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Cloud Analytics Consortium presents: Analytics in the Cloud: Ready for Primetime

Altaz Bhanji, Dan Ross, Darren Cunningham, Howard Dresner, John Santaferraro, Ralph McMullen, Steve Stone
Join a group of knowledgeable and respected industry thought leaders as they discuss their views about how organizations can best prepare for success with DW/BI solutions in the cloud. Highly reputed independent analyst Howard Dresner who brings 30+ years of IT and BI experience will participate on the panel to provide valuable insights on the future of cloud-based DW/BI solutions. Howard will be joined by senior executives from best-in-class technology organizations including Informatica, MicroStrategy, Netezza, ParAccel and Teradata.

Join us to learn:

* Why more companies are using cloud-based DW/BI solutions now, more than ever before
* About industry solutions for concerns around security, performance, and reliability
* How to evaluate whether a cloud DW/BI solution is right for you
* Cloud adoption or migration strategies for any size business
Dec 6 2012
51 mins
Cloud Analytics Consortium presents: Analytics in the Cloud: Ready for Primetime
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    The human brain makes it look easy. What our eyes see, we decode immediately and effortlessly. But is it that simple? In truth, how we process images is staggeringly complex. Inspired in part by our remarkable neurons, deep learning is a fast-growing area in machine learning research that shows promising breakthroughs in speech, text and image recognition. It’s based on endowing a neural network with many hidden layers, enabling a computer to learn tasks, organize information and find patterns on its own.

    Recently, SAS took on a classical problem in machine learning research, the MNIST database, a data set containing thousands of handwritten digit images. Learn how we did – and what it reveals about the future of deep learning.
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    Lutz Finger, Director of Data Science and Data Engineering, LinkedIn; Author, "Ask, Measure, Learn"
    We do not want Big Data! We want the right data to answer the right questions!

    Data is changing our world. Predictions using massive data not only have improved many products. At the same time, they have, in some industries, disrupted business models and created new ones.

    What does an organization need to do to generate a new competitive advantage out of data? The answer might be surprising. “Change the state of mind.”

    Companies often do not need big data. They essentially want small and actionable advice. Some predictions will need big data to surface relevant information, but not all. The key to success for many companies, however, is to enable “data­driven” decision making. Lutz will discuss the steps he has used in starting and developing his own company (later sold to WPP), as well as how he leads LinkedIn’s data science team.

    A) Change the state of mind!
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    B) What data?
    Data can be a source of disruption & innovation. Business models change because new data sources and enhanced computational power allows new services or improve old services. But which data to use? Domain knowledge is often more important than having “Big Data". Lutz will introduce a framework on how to think about data.

    C) How to build a Data Team?
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    This webinar will show you how to:
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    When you hear someone say, “that is a nice infographic” or “check out this sweet dashboard,” many people infer that they are “well-designed.” Creating accessible (or for the cynical, “pretty”) content is only part of what makes good design powerful. The human-centered design process is geared toward solving specific problems. This process has been formalized in many ways (e.g., IDEO’s Human Centered Design, Marc Hassenzahl’s User Experience Design, or Braden Kowitz’s Story-Centered Design), but the basic idea is that you have to explore the breadth of the possible before you can isolate truly innovative ideas.

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    We have all probably heard of machine learning by now. Some may even know that it is embedded in hundreds of everyday consumer and business products and services from search to image and speech recognition. In this talk Peter will give a brief overview of what machine learning is, where it came from and where it might take us in the near, medium and far term - two, five and ten years, respectively. He will cover the positive changes it will bring, plus the risks and issues that may result from the widespread adoption of this technology.
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    Dr. Nilesh Karnik, Chief Data Scientist, Aureus Analytics
    The term machine learning is frequently heard these days in connection with data science. In this talk, I’ll explain what machine learning is and how it is related to some other terms we hear in the context of data science such as predictive modelling or data mining. I’ll also cover key concepts related to machine learning such as supervised and unsupervised learning, and cover some of the commonly used machine learning approaches like regression, decision trees, clustering and artificial neural networks. Finally, with the help of an example, I’ll go over the process of using machine learning to solve a real life problem.
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    Ilyas Iyoob - Director of Advanced Analytics and Lani Dame - Sr. Product Marketing Manager
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    When Apache Hadoop hit the market eight years ago, it rattled the cages of traditional BI and data warehousing professionals. Many speculated whether Hadoop would replace existing infrastructures, complement them, or become just the latest technology fad.

    We now know Hadoop is not a fad and driving topic of discussion today is around how best to utilize Hadoop - even if you don't have big data.

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    Data is now the driving force behind business success. Embrace it and the rewards can be an ever-increasing competitive advantage, significant revenue growth and bottom-line boosting profit margins.

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    · Is your existing infrastructure too small to go big?

    · Are you facing ever sky-rocketing capital expenditure just to support your infrastructure?

    · Is there an expertise gap in your business that you are struggling to fill?

    · Are you finding that your external options are limited by vendor lock-in?

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    Dustin Smith, Tableau
    The maturity of Hadoop as a technology framework suitable for organizations, large and small, to economically store and process vast amounts of data is no longer a prediction, but rather a reality every IT leader understands. But that doesn’t mean Hadoop is done disrupting the data and analytics landscape.

    Self-service analytics solutions capable of leveraging the massive processing and data discovery potential of distributed Hadoop clusters are ushering in a new era of data freedom for business users who are hungry to put data at the heart of their decision making process. With programming and query languages no longer a prerequisite skill for exploring Hadoop environments, organizations everywhere are waking up to the reality that even non-technical users can quickly and easily find insights in even the biggest of Hadoop data sets.

    Attend this webinar to hear how IT groups are adjusting to this new breed of bold and curious data user and learn:
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    - Why business users are so data hungry and so un-afraid of Big Data
    - What true self-service analytics can look like when paired with Hadoop
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    Rahul Pathak, Senior Product Manager, Amazon Redshift Ted Wasserman, Product Management & Development, Tableau Software
    Amazon Redshift enables customers to innovate quickly using its fully managed and immensely scalable data warehousing solution. Tableau’s ability to connect directly to Redshift and leverage its massive computing power means even the most non-technical business user can quickly discover business insights with easy to use drag and drop visual analytics against mammoth data sets. Join Amazon Web Services (AWS), Mixpo and Tableau Software, an AWS Technology Partner, to learn how customers are leveraging both Tableau and AWS to tackle big data exploration projects and recognize business benefits in record time.
  • Stream Processing 360 in the Hadoop Ecosystem: Use Cases and Best Practices Recorded: Apr 22 2015 40 mins
    Michael Hausenblas, Chief Data Engineer, MapR Technologies
    Processing data from social media streams and sensors devices alike, in real-time, is becoming increasingly prevalent and there are plenty open source solutions to choose from.

    In this Webinar we will help practitioners decide what to use for which use case by comparing three popular ASF open source stream processing frameworks: Apache Storm, Apache Samza and Apache Spark Streaming.Last but not least, we will discuss best practices and review real-world customer use cases from the stream processing domain.
  • Leveraging Hadoop - with or without on-premise infrastructure Recorded: Apr 22 2015 47 mins
    Lee Carter, VP EMEA, Bright Computing
    In this presentation, Lee Carter, VP EMEA at Bright Computing, will talk about Hadoop in the cloud, and how to leverage Hadoop without necessarily having to invest in on-premise infrastructure. Lee will explore the challenges faced when setting up, operating, using and managing Hadoop clusters. He will discuss user demand for Hadoop to be easier, and look at how the shortage of skilled Hadoop resources is impacting the industry. Lee will investigate the idea that better management tools can solve these challenges.
  • HDFS TDE: Native Encryption in Hadoop Recorded: Apr 22 2015 47 mins
    Alberto Romero, Senior Hadoop Technical Architect, Hortonworks
    HDFS Transparent Data Encryption has been added to HDFS 2.6, and it finally provides with a solution to data encryption on a higher level than the OS one whilst remaining native and transparent to Hadoop. It aims cover the gap that existed for privacy and security regulations that many industries require, without having to introduce a third-party solution into the mix. This way, having encryption at HDFS level gives an optimal context for policy definition that is relevant to the industry, while remaining transparent to the applications running on Hadoop.

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    -where HDFS Transparent Encryption sits within the Hadoop security framework
    - an introduction to the technical details including how to create Encryption Keys and Encryption Zones
    - Interaction with the Apache Key Management System (KMS) and the encryption/decryption data flow
    - Future work in the space of Hadoop security in general, and encryption in particular
  • Developing Recommendation Systems Using SAS Recorded: Apr 21 2015 28 mins
    Wayne Thompson, Ph.D Manager, Data Sciences Technologies, at SAS
    What if you could analyze customer behavior and make real-time recommendations while they’re shopping? You can - with the help of a recommendation system.

    From investment choices to movie choices, a recommendation system automatically suggests additional products or services that enhance the initial offer the customer selected.

    This webinar will discuss examples and case studies of recommendation systems, including how to:
    • Make it easier and more likely for customers to buy.
    • Reduce customer uncertainty associated with the purchase of unfamiliar products.
    •Increase retention and loyalty.
    •Integrate recommendations into all customer touch points.
    Plus, we’ll demonstrate how SAS® In-Memory Statistics for Hadoop can help you quickly build accurate recommendation systems in a single, interactive programming environment.
  • Interactive In-Memory Statistics for Hadoop Recorded: Apr 21 2015 47 mins
    Sascha Schubert, Marketing Director at SAS and Mike Ames, Director, Product Management, SAS
    Once you can easily uncover insights from data stored in Hadoop – faster than your competitors – you’ll start noticing something. Complex problems aren’t quite as complex.

    That’s why SAS has expanded your ability to create value from structured and unstructured data in Hadoop. Rather than requiring organizations to move the data from Hadoop to a SAS® environment, we bring analytics to the Hadoop environment.

    View this webinar to:
    • Learn about SAS In-Memory Statistics for Hadoop, which provides a single interactive programming environment for analytics on Hadoop.
    • See demonstrations on supervised learning and recommendation systems.
  • Big Data Virtualization with SAS Federation Server Recorded: Apr 15 2015 24 mins
    Matthew Magne, Product Marketing Manager, Data Management, SAS and Johnny Starling, Senior Technical Architect, SAS
    Here’s the good news. While the number of data sources organizations face is rapidly increasing, the cost to store data has never been cheaper. This trend – as well as big data technologies like Hadoop – has led to more valuable insights for organizations.

    But it’s also led to IT departments overburdened with requests from the business users they support. So where do we go from here?

    View this webinar that discusses data federation, a type of data virtualization that:

    • Provides a centralized governance and security layer.
    • Speeds the creation of virtual data views.
    • Makes it easier for business users to access the data they need.

    We’ll also demonstrate technologies like big data virtualization, federated data-as-a-service and data masking.
  • Demystifying In-Memory Analytics Recorded: Apr 15 2015 38 mins
    Scott Chastain, Systems Engineer Manager, SAS and Tapan Patel, Product Marketing Manager, SAS
    SAS® In-Memory Analytics is built for speed. It enables you to access unstructured and structured data and tackle complex analytical computations blazingly fast. But it doesn’t end there.

    SAS In-Memory Analytics also delivers incremental value from big data so that you can find more lucrative opportunities, detect risks and improve targeted marketing.

    View this webinar to learn why SAS In-Memory Analytics can help you:

    • Tackle problems never before considered due to computing constraints.
    • Draw timely insights from Hadoop.
    • Perform self-service data discovery.
    • Run iterative and interactive analytics scenarios.
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