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James Kochuba

James Kochuba
Senior Solutions Architect, SAS Enterprise Architecture Practice 

James Kochuba helps SAS customers design and build high-performance architectures. Kochuba focuses on cloud computing and software virtualization. Prior to SAS, he worked at IBM in architecture, development and support roles. His goals are to help organizations modernize their architectures to turn data into information, visualize information for insight, and make better decisions.

Scott Chastain

Scott Chastain
Senior Manager, SAS Data and Decision Engineering Practice

Scott Chastain’s goal is to drive more value from data. He believes that organizations should balance governance and agility when it comes to big data architectures and programs. From high-velocity event streams to massive Hadoop clusters, Chastain advocates taking analytics to where data lives to make a greater impact and gain competitive advantage.

He works with customers to address the people, process and technology aspects of big data challenges. Chastain is currently responsible for leading several key domains, including data management, business visualization and decision management.

An engineer by education, Chastain has worked in data-intensive fields, including health care, manufacturing and telecommunications. He now focuses on tackling today’s big data challenges.

Gary Spakes

Gary Spakes
Senior Manager, SAS Enterprise Architecture Practice

Gary Spakes focuses on the technical aspects and business implications involving SAS’ enterprise architecture. Spakes works with SAS customers worldwide on data management, analytical process life cycle, insight delivery and underlying technology.

A 23-year IT veteran, he has implemented and led operational teams for ERP systems, been a DBA and DBA manager, and developed investment management and mutual fund accounting software for PricewaterhouseCoopers, Chase Manhattan Bank (now JPMorgan Chase) and Acxiom Corporation.

Spakes holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tampa with majors in mathematics and management information systems.

Brian Garrett

Brian Garrett
Principal Solutions Architect, SAS

With more than 20 years in analytics and IT architecture, Brian Garrett has worked on big data projects around the world, including the 2010 US census. Prior to joining SAS, he was the Chief Technical Officer of Mustard Tree Instruments, where he developed an analytical and computing platform for the pharmaceutical and chemical industries.

Garrett holds a bachelor’s degree in statistics from North Carolina State University and a master’s degree in information systems from The George Washington University.

Ted Werner

Ted Werner
Product Manager, SAS® Visual Analytics

Ted Werner has a strong passion for solving business problems through data visualization and proactive analytics. His responsibilities include managing all requirements for SAS Visual Analytics Explorer, as well as sales enablement. Werner is a native of Portland, OR, and recently moved to Cary, NC, to work closely with the development team for SAS Visual Analytics.

Graham Hughes

Graham Hughes, MD
Chief Medical Officer, SAS Center for Health Analytics and Insights

Graham Hughes is responsible for identifying and developing opportunities to create novel analytics solutions that help health care organizations improve care quality, clinical operations and patient outcomes. He has more than 20 years of experience developing and delivering innovative health care IT products and services, and is an expert on health care market dynamics, both in the US and internationally.

Prior to working at SAS, Hughes was Vice President of Product Strategy and Chief Medical Informatics Officer at GE Healthcare IT. In that role, he led a customer-facing advanced technologies innovation team and spearheaded the annual strategic planning process for GEHCIT’s enterprise portfolio of products.

Beverly Nevala

Kimberly Nevala
Director of Business Strategies, SAS Best Practices

Kimberly Nevala is responsible for industry education, key client strategies and market analysis in the areas of business analytics, data governance and enterprise information management. Nevala has 20 years of experience advising clients worldwide on strategic customer and information management programs.

Her work has been featured by InformationWeek, CIO Asia, Knowledge World and the IIA. She is the author of Anatomy of an Analytic Enterprise, Ten Mistakes to Avoid When Launching Your Data Governance Program and Sustainable Data Governance.


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