Last week, IIA attended the O’Reilly Strata Data Conference (@StrataData) in New York City. The conference tagline was “Make Data Work” and it provided a comprehensive overview of continued innovation in the big data and analytics ecosystems. In this blog, VP David Alles covers the top seven highlights from the conference.

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Data Science Engineering

By David Alles, Jun 20, 2018

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Reflections from Strata Data Conference 2018 and the emergence of data science engineering

The complexity of deploying advanced analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) into production is changing the nature of analytics and data science. As the size of data continues to expand and the pace of innovation accelerates, new roles are emerging. While advances in AI continued to headline the discussion at O’Reilly’s most recent Strata Data Conference (San Jose, March 5 – 8, 2018), the emergence of data science engineering as a new discipline is a clear trend and the primary focus of this brief. The objective of this report is to highlight and summarize the themes and trends supporting the emergence and importance of data science engineering. This report features a mix of unique IIA perspectives coupled with supporting thoughts from Strata presenters. This report also builds on key takeaways from our last 18 months of technology conference coverage

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Highlights from The AI Conference Keynotes

By David Alles, May 04, 2018

This week, IIA attended The AI Conference in New York City. The conference tagline was “Put AI to Work” and it provided an informative and comprehensive overview of the current state of artificial intelligence. Session topics ranged from cutting-edge research to new AI tools to production ready use cases. This blog covers several of the key themes from conference keynotes.

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Phone Briefing: Learnings from Strata Data Conference - San Jose 2018

By David Alles, Mar 21, 2018

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IIA’s David Alles made his semi-annual trek to the Strata Data Conference, and returned with insights into emerging technologies, data science techniques, case studies, and key learnings.

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Strata Data Conference 2017

By David Alles, Nov 16, 2017

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Nothing reflects today’s rapid pace of change like the mainstreaming of Artificial Intelligence (AI). IIA launched its expanded coverage of technical conferences with last year’s Strata + Hadoop World 2016 in New York City. The central theme of this Strata event was the 10-year anniversary of Hadoop and Big Data’s coming of age. In the span of twelve short months, AI has gone from a minor conference subplot to the dominant theme and is now the leading keynote and breakout session topic.

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How Analytics is Transforming Financial Services

By David Alles, Oct 25, 2017

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IIA asked survey respondents in four segments (wealth management, US banks, Canadian banks, and credit unions) questions about their use of analytics in six customer engagement areas (customer experience, customer facing employees, web, mobile, social, and ROI). Results highlight why traditional financial services are vulnerable to disruption. Digital native companies universally excel at using analytics in these areas. However, even across leading financial services companies we see lagging adoption – especially in web, mobile, and social analytics. This is indicative of the analytics maturity gap between digital native companies and traditional companies and illustrates why traditional financial services companies have to accelerate analytics maturity to be more competitive. Based on the study findings, IIA’s faculty of top analytics practitioners and analysts then isolated key takeaways and developed recommendations for traditional companies in the financial industry to mature their analytics in effective, sustainable, and measurable ways

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Phone Briefing: Learnings from Strata New York 2017

By David Alles, Oct 06, 2017

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The Strata Conferences have built notoriety for sharing the latest insights on advanced analytics methods, emerging technologies, and impressive case studies on advancing analytics practices. During the Strata New York Conference, IIA’s VP David Alles attended several sessions and brought back a number of key takeaways.

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Analytics Maturity Powers Company Performance

By David Alles, Sep 21, 2017

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Does the development of enterprise analytics capability really drive superior company performance? IIA’s previous research briefs demonstrate that analytics maturity varies significantly between industries and across the top-performing companies in each industry. This follow on research brief uses IIA’s proprietary analytics maturity data – from leading companies like Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google – and publically available financial and company data, to illustrate the positive association between analytics maturity and superior company performance.

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O’Reilly AI Conference NYC 2017: Developments in Artificial Intelligence

By Bill Franks, David Alles, Aug 16, 2017

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As we reported in Strata Hadoop World 2017 – Big Data and Analytics Developments from the Heart of Silicon Valley, O’Reilly’s Strata Conference already has a heavy focus on machine learning and AI. What makes O’Reilly AI unique, versus Strata, is its exclusive focus on AI and the inclusion of more cutting-edge AI research topics that have huge potential, but are further from commercialization. The objective for this report is to summarize the common themes and key trends emphasized at O’Reilly AI into an easy-to-read guide that can serve as both a general reference and a resource for planning AI initiatives. With this in mind, the report is organized into seven sections.

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