Calling all IT executives, data scientists, Chief Data Officers, data architects and other data geeks

Be the first to learn about our breakthrough developments on machine learning, Spark, data and analytics

Join us to hear how you can effectively leverage IBM Machine Learning to drive better business results. Mike Gualtieri, Vice President and Principal Analyst, Forrester, will present his view on how to best leverage technologies such as big data, predictive analytics, Hadoop/Spark, machine learning, data science, and AI.

Discover best practices across data, analytics and open source projects. Hear about key new technologies and our latest offerings and solutions. This is your opportunity to gain insights on how to define the infrastructure needed to drive your current and future business requirements.

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  • Event Kickoff — Machine Learning launch Overview — Rob Thomas, General Manager, IBM Analytics
  • Top Trends in Machine Learning & Cognitive Applications — Mike Gualtieri, VP, Principal Analyst, Forrester
  • Build a Better World — Tooraj Arvajeh, Chief Engineering Officer, Blocpower
  • Cognitive Analytics and Machine Learning for the Enterprise Town Hall — Dinesh Nirmal, VP, IBM Analytics Platform Development, Stephanie Mitchko, Chief Technology Officer, Cadent Network, and Randy Halley, Executive Vice President, America First Credit Union
  • Live Product Demonstration on Machine Learning — Dr. Avijit Chatterjee, STSM Analytics IBM and Daniel Hernandez, Vice President Offering Management, IBM
  • Improving the Overall Health of Diabetes Patients — Dr. Rahul Singal, Chief Medical Officer, Argus Health, and Glenn Finch, Managing Partner, IBM Global Business Services
  • Machine Learning Panel — Glenn Finch, Dr. Rahul Singal and Rakshit Kapoor, SVP & CIO, Travelers
  • Machine Learning for Enterprise Systems — Barry Baker, Vice President, IBM Systems Offering
  • Data Innovation with Hybrid Transaction/Analytical Processing — Jeff Josten, IBM Distinguished Engineer, DB2 and Namik Hrle, IBM Fellow, Enterprise Analytics

Speaker Bios:

Rob Thomas is General Manager, IBM Analytics. He brings extensive experience in management, business development, and consulting in the high technology and financial services industries. He has worked extensively with global businesses, and his background includes experience in business and operational strategy, acquisitions and divestitures, manufacturing operations, and product design and development. He has published numerous articles and his writing can be found on his blog.

Tooraj Arvajeh is the Chief Engineering Officer at Blocpower. He has 10 years energy efficiency experience across 4 continents and previously worked at a Senior Consultant at Arup. He has LEED AP certification with advanced knowledge in green building. He also holds an MBA from the Columbia Business School.

Dinesh Nirmal is Vice President, IBM Analytics Platform Development. He is responsible for delivering and driving next generation cloud-based analytics platforms to market. He heads up the IBM Spark Technology Center, driving the investment, adoption and advancement of Apache Spark across the IBM Analytics portfolio, and also works on delivering market-leading cloud and platform-based Hadoop solutions

Jeff Josten is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and the lead architect of DB2. He has worked in DB2 Development at the IBM Silicon Valley Lab since 1985. He owns several patents in the area of data base technology, and is a frequent speaker at user group and customer meetings.

Barry M. Baker is the Vice President leading Offering & Product Management for z Systems and LinuxONE. This includes working across hardware and software development, sales, ecosystem and marketing to set the strategy and detailed direction and priorities to drive platform growth. Barry is an experienced software leader that has worked across numerous industries and technology domains (including high performance transaction processing and data management, operating systems, integration, cloud and analytics). Prior to this role, Barry was the Director of z Systems Software, where he was responsible for the overall IMS and TPF businesses including offering management, development, support and services.

Dr. Avijit Chatterjee is an Analytics Evangelist and member of the IBM Academy of Technology. He works on the next generation analytics solutions that combine cognitive with business analytics. He previously was the lead architect for IBM Healthcare and Life Science Solutions. He graduated with a Ph.D from the University of Southern California.

Daniel Hernandez is Vice President of IBM Analytics Offering Management with responsibility for a team that builds, operates and continuously improves the products and services in IBM's data, integration and governance, content and analytics portfolio. He graduated with a Master of Science from The University of Texas at Austin.

Glenn Finch is the Global Leader for Big Data & Analytics at IBM. He has 25 years in Banking with a focus on Data and Analytics Specialties: Credit Cards, Data Warehousing, Advanced Analytics, Banking, Financial Market, Business Intelligence and Operational Intelligence.

Dr. Rahul Singal is the Chief Medical Officer at Argus/DST Healthcare and has a detailed understanding of consumer health, health plans, PBMs, hospitals, physicians, technology, capital raising, strategic relationships, financial models, metrics, corporate culture and population health/care management. Dr. Singal has a Doctor of Medicine degree from Stanford Medical School and a BA in biology from the University of Southern California.

Rakshit Kapoor is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Enterprise Business Intelligence & Analytics at Travelers. Previously he was Managing Director of Data Management & Analytics at JP Morgan Chase, and Vice President of Enterprise Data & Information Management at TIAA-CREF. He graduated with an MBA from the University of Maryland, and an MS, Information Systems at The George Washington University School of Business.

Mike Gualtieri is Vice President and Principal Analyst at Forrester. His research focuses on software technology, platforms, and practices that enable technology professionals to deliver prescient digital experiences and breakthrough operational efficiency. His key technology and platform coverage areas are big data and IoT strategy; Hadoop/Spark; predictive analytics, streaming analytics, and prescriptive analytics; machine learning, data science, AI, and emerging technologies that make software faster and smarter. Mike is also a leading expert on the intersection of business strategy, architecture, design, and creative collaboration. Mr Gualtieri also has more than 25 years' experience in the industry helping firms design and develop mission-critical applications in eCommerce, insurance, banking, travel/hospitality, manufacturing, healthcare, and scientific research for organizations including NASA, eBay, Bank of America, Liberty Mutual, Nielsen, EMC, and others. He has written thousands of lines of code, managed development teams, and consulted with dozens of technology firms on product, marketing, and R&D strategy.

Stephanie Mitchko is the Chief Technology Officer at Cadent Network, which provides solutions across cable, broadcast and Hispanic media. Cadent offers advertisers and agencies a dynamic, cost-effective alternative to traditional media networks. Stephanie graduated with a BSEE from New York University, Polytechnic School of Engineering.

Randy Halley is Executive Vice President at America First Credit Union responsible for the credit union's 109 branch network, lending, training and mortgage origination/processing. He has worked at various positions in the company for 40 years. He graduated with an MBA from Utah State University.

Namik Hrle is an IBM Fellow (IBM's highest technical recognition), and works in the IBM Boeblingen Development Laboratory and is the lab's Chief Information Management and Analytics Technologist, responsible for strategy and technology directions. He is a holder of numerous patents, outstanding technical achievements, author recognition and corporate awards.