Big Data: It's Everywhere. And So Are We.

Boston, Massachusetts
June 23, 2015

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How Eastern Bank Uses Big Data to Better Serve & Protect its Customers

Face to face conversations in branches are becoming a thing of the past in this mobile age and Eastern Bank is looking to its data to help maintain personal relationships...

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What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Tales from the Trenches of Big Data

While white papers and keynotes will give you a good overview of Hadoop and the world of big data, they won’t tell you everything. There are some common pitfalls​...

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Social Media Text & Predictive Analytics

The proliferation of social media (networks, blogs, e-commerce) has led to an explosion of data and opinion, fueling interest in sentiment and social network analyses, especially as individuals, brands and corporations look to manage their reputations...

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Agenda: June 23, 2015

Boston Marriott Cambridge 50 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02142

8:00am - 9:00am Registration & Breakfast
9:00am - 9:15am Introductions & Welcome
9:15am - 10:00am Rethinking SQL for Big Data with Apache Drill Jim Scott, Director of Enterprise Strategy & Architecture, MapR
10:00am - 10:45am What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Tales from the Trenches of Big Data Robert Novak, Big Data Consulting Systems Engineer, Cisco
10:45am - 11:00am Morning Break
11:00am-11:45am Embedded Data Visualization in a Hadoop Environment Dean Yao, Director of Marketing, Jinfonet Software
11:45am - 12:15pm Big Data Stories: Decisions That Drive Successful Projects Ellen Friedman, Independent Consultant
12:15pm - 1:15pm Lunch & Speaker Roundtables
1:15pm - 2:00pm How Eastern Bank Uses Big Data to Better Serve & Protect its Customers Brian Griffith, Principal Data Engineer, Eastern Bank
2:00pm - 2:45pm Social Media Text & Predictive Analytics Subrata Das, Founder & President, Machine Analytics, Inc.
2:45pm - 3:00pm Afternoon Break & Book Signing
3:00pm - 3:45pm Math in Spark: How Mahout Makes Spark Do Math Ted Dunning, Committer for Apache Mahout, Drill, & ZooKeeper Projects & Chief Application Architect, MapR
3:45pm - 4:15pm Speaker Q & A Panel Session
4:15pm - 5:30pm Closing Reception

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Subrata Das

Founder & President, Machine Analytics, Inc. Dr. Subrata Das is a world-renowned expert in the fields of business analytics, data fusion, artificial intelligence and machine learning. He is currently the president of Machine Analytics in Cambridge, MA. Prior to that, he was the former chief scientist at Charles River Analytics, head of the Xerox European Research Center's Document Content Lab, and one of five members of Xerox Corporation's Knowldege Work 2020 task force, exploring the future of work. Subrata has worked with many organizations, consulting firms, and educational institutions around the world. He has spoken on analytics and fusion at numerous academic institutions and professional events, including seminars at Big Data TechCon, Boston College, University of London, Big Data Symposium (Washington, DC), International Conference on Information Fusion (Salamanca, Spain) and La Maison des Polytechniciens (Paris, France). Subrata is the author of several books, the latest of which is "Computational Business Analytics." He was awarded a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Heriot-Watt University in Scotland, a Master's in Mathematics from the University of Kolkata, a Masters of Technology from the Indian Statistical Institute, and carried out a postdoc study at the Imperial College, University of London. In his spare time, Subrata enjoys writing and directing theatrical plays. He is the father of two grown children and lives in Belmont, MA with his wife Janique.

Robert Novak

Big Data Consulting Systems Engineer, Cisco Robert Novak recently "retired" from nearly two decades as a full-stack system administrator (about half of it in big data administration) to advance and advocate big data and analytics practices for Cisco's partner organization. Robert began working with propritary big data platforms in 2003 at a search provider. His first business-critical Hadoop cluster went into production in late 2009. He entered the Cisco ecosystem in 2011, building one of the earliest and still one of the largest UCS Manager-integrated C-Series environments in the wild. He blogs on hard and soft technology topics at

Jim Scott

Director of Enterprise Strategy & Architecture, MapR Jim is the cofounder of the Chicago Hadoop Users Group (CHUG), where he has coordinated the Chicago Hadoop community for the past 4 years. Jim has held positions running Operations, Engineering, Architecture and QA teams. Jim has worked in the Consumer Packaged Goods, Digital Advertising, Digital Mapping, Chemical and Pharmaceutical industries. Jim has built systems that handle more than 50 billion transactions per day. Jim's work with high-throughput computing at Dow Chemical was a precursor to more standardized big data concepts like Hadoop.

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Big Data Everywhere

Boston Marriott Cambridge
50 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02142

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