Houston CDO Executive Summit

June 25, 2019 | The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston

June 25, 2019
The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with your peers to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Houston CDO Executive Summit.

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CDOs today:

Adopting D&A strategies and operating models that deliver business value in volatile environments

Generating measurable economic benefits to the business from data assets and advanced analytics

Becoming a master change agent and driving data literacy across the enterprise

Houston CDO Governing Body


The Governing Body Co-Chairs shape the summit agenda, ensuring that all content is driven by CDOs, for CDOs.

Co-Chairs

Navin Advani

Sysco
Vice President | BT - Supply Chain & Merchandising Technology and Enterprise Data & Analytics Platforms

David Bowlby

Occidental Petroleum Corporation
VP, Data & Analytics

Sebastian Gass

Chevron Corporation
GM, Technology Strategy & Services

Dr. Satyam Priyadarshy

Halliburton
Chief Data Scientist

Anil Varma

Stanley Black & Decker
VP - Data & Analytics

Jackie Wallace

BHGE
VP, IT Program Management – Divestitures

Agenda


June 24, 2019

6:00pm - 8:30pm  Governing Body Welcome Reception

The Art of Innovation — Creativity at Work

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Noah Scalin

Artist, Innovation Consultant

Another Limited Rebellion

Hear from artist/author, Noah Scalin, on how to sustain innovation in both work and life. During this interactive session, participants will have the opportunity to practice key concepts immediately with a high-energy, hands-on workshop and a facilitated discussion to cull insights and applications.

In this interactive session you will:

  • Explore personal leadership practices that foster a culture of innovation
  • Discover “The Big 7” practices that you can use to continually learn and grow in your work
  • Participate in a Creative Sprint® challenge that will keep participants creating and connecting after the workshop ends

June 25, 2019 - morning

7:00am - 7:45am  Registration & Breakfast

7:45am - 8:30am  Keynote

Automation is Coming — And There's Nothing You Can Do to Stop It

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George Danner

Author, CEO & Futurist

What will happen to humans when AI and automation take over? The winning companies will be prepared by “retooling” their workforce and repurposing talent. CEO, author and futurist George Danner shares what it will mean to stay competitive in an environment of ever-increasing technological sophistication, including:

  • Identifying parts of your business ripe for automation
  • The latest innovations in Natural Language Processing
  • Getting stakeholder buy-in

8:30am - 9:00am  Networking Break

9:00am - 9:50am  Breakout Session

University of Houston — A Next-Generation Talent Perspective

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Wenjiang Fu

Professor of Statistics

University of Houston

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Xinhui Min

Graduate Student

University of Houston

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Xiao (Joey) Zhang

PhD Candidate, Department of Natural Science and Mathematics

University of Houston

Join like-minded data enthusiasts for a high-energy session featuring emerging, innovative, unconventional, thought-provoking content on data and analytics. Three students from the University of Houston will deliver unique and compelling content in 10-minute mini-sessions followed by an interactive Q&A session.

In this session you will:

  • Hear what is drawing students to the field of data and analytics
  • Learn how analytics is being applied to determine critical factors that lead to improved predictions
  • Discover what data science students are learning in the classroom and what they’re looking for in a company and career

9:00am - 9:50am  Breakout Session

Avoiding Pitfalls Along Your AI / ML Journey

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Victor Ghadban

Field CTO AI/ML

BlueData

Enterprises in every industry are striving to adopt Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML). However, with so much hype around these technologies it can be challenging to chart a clear path forward.

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • How to avoid common mistakes as you build AI / ML solutions
  • Which foundational elements are required for success with AI/ML
  • What it takes to develop solutions that drive competitive advantage

9:00am - 9:50am  Executive Boardroom

Accelerating and Securing Data Flow to Drive Enterprise Initiatives

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Brandon Brown

Director - Intelligent Operations

Chesapeake Energy

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Nachiket Karajagi

Director - Enterprise Analytics & Automation

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

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Karun Bakshi

Vice President, Product Marketing & Strategy

Delphix

Today’s data leaders are challenged to not only steward enterprise data in the age of GDPR, CCPA, and more, but also ensure that it is made freely available to drive data-driven innovation.

In this boardroom you’ll reflect on:

  • Aligning data strategy with organizational and business strategy
  • Friction due to data compliance or rapid data delivery that slows down or prevents access to data
  • Approaches for increasing data flow for analytics, AI, and application development

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to C-level executives). To reserve your seat, please contact Lindsay Kasberg at Lindsay.Kasberg@evanta.com

9:50am - 10:20am  Networking Break

10:20am - 11:10am  Breakout Session

A Fresh Perspective on Multi-Domain MDM’s Time-to-Value

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Julio Vides

Director of Enterprise Information Management

Sysco

Hear how Sysco planned, vetted and implemented a multi-domain MDM solution in only six months.

10:20am - 11:10am  Breakout Session

Delivering ML and Enterprise AI Solutions at BHGE

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Ulysses David

Principal, Customer Success

Dataiku

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Srinatha Nagaraju

Director, Data Science, Data & Analytics

BHGE

To date, despite the hype around AI in the media, very few businesses have managed to execute on incorporating the fundamental processes that enable these data insights. Learn how Baker Hughes was able to reduce costs and increase productivity by leveraging data science at scale.

In this session you'll discover:

  • What it takes to set up a strong data science organization
  • Which technological stack and organizational setup might be right for you
  • How to drive self-service analytics and operationalize data projects

10:20am - 11:10am  Executive Boardroom

Strategies for Tackling Defensive and Offensive Data Management

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David Meza

Chief Knowledge Architect

NASA Headquarters

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Marcus MacNeill

VP, Product Management

ASG Technologies, Inc.

How are data leaders applying best practices to the supply chain, empowering stakeholders to collaborate, and sharing trusted data throughout the organization? Learn how your peers are successfully automating data lineage and governance, creating transparency to build trust and accessibility, reducing 100 hours of time to find data elements down to minutes – all while staying compliant.

In this boardroom you’ll discuss:

  • How to create a data management strategy with transparency and efficiency
  • What governance and organizational challenges are barriers to success
  • Why technology infrastructure and data governance is necessary

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to C-level executives). To reserve your seat, please contact Lindsay Kasberg at Lindsay.Kasberg@evanta.com.

10:20am - 11:10am  Executive Boardroom

Agile Data Makeover — Strategies for Data Operations and Data Engineering

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Stu Moffitt

Director, Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing

National Oilwell Varco

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Boyan Vukichevich

Director of Application Development

JB Poindexter

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Kevin Holder

Global Head of Solution Architecture

Infoworks

Every enterprise understands the urgency of digital transformation and the central role that data plays in the process. In a world where analytics agility is a key competitive edge and big data expertise is scarce, data operations and data engineering challenges have intensified as digitization proliferates real-time flow of data across a multitude of platforms.

In this boardroom, you’ll discuss:

  • The pervasive data engineering demands for better flexibility within the enterprise
  • Different strategies for diverse data management and governance demands
  • Eliminating big data complexities on premise and in the cloud

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to C-level executives). To reserve your seat, please contact Lindsay Kasberg at Lindsay.Kasberg@evanta.com.

11:10am - 11:40am  Networking Break

June 25, 2019 - mid-afternoon

11:40am - 12:50pm  Keynote

Achieve 100% Analytics Adoption With a New Class of Enterprise Intelligence

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Steve Holdridge

Senior EVP, Worldwide Services

MicroStrategy

Despite having access to a wealth of data, enterprises still struggle to effectively deliver trusted insights to the entire workforce - preventing them from realizing the full value of their data investments. Overcoming this challenge takes pervasive adoption of trusted analytics.

This session will cover:

  • Mastering the next wave of Enterprise Intelligence with zero-click analytics
  • Empowering your workforce to get more from tools they use, every day
  • Using mobile productivity apps to impact every business role and function

12:50pm - 1:20pm  Networking Break

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Breakout Session

Utilizing Knowledge Graph Architecture

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David Meza

Chief Knowledge Architect

NASA Headquarters

Organizations need to spend less time sifting through information and more time extracting knowledge. Learn how knowledge graph architecture allows data to flow up and downstream in any organization to maximize its utility. 

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • Solutions that allow organizations to cluster and find information
  • Methods for developing knowledge graphs across disparate data sources
  • Strategies for connecting data silos without combining or moving the information

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Breakout Session

Delivering Data Democratization Through Cloud Data Warehouses

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Kent Graziano

Chief Technical Evangelist

Snowflake

As organizations build new data warehouses and modernize established ones, they are turning to cloud data warehousing in hopes of taking advantage of the performance, lower cost, concurrency and overall simplicity. Benefit from case study examples to keep up with the real-time data environment.

In this session you’ll explore:

  • How to demystify cloud data warehousing by defining it and its goals
  • What the real-world benefits of cloud-native data warehousing
  • Which key decision factors should you consider to build a cloud data warehouse

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Executive Boardroom

Machine Learning Strategies for Data Quality and Analytics

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Graeme Gordon

Exploration Senior Geological Advisor – Strategy, Planning & New Basins

Hess Corporation

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Jackie Wallace

VP, IT Program Management – Divestitures

BHGE

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Scott Demers

Head of Global Presales

Tamr

Enterprises often struggle to create a unified view of their data due to the increasing variety of data sources, as well as data quality issues. Discuss how machine learning techniques for data cleansing and unifying data sources increase analytics efficiency.

In this session, you’ll discuss:

  • How to build a business case around data harmonization
  • Which strategies assist in implementing the right people and processes
  • How to incorporate new datasets with a high level of accuracy

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to C-level executives). To reserve your seat, please contact Lindsay Kasberg at Lindsay.Kasberg@evanta.com.

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Executive Boardroom

Journey to the Intelligent Enterprise — A Data Leader's Roundtable

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Adil Ahmed

Director, Information Architecture & Knowledge Systems

Bristow Group

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David Harmon

Director of Business Services & Data Analytics

Oil States

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Lynn Robinson

IT Chief Data Officer - Manufacturing

Shell Oil Company

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Steve Holdridge

Senior EVP, Worldwide Services

MicroStrategy

Enterprises aspire to maximize their return on investment from data, and to quickly take advantage of the latest innovations in analytics, mobility, cloud, and AI/machine learning. Yet too many organizations struggle with disparate data systems, inconsistent data, closed architectures, and tools that only empower a fraction of the workforce.

In this peer-driven discussion, you'll discover:

  • What industry leaders are doing to overcome these challenges and transform their businesses
  • How to apply the right tools and structure to balance counteractive forces, such as agility vs. governance
  • How to empower individuals and teams with access to those tools, while establishing a single version of truth

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to CDOs). To reserve your seat, please contact Lindsay Kasberg at Lindsay.Kasberg@evanta.com.

June 25, 2019 - afternoon

2:10pm - 2:30pm  Networking Break

2:30pm - 3:20pm  Breakout Session

Major League Analytics

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Ryan Ferguson

Analyst, Research and Development

Houston Astros

Gaining a competitive edge through the application of data and analytics is a key differentiator in baseball as much as it is in business. Hear firsthand how the Houston Astros thoroughly embraced this strategy to help them become the 2017 World Series Champion and how they continue to utilize cutting edge technology today. 

In this session, you’ll hear:

  • What lessons can be transferred from the ballpark to the boardroom
  • How data from nontraditional sources can lead to deeper insights

2:30pm - 3:20pm  Breakout Session

Championing Projects That Leverage New Technologies

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Allen Wuescher

VP & CIO

Toshiba International

Allen Wuescher leads business transformation for the largest of Toshiba’s American Group companies. After completing a successful consolidation of independent operating companies into a single ERP instance, he is focused on working with R&D and business partners to create products and services that leverage new technologies. In this session, he shares:

  • Why he champions projects that combine flavors of data analytics, IOT, cognitive and blockchain
  • His perspective on the future of technological advancement and competitive differentiation
  • His unique perspective on high-tech trends based upon historical human and societal trends

2:30pm - 3:20pm  Executive Boardroom

Moving Enterprises to “Mostly” Data-Driven

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Kevin Carroll

IT CDO Information Risk Management

Royal Dutch Shell

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Frank Hayden

VP, Trading Compliance

Calpine Corporation

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Anu Krishnan

Chief Data Officer & Data Services Integration

Shell Global Solutions Inc

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Ash Munshi

CEO

Pepperdata

The journey to becoming a truly data-driven enterprise involves more than applying Advanced Analytics, Big Data, ML, AI and Data Ops strategies.

In this boardroom you’ll discuss:

  • The metrics to build data-driven transformation
  • The technology that can be used to scale
  • The lessons learned from technology-centric companies

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to C-level executives). To reserve your seat, please contact Lindsay Kasberg at Lindsay.Kasberg@evanta.com.

3:20pm - 3:40pm  Networking Break

3:40pm - 4:20pm  Keynote

Pioneering Digital Innovation Through Executive Partnerships

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Manolo Sánchez

Board of Directors

Fannie Mae

In order for data leaders to deliver maximum value to the business they need the ability to communicate the value of data and the latest innovations to senior leadership as well as the board of directors. Hear from former Chairman & CEO of BBVA Compass and current Board of Directors member of Fannie Mae on how data leaders can provide senior leadership with the information they need to help lead digital innovation initiatives within any organization.

In this session you'll discover:

  • How to partner with your CEO to embed a Data driven culture
  • Strategies for gaining buy-in at the Board Level on Data and Analytics initiatives
  • The case to be made for future technologies, such as blockchain

4:20pm - 5:00pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

Location


Venue & Accommodation

The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston

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Houston CDO Program Manager


For inquiries related to this event, please reach out to your dedicated program contact.

Lindsay Kasberg

Program Manager

971-978-5030

lindsay.kasberg@evanta.com