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The 2017 Dresner Advisory Services Real Business Intelligence® Conference, was the first industry event for business and IT leaders focusing upon strategies for success with Business Intelligence and Analytics - using real world best practices and proven methods. The focus of the two-day, single track event was on what works, with pragmatic and actionable takeaways.
Thank you to all of our "founding member" attendees, sponsors and faculty that helped make our inaugural event a huge success!
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Founder and Chief Research Officer, Dresner Advisory Services, Conference Co-Chair
Dr. Cathy O'Neil
Author, Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy
Professor Thomas W. Malone
Professor of Management, MIT Sloan School
Founding director, MIT Center for Coordination Science
Dr. Theresa Johnson
Data scientist, Supply Growth at Airbnb
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Too often organizations focus upon technology as a means of enhancing user perspective and fact-based decision-making. And, while technology is an important enabler, it’s a relatively small part of the equation. Instead, we know that the essential ingredients for success lie with people, process and organization - enabled by technology. We’ve long believed that there’s a need for a fresh in-person forum for business and IT leaders to help achieve success with information, business intelligence and analytics.
The Real Business Intelligence® conference is a unique event designed for business and IT leaders and will focus upon strategies for success with business intelligence, analytics and information management. Designed as an interactive executive forum, we’ll be focusing upon those topics which enable attendees to help their respective organizations become more performance-directed and information-driven. For example, topics will include: how to organize for success, establishing a governance program, analytics and the digital enterprise and more.
We’ve assembled an impressive (and perhaps unconventional) faculty. All are prominent thought leaders in their disciplines and have developed sessions and materials designed to deliver important insights and actionable, real-world advice.
Agenda, speakers and sessions are subject to change
Tapping Human Intelligence: Why Machines Will Never (Completely) Take Over
Its an age-old debate that continues to gain steam. Are we, humans, being displaced by technology? Will machines eventually rob us of our jobs? Not at all. In fact, while some jobs are eliminated, more are actually created. It's not a man versus machine challenge; its a man working together with machine opportunity. The combination of people and technology enables us to think in ways neither people nor computers have ever done before.
Performance Directed Culture Workshop
Many organizations invest in performance management and BI solutions without understanding what’s needed to succeed and positively impact the organization. The key is in establishing a performance-directed culture - one that embraces (among other things) transparency and accountability. In this workshop we’ll explore the nature of a performance-directed culture and what it takes to achieve one – taking into consideration attendee needs and priorities.
The "Dark Side" of Data Science
We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly, the decisions that affect our lives—where we go to school, whether we get a car loan, how much we pay for health insurance—are being made not by humans, but by mathematical models. In theory, this should lead to greater fairness: Everyone is judged according to the same rules, and bias is eliminated.
But as Cathy O’Neil reveals, the opposite is true. The models being used today are opaque, unregulated, and incontestable, even when they’re wrong. Welcome to the dark side of Big Data.
Self-service Business Intelligence: Separating Hype from Reality
The insights and opportunities illuminated by an effective self-service BI platform can be transformative for your organization. And with the breadth of great technologies and rich datasets at our fingertips in 2017, the possibilities have never been more exciting. But there are right ways and wrong ways to approach self-service BI as you start down the path of data-driven decision-making. In this session we will discuss the do’s and don’ts of self-service Business Intelligence, focusing on the idea that, although technology is necessarily at the center of any BI analytics platform, it is the people and processes that ultimately make it work and enable you to transform your business.
Creating and Sustaining a Governance Program
Organizations everywhere look to analytics to help them become/remain competitive in an ever more challenging business landscape. But what good is BI when most can't trust the data they're using? Many speak about governance, some claim to have tried it, but very few have ever succeeded in establishing a functional data governance organization. The first step is understanding what governance is and (perhaps more importantly), what it isn't.
Moving Business Intelligence to the Cloud
The Cloud presents exciting opportunities, but also challenges, for business intelligence, analytics and performance management customers. This session will review current market trends, challenges, vendor choices/ratings as well as our recommendations for how to best succeed with these Cloud offerings.
Secrets of Building Actionable KPIs
Key performance indicators are essential to tracking business performance. However, many organizations fail to create actionable KPIs. Most are derived based on spontaneous request, and then discarded or neglected due to lack of use, ownership and accountability. The key to driving a more data-drive culture is by creating actionable KPIs that eliminate ambiguity and focus on transparency and accountability.
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Tang Center
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