Chairman and CEO, theScore, Inc.

Stephen Gardiner
Managing Director, Accenture Digital


8:00 am  Registration and Breakfast
8:30 am
8:35 am
Discussing Digital Transformation (click for abstract)
Jill Dyche, VP Best Practices, SAS
9:25 am
Panel Discussion: Digital Transformation in Practice (click for abstract)
Moderated by: Steve Holder, Strategy Lead, Analytic Ecosystems, SAS Canada
Baiju Devani, VP Enterprise Analytics, Aviva
Jill Dyché, VP SAS Best Practices, SAS
John Levy, Chairman & CEO, TheScore
Stephen Gardiner, Managing Director, Accenture Digtial
10:15 am
Closing Remarks
10:20 am
Opportunity to Network with Speakers
11:00 am

Aviva’s Digital Garage
First Canadian Place
(100 King St. W.)
49th Floor

A Cool, Related Project

SAS is a proud partner of the upcoming DisasterTech Hackathon. OneEleven, North America’s largest scaleup innovation hub, and Aviva Canada will host the DisasterTech Hackathon, a 48-hour event that brings together experts from various industries to achieve one goal – to create innovative, technology-based solutions to mitigate the impact of natural disasters on urban communities. The DisasterTech Hackathon takes place from October 13-15 at OneEleven (325 Front St. West in Toronto).

Learn more about the Hackathon and how you can participate.

Additional Resources


How to Lead Digital Transformation:
There it is, staring us in the face: the answer that will forever transform banking as we know it and propel the industry into the digital age.
As a leader of the bank, you now have two options: ...

An Non-Geek’s Guide to the Internet of Things:
This A-to-Z guide includes 101 common terms related to the internet of things. It’s not an exhaustive list, given that IoT is evolving so quickly, but rather a quick go-to resource for the technically savvy data professional who wants to get a handle on this vast IoT ecosystem. This guide for the “non-geek” does include some technical terms, but they are explained sans technical “geek speak.” We also provide context to how a term may be connected to a larger discussion by grouping terms by category.

Innovation Driven by Strategy:
From curing diseases to studying the sun, innovative uses of analytics are changing the world. Download this e-book to see where tomorrow’s technologies are happening today. You’ll find out how analytics technologies are being used for cybersecurity, machine learning, the Internet of Things and more. If you’re looking for inspiration, see where this e-book takes you.

Analytics as a Source of Business Innovation:
Competitive advantage from analytics is changing, and for the better. For the first time in four years, MIT Sloan Management Review found an increasing ability to strategically innovate with analytics based on interviews with more than 2,600 practitioners and scholars globally.

Learn more about key findings, including:

  • Wider use of analytics, better knowledge of its benefits and greater focus on applications have reversed a trend on the benefits of analytics.
  • Return on investment for analytics stems from the governing and sharing of data throughout the organization.
  • Machine learning enables organizations to discover more insight from their data, allowing employees to focus on other critical responsibilities.

An Overview of SAS Viya:
SAS Viya is an open, cloud-ready, in-memory architecture that delivers everything you need for fast, accurate analytical results – all of the time. With its fluid, scalable and fault-tolerant processing environment, this resilient architecture addresses the complex analytical chal¬lenges of today with the ability to effortlessly scale into the future. SAS Viya provides:

  • A modern, cloud-ready analytics architecture from the analytics market leader.
  • A single, open and governed analytics environment with a standardized code base that can incorporate both SAS and other programming languages.
  • A uniquely comprehensive and scalable platform for both public and private cloud implementations.

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