Strata Conference: Making Data Work

The Strata Conference kicked-off this morning with their Jumpstart segment in New York. This portion of the event will be followed by the Strata Summit that will run for two days from September 20-21 and then on to the third segment, Making Data Work, which will run from September 22-23. We’ll be covering the conference highlights, so be sure to check in regularly for updates.

Their previous conference in February focused much on data scientists, and now they’re focusing on making data work and covering the latest and best tools and technologies for this new discipline, along with the entire data supply chain, including gathering, cleaning, analyzing, and storing data, to communicating data intelligence effectively.

Since we are in the era of Big Data, data scientists have been in demand.  Speed is important and big data has to be available, if possible, in real-time.  And data scientists are the ones capable of delivering big data quickly.  Data scientists are the pioneers in exploring data and finding ways to make it applicable across industries, across topics and across departments.  They bridge our past processes with the future of technology, enabling its adoption in a compatible manner.

The Strata Jumpstart is a crash course on how to manage the data deluge that’s transforming traditional business practices across the board—in finance, marketing, sales, legal, privacy/security, operations, and HR.  It is intended for business managers, strategists, and entrepreneurs.  Topics include: Finance in the era of Big Data; The new marketing: data-centric and data-driven; Data and supply chains; Hiring by the data; Compliance, risk, and governance; and Lean models for big companies.

The Strata Summit is focused on the essential high-level strategies for thriving in “the harsh light of data” and is intended for executives, entrepreneurs, and decision-makers.  This is the highlight of the whole conference, as you get to hear first-hand from thought leaders who are succeeding with data-driven business strategies.  Topics include: Startup Launchpad: showcase of hot data startups; Innovative ways of acquiring data that leads to profit; Spotting trends by analyzing data exhaust; The CIO’s role in a big data world; Using Private Data For Public Good; Protecting your business with weather data; and The new data-driven marketing.

And Making Data Work will cover: Distributed data processing, Real time data processing and analytics, Crowdsourcing, Data acquisition and cleaning, Data distribution and market, Data science best practice, Analytics, Machine learning, Cloud platforms and infrastructure, to name a few.  There’s several other topics that cover the real world business applications of big data, from research to business intelligence, visualization and transitioning workplaces.

In 2005 Tim O’Reilly predicted, “Data is the Next Intel Inside.”  Today the future he envisioned is unfolding at a startling pace.  Even scientists are in on it.   Suzanne LaBarre of featured two fantastic data visualizations that shows the underlying connections between research institutions and how scientists share and collaborate on ideas in which  Moritz Stefaner created the immersive data visualization with Christopher Warnow of onformative studios. This shows how one can use the map to find research institutions and their most important collaborators. The visualizations are displayed at the MaxPlanck Science Gallery.