KEYNOTE: The Big Panel on Big Data
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  Eric Kavanagh   Eric Kavanagh
Host, DM Radio
CEO, Bloor Group
  Neil Raden   Neil Raden
CEO & Principal Analyst
Hired Brains Research
  April Reeve   April Reeve
Reeve Consulting LLC
  Anjul Bhambhri   Anjul Bhambhri
Vice President of Big Data Products
  Robin Bloor   Robin Bloor
Chief Analyst
The Bloor Group
  Paul Pedersen   Paul Pedersen
Deputy CTO
  John Haddad   John Haddad
Director Enterprise Data Integration
  Paul Barth   Paul Barth
Managing Partner and Founder
NewVantage Partners


Wednesday, May 2, 2012
04:00 PM - 04:50 PM

Level:  Business / Non-Technical

Big Data is clearly a big deal. It's a topic on the corporate agenda of most large organization - and not just for CIOs, but for CEOs, venture capitalists, CFOs, treasurers, risk managers and marketing VPs. Everyone wants more data so they can to out-analyze the competition, and it's your job to deliver it.

Yet one of the most talked-about challenges is the dearth of qualified analysts and technicians to do the jobs that organizations need to fill. This means that for data geeks, big data may be the biggest opportunity of your professional lifetime.

This Keynote panel will delve into the facts and fantasies of Big Data, to understand why it's such a hot topic right now, and how long the sizzle will last. You'll learn about the changes that are coming to enterprise data management, and the new skills you should acquire to ride this wave of opportunity that is Big Data.

Discussion points include:

  • Can we at least agree on what Big Data is?
  • How big will Big Data get?
  • What does the CEO think about it?
  • What can you do to future-proof your career in a Big Data era?
  • What are the key new technologies to get educated about?
  • Will Little Data technologies become obsolete?
  • Big Data in Your Enterprise:
  • - Is big data governable? - What happens to ETL now that we have Hadoop? - How are big data analytics different from what you know now? - Do data warehouses go away? - Can big (and cloudy) data squeeze into relational databases? Should it? - How is big data modeled? - How is it integrated?

Eric Kavanagh is a career media professional who designs and manages an array of Web-based research and media products, including: Information Management's DM Radio, GARP's Leadership Webcasts, The Briefing Room, Federal Spending, and Virtual Vendor Visits for the US Air Force. He established DM Radio as a broadcasting phenomenon within the IT industry in a few short years. It was counter-intuitive to many that Live Radio could regularly regularly attract audiences in their hundreds in the Internet Era, and yet DM Radio does exactly that – and the audience numbers continue to rise. Eric is now also the producer and, in many cases, the host of The Bloor Group’s live broadcasting events, which are an inherent part of its research programs.

Neil Raden, based in Santa Fe, NM, is an industry analyst and active consultant, widely published author and speaker and the founder of Hired Brains Research LLC, Hired Brains provides research, advisory and consulting services in Analytics, “Big Data,” and Decision Management for clients worldwide. Neil is also the co-author of the Dresner Advisory Services Wisdom of BI series on Advanced and Predictive Analytics. Neil was a contributing author to one of the first (1995) books on designing data warehouses and he is more recently the co-author of Smart (Enough) Systems: How to Deliver Competitive Advantage by Automating Hidden Decisions, Prentice-Hall. He is a contributor to publications such as Wall Street Week, Forbes, Information Week and ComputerWorld. He welcomes your comments at or at his blog at

April Reeve has spent the last 25 years working as an enterprise architect and program manager. Now she is incorporating her enterprise data management knowledge in new Big Data and Advanced Analytics implementations.

April is an expert in multiple Data disciplines including Data Integration, Big Data, Data Conversion, Data Warehousing, Business Intelligence, Master Data Management, and Data Governance.

Anjul Bhambhri has 23 years of experience in the database industry with engineering and management positions at IBM, Informix and Sybase. She is currently IBM’s Vice President of Big Data Products, overseeing product strategy and business partnerships. Previously at IBM, Anjul focused on application and data lifecycle management tools and spearheaded the development of XML capabilities in DB2 database server. In 2009, she received the YWCA of Silicon Valley’s “Tribute to Women in Technology” Award.

Robin Bloor is a prominent analyst in the database and information management sectors. He authored a column in DMBS Magazine (in the US) for 4 years and also provided regular content for Computer Weekly in the UK. He has also regularly written individual articles for many magazines in the UK and Europe over a decade. He was the prime author for the web site which he designed and built and which subsequently became one of the primary UK IT related web sites . As one would expect of any analyst, he has authored numerous white papers, product reviews and IT research papers.

Paul Pedersen is the Deputy CTO of 10gen. He has a lengthy career as an entrepreneur and software architect, having been the Founder of, Founder and CEO of MarkLogic, with Google as Project Lead Google Appliance), and as semantic search firm Powerset as a Consulting Search Engineer. Prior to that Paul had teaching positions at both Cornell and UCLA. Paul received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his PhD from the Courant Institute/NYU.

John Haddad is Director of Enterprise Data Integration at Informatica Corporation. He has over 25 years’ experience developing and marketing enterprise applications. Today, he advises organizations on how to get the most business value from Big Data. Prior to Informatica, John was Director of Product Management and Marketing at Right Hemisphere and held various positions in R&D and Business Development at Oracle Corporation. John graduated from U.C. Berkeley with an AB degree in Applied Mathematics.

Paul Barth co-founded NewVantage Partners in 2001. Paul brings decades of experience as a consultant to the nation's largest companies. He is a recognized thought-leader and practitioner in leveraging information as a strategic asset and in emerging approaches and best practices in data management. Dr. Barth was founder and CTO of Tessera Enterprise Systems, a nationally-known systems integration firm formed in 1995. He became CTO of iXL Enterprises, a leading international Internet integration firm, following the merger of Tessera/iXL in December 1999. He holds a PhD in computer science from MIT, and a MS from Yale University. Paul was formerly vice president of technology at Epsilon Data Management (an American Express company), and held senior technology positions at Thinking Machines and Schlumberger.

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