Jason Dorsey

Jason Dorsey
The Gen Y Guy® and Best-Selling Author
Chief Strategy Officer, The Center for Generational Kinetics

Jason Dorsey is The Gen Y Guy. He has been featured as a generational expert on 60 Minutes, 20/20, Today, The View, The Early Show and many more. What makes him different is his view that generations aren't simply boxes, but powerful clues.

An acclaimed speaker, Dorsey has received more than 1,000 standing ovations from audiences as large as 13,000. His secret: He doesn't use PowerPoint. Instead, he makes generations interesting, entertaining and actionable through personal stories and the latest data.

Dorsey wrote his first best-selling book at 18. His newest books are Y-Size Your Business and My Reality Check Bounced! He also produced the acclaimed training DVD Managing Across Generations.

When not on an airplane, Dorsey is at The Center for Generational Kinetics, where he is the Chief Strategy Officer. In this role, he reviews data from companies around the world. These insights help him identify emerging trends early so you can, too.

At 25, Dorsey won the Austin Under 40 Entrepreneur of the Year Award, becoming one of the youngest winners ever.

Watch Dorsey explain why Gen Y is not tech-savvy here: JasonDorsey.com.

Paul Barnes

Paul Barnes
Former Technology Manager of Innovation, Aera Energy LLC

Paul Barnes spent 35 years in the oil and gas industry in numerous engineering and leadership roles with Shell Oil Co. and its affiliate Aera Energy LLC. This included technical disciplines in production, reservoir, facility and chemical engineering. Barnes led efforts in waterflooding, CO2 recovery in West Texas and thermal recovery in California. Additionally, he has enjoyed leadership roles in operations, development, enterprise information architecture, business continuous improvement and innovation information technology.

Most recently, Barnes was Aera’s Technology Manager of Innovation. His teams worked on addressing big data and advanced analytical applications in the oil and gas business. He was recognized by Aera as a technical change agent and was keenly involved in moving Aera along  its analytic journey with big data. Since recently retiring from Aera, he stays engaged in the energy business through periodic consulting.

bryan harris

Bryan Harris
Director of R&D for Cyber Analytics

Bryan Harris has more than 19 years of technical and executive expertise in the development and deployment of advanced analytic solutions for the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community. He has pioneered the integration of stream processing technologies with large-scale analytic platforms to support the data volume and velocity required for sensor-driven intelligence analysis. Harris earned his BS in electrical engineering from Drexel University.

Watch the Business News Network interview with Harris, "Mining big data to beat hackers."

Keith Holdaway

Keith Holdaway
Principal Solutions Architect for Global Oil and Gas

Keith Holdaway uses his extensive experience as a geophysicist to consult with SAS customers and prospects. Prior to SAS, he worked with the Ministry of Petroleum in Saudi Arabia, British Petroleum in the United Arab Emirates and Shell Oil in Oman, processing and interpreting seismic and reservoir data. He also developed seismic algorithms and implemented soft computing analysis techniques to determine reservoir characterization, and worked alongside geologists and petrophysicists to determine well location. Holdaway is an active member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, and the Society of Petroleum Engineers. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London.

Read an excerpt from Holdaway's new book Harness Oil and Gas Big Data With Analytics.

Moray Laing

Moray Laing
Executive Lead, Oil and Gas

Moray Laing joined the SAS Energy team as a Principal Consultant for Oil and Gas in 2013. Laing started his career at Baker Hughes, where he spent the first eight years working as an engineer in the SLS and MWD product lines. In 1996, he moved into the Baker Hughes software development team and was responsible for the development of leading-edge, real-time and remote (drilling, completions and production) visualization solutions.

Since 2007, Laing has held a variety of positions in business development, marketing and innovation management. He has been responsible for the development and delivery of over $100 million in new product revenues. Laing holds a postgraduate diploma in computer-aided engineering from Robert Gordon University and an executive MBA from Texas A&M University.

Evan Levy

Evan Levy
Vice President of Business Consulting

Evan Levy is an acknowledged speaker, writer and consultant in the areas of enterprise data strategy and data management. In his current role as Vice President of Business Consulting, Levy advises clients on strategies to address business challenges using data, technology and creative approaches that align IT with the business capability. Business is experiencing exponential growth in data volumes, sources and systems. Levy offers practical, real-world experience on addressing these challenges in a manner that utilizes the company’s existing skills, coupled with new methods to ensure IT and business success. 

Levy was the co-founder of Baseline Consulting, a boutique management consulting firm specializing in business/IT alignment, enterprise information strategies, data management and business analytics. His client list includes Charles Schwab, Hallmark, Lowes, Union Bank and Universal Music, among many others. Baseline Consulting was acquired by SAS in 2011.

Dr. Simon Sheather

Simon Sheather, PhD
Professor and Academic Director, Department of Statistics, Texas A&M University

Simon Sheather brings a wide scope of experience in management and analytics integration for organizations and businesses. Before his current position at Texas A&M, he was a faculty member at the Australian Graduate School of Management at the University of New South Wales.

Sheather has more than 20 years of experience applying analytics and statistical methods in business. He has worked with clients in biotechnology, hospitality service companies, financial services, transportation, real estate, consumer products and government. He has published more than 80 papers and two books. He is listed on the ISIHighlyCited.com website among the top one-half of 1 percent of all mathematical scientists for citations of published work. He earned his BSc (Hons) degree from Melbourne University and a PhD in statistics from La Trobe University.

Ian Wilson

Ian Wilson
Team Lead and Co-Architect of the Evergreen Global Earth Model (EGEM) Project

Ian Wilson is an expert in uncertainty analysis, geostatistics, risk and resource characterization, and basin and play ranking within ConocoPhillips. A geoscientist and transformational lead with seven years of industry experience working with numerous multidisciplinary teams, Wilson has planned and executed development wells and supported the capture of high-profile frontier exploration acreage across multiple basins for ConocoPhillips.

Wilson’s current focus is on transformational leadership, solutions and process architecture (for optimizing and reducing the subsurface-to-value exploration life cycle). His innovative application of deep analytical platform solutions (SAS®, JMP® and ESRI) and exploration object modeling addresses existing and future business requirements. Further, his work gears global E&P data resources toward meeting the needs of the next-generation geoscientist.

Summit Host

Alyssa Farrell

Alyssa Farrell
Global Manager, Energy and Sustainability Solutions
SAS Worldwide Marketing

Alyssa Farrell leads global industry marketing for SAS’ business within the energy sector, including utilities and oil and gas. She has particular experience with smart grid solutions that optimize our energy infrastructure by applying predictive analytics to complex data. Farrell has been a guest speaker at numerous events and webcasts emphasizing analytics for the utility industry, and speaks regularly with trade associations, analysts and the press. She is a member of the North Carolina Technology Association Green Technologies Council and represents SAS on the Sustainability Committee supporting the World Economic Forum.


Aug. 19

Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa
Houston, TX


General Sessions
8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Oilfield Analytics Tutorial
1:45 – 3 p.m.


This event is complimentary.

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