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Business Information University: A CIO's Guide to Launching a Big Data Analytics Strategy


What is the difference between BI, big data, and predictive analytics? How can businesses develop optimal strategies in these areas? Why is big data analytics beneficial in the realm of consumer insights? This classroom addresses those questions via expert insights from Forrester Research, Biogen Idec, and Ventana Research. Other discussion points include:

•           Challenges of centralizing BI strategies

•           Benefits of big data, BI, and predictive analytics

•           Essential technology pieces


Martin Leach vice president of research and development IT, Biogen Idec

As the vice president of research and development IT at the biotech pioneer Biogen Idec, Martin leads the buildout of a new data sciences group. Formed to support Biogen Idec research, in time the group will assist business groups across the company on "big data" projects. Until recently, he was CIO at The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, the biomedical research organization in Cambridge, Mass., that played a major role in mapping the human genome. There, he was responsible for more than 13 petabytes of storage and for compute "farms" totaling more than 10,000 cores. Before The Broad Institute, he led the IT team that supported the research group for discovery and pre-clinical sciences at Merck, the pharmaceutical giant.

Michael Gualtieri principal analyst, Forrester Research

Michael's research is focused on software technology, platforms, and practices within the key coverage areas of big data predictive analytics, performance best practices, user experience design, and emerging technologies. Michael is also a leading expert on the intersection of business strategy, architecture, design, and creative collaboration. He has more than 25 years' experience in the industry helping firms design and develop mission-critical applications in eCommerce, insurance, banking, travel/hospitality, manufacturing, healthcare, and scientific research for organizations including Nasa, eBay, Bank of America, Liberty Mutual, Nielsen, EMC, and others. He has written thousands of lines of code, managed development teams, and consulted with dozens of technology firms on product, marketing, and R&D strategy.

Tony Cosentino vice president and business analytics research director

Tony is responsible for the business analytics research practice including business intelligence, location intelligence and operational intelligence. He is an expert in helping business and IT organizations develop strategies to use information and analytics to take smarter actions and make better decisions. Tony is responsible for researching the intersection where information can be used and enhanced with business technology innovations including: business analytics, big data, cloud computing, business collaboration, mobile technology and social media. Tony is an expert in market research and business intelligence with decades of experience.

25 Apr 2013
16 Mar 2013
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