Data & Analytics Virtual Summit 2021

Virtual
March 11, 2021

52 days left

Welcome to Opal Group’s Data & Analytics Virtual Summit, March 11, 2021

Alignment, Talent & Mindset: Instilling a Data-Driven Culture Across the Organization

The Data & Analytics Virtual Summit is a gathering of Data & Analytics executives representing enterprise organizations, global brands, government agencies and more. Executives will connect, benchmark, network and focus on key initiatives. During these uncertain times, it’s important to create and maintain relationships with like-minded D&A professionals, and our new Virtual Summit fosters these relationships - all from the safety and comfort of our homes or offices.

Our Summit provides a specialized, strategically-built experience that features unparalleled keynote speaking sessions with thought-leading case studies, highly-interactive panel discussions, and a virtual experience that includes customized networking opportunities and real-time attendee insights.

We believe in creating a memorable, collaborative and effective experience focused on continuous improvement for Chief Data & Analytics Officers, Chief Data Officers, Chief Analytics Officers, and other top executives in data, analytics, artificial intelligence, business intelligence, IT and data governance.

Join us! Interested in attending, speaking or sponsoring? Contact Bobby Swartout at (212) 532-9898 ext. 248 or email info@opalgroup.net.



Current as of December 23, 2020

2020 Previous Speakers

Scott Cohanpour, Enterprise Head of Architecture, Data and Analytics, GE Capital

Kamayini Kaul, Exec. Director Enterprise Information Strategy and Risk Management & Global Data Protection Officer, Bristol-Myers Squibb

Dr. Satyam Priyadarshy, Chief Data Scientist, Halliburton USA

Maria Macuare, VP Data and Analytics, Campbell Soup Company

Eugene Wen, Vice President for Group Advanced Analytics, Manulife Financial

Eileen Vidrine, Chief Data Officer, United States Air Force

John Thompson, Global Head, Advanced Analytics & Artificial Intelligence, CSL Behring

Meena Thanikachalam, Senior Director, Data Strategy & Data Architecture, Ally

Ylan Kazi, Vice President, Data Science + Machine Learning, UnitedHealth Group

Dustin White, Global Head of Risk Analytics & MIS, Visa

10:00am

Virtual Welcome / Opening Remarks

10:05am

Opening Keynote Presentation

 

Becoming Truly Data-Driven: Altering the Organizational Mindset

 

Becoming truly data-driven requires changing mindsets, attitudes, and habits—embedding data into the identity of the organization. In a data-driven culture, people ask the hard questions and challenge ideas to come together with a shared mission and improve the organization with data. To achieve this, it’s important for leadership to inspire the workforce through action, basing decisions on data, not intuition.

 

Join this informative session as we review some core elements that are needed to create a truly data-driven culture, such as:

 

  • Creating a foundation of trust in the people and the data to develop high-trust, collaborative relationships
  • Making the commitment to treat data as a strategic asset and ensure that analytics projects tie back to critical business efforts
  • Prioritizing data skills in recruiting, developing, and retaining talent
  • Active sharing of best practices across the entire organization to develop a sense of community and support business objectives
10:40am

Keynote Presentation

 

Utilizing Data-Driven Decision-Making to Improve Organizational Alignment and Grow the Business

 

Companies have access to more data than ever before, and ones that can leverage the data to drive decision-making gain a competitive advantage, reduce business costs and increase profit. By leveraging the wealth of data and digital insights available and embracing the power of business intelligence, it’s possible to make more informed decisions that will lead to commercial growth, evolution, and an increased bottom line. However, for many companies the data sits in dashboards and degrades, and they continue to make decisions that disregard tangible insight.

 

Join this engaging session as we review how organizations can effectively utilize data to drive decision-making and create smarter business decisions, such as:

 

  • Examining corporate objectives and prioritizing data with business goals at the core
  • Finding and presenting relevant data to predict future trends and optimize current operational efforts
  • Democratizing data to empower the entire organization to access it and help make informed decisions
  • Extracting meaningful insights and analytical reports that will lead the company to make data driven business decisions
  • Continuing to examine, analyze, and question the data driven decisions to refresh and evolve the business goals
11:15am

Panel Discussion

 

Women in Data & Analytics – Striving for Gender Parity and Diversity and Inclusion

 

Most companies are fully aware that women are making a huge impact in data and analytics, and have clearly become leaders in advancing data strategies and analytical research. However, many organizations also readily admit that it’s a significant challenge for them to improve on their ability to pinpoint, engage and retain female data and analytics practitioners. As such, it’s critical for an organization to align its culture with business goals, and perceptive data and analytics executives are actively implementing strategies to cultivate a diverse and inclusive culture that’s also fully aligned with brand identity.

 

Join this informative panel as we discuss strategies for attracting and retaining female data and analytics talent, such as:

 

  • Producing programs and initiatives that increase awareness, education and advancement to women in the data and analytics field
  • Showcasing and highlighting female leadership in your data and analytics organization as part of the brand and awareness strategies
  • Generating inclusive and diverse employee experiences with data and analytics initiatives geared towards women and under-represented groups within the organization
  • Developing DE&I training geared at the data organization to ensure that female candidates have equal opportunities for advancement and leadership opportunities
12:05pm

Lunch & Learn

 

Select a topic and join us for an informal and interactive group session where we’ll discuss challenges and strategy implementations that are top of mind for today’s data and analytics practitioners

All organizations need to plan how they use data so that it’s handled consistently throughout the business, and effectively supports business outcomes. To do this effectively, they have to ensure security and compliance, while also extracting value from all the information collected and stored across the business.

 

In this interactive discussion we will talk about the best ways to implement an effective data governance strategy, such as:

 

  • Creating a BI team from business and IT functions to ensure data integrity and privacy throughout the company
  • Limiting visibility through permission management
  • Investing in user training so that everyone in the organization understands the scope, significance, and processes surrounding the data
  • Creating a series of resources that clearly outline and document the systems, policies, and procedures around using your organization’s tools

Many organizations have been charging ahead with bold investments in analytics resources and artificial intelligence by implementing analytics program, but many of them fail to convert their analytics pilots into scalable solutions. Unfortunately, top management often fails to really grasp the concept of advanced analytics by struggling to define valuable problems for the analytics team to solve.

 

In this session we will review some important considerations to ensure your organization has the right talent that is necessary to making intelligent, data-driven business decisions, such as:

 

  • Deciding on the key metrics that are truly meaningful for your business, in order to make the right recruiting decisions
  • Modeling the data correctly to properly plan the goals of your analytics team
  • Creating data and analytics content that’s mobile, easily searchable and quickly digestible, in order to improve the learning experience
  • Creating new, collaborative advanced analytics opportunities that inspire personal investment in the process
12:50pm

Keynote Presentation

 

Making Data & Analytics Strategies a Routine Boardroom Discussion Topic

 

Leading organizations in every industry are wielding data and analytics as competitive weapons, operational accelerants and innovation catalysts. Information as an asset is still in the “early adoption” phase, which makes it a competitive differentiator for leading organizations as they focus on digital transformation. In turn, data and analytics become strategic priorities. However, many companies continue to struggle under the weight of traditional business models and analog business process that discount the potential of data and analytics.

 

Join us in this engaging session as we discuss how to make data and analytics become the centerpiece of enterprise strategy and focus, by:

 

  • Collecting examples of the internal and external economic benefits from data and analytics that your organization has generated
  • Committing to the information management and advanced analytics skills and technology investments that are necessary to realize that potential of data and analytics
  • Measuring and communicating the value of the organization’s information assets to help shift the culture into believing and behaving as if information is an actual asset
  • Building advanced analytics competencies beyond traditional business intelligence and embedding them throughout the business
1:25pm

Keynote Presentation

 

Building A Best-In-Class Data & Analytics Team: Strategies to Attract Top Talent

 

According to Mckinsey Global Institute, data-driven organizations are not only 23 times more likely to acquire customers, but they’re also six times as likely to retain customers and 19 times more likely to be profitable! Data and Analytics professionals are driving strategy, digital transformation, personalization, revenue growth and efficiencies across industries, and they are helping companies become more data-driven.

 

Join us in this informative session as we discuss strategies to attract and retain top Data & Analytics talent.

2:00pm

Keynote Presentation

 

The CDO in 2021: Evolving the Role to Spearhead Data-Driven Transformation

 

With the role of the CDO becoming critical to the transformation demanded by enterprise organizations, it’s being further elevated as an integral business position. In 2021 and beyond, the office of the CDO will be seen as a mission-critical function – comparable to IT, Operations, business operations, HR and Finance. With data playing a key role in this time of disruption, the CDO is best positioned to create the business roadmap to harness data in order to drive new value streams.

 

In this informative session we will review best practices for the CDO to drive innovation and transformation, such as:

 

  • Collaborating with senior leadership to drive a data-first culture across the organization, ensuring that data is a linchpin to decision-making
  • Promoting learning and inspiring leaders to gain new skills and knowledge that are needed to improve data literacy and drive business
  • Establishing organizational capabilities through standardization of resources, work and business processes
  • Ensuring the reliable, safe and ethical use of data through policies, best practices and training
  • Delivering data and insights quickly and effectively into the hands of business leaders who can in turn run the business in real-time through data insights that are translated to actions
  • Identifying and demonstrating tangible ROI to ensure that resources are guided and prioritized to the biggest business impact areas
2:35pm

Keynote Presentation

 

Modernizing your Data Warehouse with Cloud Migration to Improve Performance and Scalability

 

Traditional data warehousing can’t keep up with the demands of rapidly growing data volumes and processing workloads, so many organizations are looking to shift on-premises workloads to the cloud. However, when it comes to data management, business intelligence or reporting, moving to the cloud has several perceived problems such as performance, security, and lack of control. A data warehouse migration is a challenge for any company, and in order to execute it well, it’s critical to thoroughly research the challenges, mitigate risk, and carefully plan the migration to ensure readiness.

 

Join this engaging session as we discuss key considerations for data warehouse migration, such as:

 

  • The skill set and training required to enable successful migration
  • Thoroughly understanding your existing data warehouse system, its architecture, schema, data volumes, data flows, security, and operational dependencies
  • The migration tasks, approaches, order, and deadlines
  • Data model design changes that are required during and after migration
  • Ways to implement testing and quality assurance to assess progress and enable decisions to be made
  • Contingency plan and points of rollback that are necessary in case things go wrong
3:10pm

Panel Discussion

 

Creating a Data-Driven Culture – Making Data the Basis of Organizational Decision-Making

 

Regardless of industry, the biggest obstacles to creating a data-based business aren’t technical; they’re cultural. While it’s simple enough to describe how to inject data into a decision-making process, it’s far more difficult to make this normal, even automatic, for employees – a shift in mindset that often presents a daunting challenge. Leading a data transformation requires new mindsets and methods at every level.

 

Join us in this engaging session as we as we will discuss what’s needed to help create and sustain a culture with data at its core, such as:

 

  • Ensuring that executive leadership sets an expectation that decisions must be anchored in data – that this is the cultural norm, not a novel or exceptional initiative
  • Developing a clear and concise data strategy for every department
  • Implementing organization-wide data governance systems
  • Discovering patterns in data and experimenting with analytics solutions to see what really works in operational processes
  • Building deep data and analytics partnerships to ensure that your data is aligned with organizational business objectives
4:00pm

Closing Remarks and End of Data & Analytics Virtual Summit

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Data & Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Business Intelligence, IT, and Data Governance Practitioners Complimentary*

*Subject to Opal Group’s verification and approval. Only individuals who are practitioners within the following areas qualify for a complimentary pass: Data & Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Business Intelligence, IT, and Data Governance Practitioners. Practitioners and executives representing solution provider organizations must register as a sponsor attendee. To request your complimentary invitation to attend, please email info@opalgroup.net.

Sponsorship Opportunities


More networking, greater interactions, bigger ROI:

One of the biggest challenges that companies face is standing out from the crowd and getting exposure with executives from leading organizations. Your company has the perfect solution to some of the biggest challenges that L&D and talent executives are facing, but how do you grab their attention and present your success stories?

The Data & Analytics Virtual Summit is the perfect platform to gain valuable exposure for your brand with exclusive access to key decision makers and like-minded executives. The attendees at the Summit areall facing the same challenges, and this is an outstanding forum to benchmark and share ideas with practitioners from several different industry verticals. The virtual event provides a specialized, strategically-built experience for cutting-edge thought-leaders and solution providers to engage, interact, and build long lasting relationships.

Solution providers at the Summit have the opportunity to showcase their brand as a thought-leader in the Data & Analytics industry while developing new business relationships through unparalleled speaking sessions and virtual roundtables. Learn more about sponsored thought leadership opportunities by contacting info@opalgroup.net

  • Defining an Effective Framework to Turn Data and Analytics into Quantifiable Results
  • Implementing an Effective Data Governance Plan to Ensures that Your Data is Managed Efficiently and Strategically
  • Developing a Data-Driven Foundation that Becomes a Key Component of Organizational Culture
  • Utilizing Data-Driven Decision-Making to Improve Organizational Alignment and Grow the Business
  • Making Data & Analytics Strategies a Routine Boardroom Discussion Topic
  • Women in Data & Analytics – Improving Talent and Leadership in Your Data Organization
  • Advocating and Developing Data Literacy to Support a Data Driven Workforce
  • Managing Organizational Data During Times of Uncertainty
  • Implementing an Agile Approach to Data Unification
  • Utilizing Analytics to Improve Customer Engagement and Gain a Competitive Advantage
  • Prescheduled One-to-One Meetings:
    Each participating solution provider and attendees will have pre-summit access to our matching software that allows you to completely customize your meeting agenda. The password-protected website provides the information needed to make your selections on who you want to meet with.

  • Exceptional Networking Opportunities:
    We strive to maximize your face-to-face time by providing a multitude of avenues to engage the senior executives in attendance. The agenda incorporates an off-site networking activity, networking luncheons and cocktail reception. Leverage the meeting’s intimate atmosphere to build strong personal relationships with current and future clients.

The Data & Analytics Virtual Summit is an exclusive event for Data, Analytics and Digital practitioners from Fortune 1000 and leading organizations across the world.

 

Chief Data Officer
Chief Analytics Officer
Chief Digital Officer
Chief Data Scientist
Chief Data Architect
SVP/VP/Head of Data & Analytics
SVP/VP/Head of Business Insights and Analytics
SVP/VP/Head of Artificial Intelligence
SVP/VP/Head of Business Intelligence
SVP/VP/Head of Machine Learning

 

To request your invitation today, please contact Bobby Swartout at 212-532-9898 ext 248 or email info@opalgroup.net.

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