Harvesting "Information Excellence"

And We all thought we are experts in Data Science…. by informationexcellence
February 12, 2017, 8:00 pm
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These are the days when it is lot more harder to evaluate a Data Scientist than it is to become a Data Scientist! Neither the evaluator nor the evaluatee knows what it means in majority of the time, and most of the discussion ends with the Jargon laced conversations.

At #COMPEGENCE, we use some simple methods. Like asking, “What is your favourite book on Data Science”. 80% of the interviews end there. For the remaining 20%, we have a follow up question, “What are the two things you learnt the most from that book”. And that takes out another 80 to 90% of the remaining 20%. And those who could not face the questions have an extremely valuable takeaway, assuming they paid attention to the spirit of the questions!

Here is a wonderful article by Kevin Gray, on that simplest of the statistical technique, Regression Analysis.

And in case you had no good answers for the simple method we use to evaluate, there are some very good pointers in the article.


Quote from the article:

“….. My father worked in Pharmacology and Toxicology, and ANOVA and Probit Analysis were his stock-in-trade. I still have his copies of R.A. Fisher’s Statistical Methods for Research Workers and D. J. Finney’s Probit Analysis in my library…..

“Regression isn’t rocket science but it isn’t instant ramen either. Use it wisely and it will show you what lies beneath your cross tabs and dashboards. Use it carelessly and you may pay a hefty price.”



Data Steward, Scientist and Whisperer …. by informationexcellence
February 12, 2017, 7:58 pm
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Soumendra has spoken in one of the earlier Information Excellence Sessions, when he was with Accenture. His Article below brings in a key point around the success or otherwise of the increasing Data Science tribe.

That key ability to “Understand ‘What and Why if the business’ and be able to arrive at ‘How and When and Where’ of the business to be able to leverage / counter the What and Why unearthed.

Read more below at the link


Quote ” ….. Data is like horses; it can be untamed and unmanageable or it can be trained and useful. Taking data from the one state to the other can be routine and fit to the daily life of a data scientist. But then, sometimes there are wild and tricky data sets that require the skills of a Data Whisperer”

2016 Spring Summit Summary, Presos, Photos by informationexcellencegroup
March 9, 2016, 5:14 pm
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Information Excellence 2016 Business Analytics Industry Summit highlighted industry case studies in prudent use of information towards positive business outcomes. The summit focused on the usage of analytics and big data towards improved business efficiency and insights. This is the 7th Summit session from the Information Excellence Group (IEG).

The summit was hosted by the Department of Management Studies, IISc. The Satish Dhawan Auditorium in IISc was packed to the capacity with participants from across the industry spectrum, academic leaders and research community. Speakers shared their thoughts on how the analytics is being used in the industry to drive business growth. The sessions brought out the insights from the industry practitioners, augmented by focused questions from the practitioner audience.


The Summit sessions aptly highlighted the fact that Business Analytics is the art of applying advances in Data Science to solve the business problems; It requires a good mix of business understanding, data handling and understanding of data analysis / analytics skills.

Summit Presentations are available on the Information Excellence SLideshare link: http://www.slideshare.net/informationexcellence/presentations

Summit photographs are available on googleplus and facebook links:

Googleplus: https://plus.google.com/116248204027915571565/posts/fvzfvPdSwvC

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.700035796766117.1073741828.171892096247159&type=3

Speakerwise Summit Summary:

Summit Kick Off and Host Note by Prof M.H. Bala Subrahmanya, Chairman, DoMS, IISc


Prof M.H. Bala Subrahmanya, Chairman, Department of Management Studies, IISc kicked off the Summit with a brief overview of the IISc and the Department of Management Studies. It was an insight to know that the Department in IISc is the very first Management Institute in India. Driven by the long term vision of J N Tata on the need for credible Management Education and Research, the department was started in 1947, the year of India’s Independence, as the “Section of Economics and Social Sciences”. The Department evolution and chronology can be found found at http://mgmt.iisc.ernet.in/newwordpress/history/.

The department offers MBA and PhD Program in Management Studies. The “Quant to the Core” Business Today Article http://www.businesstoday.in/management/career/india-best-business-schools-2015-iisc-has-been-at-the-core-of-indias-management-training-programme/story/225495.html rightly describes the spirit and purpose of the Department Program, that has a selection ration of 1:200 among the qualified applicants!

The Department has over 50 Doctoral students pursuing cutting edge research in many areas including Analytics, R&D and Technology Management, Economics, Operations Research, Organizational Behaviour, Marketing, Strategy among others. The Department also offers PhD program by external registration, for working professionals, with certain criteria.

The chairman emphasized the need for the industry-academia collaboration; on the eve of the third joint conference in collaboration with the Information Excellence Group.

His welcome Note set the tone for the rest of the day with the focus and intent on how to leverage the technology and data towards effective business and societal decision making.

Arjuna Rao Chavala@arjunaraoc Feb 20 IISC, management dept first to launch management program on business analytics in India #infoexcel

Inaugural Key Note, Pattern Analysis and Synthesis by Prof M.N. Murty, Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Professor, Department of Computer Science and Automation, IISc.


Delivering the Inaugural session, Prof Murty spoke on the topic of “Pattern Analysis and Synthesis”. Starting off with the challenges and opportunities with the data explosion, Mr. Murty aptly demonstrated the same with an example google search on “Why google is a must and others die” (try it out!!). Prof Murty illustrated the usage and essentiality of “Pattern Analysis and Synthesis”, with the suggested solution approaches. He articulated the Representations of Objects as Vector in multi-dimensional space and String of Characters/primitives. When dataset is large and memory is small , he recommended the application of Incremental algorithm, Divide & Conquer Strategy and Compressing the data and the process.

Summarizing, he pointer the keen audience to the emerging trends in the following areas, perhaps hinting at the potential opportunity area for the IISc and Industry collaboration.

  • Representation is crucial and we do not have good theories.
  • Combination of content and structure: Information networks
  • Graph Databases
  • Probabilistic Graphical Models: Integration of results from Graph Theory
  • Approximate algorithms: Input and output are abstractions
  • When the prior is a power-law distribution, why use Dirichlet prior?
  • How to capture the domain knowledge? It may be useful in getting a good representation.

Industrial Internet and Digital Twin by Dr. Vinay Jammu, Technology Leader, Asset Performance Analytics and Systems


Dr.Vinay articulated the shift from demographic customer segmentation to Psychographic customer engagement for marketing. He explained about Consumer Intent Analysis from Consumer internet -Digital information, which will lead to Industrial internet – Digital Transformation. He explained about Platform Personalization like Right service at a right time (Ex.OLA service).

He also explained that Industries have an ability to model real-time digital twin to optimize processes. Digital Twin Technology is about each asset having one 3D Model. For example each asset like Wind farm, Aviation, Locomotive having an individual model and it continuously changing by learning based on new dataset availability.

Riz@BLRNawaab Feb 20 GE’s Predix platform uses the Digital Twin tech to optimize turbine operations saving billions of USD. #infoexcel

Manoj Gunasekaran@ManojG20 Feb 20 It is not about complex models. It is about, is data fed into the model rite? @EYnews #InfoExcel #IISc #BigData

Prasad Chitta@prasad_chitta Feb 20 #infoexcel Dr.Vinay gave a wonderful session on industrial internet and digital twin

Role of Analytics in transitioning from Reactive to Proactive/Preemptive Customer Services by Kali Prasad Vittala, Distinguished Fellow & Vice President AND Arjun Krishnamoorthy, Data Scientist, Data Science Group


Kali Prasad and Arjun from Informatica presented on the “Role of Analytics in Proactive Customer Service and Rapid Product Adoption

The talk focused on how Informatica is optimizing its customer support operations by leveraging analytics and transitioning from reactive to proactive and preemptive customer service. The approach is focused on building customer interaction data hub and deriving business insights for business actions. The session provided some insights on how the “Data Integration Product Leader” is leveraging the Big Data technologies for the purpose for their in-house usage.

The speakers shared insights into some of the analytics initiatives at Informatica using machine learning and other solutions to make customers more successful in adopting their products and services. One of the interesting observation was around how big data analytics is complementing the business goal of rapid product adoption.

Derivatives Analytics Overview by Prashanth Kuttuva, Excecutive Director, E & Y


Prashant shared his insights in the area of Derivatives and the Analytics associated with it. He introduced the audience to financial derivatives and explained about derivatives risk measurement process flow. Prashanth highlighted that, irrespective of the domain, Data Quality remains a common issue in the Analytical Journey. He articulated and explained with examples on how incorrect data convention or incorrect interpretation can lead to significant errors and risk factors. He emphasized and stressed on the importance of reading and understanding the market data correctly.

Biological information for Medical Diagnostics: Omics to OmiX by Dr. Abhinanda Sarkar, Director, Omix


Dr Abhinanda Sarkar explained how Genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics and other ‘….omics’ technologies have made biology an information science. He articulated on why the usage of such information for the diagnosis of disease is a rapidly growing and expanding global effort spanning across several disciplines. The session was very informative touching all major disciplines of medical science and technology including Biology, Chemistry, Medicine and revolved around the information stored in DNA.  He also outlined a platform technology that OmiX Labs is developing in the quest to create affordable and low cost diagnostics and health care options powered by “Protein sequencing based diagnostics” solutions.

The session was an insightful eye opener for the audience that is little too familiar with the IOT (Internet of Things) to think in terms of we all being IOCs (Internet of Cells!). Dr. Sarkar’s one slider captured the simplicity of the approach and the complexity of the underlying multidisciplinary knowledge-compound and technologies starting with a “drop of blood” translated into “mini-EMRs” with a series of biological and informational enrichments, amplifications and analytics.

Riz@BLRNawaab Feb 20 Dr Abhinanda Sarkar delivers an exciting talk on genomics. Excellent orator who knows how to work the crowd. #infoexcel

Prasad Chitta@prasad_chitta Feb 20 #infoexcel OmiX aims to extract information from biological cell chemicals for outliers and for diagnosis using #analytics of #data

Manoj Gunasekaran@ManojG20 Feb 20 Can we leverage DNA as a chemical to find whats wrong with us? #InfoExcel #IISc #BigData #DNA #DataScience in #Biology

Nagaraj Kulkarni@NagarajKulkarni Feb 20 #infoexcel Data that is easy to analyze isn’t necessarily the data the business needs to analyze

Nagaraj Kulkarni@NagarajKulkarni Feb 20 #infoexcel How do you create business models around Diagnostics

Nagaraj Kulkarni@NagarajKulkarni Feb 20 We are all internet of cells!! Dr Abhinanda Sarkar #infoexcel

Driving Business outcomes with Data Science – Cash Analytics by Ms Asha Poulose Johnson, CIO, GE – Power Services India


Asha shared her insightful experience with specific examples on “Driving Business outcomes with Data science”. She explained how the application of data science is growing rapidly across all Industries, sharing with examples on how data science and analytics is used in GE in various domains like marketing, sourcing, services and finance to drive business outcomes.

She explained in details how analytics is contributing to the cash generation in an enterprise like GE, emphasizing the need for having a targeted “Business Outcome” as the primary pre-requisite for achieving analytics success. Her call for combining the Data Competencies with the Domain Understanding for reaping the Business insights and outcomes stood out as the essential call for action for the technology focused professionals in the industry.

Lunch time Deliberations:

The Speakers, IISc faculty and some of the invited guests huddled over the nationally important topic of what it takes to create adequate quality and quality of analytical talent pool in the country. In the era when data literacy is essential to the competitive edge of the industry and the nation, the speakers touched upon many of the fundamental yet foundational pre-requisites in walking the journey of analytical talent pool. Some of the observations included the following:

  • Ability to translate the business priorities into data priorities is an essential skill that is lacking in the industry.
  • The ability to articulate and communicate the Analytical outputs to the stakeholders is a limiting factor that needs to be overcome.
  • The academic curriculum and degree seriously lack practical internships, leading to bookish knowledge ad lack of practical skills that can be applied in the industry.
  • The focused Analytics specializations such as the ones being offered in the Department of Management Studies in IISc, with the Business + Data + Technology skills are the ones that need to be adopted across the industry and academia.
  • The short but passionate discussions concluded with an action item from the speakers to connect and continue the efforts and drive offline, to address this critical ad important focus area.

NASSCOM supported Panel discussion on ‘Big Data; What it is and Is not”


From left to right:

George Mathew, VP, Fractal Analytics ,

Robin Jose, Director – Data Science and Innovation, EMC Software and Services India Pvt Ltd

Sanjeev Kumar, Director, Dell Sales, Product & Pricing Analytics.

We are in an era when everybody and their grandparents know everything about the Big Data, and its, yes, its magical powers that can do anything and everything. Well, almost. The IEG core team sensed the need for practical understanding and insights around the use and abuse of Big Data, bringing out the true requirement, intent, usage with expected outcome and purpose of Big Data with practical insights from the industry veterans. This Panel discussion was coordinated by the NASSCOM Analytics Industry Group, with senior industry leaders participating in the Panel Discussion.

Collating the experience from across the Sales, Service and Product Industry, the panelists brought a huge amount of clarity around the topic of Big Data. Some of the key insights included the following:

  • At some point, Big Data problem has to translate into Analytical problem statement. Big Data is the means to the end called Business Analytics
  • The big data output needs to plug into the modeling approaches and tools
  • Think Differen(ce)t: What different techniques does Big Data need, compared to the traditional approaches and techniques? What additional data do you want to bring in, with Big Data possibilities? For example, can social sentiment be fed into the demand forecasting module as a data input?
  • See Big data as a means to create deeper business insights and better experience for customers
  • Business change management is more important while deploying Business Analytics than the technology change management

Thank You Sanjeev, Robin and George; one of the rare post lunch Panel discussions where it was impossible to spot any winking eyes and a stream of real time questions many of which needed to be addressed at the ensuing break, considering the number of questions and limited time.

Kalavathy Perumal@Kala2904 Feb 20 #infoexcel – great examples on how can we explore opportunities in big data by Mr.Robin Jose – EMC

manthu@mahantheshhv Feb 20 Great panel discussion on Bigdata analytics #infoexcel

Anirudh Menon@anikmenon Feb 20 Big data helps improve the accuracy of analytics, prior to using big data solutions the accuracies were much lower. #infoexcel #BigData

Irfan Ali@irfanalidv Feb 20 Bengaluru, India Industry Summit on Business Analytics #infoexcel

Nagaraj Kulkarni@NagarajKulkarni Feb 20 #infoexcel Where does my Big Data output plug into the modeling approaches and tools

ParimalRd@ParimalRd Feb 20 #infoexcel Nice engaging session post lunch on #Bigdata

Param Srinivasa@paramsri Feb 20 #infoexcel – Panel discussion is going on. “Big data: What is it and what it is not”

Nagaraj Kulkarni@NagarajKulkarni Feb 20 #infoexcel What different techniques does Big Data need, compared to the traditional?

Nagaraj Kulkarni@NagarajKulkarni Feb 20 #infoexcel At some point, Big Data problem has to translate into Analytical problem statement

Nagaraj Kulkarni@NagarajKulkarni Feb 20 #infoexcel Big Data is the means, not an end in itself

Prasad Chitta@prasad_chitta Feb 20 Big data is a means to the end called business analytics – panel discussion ongoing at #infoexcel

Param Srinivasa@paramsri Feb 20 #infoexcel – brillient use case given as example by Mr. George Mathew, Fractal Analytics.

Arjuna Rao Chavala@arjunaraoc Feb 20 Big data is about creating better experience for users… Sanjeev Kumar, Dell in panel #infoexcel


Data Analytics and Business Insights by Prof. Michael Shepherd, Department of Computer Science, Dalhousie University, Canada


Professor Michael Shepherd enlightened the audiences with a very educative session on what is driving the Big Data requirements, along with some of the Big Data Analytics projects at Dalhousie University. Professor Shepherd estimated the Big Data explosion, with the advent of the IOTs, to be around 9000 Exabytes; from the current scale of around 2000+ EXabytes. The 400+% explosion due to the combined impact of VOPI, Social Media, IOTs and Sensors. There is expected to be about 50 Billion plus devices by 2020.

His case studies on the Ocean Tracking Network and the Aircraft bird hit prediction for the Boeing Company were very insightful.  Additionally, he shared examples and insights into Internet of Things (IOT), Tracking of Sea life, Tracking Ship Movement, Leveraging the migratory bird paths data to minimize bird hits and epidemics, BioInformatics and more.

The session highlighted links between Data-Driven Innovation and Economic Growth and business optimization and was very well received by the audience.

Prasad Chitta@prasad_chitta Feb 20 #infoexcel it’s more important to visualize the actions based on interpretation of results of analytics rather than data visualizations!

Manoj Gunasekaran@ManojG20 Feb 20 Data Driven Innovation can lead to 5 to 10% of the productivity – Dr Micheal Shepherd @Dalnews #InfoExcel #IISc #BigData

Jatin Chhabriya@jatinchhab Feb 20 Operational observations to Actionable Insights – Prof. Michael Shepherd on how Boeing tackled bird strikes through data #infoexcel #iisc

Manoj Gunasekaran@ManojG20 Feb 20 Bird strikes innthe Airplane. Interesting problem explained by Dr. Micheal Shepherd @Dalnews #InfoExcel #IISc #BigData

Kalavathy Perumal@Kala2904 Feb 20 Interesting insights and examples ( Boeing Bird strike project) by Prof. Michael Shepherd from Dalhousie university #infoexcel

Lakshmanan V@lakv Feb 20 Actionable insights more relevant than data visualization tools #infoexcel


Analytics for Optimizing the Enterprise by Dr. P Gopalakrishnan, Chief Mentor, BigInfoLabs


Dr. Gopal has explained that big data and analytics have found usage in analyzing customers, products, markets across various enterprises. He pointed out that there are many areas within the enterprises that need analytics, He articulated the need for analytics in sales process by optimizing the design of the sales organization, help diagnose problems and channeling the sales effort appropriately. Likewise, he elaborated on the application of analytics and data intelligence in the management of R&D, IP and many other areas that can benefit from the data intelligent applications.

Big Data Lake Proposition – Deep Dive by Sachin Mittal,  Director, HCL


Sachin gave the actionable focus to analytics by focusing on big data storage platforms (Big data lake). He defined the components of the Big Data Lake and identified the needs of Big Data Lakes across the industry verticals. He shared the case-studies highlighting Big Data Deployment cases across different verticals.

He articulated the need to take into account the Business Drivers and IT Drivers towards the Big Data Lake approach and deployment options. On whether to take a top down or a bottom approach; and whether to start with a focused business initiative or to start with a technology and TCO driven approach.

His reference to the Pentaho c-founder and CTO James Dixons’s Data Lake articulation comparing it to the water bodies was apt and helped clarify the Big Data platform usage with a crisp comparative approach.

Manoj Gunasekaran@ManojG20 Feb 20 Big Data lake is a lake of data stored in its raw form. Datamart is like a packaged water.. #InfoExcel #IISc #BigData

Account level profitability in the banking analytics trajectory, in Indian and US geographies by Swetha Kasthurirangan, Analytics Manager, WellsFargo


Swetha shared insights into Gaining Competitive Advantage through Account Level Profitability (ALP). She explained that ALP has been very important to most of the customer servicing industries.

Starting with the 80-20 analysis or the Whale Curve of profitability, Shwetha outlined the data input components that feed into ALP calculation, as well as some of the best practices to progress the ALP journey.

The challenges faced are not just data issues or forecasting constraints, but many other nebulous issues such as ambiguity in costs and revenue, cost surrogates, allocation preferences and the like. Shwetha held the audience captive in this last session of the Summit with distinct caricature visuals, as if to drive home the point that a bit of out of box thinking helps make a good amount of progress with Analytics.

Top Tweets for the summit

Jithin Odattu ‏@jithin_oc  Feb 20 #BigData isn’t just abt the volume of data but its more abt the crisis when commodity machines are incapable of dealing such data.#infoexcel

Asha Poulose ‏@AshaPoulose  Feb 20 Privileged to speak at #infoexcel Spring summit @iiscbangalore @nasscom @GEIndia https://informationexcellence.wordpress.com/2016/02/05/speakers-and-topics-for-2016-spring-summit/ … Great Meeting of like minds…

Shahour Khan ‏@khan_shahour  Feb 20 #infoexcel to sum up we understood what we knew about Big Data was just the tip of an iceberg.

Shahour Khan ‏@khan_shahour  Feb 20 #infoexcel Data analytics has a wide application in most of the business processes, currently being used only in Finance.

Jatin Chhabriya ‏@jatinchhab  Feb 20 Operational observations to Actionable Insights – Prof. Michael Shepherd on how Boeing tackled bird strikes through data #infoexcel #iisc

Irfan Ali‏@irfanalidv Industry Summit on Business Analytics #infoexcel

summitLakshmanan V ‏@lakv  Feb 20 Actionable insights more relevant than data visualization tools #infoexcel

ParimalRd ‏@ParimalRd  Feb 20 Start small, Grow big #infoexcel #bigdata

Prasad Chitta ‏@prasad_chitta  Feb 20 #infoexcel the business change management is tougher than the technology change when it comes to Big data…..

Nagaraj Kulkarni ‏@NagarajKulkarni  Feb 20 #infoexcel Analytics is Technology + Change Management; Change Management of Big Data lot more challenging than Technology Management

Kalavathy Perumal ‏@Kala2904  Feb 20 #infoexcel – great examples on how can we explore opportunities in big data by Mr.Robin Jose – EMC

Shahour Khan ‏@khan_shahour  Feb 20 #infoexcel Big data… Huge amount of insights coming in by Robin Jose

Anirudh Menon ‏@anikmenon  Feb 20 Big data helps improve the accuracy of analytics, prior to using big data solutions the accuracies were much lower. #infoexcel #BigData

Nagaraj Kulkarni ‏@NagarajKulkarni  Feb 20 #infoexcel Where does my Big Data output plug into the modeling approaches and tools

ParimalRd ‏@ParimalRd  Feb 20 #infoexcel Nice engaging session post lunch on #Bigdata

Prasad Chitta ‏@prasad_chitta  Feb 20 Big data is a means to the end called business analytics – panel discussion ongoing at #infoexcel

Arjuna Rao Chavala ‏@arjunaraoc  Feb 20 Big data is about creating better experience for users… Sanjeev Kumar, Dell in panel #infoexcel

Riz ‏@BLRNawaab  Feb 19 Dr Abhinanda Sarkar delivers an exciting talk on genomics. Excellent orator who knows how to work the crowd. #infoexcel

Note of Thanks for the Summit Hosts:



IISc and Department of Management Studies in IISc have been a huge support and source of strength to the Information Excellence Group, with their continued hosting of the event and active participation from the Student Volunteer Team.

Our sincere thanks to the Chairman and Faculty of the department for their guidance and encouragement. Thank You Prof Bala, Prof CM, Prof Partha and Prof Mathirajan.

Our thanks also to each of the department staff for their active engagement and taking care of all the details of organizing a summit conference of this scale.

Note of Thank You to NASSCOM AIG for the support

NASSCOM AIGThe Organizing Volunteer team acknowledges and thanks NASSCOM Analytics Interest Group for the support and anchoring the Industry Panel Discussion. We look forward to continuing the shared journey for the shared goal with the guidance, reach and support from NASSCOM AIG. Thank You Mohanakrishna and KSV for making the NASSCOM anchored Panel discussion happen, inspite of a very short time span.

Volunteer Team Contributing to the Success of the Summit:

Information Excellence Group operates by Volunteers from the Industry and Academia.

StudentsThe volunteer Team from IISc ensured the summit was well planned and executed, from the speaker reach out to the summit day organization ownership. Thanks to the team that did a great job on this. Thank You  Adithya Kiran, Priyratan, Senthil Nathan, Srikanth and many more who worked behind the scenes. Thanks also to the Administrative Team of the Department for their attention to detail and smooth operations.

The volunteer Duo from NIFT, Bangalore captured the memories and snapshots of the summit. Thank You Sindhu and Mananashritha for capturing the summit unmindful of the full day standing and adding some fashion to this knowledge summit.


VolunteersWorking behind the scenes are many committed information excellence professionals, who volunteer and / or advise for the cause of building a vibrant community and ensuring the community driven knowledge share.

Kudos to the volunteer team that worked closely on this summit.


Sponsor Acknowledgement:

The Organizing Volunteer team acknowledges and thanks Summit sponsors HCL and COMPEGENCE for their support and sponsorship.


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Summit Summary acknowledgements:

Thanks to Dheepa K from COMPEGENCE for the detailed summary notes and collation. Thank You Venugopal for the concise summit summary. Thank you Prasad Chitta for the summary notes.

Please read the summary key take aways by Prasad on his blogsite https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/notes-business-analytics-prasad-chitta


About and Engaging with IEG:

About Information Excellence

Information Excellence Group is the “Made in India” Knowledge Brand, that is continuing to make the impact and positive difference to the community, in Wikipedia model.



How can I support and contribute to the cause of Information Excellence:

From The Organizations and Institutes:

1)      Venue Support from your company for One Monthly Knowledge Share Sessions  in this Year (3:30 to 6:00 PM on Fridays  OR 10 AM to 12 Noon on Saturdays, Once a month)

2)      Subject Matter Expert Speaker Support to share he expert and emerging knowledge (in detailed, deep dive format, that helps the professionals with deployable-take-away knowledge)

3)      Host and / or Sponsor a Large format session

4)      Support with incremental sponsorship support (mementoes, raffles, welcome kits)

From The Individual Professionals:

1)      Sign up to be a volunteer, and take ownership of a whole monthly session

2)      Offer to speak, Offer to be a backup speaker

3)      Communicate and engage your fellow practitioners and your company

4)      Contribute with your expertise to share and speak

5)      Active contribution to the KnowBase on the informationexcellence site

6)      Volunteers with commitment to drive these activities further to next level

please send an email to informationexcellencegroup@gmail.com and reach out to one of the volunteers to start contributing to the community.

Pune Knowledge Share on Mar12 by informationexcellence
March 9, 2016, 8:05 am
Filed under: Knowledge Share Sessions

Information_Excellence_Picture1A group of Information Excellence Professionals, having experienced and enjoyed being part of the Information Excellence Group Community in Bangalore and having relocated to Pune Now, are taking the first steps towards the direction of having a Pune Chapter of the Information Excellence Group.

As a first step, the team is arranging a meetup within their company, being hosted by CDK Global, on Saturday 12.March.2016 @ 10:30hrs to 14:00hrs.

The KNowledge Share event is focused on experiential industry case studies:


  • Deep and Extreme Learning Machines; concepts and applications – Dr.Jay Bharatheesh Simha, Chief Technical Officer/Director(Data Science), Abiba Systems Pvt.Ltd
  • Healthcare Analytics in Oncology Research @ Varian Medical Systems – Ashish Kadam, Sr. Engineering Manager, Varian Medical Systems
  • Tectonic Shifts in Enterprise Advanced Analytics Solutions, Mohit Sewak (VP, Advanced Analytics, BNY Mellon Innovation Center, Pune)


cdk_globalHosted by CDK GLobal, Thank You CDK Global Team

  • CDK Global India Pvt Ltd, Level 9, 10, Binarius Deepak Complex, Opposite Golf Course, Yerawada, Pune

Meetup Registration Link and time:


The Meet up is free for all participants, but registration is required, in line with the Information Excellence tradition.


Call for Volunteer Signups in Pune:

This is a great opportunity for the Information Excellence Professsionals in Pune to come together, and grow the community, within the guidelines of the IEG community principles, towards enriching the self, society and the enterprises that your work for.

The Pune Chapter initiators will be looking forward to signing up volunteers from across the companies, and we are targeting having a core team of 8 members from 8 different companies to drive this forward.

Please find out more about the IEG at the following links:




About Information Excellence


Speakers and Topics for 20-Feb-2016 Spring Summit @ IISc by informationexcellence
February 5, 2016, 6:15 pm
Filed under: 2016 Spring Conference, KnowBase InfoLinks

Agenda, Speakers, Topics and Profiles: (Sat 20th Feb)

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Dear Information Excellence Professional, as you have come to expect by now, There is a great line up of speakers with delightful topics. We are sure your quest for knowledge and thirst for the insights will go well rewarded in the Summit.

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The Summit is hosted by the Department of Management Studies, IISc; the very first B School in India, founded in 1947


The Summit is supported by NASSCOM, with a NASSCOM Panel discussion on Big Data; giving industrywide visibility/

For registration (attendance is free, registration is essential) and venue directions, please visit: Registration Link: https://ieg2016spring.eventbrite.com

Blog: https://informationexcellence.wordpress.com/category/2016-spring-conference/
LinkedIn group: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Information-Excellence-3893869

Below are the distinguished Speakers we Have, for the Conference.

The Summit is supported by Volunteer Community, and is being sponsored by COMPEGENCE and HCL.


From To Organization Topic Speaker
09:00 09:30 Volunteer Team Registration, Networking IISc and IEG Volunteer Team
09:30 09:45 IISc Host Note, Summit Kick Off Prof M.H. Bala Subrahmanya
Chairman, Dept of Management Studies, IISc
09:45 10:15 IISc Inaugural Key Note on Pattern Analysis and synthesis Prof M.N. Murty, Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Professor, Department of Computer Science and Automation, IISc
10:15 10:45 GE Global Research Industrial Internet and Digital Twin Dr. Vinay Jammu, Technology Leader, GE Global Research
10:45 11:15 Informatica Role of Analytics in transitioning from Reactive to Proactive/Preemptive Customer Services Kali Prasad Vittala – Distinguished Fellow & Vice President AND

Arjun Krishnamoorthy – Data Scientist, Data Science Group

11:30 12:00 E & Y Derivatives Analytics Overview Prashanth Kuttuva, Excecutive Director
12:00 12:30 OmiX Biological information for Medical Diagnostics: Omics to OmiX Dr. Abhinanda Sarkar, Director
12:30 13:00 GE – Power Services India Driving Business outcomes with Data science
– Cash Analytics
Ms Asha Poulose Johnson, CIO, GE – Power Services India
14:00 15:00 NASSCOM Panel Discussion by Industry Leaders “Big Data: What it is and is Not” Moderator:
Sanjeev Kumar, Director, Dell Sales, Product & Pricing Analytics.Panelist:
Robin Jose, Director – Data Science and Innovation, EMC Software and Services India Pvt Ltd.
George Mathew, VP – Fractal Analytics
15:00 15:30 Dalhousie University Data Analytics and Business Insights Prof. Micheal Shepherd, Department of Computer Science
15:45 16:15 BigInfoLabs Analytics for optimizing the enterprise Dr. P Gopalakrishnan, Chief Mentor
16:15 16:45 HCL BIG DATA Lake Proposition – Deep Dive Sachin Mittal, Director
16:45 17:15 WellsFargo Account level profitability in the banking analytics trajectory, in Indian and US geographies Swetha Kasthurirangan, Analytics Manager
17:15 17:30 IEG Information Excellence Summary Nagaraj Kulkarni, COMPEGENCE,
On behalf of Volunteer Team
17:30 18:00 Volunteer Team Vote of Thanks Srikanth S, Masters Scholar, IISc

 Details Speaker Profiles, in the order of Schedule:

Prof M.H. Bala Subrahmanya, Chairman, Dept of Management Studies, IISc

Prof Balasubrahmanya M H

Topic: Host Note and Summit Kik Off

Prof M.H. Bala Subrahmanya, Professor & Chairman, Dept of Management Studies, IISc.
Prof Bala Subrahmanya is the Professor of Economics and the Chairman of the Department of Management Studies, the oldest management institute in India.

His research interests include Industrial Economics covering the wide spectrum of industry: start-ups, micro firms, SMEs, large scale enterprises including TNCs, their structure and growth, industrial R&D and technological innovations, entrepreneurship, industrial energy consumption pattern and efficiency, industrial subcontracting, productivity and industrial performance.

Prof Bala Subrahmanya comes with many noted recognitions including:

•    University of California, Davis, USA: Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Fellow during September 2009 to April 2010.
•    National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Tokyo, Japan: Japan Foundation Visiting Research Fellow during March 2005 to February 2006.
•    Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India: Assistant Professor (from May 1996 to May 2002), Department of Management Studies.
•    Foundation for Small & Medium Enterprise Development, University of Durham, Durham, United Kingdom: Commonwealth Visiting Research Fellow during February-July 2000.
•    The Associated Chambers of Commerce & Industry of India [Assocham], New Delhi, India: Economist (January1990-October1992); Senior Executive (November 1992-April 1996).

Prof M.N. Murty, Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Professor, Department of Computer Science and Automation, IISc

Prof M N Murthy

Topic: Pattern Analysis and synthesis

Profile: Professor Murthy comes with distinguished Research and Academic career, having published over 120 papers and guided over 20 PhD students and over 60 Masters Thesis. He has also co authored several books and NPTEL lecture notes on Pattern Recognition, Data Mining, and Machine Learning. His paper on “Pattern Clustering: A Review” has been cited videly across the research community, and has been the most widely downloaded paper for several years. 

Professor Murthy has been conferred many recognitions and awards, including: Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering; Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences; Alumni Award for Excellence in Research for Engineering; Leader of the team winning the KDD Cup 2003; Associate Editor of Sadhana published by Indian Academy of Sciences and many more.

He is a Product of the IISc, having completed his BE, ME and PhD from IISc. He has also worked at Michigan State University, USA; University of Dauphine, Paris and Delft University of Technology, Holland.

Dr. Vinay Jammu, Technology Leader, Asset Performance Analytics and Systems, GE Global Research

Dr.Vinay JammuTopic: Industrial Internet and Digital Twin

Profile: Vinay Jammu is Technology Leader for Asset Performance Analytics and Systems group in Software Sciences and Analytics organization in GE Global Research. He is responsible for 5 different labs located in Bangalore, Schenectady, NY and San Ramon, CA that are focused on driving domain-based analytics to differentiate GE’s Industrial Internet Solutions. Vinay is also a platform leader for Sensing and Lifing Technologies where is drives specific technologies directed towards machine health and condition-based maintenance of GE equipment such as gas turbines, locomotives and Aviation engines. In addition Vinay serves as focal point for analytics team across GE India Technology Centers in Pune, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore.

Vinay obtained his doctoral degree from University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1996 in Mechanical Engineering with specialization in the area of fault diagnosis. After a brief stint in Mechanical Technology Inc, NY, he joined GE Global Research, Niskayuna, NY in 1997 as Diagnostics Engineer. After working Global Research, Niskayuna for about 6 years, Vinay relocated to India in 2002 and held multiple roles as Lab Manager and Technology Leader in different organization in GE Global Research. Vinay is a certified master black belt, has 35 patents applications, and 60+ internal and external publications.

Abstract: The talk will focus on the work GE is doing in the area of Industrial Internet and Digital Twin technologies. GE is working with partners in Industry to create an open platform called Predix that is targeted towards improving efficiencies and reducing downtime in industries such as Power, Transportation and Healthcare. This platform connects Big Data and Big Iron together to provide apps that can drive radical improvement in efficiencies using software and analytics. GE’s Digital Twin is intended to be the killer app for the platform where in high fidelity models that replicate the behavior of the actual hardware can be used for performance improvements, failure prevention and Analytics-Based Maintenance to reduce costs and improve bottom line of different industries.

Kali Prasad Vittala – Distinguished Fellow & Vice President, Informatica

Kali Prasad Vittala

Topic: Role of Analytics in transitioning from Reactive to Proactive/Preemptive Customer Services

Profile: Kali Prasad heads the Advanced Product Support team and Data Science Group of Informatica Customer Support. He is a Phd from IIT Kanpur and has over 17 years of experience in the field of Information Technology and Customer Success


Arjun Krishnamoorthy – Data Scientist, Data Science Group, Informatica

Arjun KrishnamoorthyArjun has experience 10+ years of experience in the field of Customer Services.

Abstract:  Kali Prasad and Arjun will be presenting together on Analytics Transition.

Traditionally, Customers face an issue, contact Support, Services organization analyzes the issue and resolves the problem. There is a down time and significant impact to business during this cycle. With today’s technology, access to data and increased Customer Expectations, Customer Service can no longer be reactive. In this presentation we will walk you through some of the Analytics initiatives that we have in place, that makes our support more Proactive/Preemptive. These projects use Machine Learning and other Analytics solutions to make our customers more successful in adopting our products and services.

Prashanth Kuttuva, Excecutive Director, E&Y

Prashanth KuttuvaTopic: Derivatives Analytics Overview

Profile: Prashanth Kuttuva is an Executive Director leading the Ernst & Young’s Bangalore FSRM team. He has over 15 years of experience at EY New York office in providing advisory services to E&Y’s capital markets clients in the areas of derivatives valuation, market and credit risk management, and other quantitative advisory services.

He led large engagements in risk management and front-to-back office derivative system implementations. He directed derivative model set up, yield curve bootstrapping methodologies, configuration and processes. He also led his team on model validation projects for several large banks. Prashanth’s functional expertise includes Derivative Valuations, Model Validation, Hedge effectiveness testing, Basel II – Market Risk and Banking Treasury.

Prashanth holds a MS- Mathematical Finance – Columbia University, New York, USA and an MBA in Finance from Asian Institute of Management, Manila, Philippines.

Abstract : Overview of the products in the trading book of the banks
•     Understanding the derivatives risk measurement process flow
•     Introduction to the financial derivatives
•     How to read and understand the traded market data
•     Why reading of data is important? Effects of reading the data incorrectly.

Dr. Abhinanda Sarkar, Director, Omix Labs

Dr Abhinanda Sarkar

Dr. Abhinanda Sarkar

Topic: Biological Information for Medical Diagnostics: Omics to OmiX

Profile: Abhinanda Sarkar is director and co-founder of OmiX Labs, a biotech company focused on the innovative detection of infectious diseases. Earlier in his career, he has been Quality Leader at GE and Mathematics Lecturer at MIT among other industrial and academic appointments. Abhinanda’s work focuses on the use of statistical methods for scientific and business applications. He is a graduate of the Indian Statistical Institute and Stanford University.

Abstract: Genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics and other ‘omics’ technologies have made biology an information science. The use of such information for the diagnosis of disease is a global effort spanning several disciplines. After snapshots of the science, the talk will outline a platform technology that OmiX Labs is designing. This is a low-cost approach to testing for infectious diseases in Indian conditions.

Ms Asha Poulose Johnson, CIO, GE – PowerServices India

Asha PouloseTopic: Driving Business outcomes with Data science – Cash Analytics

Profile: Asha Poulose Johnson is the Chief Information Officer for GE Power Services India. Asha has 17+ years of IT and Management experience with deep expertise in data analytics, building and leading high performing global cross functional teams, aligning Enterprise IT initiatives with business strategy, managing large program portfolio and budgets and delivering large strategic programs in a highly matrixed global environment. She specializes in driving cash outcomes for enterprises leveraging her background in process simplification, data analytics and emerging technologies. She holds a Masters degree in Engineering from IIT Mumbai and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from NIT Calicut.

Abstract: The applications of data science is growing tremendously across all Industries. In GE, Data science is used in many domains like marketing, sourcing, services and finance to drive business outcomes. In this presentation, Asha will give an overview of some examples where data science is driving business outcomes and talk in detail on an example on cash generation.


NASSCOM Panel Discussion by Industry Leader

Sanjeev Kumar, Director, Dell Sales, Product & Pricing Analytics

Sanjeev Kumar Sanjeev Kumar lead a 100+ member Performance Analytics team owning the BI and Decision Science Operations for Dell’s Commercial Sales, Pricing and Product functions. We support both Entrprise and Client Solutions businesses Globally and across Regions.

He have solid Product Management background too and he has devised strategies and championed programs to increase Sales, reduce OpEx and improve Customer Experience. He also have track record of applying emerging trends to develop market leading eCommerce products.

He has a global outlook with at least a couple of years of work experience in Canada, Germany, and the US. He has degrees from IIT and Arizona State.


Robin Jose, Director – Data Science and Innovation, EMC Software and Services India Pvt Ltd

Robin JoseRobin focuses on building innovative platforms and products using using Big Data and Analytics. He is excited about the future of AI and Machine Learning and the huge advantage it brings to Organizations and People in the Digital Age.

In a career spanning 18 years, Robin held many leadership roles in large technology companies. His focus areas are Analytics, Machine Learning, Big Data, Internet of Things, Cloud Computing.He was recognized as “India’s Top 25 Digitalist Thought Leaders” in SAP ACE 2015 Awards.He frequently writes for magazines, and is an active speaker at national and international events.

GLOBAL HEAD, DATA SCIENCES & INNOVATION EMC is a Fortune 150 and one of the biggest technology players in Big Data and Cloud Area. Robin has a global leadership roles – leading teams spread across Americas, Middle East and India in Data Science, Machine Learning and Innovation.
VICE PRESIDENT, BIG DATA ANALYTICS Robin was responsible for building one of the largest Big Data Analytics Platforms in India which provided Predictive Analytics, Market Intelligence and Campaign Management.
SITE LEADER – AS ENGINEERING Cisco is a Fortune 100 and one of the largest Technology companies in the world. Robin lead a 150 member Engineering Division that focused on Analytics, Cloud Computing and Mobility.

INDIAN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS PGPMAX from ISB. Focus on Business Intelligence, Corporate Strategy, and Global Operations.International Immersion in Wharton & Kellog in USA, and FDC in Brazil.
SRM ENGINEERING COLLEGE Masters in Computer Applications. Electives on Algorithms and Artificial Intelligence.

George Mathew, VP, Fractal Analytics

George MathewGeorge Mathew is the Vice President, Technology at Fractal Analytics, a global analytics firm that helps Fortune 500 companies gain competitive advantage through a deep understanding of consumers and better data driven decisions. Fractal Analytics delivers insight, innovation and impact through predictive analytics and visual storytelling.

In his previous role, George was the VP of Engineering & Delivery, and the Managing Director of the India operations of Exeter Group, a business and technology consulting firm headquartered in Boston, USA.

His area of engineering specialization, spanning nearly 18 years, is in building highly scalable, enterprise-grade technology products, as well as executing complex IT projects across diverse platforms for large clients.

His industry leadership experience includes being the past Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce, Karnataka Chapter and a member of their National Executive Board. He is also the current Co-Chairman of the NASSCOM Karnataka Regional Council.

George has completed his MBA from IIM, Ahmedabad and his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Computer Science from NIT, Tiruchirappalli.

Prof. Micheal Shepherd, Department of Computer Science

Dr. Michael Shepherd.jpgTopic:  Data Analytics and Business Insights

Profile: Dr. Shepherd is a Professor in Faculty of Computer Science at Dalhousie University. On July 1, 2015, he stepped down as Dean of the Faculty after serving for 7 years.

As Dean, he lead the initiative to create the Institute for Big Data Analytics at Dalhousie, the first such institute in Canada. The Institute has become a research focus for the University with a steady stream of visitors from all parts of the world, collaborating in big data analytics research in oceans, health and aerospace. The Institute also offers specialized courses to local industry to help train their people in big data analytics. He also helped to create an ICT Sandbox in the Faculty for budding student entrepreneurs, providing them a sandbox in which to develop their ideas and to receive both technical and business mentorship.

His research interests include visual text analytics, information retrieval, user profiles and personalization, and health informatics. He has served as Vice-President of the Canadian Association for Computer Science and as President of the Canadian Association for Information Science. Currently, he is Vice-President of the Canadian Network for Visual Analytics Centres, a member of the National Computer Science Steering Committee, a member of the board of the World Confederation of Productivity Science, and a member of the board of Digital Nova Scotia and previously served as its Vice-Chair. He was Co-Chair of the recent, very successful, Big Data for Productivity Congress that attracted 500 delegates from 12 countries around the world.  In October of 2015, Dr. Shepherd was honored by being elected a Fellow of the World Academy of Productivity Science.

Abstract: This presentation reviews some of the Big Data Analytics projects at Dalhousie University, in particular with respect to the Ocean Tracking Network and to The Boeing Company.  The presentation then links Data-Driven Innovation to Economic Growth

Dr. P Gopalakrishnan, Chief Mentor, BigInfoLabs

Dr. P GopalakrishnanTopic: Analytics for optimizing the enterprise

Profile: Dr. P. (Gopal) Gopalakrishnan is currently an independent consultant and mentor. He is an experienced technology leader who has led successful product innovations, research, and technology strategy over the course a distinguished career. He was formerly the Vice President, Corporate Technology, IBM Corporation, based in Armonk, NY. He managed several programs aimed at strengthening the innovation capabilities of the company and was also the Vice Chair of the IBM Academy of Technology, a select group of global technical leaders responsible for innovation and technology across the company.

Prior to this role, Dr. Gopalakrishnan was Vice President, IBM India Software Lab (ISL). In this senior leadership role he oversaw product development and technology innovation efforts of several thousand engineers spread across five cities in India. He was responsible for delivering on the product commitments across the team, promoting innovation, interfacing with local clients, and growing technical talent. One of the key priorities that he drove was the impact on global technical directions and new product directions for the company from this team of engineers. Dr. Gopalakrishnan has also held role as Director, Discovery Solutions, in IBM Software Group, where he helped take to market some early text analytics technologies.

Dr. Gopalakrishnan received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park; he is also an Alumni of the Indian Institute of Science.

Abstract: The use of analytics in marketing is well studied. In particular, big data and analytics have found widespread use in analyzing markets, customers, buying behavior, and so on. There are many other use cases that are relevant within the enterprises that cry out for analytics. Some are well established, while others are still nascent. In this discussion we will focus on a few such use cases within the enterprise. One area is the sales process. Here analytics can optimize the design of the sales organization, help diagnose problems, and direct the sales effort effectively. The other are is where ideas are developed, namely the R&D stage. Here the use of analytics has been well established in areas such as intellectual property management, but still lacking in many other decision making stages. We will discuss both the current uses of analytics and point out areas for further exploration.

Sachin Mittal,  Director, HCL

Sachin Mittal Topic: Big Data Lake Value Proposition, Deep Dive

Profile: Sachin has about 18 + years of International Business Consulting, Technology consulting, IT Management and entrepreneurial experience. Sachin brings functional expertise in designing and Implementing Corporate Performance Management Solutions including Strategy Management, Analytics, Big Data and Business Intelligence solutions based on the SAP product suite (SAP BW/BO, SEM, SSM and BPC). He has industry experience in Pharmaceuticals, Manufacturing, Telecom industries.

Sachin has successfully built practices and capability organizations in his past experience. Prior to HCL, he was managing the SAP EPM practice for Mahindra Satyam. He also successfully built an SAP BW consulting based entrepreneurial venture which was based in Mumbai, India.He comes with rich experience converting business vision into technology solutions in the area of Analytics and Performance Management.

Abstract: Deep Dive explores the following points

The business context in terms of needs and challenges

Define the components of the Big Data Lake

Identify some of the opportunities in the market

Identify the needs of Big Data across industry verticals

Review some case-studies highlighting HCL implementation experience across different verticals

Identify HCL differentiators which sets our services ahead of our competition.

Swetha Kasthurirangan, Analytics Manager, WellsFargo

Swetha KasthuriranganTopic: Account level profitability in the banking analytics trajectory, in Indian and US geographies

Abstract: Account level profitability has been the fundamental analytics block for most customer servicing industries. It continues to be as relevant today as it was a decade back. Unlike Analytics driven by methodologies and algorithms, ALP continues to depend upon experienced business analysts to build a relia‎be framework and sustain it. Challenges faced in this task are also not pure data problems or forecasting constraints, but are multi-fold. This discussion is aimed to lay down some of these nuances based upon my experiences in Indian and US banking set ups. While there is applicability for ALP across the customer lifecycle, will also benefit to know where it is a case if a forcing a wrong sized shoe.

Profile: Swetha Kasthurirangan is a banking consulting professional with over twelve years of core experience in analytics. She is currently with Wells Fargo’s Knowledge services group, and part of their leadership team in establishing the bank’s analytics practice in India at Enterprise Global Services of Wells. She has earlier worked with GE Capital, HSBC, Citibank and TCS.

Her primary career focus has been risk solutions across the lifecycle of products in the consumer lending vertical, both in the Indian and US geographies. In recent years, she has been involved in stakeholder engagement for setting up seed delivery teams, driving competencies, expanding engagements and providing thought leadership for unit’s growth charter.

Swetha holds a BE in Computer Science from Madras University, an MBA from IIT Kanpur and a Masters’ in Business Law from National Law School, Bangalore. She was also chosen as Young Engineer Fellow at IISc in the year 2000. (20 students selected for this honour every year from the pool of prestigious engineering colleges across the country). Being an academic topper throughout, a Gold medalist at Masters’, she enjoys sharing her learning experiences.

Aside from work, she enjoys traveling and reading. Her husband is also a banking analytics professional and they have a four year old son who (she believes) takes after them, in logically and analytically dissecting every one of their parenting decisions!


Make sure you are there to be part of the community and build your knowledge and network, and think of how you can contribute to this community initiative and make a difference!


Asha Poulose@AshaPoulose Feb 20 Privileged to speak at #infoexcel Spring summit @iiscbangalore @nasscom @GEIndia https://informationexcellence.wordpress.com/2016/02/05/speakers-and-topics-for-2016-spring-summit/ … Great Meeting of like minds…

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Riz@BLRNawaab Feb 19 Excited to participate tomorrow in Spring Analytics COnference at IIsc Bangalore #infoexcel

2016 Spring Information Excellence Summit by informationexcellence
January 21, 2016, 10:50 pm
Filed under: 2016 Spring Conference, KnowBase InfoLinks

Information Excellence Group is pleased to announce “Information Excellence Industry Summit”, hosted by IISc Department of Management Studies, being held at Satish Dhawan Auditorium, IISc, Bangalore. On Feb 20th (Sat), 2016.

IEG 2016 Summit Image3This is the 7th Large Format Practitioner Summit from the Information Excellence Group (IEG). Please check out more information about the summit in this Presentation. It is conducted with the Unique, Volunteer driven, Professional-Industry-Academia Collaborative model and it is supported by TDWI-DAMA-CSI.

It is operated in Non-Cash, Not For Profit, Industry supported, and Corporate Sponsored model (About Information Excellence Group). The Summit is free for all practising professionals and Researchers and Academia.  (About Information Excellence Group)

As the Data Deluge continues and the training and certifications flood the industry and the data science packages soar high; it is apt to look around, keep grounded and get the practical understanding through the practitioner presented case studies.

 Information Excellence Group has been relentlessly working on that and continues its journey towards spreading the clarity and removing the fog of misconceptions (demystifying) around the subject. The group is focused on helping grow the community, so the much mystified Data Science Harvest stands a chance.

Your support is very important in the growth of the Information Excellence Group. We look forward to your participation, sharing about the conference within your organization, your community and network, your recommendations on speakers.  We look forward to seeing you at the summit. Please mark your calendar.

Additionally, IEG is seeking nominal sponsorship (non cash), will be a delight if your organization can support, please advise and connect with the right stakeholders in your organization. Organizations such as DataXu, Intel, Infosys, IronMountain, SAP, SunGard, TCS, and Wipro have proudly hosted and sponsored the earlier Summits. Many more Organizations have supported with their venue and speakers for the short format sessions.

Summit Info:

Updates and Details will be posted at the blog-site as we progress with the conference details.


Below is a snapshot of the Industry participation from the last yer:

2015 IEG Summit Industry Participataion

Registration Link: 


The conference is free to attend, thanks to Industry Support. However, registration is essential at the link below. We welcome all practicing professionals to attend. We also encourage Academic Faculty to make use of the opportunity.

Get plugged into the conference details:

Blog: https://informationexcellence.wordpress.com/category/2016-spring-conference/

LinkedIn group: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Information-Excellence-3893869

Speaker Invitations:

Information Excellence Group has always prioritized bringing the best of the thought leadership and cases from practitioners and industry leaders; with passion and focus in bringing the deep dive cases. Your support and commitment have made the community attach the premium value to the conference. We take pride in having your inputs and proposals towards finalizing conference presentations.

We seek your nominations on expert and eminent speakers and in-depth presentations from the industry and your company. We are focused on having the best of deep dive cases and demos, presented by practitioners and visionary leaders.

 Sponsorship Opportunities:

The industry support and participation has been a very important factor in the success of building this collaborative community together. The conference needs your support in terms of non-cash sponsorship towards the following:

  • Lunch and Beverages towards 300 Participants (Essential)
  • Speakers and Volunteer Mementoes (Essential)
  • Coverage of Photo and Videography (for content (Optional)
  • Speaker Kits & Participant Takeaways (Optional)

 Apart from supporting the good cause, sponsorship also entitles:

  • Space for up to 4 Standees for Brand Publicity
  • Optional Open Space for a stall, if required
  • All Communications will carry Sponsor Logo (reaching thousands of professionals)
  • Could Provide Sponsor Material or kit to participants for publicity

Reaching out to the Volunteer Team:

Our volunteer team is busy finalizing the speakers and sessions, and looks forward to your presentation proposals, speaker suggestions and sponsorship offers.

Please note that the Speaker Nomination and Selection is independent of the Sponsorship Offer and Reach-out.

For any additional information you need or questions you may have, please reach out to us at informationexcellence@compegence.com and informationexcellencegroup@gmail.com or to any of the volunteers

Manjunath Mallya               (974-041-1333)    : manju.mallya@gmail.com

Venugopal Krishnan           (94481-45320)     : venugopal.krishnan@gmail.com

Srikanth S                             (963-213-7122)   : srikanths@mgmt.iisc.ernet.in

Senthil Nathan M                                                : senthiln@mgmt.iisc.ernet.in

Aditya Kiran                         (88019-00964)    : Adityak@mgmt.iisc.ernet.in

Priyaratan Mishra               (96233-89904)    : Priyr@mgmt.iisc.ernet.in

Nagaraj Kulkarni                (99805-40426)     : Nagaraj.Kulkarni@gmail.com


Keeping in touch with IEG:

blog:                   https://informationexcellence.wordpress.com/

linked in:            http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Information-Excellence-3893869

Facebook:           http://www.facebook.com/pages/Information-excellence-group/171892096247159

presentations:   http://www.slideshare.net/informationexcellence

twitter:                #infoexcel (during conferences)        

email:                  informationexcellence@compegence.com or   informationexcellencegroup@gmail.com

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Harvesting “Information Excellence” with community knowledge share


Bridging Social and Digital Divide? by informationexcellence
November 22, 2015, 11:24 am
Filed under: KnowBase InfoLinks

There is inequality in the world is a known fact. Richest 1% of the world own more than what the rest of the 99% of the world own, gives a gravity of this divide.




image courtesy: http://thecontributor.com/sites/default/files/breaking-news/2014/02/inequality.jpg

The Internet and Digitization have been touted as a great social equalizers. They have been, and they have not been.

Internet was a great equalizer in the early and initial years, before wads of money started flowing into the industry in the form of the angel / venture capital money. Slowly but surely, the power of money started influencing the direction of the evolution and influence from the industry.

Entire last two centuries of social progress has been towards fighting and eliminating this “Control Mechanism of few powerful people on the entire society”. The “Land for the Ryots (farmer)” in India post independence is one such famous act, that put the lands in the hands of the farm labourers, from the Zamindars.

Unfortunate that the “supposed to be social equalizer”, “Internet”, with its inflated investments and valuations is heading towards the “Zamindar-ization” of the digital businesses. More concerning is the fact that the elite thinkers of the world are yet to realize (or to acknowledge and act, which is perhaps the reality) this fact.

The divide is probably justifiable and OK, if the bottom of the society is also progressing. Which seems to be the case (or is it? let us assume for now). Most everybody now has a TV and CellPhone, that they did not have say ten to twenty years ago. World has become affordable.

Or so it seems, until we take a deeper look. Here is a wonderful blog article from Francis Smart (Thank You Francis), on the true impact on the bottom 25% of the world (by income). What the analysis shows, should be a cause for concern. Please read the full article at the link below:


Summarizing in a nutshell, “Effect of decreased income coupled with increased costs has created a situation in which a higher proportion of the lower 25% are at risk of being classified in poverty as at any time since the 1980s” and “their income in terms of purchasing power is falling”.

“…. The poorest 25% of society now how less purchasing power than they did in the 1980s while the cost of rent, education, and health care have all risen. Despite having the odds stacked against them, the poorest 25% are better educated than at any time in history.  Yet, their incomes have continued to falter while their divorce rates have grown steadily higher”.

A situation that is a perfect contradiction. A rich society, Billions of dollars of investments for seemingly trivial ideas, valuations that are beyond ridiculous, growing Dow, NASDAQ, Nifty, Sensex indexes. Coupled with the 25% of the population that is supposed to be feeling they are in good times – but actually facing lower purchasing power and increasing living costs, inspite of the higher levels of education and degrees.

This is a dangerous cocktail of a situation for the world to be in. It does not take much for an educated and learned youth to be vulnerable when “observing richness everywhere around while feeling desperate at not being able find a decent job and growth opportunities”.

Is ISIS by any chance a by-product of the society we are investing in, a society with increased social and economic and information divide?

Many from the InformationExcellenceGroup community ask, “What beyond conducting some Knowledge Share sessions and Summit Conferences? Can we do something more”?

If we like to live in a peaceful world, social equity is an essential ingredient. Can “Information Excellence Group play a role in there?

We can start with the kind of work Francis Smart has done, that brings out the “Information” from the Data Mass, and helps us validate or correct the perceptions from the reality?

Information Equalization



If you are passionate about the topic, if you finished reading Frank’s blog, if it made you sit straight and wonder why this is happening, if you remained restless and started wondering why this should be true if this is true, then I would like to invite you to give your committed time to make a difference in this context, within the realm of the Information Excellence Group scope and focus. In that case, send your thoughts and notes to us through this blog site. And reach us at informationexcellencegroup at gmail dot com with “two things you can do and like to do” in this context.

And hey, keep this in the mind as you go out for the Black Friday Sales and start seeking out the deals. And if the deal you got is contributing to the negative purchasing power of somebody somewhere in the world!

Happy Thanks Giving and holidays.

Contributed by Nagaraj Kulkarni, Information Excellence Group Volunteer