Harvesting "Information Excellence"

And We all thought we are experts in Data Science….
February 12, 2017, 8:00 pm
Filed under: KnowBase InfoLinks

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 ….
February 12, 2017, 7:58 pm
Filed under: KnowBase InfoLinks

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”

Pune Knowledge Share on Mar12
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
February 5, 2016, 6:15 pm
Filed under: 2016 Spring Conference, KnowBase InfoLinks

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

Agenda                                 Registration                                   Speaker_Profiles

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…

Arjuna Rao Chavala@arjunaraoc Feb 9 Looking forward to 2016 Information Excellence Industry Summit #infoexcel https://lnkd.in/e9cXAas

Rishabh #livelife@rishabh_51 Feb 20 Looking forward for great learning experience #infoexcel

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

2016 Spring Information Excellence Summit
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/

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Bridging Social and Digital Divide?
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

Big Data and Deep Learning: 2015 Oct 31 Sat
October 26, 2015, 2:12 pm
Filed under: Knowledge Share Sessions

Date: Saturday Oct/31st/2015: 09:30 AM to 01:00 PM

Host Organization:Akamai (Thank You for hosting us)



Big Data Adoption and Evolution: Case Study from the media industry (Chid Kollengode, Sr Director, Engineering, DataXu)

Chid Linkedin PhotoChid is currently the Sr Director at DataXu, Driving the Programmatic Marketing with Big Data Technologies and having loads of fun doing it.

Chid has been a key member of the Yahoo’s Hadoop foundational team, and a champion of Big Data Technology evolution and adoption. He will talk about the adoption of Big Data in the Media industry, challenges and evolution, based on his experience.

Speaker profile: https://in.linkedin.com/in/chidk

His Specialities include.

– Proven ability to repeatedly seed and nurture high performance teams – in Amazon, Yahoo, Nokia.
– Big Data and Data Science – Delivered 100TB+ Oracle to 35+ petabyte Hadoop warehouses.
– Ability to take ideas from prototype to Internet-scale production (Hadoop and A9)
– Focus on getting it done – partner with customers and proactively manage risk

Deep Learning Overview (Dr Bharatheesh Jaysimha, CTO, Abiba Technologies)

J Bharatheesh Simha

Dr Bharatheesh is the CTO at Abiba Technologies, Driving Data Science driven solutions for the Telecom and Retail industries. His expertise spanning Data, Analytics and Business Solutions is valued by Abiba customers worldwide.

Deep learning machines are reincarnated versions of previous machine learning avatars like neural networks and fuzzy systems. What separates them from machine learning 1.0 is their ability to create features on their own instead of handcrafted features as in other algorithms. There are different flavors of deep learning from deep learning networks to auto encoders to deep unsupervised approaches. This talk from Dr. Bharatheesh will shed some light on the origins of deep learning, different approaches currently used and applications of deep learning in variety of domains (visual, sound, text and time series), along with tools that can be used for embedding DLMs in your applications.

Speaker profile: https://in.linkedin.com/in/jbsimha


Akamai, Outer Ring Road, Bangalore google map link for directions:

Salarpuria Softzone, 2nd & 3rd Floor, ‘A’ Wing, Survey No. 80/1, Bellandur Village,

Outer Ring Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560037

Registration Link:



  1. Please bring a govt id proof, for the Security process at host organization
  2. Don’t block seats if unsure of attending
  3. Session is free for all, but Registration is essential
  4. Please be there on time to make use of the learning and knowledge share networking opportunities
  5. questions or suggestions: please email to informationexcellencegroup@gmail.com / informationexcellence@compegence.com


Saturday Oct 31/2015 09:30 AM to 01:00 PM

Sign in from 9:30 AM

09:30 AM to 10:00 AM     Informal Introductions and Networking

10:00 AM to 11:15 AM       Big Data Adoption and Evolution

Coffee Break

11:30 AM to 12:45 PM      Deep Learning Overview