Harvesting "Information Excellence"


Data Dynamics from the Lens of Students’ Eye by informationexcellence
March 7, 2012, 9:42 pm
Filed under: 2012 Spring Conference, KnowBase InfoLinks

Few Students stepping into their final Semester of the M Tech in Information Management at the International School of Information Management in Mysore (http://isim.ac.in) attended the Information Excellence Summit.

About to start their full-semester full time project, these students were looking for every possible opportunity that matched their passion and focus, to zero-in on their M Tech Project topic.

Here is a “Bullet Point Summary” of the two day summit, captured by the students. Complementing the Speaker slides, these are good nuggets to go by if you missed the summit – or missed the speakers in the middle of networking breaks.

If you have opportunities for internship or have plans to hire, you can contact them at  isim2012@isim.net.in (goes directly to all students) or office@isim.ac.in (to the ISIM office and Director).



2012 Spring Summit Summary by informationexcellence
February 28, 2012, 8:15 pm
Filed under: 2012 Spring Conference, KnowBase InfoLinks, Knowledge Share Sessions

Information Excellence Spring Summit 2012

INFORMATION EXCELLENCE 2012 Spring Summit, themed “Data Dynamics”, was held in Bangalore on Feb 25-26, 2012 at Wipro’s Electronic City Campus in Bangalore. The summit was host-sponsored by Wipro, with additional industry sponsorship support from TCS (Mementoes), Sungard (Speaker and Volunteer Kits and Participant Raffle Prizes), Collabera (Participant Prize Raffles) and Academy IMA for (Welcome Kits).

Organized by the Information Excellence Group (a volunteer community), in collaboration with Professional forums (CSI Bangalore Chapter, DAMA Bangalore Chapter, TDWI India Chapter, ISIM Mysore) with Industry Support – this is the first of the two large format sessions in the year. The Summit brought together the Professionals, Industry, Academia and Research together to help promote Information Excellence towards “positively impacting Profession, Business and Society”.

Mr. K R Sanjiv, Senior Vice President, Analytics & Information Management Services, Wipro, kicked off the summit with the Welcome Note Speech. He posed interesting questions for speakers to answer during the course of two days. His call for action included that BI should impact performance KPIs like top-line Growth & customer Satisfaction. Even if we are not able to see clear correlation of BI to KPIs, it should aid in decision making, he asserted.

Changing Face of Data, also the topic for panel discussion, emerged as strong theme during the summit. The discussions/presentations revolved around the art & science of applying data management to support business decisions and designing customer experience.

Soumendra Mohanty, Partner, Global Information Management Services practice, Accenture, believes that technology is evolutionary & enterprises need to identify the trend & move along, like surfers on sea waves. The objective of BI should be to enable information for business users. Soumendra shared that he faces challenge in explaining C-execs as to what BI can do for them, as the outcome is not always quantifiable. A participant asked if it was possible to predict the recent US sub-prime crisis and Soumendra believes that BI models in place are good but lacked real time interventions from Government and Financial institutions.

Vijaya P H Deepti, Vice President and Head of Global Delivery (Insurance) at TCS, shared her experience on “Innovation with Data Agility in Insurance”. She believes that customer behaviour will define the future of businesses.  With different sources of customer information available, companies should relate to their customers on one-to-one basis to gain competitive advantage. She believes that data agility is the first step towards the journey of excellence.

Ashish Vikram, VP User Data & Analytics at Yahoo! spoke on how yahoo is using Experiment Management System to improvise customer experience on Yahoo Sites. It was interesting to know from him that increasing the width of search bar can result in increased number of searches. It was even more interesting to learn how Yahoo has been using concepts of psychology to improve user experience online.

Deepak Swamy, Head of Corporate Product Strategy at Infosys put a different dimension to application of data. He believes that the companies can use available client data to evolve their offerings from transaction based model to continuous engagement based model. For decades, companies have been making their offerings based on customer’s transaction history & spending pattern; it is about time that marketers understand the context & intent behind the pattern & transactions.

Changing face of data- the topic for panel discussion, facilitated by Dr. N R Srinivasa Raghavan, Senior Vice President, Advanced Analytics, Global Decision Management, Citicorp offered a platform for participants to share their views:

  • Dr. Raghavan called for the deliberations by qualifying the “Changing face of Data” with the following possibilities, to be dissected and discussed in synch with the business applications and societal impacts.
    • Data originations – the source of the chaos and its implications
    • Data storage for Next-gen Data Types (NDTs)
    • Data processing for NDTs including Integration/Visualization/Security/Big data/Hadoop, Cloud, Mobility etc
    • Data governance mechanisms for NDTs
    • Analytics using NDTs
    • Tying up implementations with NDTs
    • Dr. Mukund Mohan, Chief Architect, Business Analytics and Optimization at IBM India, introduced 3 Vs of data i.e. Volume, Velocity & Variety. Volume & Velocity of data can be managed, given the latest technological advances, but Variety of data is one factor that is giving sleepless nights to data managers
    • Iqbal Kaur, Director (Analytics & reporting) at Target believes that 3 trends viz.  Usage of Mobile devices & apps, Social Media & Cloud Computing will require IT to support businesses in gaining competitive advantage
    • Naren Peri, Delivery Unit Head at MuSigma shared his views that changing face of data is not a phenomenon in isolation. It impacts the faces of business and technology as well. Changing face of data, combined with innovation in technology creates a shift in paradigm- it not only solves existing business problem but also creates new business opportunities. New opportunities would be built upon leveraging data assets across industries and new opportunities would be discovered by mining unstructured data.
    • Niranjan Thirumale, CTO at EMC India shared his experience on data management and answered an interesting question from audience “Can Big Data help us solve civic problems?” Niranjan replied in assertiveness. He also elaborated on the Big Data impacts in the emerging economies.
    • Mahesh VL, GM-AM Services, Healthcare & Mfg, Wipro says that Big Data is here to stay, and the next big opportunity is in the analytics on Big Data.

Post an insightful panel discussion, Anindya Ghosh of Wipro posed an interesting question to audience: “What is Analytics?” He says that analytics is not just about platform or technology rather it is a mindset. Analytics should become part of organisational culture.

Parag Chitalia, Director, Dell and Dr. K Raghava Rau, Program Manager at Dell discussed the case study on how they are helping Dell to take informed decisions by bringing visibility in supply chain using Order Health Cards.

This insightful case study was followed by presentation from Sudarshan Gangrade of UIDAI on how analytics has helped the project improve their productivity & quality of data capture. to be changed to  This insightful case study was followed by an informal talk by Sudarshan Gangrade of UIDAI on how analytics has helped the project improve their productivity & quality of data capture based on the white paper released by UIDAI.

Day 2 of the Summit:

Day 2 started with Prof. Jayant Haritsa of Indian Institute of Sciences Bangalore explaining “Picasso” – a Java based software that helps identify the best execution plan for databases. It generates a three dimensional diagram of Plan, Cost & Card. Picasso is database query optimiser visualiser and can be used as:

  1. query optimizer analysis, debugging, and redesign aid by system developers,
  2. query optimization test bed by database researchers, and
  3. query optimizer pedagogical support by database instructors and students

The insightful topic of artistic talents of database optimisers was followed by another eye opening discussion on “Making data repetitions work for you” by Srinivasan Sengamedu, VP at Komli Labs. While most of the discussions in industry today are around storing & retrieving data, Srinivasan introduced another dimension of identifying spam/repeat data. He further explained that work at Komli Labs does not only help identify repeated strings of text but also the repetitions in pictures using weak similarity & strong similarity scores.

Sridhar Gopalakrishnan, CEO of Xurmo Technologies, introduced the challenges for achieving Semantic Layer. We may not have the required ontology but what we have is patterns in data and these patterns can teach machines to automate knowledge based work.

Aditya Yadav, Head of ATS/R&D, Sungard and his colleague Soundararajan Velu shared their experience of implementing Real-time Hadoop analytics with Raptor for their investment banking clients. The challenge faced by Aditya and team was real time reporting needs of their clients. However, given the architecture of Hadoop, the data latency needed a work around- hence came the solution in terms of using Raptor and bucketing the data at the time of storage.

While the event was approaching consummation, Sreedharan Srinivasan, Manager at Iron Mountain discussed the increasing need for Document & Content Management and how Iron Mountain has been helping its’ clients in scanning, storing and retrieval of business documents – both soft and hard copy ones. He humored the audience with the story of the Ironmountain’s offices housed in the world war bunkers hundreds of feet below the ground.

The two day summit was a feast of Knowledge share for the Participant Professionals, Researchers and several Academic faculty and students. It was a delight to see the faculty from many colleges such as Pune, Hubli, Mysore, and Bangalore coming to the summit so they could coach and guide their students in synch with the emerging industry trends.

The summit concluded with a call for increasing the impact of Information Excellence in the Indian Context, and to harvest this pre-requisite knowledge to help the companies and country “Compete with Analytics”. The next large format session was announced to be slated for the last week of September.

The Summary of the summit, with the presentations can be found at the information excellence blog site at https://informationexcellence.wordpress.com/2012/02/26/spring-summit-summary/

The event was live covered by Sharon D Souza of Tech Target and SearchBusinessIntelligence.IN; the presentations with audio-cast summary will be available at the http://SearchBusinessIntelligence.in  site.

Top tweets for the Summit with hashtag: #infoexcel

Kamlesh ®@kamleshrao  an IT Prosumer and Microsoft SharePoint MVP

–          Analytics is not about creating 100+ MIS reports. It is very much tied up with business

–          We have lots of information technology, but don’t have information

–          Today consumers have become prosumers. Thanks to social networking

–          Usage based Insurance (Auto Insurance) – New tariff model, from “pay as you drive” to “pay how you drive

–          Today consumers have become prosumers. Thanks to social networking

–          In-memory Analytics will have great response time

–          Last event of the day – UIDAI Architecture and Analytics

Nimish Gupta ‏ @nimishgupta  Security professional, aviation fan, love EDM!

–          Era of open data, planning to harvest only internal system data not sufficient.

–          analytics is very tightly tied to a business outcome..

–          Great morning sessions, especially the iisc professor and Sridhar from Xurmo

Bala Krishnan@Krishnan_Bala  Head-Technical Education. 14 years experience in Project management, Software development & Learning

–          get your foundation skills right, to ensure we master emerging trends in technology skills.

–          Old economy is becoming ‘OLD’ Faster

All Presentations can be found at the link here



2012 Spring Summit: Summary, Presentations and Photos by informationexcellence
February 26, 2012, 8:22 am
Filed under: 2012 Spring Conference, KnowBase InfoLinks, Knowledge Share Sessions

INFORMATION EXCELLENCE 2012 Spring Summit, themed “Data Dynamics”, was held in Bangalore on Feb 25-26, 2012 at Wipro’s Electronic City Campus in Bangalore. The summit was host-sponsored by Wipro, with additional industry sponsorship support from TCS (Mementoes), Sungard (Speaker and Volunteer Kits and Participant Raffle Prizes), Collabera (Participant Prize Raffles) and Academy IMA for (Welcome Kits).

Organized by the Information Excellence Group (a volunteer community), in collaboration with Professional forums (CSI Bangalore Chapter, DAMA Bangalore Chapter, TDWI India Chapter, ISIM Mysore) with Industry Support – this is the first of the two large format sessions in the year. The Summit brought together the Professionals, Industry, Academia and Research together to help promote Information Excellence towards “positively impacting Profession, Business and Society”.  Here is the Complete Summit Summary information (or as attachment).

Information Excellence To Me Is:

http://www.slideshare.net/informationexcellence/information-excellence-to-me-is

Day1 Pictures:

https://picasaweb.google.com/106021929272079886079/InformationExcellence2012Spring_Feb25Day1

Day2 Pictures:

https://picasaweb.google.com/106021929272079886079/InformationExcellence2012Spring_Feb26Day2

Presentations from Day 1 of the Summit:

Welcome Note Summary from Sanjiv KR, Wipro

Innovation and Competitive Differentiation with Data, Soumendra Mohanty, Accenture

Innovation with Data Agility in Insurance, Vijaya Deepti, TCS

Website optimization (bucket testing FW) for web analytics, Ashish Vikram, Yahoo!

Personalization & Self Care imperatives for enterprises, Deepak Swamy, Infosys

Panel Summary: Changing Face of Data

Challenges & Approaches for Analytics Adoption, Anindya Ghosh, Wipro

Data to Decision: Supply Chain Case Study, Parag Chitalia and Dr. Ragahava K Rau, DELL

UIDAI Architecture and Analytics, Sudarshan gangrade, UIDAI Volunteer (Link to the published whitepaper)

Presentations from Day 2 of the Summit:

Artistic Talents of Database Query Optimizers, Prof Jayant Haritsa, IISc

Making data repetitions work for you, Srinivasan Sengamadu, Komli,

Using Natural Patterns in Big Data for effective decision making, Sridhar Gopalakrishnan, Xurmo Technologies

Realtime Hadoop Analytics with Raptor, Aditya Yadav and Soundararajan Velu, Sungard

Document and Content Management & Modeling, Sreedharan Srinivasan, IronMountain

Information Excellence To Me Is:

http://www.slideshare.net/informationexcellence/information-excellence-to-me-is

Volunteer Team:

The Complete List of Information Excellence Volunteers, with their Volunteer Member Profiles and contact email ids.

Event Coverage: from SearchBusinessIntelligence.IN

Sharon D Souza from SearchBusinessIntelligence.IN / TechTarget flew in from Mumbai specially for the summit, await the audio casts of the summit from them. Meanwhile,

Search Business Intelligence Coverage of the summit for Day 1 and Day 2  (needs email sign-in with four click-options)

Note from International Association for Information and Data Quality:

Chartered in 2004, IAIDQ is a not-for-profit, vendor-neutral professional society of people who are interested in promoting and defining information and data quality.

It has global reach with 30 countries represented, covering 5 continents and Website traffic from 144 countries monthly. Here is a special representation from the IAIDQ Director of Partner Relations, Piyush Malik. If you like to get involved with IAIDQ and / or be an active member, please reach out to India@iaidq.org.

Here is a IAIDQ Community Meeting Presentation with the contact details, shared by Piyush Malik.

Thank You for your wonderful support – Host Sponsor Wipro; Memento Sponsor TCS, Raffles Sponsor SUNGARD and Collabera, Academy IMA for the Welcome Kits, Supporting professional Community, Industry that readily supported with the Distinguished Speakers and the Volunteers.

Share your suggestions / feedback / Comments with us on this blog or send an email to any of the volunteers or to informationexcellence@compegence.com

We look forward to your continued engagement and support to the cause of Information Excellence.



2012 Spring Summit: Day 1 Summary in Visuals by informationexcellence
February 26, 2012, 8:03 am
Filed under: 2012 Spring Conference, KnowBase InfoLinks

Day1 Pictures:

https://picasaweb.google.com/106021929272079886079/InformationExcellence2012Spring_Feb25Day1

Information Excellence To Me Is:

http://www.slideshare.net/informationexcellence/information-excellence-to-me-is

 



Changing Face of Data by informationexcellence
February 22, 2012, 11:16 am
Filed under: 2012 Spring Conference

In the Information Excellence 2012-Spring Summit  (this weekend Feb 25-26th 2012, in Bangalore) with the theme DATA DYNAMICS, the Distinguished Panel Team is elaborating on the Changing Face of Data.

The demand and need for data collection, integration, transformation, analysis, discovery, dissemination, presentation and visualization (and tools focused on some or all of these functions) have been changing rapidly in the past decade.

The context and landscape of Data has been changing from ‘data in databases” to expand and include unstructured text, documents, web content and further expanding to include images, voice, speech, video and streaming etc.

The Moore’s Law and evolving transformational technologies such as Big Data, Cloud, Virtualization, Pervasive internet and Mobility are further spiraling up the vortex of change. In the context aware, location / person / device specific data world. With Behavioural context.

The business demands have been changing as well, from the conventional “load time latency” and “here are the reports” to helping “business adapt to the change” and “innovating with data driven (product/solution) offerings”

What remains unchanged, though, is the unqualified need for the “trusted data foundation” with no compromises on consistency, integration, traceability, auditability and governance of the hugely enlarged data spectrum.

This Panel focuses on this “Changing face of Data” and its implications, along with call for action to Business Leaders, Industries, Information Professionals and Academia.

Come listen to the experts who share on these aspects and beyond and share their thoughts, guidelines, best practices and potential opportunities emerging from the space. Details are at:

https://informationexcellence.wordpress.com/2012/02/16/2012feb_summit_agenda/

Register for the Summit at: http://ieg-2012-feb-data-dynamics.eventbrite.com/



2012 Spring Summit “Data Dynamics” Agenda by informationexcellence
February 16, 2012, 9:57 am
Filed under: 2012 Spring Conference, Knowledge Share Sessions

The Information Excellence Spring-2012 Summit is here, we have a feast of knowledge, wisdom and expertise flowing in from the industry veterans and wizards.

Below is he Agenda. Be there and take one more step towards being the Transformational “Information Excellence Professional”.

Please note, registration is must. For questions, queries, or to volunteer, contact us at informationexcellence@compegence.com or leave your note on this blog.

Full Agenda and Summit Brochure here : Agenda and Speaker Info

One Pager Brochure for display in your company: Brochure for Display

Information Excellence Volunteer Organizing Team: Volunteer Profiles

Registration link at: http://ieg-2012-feb-data-dynamics.eventbrite.com/

Twitter hashtag: #infoexcel

Venue Map and Parking Instructions: wipro_directions_map

  • Coming from Silk Board Junction, take the elevated flyover. Take the First exit towards Electronic City Phase 1. Continue past IITB (to your left) and Infosys (to your right). Make a left turn opposite BHEL main gate. Follow the curved road until You See Wipro Campus and head towards Gate 10 for visitor entry.
  • If you are not taking the Elevated flyover (including those coming from NICE Road — who will have to make a DIRECTIONAL right turn towards electronic city ) — Please make the first possible U turn turn (post the toll collecting booths you see on the other side of the road) towards “electronic city phase 1”. Make a left turn (prior to the toll bridge to elevated flyover). Continue past IITB (to your left) and Infosys (to your right). Make a left turn opposite BHEL main gate. Follow the curved road until You See Wipro Campus and head towards Gate 10 for visitor entry.

Agenda at Quick Glance:

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Day 1 : Feb 25th Saturday
From To Activity Speaker
09:00 10:00 Registration, Coffee, Networking
10:00 10:15 Welcome Note and Summit Kick off K. R. Sanjiv, Sr. Vice President
Analytics & Information Management Services
Wipro Technologies
10:15 10:45 Innovation and Competitive Differentiation with Data Dynamics Soumendra Mohanty, Partner,  Accenture  (Global Information Management Services)
10:45 11:15 Innovation with Data Agility in Insurance Vijaya P H Deepti, Head of Global Delivery Insurance, TCS
11:15 11:30 BREAK
11:30 12:10 Web site optimization using a bucket testing framework built into web analytics Ashish Vikram, Vice President, Engineering, User Data and Analytics (UDA) at Yahoo!
12:10 12:45 Personalization and Self Care Imperatives for enterprises in the era of Digital Customers Deepak Swamy, Head, Corporate Product Strategy
Products, Platforms & Solutions, Infosys
12:45 13:45 Networking Lunch
13:45 14:45 Panel Discussion:Changing Face of Data >> Dr. N R Srinivasa Raghavan, Sr. VP, Advanced Analytics, CITI
>>  Dr. Mukund Mohan, Chief Architect, IBM India BOA CoC
>>  Mahesh VL, GM Analytics and IM Services, HealthCare and Manufacturing, Wipro
>>  Naren Peri, Mu SIgma
>> Iqbal Kaur, Director – Analytics and Reporting, Target>>Niranjan Thirumale, CTO, EMC India COE
14:45 15:20 Challenges & Approaches for Analytics Adoption Anindya Ghosh, Wipro
15:20 15:40 Break
15:35 16:15 UIDAI Architecture and Analytics Sudarhsan Gangrade, UIDAI Volunteer Member
16:15 17:00 Data to Decision: Supply Chain Case Study Parag Chitalia, Director, Global Operations, Supply Chain Analytics, Dell and
Dr K Raghava Rau, Program Manager, DELL
17:00 17:30 Vote of Thanks Organizing Team
Day 2 : Feb 26th Sunday
From To Topic/Activity Speaker
09:45 10:00 Day 2 Welcome Note
10:00 11:00 Artistic Talents of Database Query Optimizers Prof Jayant Haritsa, IISc
11:00 11:45 Making data repetitions work for you Srinivasan Sengamedu, VP Komli
11:45 12:00 Break
12:00 12:45 Using Natural Patterns in Big Data for effective decision making Sridhar Gopalakrishnan, Xurmo Technologies
12:45 13:45 Lunch
13:45 14:30 Realtime Hadoop Analytics with Raptor Aditya Yadav, Head, ATS/R&D at SunGard India
14:30 15:15 Document and Content Management & Modeling Sreedharan Srinivasan, Manager, EIS Architecture & Delivery, Iron Mountain
15:15 15:30 Vote of Thanks & Closure Organizing Team


Announcing Feb Information Excellence Summit by informationexcellence
January 23, 2012, 1:50 pm
Filed under: 2012 Spring Conference

The next Information Excellence Summit is scheduled on 2012/Feb 25th and 26th (Saturday and Sunday), in Bangalore, as a two full days event. The Summit theme is titled “DATA DYNAMICS“.

As has been the practice, the event is free for all professionals, and is hosted, supported, sponsored by the industry and driven by professional volunteers in collaboration with professional excellence bodies CSI/DAMA/TDWI.

The event is hosted and sponsored by Wipro, at its Electronic City Campus, in Bangalore.

Event Agenda:

https://informationexcellence.wordpress.com/2012/02/16/2012feb_summit_agenda/

The first day will be a Key Note and Overview event, while the second day will be a deep dive workshop on Data Modeling. The workshop focus is as follows:

Topic Focus:

  • Thought Leadership
  • Innovation
  • Competitive Differentiation
  • Efficiency and Effectiveness
  • Operational Agility

Day 1 Focus: (9:30 AM to 5:30 PM)

  • Dynamics in today’s Data
  • Integrating and Managing data
  • Panel Discussion and / or Practitioner Presentations
  • Information Revolution
  • Reporting and Analytics
  • Agile BI Management

Day 2 Focus: (9:30 AM to 4:00 PM)

  • Advanced Data Modeling
  • Advanced Dimensional Modeling
  • Document and Content Modeling
  • Round Table break Out Workshops

Await more information here as the Organization Team progresses with the event planning and execution.

Meanwhile, let us know for any of your feedback and suggestions here. If you like to speak in the event or volunteer, drop us a note at informationexcellence@compegence.com

Thanks and Regards,

Information Excellence Volunteer Team

Registrations for the DATA DYNAMICS summit:

http://ieg-2012-feb-data-dynamics.eventbrite.com/

2011 Reflections from the Infovision Team:

http://www.slideshare.net/informationexcellence/information-excellence-2011-reflections-11149394

https://informationexcellence.wordpress.com/