IBM Data &
AI Forum, Miami

Community Day:  October 21, 2019

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IBM Community Day offers a unique experience for IBM Data and AI Forum attendees to gather, share ideas, learn, engage and explore with other tech practitioners, enthusiasts, learners, teachers, leaders, and doers across all roles and industries. The program is designed to introduce topics via primers, customer showcases and workshops to inform and prepare you for deep dive content during the Data and AI forum main sessions. We also invite attendees to help shape the future of products and tools by contributing ideas and feedback in our design jams.

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Agenda: October 21, 2019

11:00 – 11:45am | Versailles | IBM Community: A Place for Practitioners
Arin Bhowmick, Vice President and Chief Design Officer, IBM Cloud, Data and AI
Marius Ciortea, Chief Community Officer, IBM
Matt Kosinski, Vice President, Data & AI, North America

IBM Community is a digital platform where IBM users—tech practitioners, enthusiasts, teachers, leaders, and makers—can come together to learn best practices, discover new tools, and solve problems. It serves hundreds of thousands of members working across more than a dozen distinct products and topics. We invite you to kick off the week’s activities by exploring this user-centered community in person to see how IBM Community helps you learn, share, and do more. Join us for a keynote presentation, where Arin Bhowmick, VP of Design for Cloud, Data & AI, will share IBM’s perspective of designing for its customers and users, showcase some of the ground-breaking work his teams have been up to, and how they’re bringing users like you along for the ride.

12:30 – 1:00pm | Flagler | Call for IBM Champions
Libby Ingrassia, Senior WW Program Manager – IBM Champions

The IBM Champion program recognizes the innovative thought leaders in the technical community and rewards their contributions by amplifying their voice and increasing their sphere of influence. IBM Champions are enthusiasts and advocates: IT professionals, business leaders, developers, executives, educators, and influencers. Come to this session to hear from current IBM Champions about their Champion experiences and expertise in leading technology and to learn about the nomination process, which closes November 5.

12:30 – 2:00pm | Merrick I | Co-create the future of Db2!
Miran Badzak, Offering Manager, IBM Hybrid Data Management
Rachel Miles, Researcher and UX Designer, IBM Hybrid Data Management

Do you use Db2 in any of its iterations? Then kickoff your IBM Data and AI Forum 2019 by joining our interactive session and help guide the future of IBM Db2 tooling by providing your feedback, ideas, and domain expertise. You’ll gain valuable information on what’s new with Db2 as well as learn about future releases and IBM’s strategic direction. You’ll influence the IBM product team’s direction for the road ahead while networking with other customers from industries around the world.

12:30 – 1:00pm | Biscayne | IBM Business Analytics Strategy and Vision
Mike Norris, Director, Offering Management, IBM Business Analytics

Mike Norris will share the current strategy and vision for the IBM Business Analytics portfolio, including quality initiatives, support, customer success, and product design/UX.

1:00 – 5:00pm | Brickell | Foundations of Artificial Intelligence: Integrating technical and business priorities
Ana Echeverri, AI Skills Learning and Certification Lead, IBM

1:00 – 1:45pm | Biscayne | IBM Business Analytics Product Roadmap
Chris McPherson, Senior Offering Manager, BI and Self-Service Discovery, IBM Business Analytics
Ronnie Rich, Senior Offering Manager, Planning Analytics, IBM

What’s new with Planning Analytics and Cognos Analytics. Come with your questions.

1:45 – 2:45pm | Biscayne | IBM Business Analytics – Client Showcase, Lightning Rounds

Complete BA at Community Day by joining us for a client showcase and hear from customers who are using some of the new integrated planning, dashboarding, exploration and other functionality in Planning Analytics and Cognos Analytics. In addition, we will highlight and celebrate Analytics Heroes!

2:00 – 4:00pm | Gusman | Assemble your analytic super heroes for Cloud Pak for Data DesignJAM!
Ana Manrique, Design Manager, IBM Hybrid Cloud
Kristle McCracken, UX Researcher, IBM Hybrid Cloud
Lucy Obus, Design Researcher, IBM Hybrid Cloud

Are you and your colleagues battling the analytics galactic universe? Bring your super powers (like domain expertise, business needs, past tool frustrations) and join forces with IBM design to co-create solutions that will guide the future of Cloud Pak for Data. We want to hear about your kryptonite by understanding your current data analytics experience, identify gaps in the journey, and prioritize what changes you need to succeed. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of your organizational requirements and help design ways to improve your work! The next analytics light saber is in our reach!

3:00 – 5:00pm | Chopin | IBM Business Analytics Design Jam and Breakouts
Lisa Chen, Aparna Satoor, Cate Wilcox

In a memo dated December 20, 1966, T.J. Watson Jr. famously stated, “Good design is good business.” 53 years later, design continues to play a valuable role in the development of our products at IBM Business Analytics. It all begins with a focus on the user and how we can design and deliver more useful, usable, and essential solutions. Come meet the design team behind Cognos Analytics and Planning Analytics to discover how we are continuously improving the user experience for IBM Business Analytics. Preview designs from the cutting room floor and share your thoughts on where we should explore next.

Roundtable sessions include:
– Everything you need to know about migrating to IBM Planning Analytics
– IBM Planning Analytics change management with Git
– IBM Planning Analytics for Microsoft Excel for the Experienced IBM TM1 Perspectives User
– Data Cleansing best practices in Cognos
– Augmented Analytics in Cognos
– BA Best practices workshop
– AI-driven forecasting in Planning Analytics
– IBM Cognos Analytics administration, configuration and tuning best practices
– Journey to Cognos Analytics on Cloud
– Easier and faster Reporting on Cognos Analytics
– CA/PA Dashboarding integration

3:00 – 5:00pm | Flagler | Design your end-to-end AI application lifecycle
Carlo Appugliese, IBM Data Science Elite
Geraud Dubois, Lead Offering Manager Watson Studio & Machine Learning, IBM Cloud and Cognitive Software
Dillon Eversman, UX Researcher, IBM
Alex Morris, UX Researcher, IBM

While there are a lot of best practices and guidance around how to design, build and train cutting edge ML models, often times projects fail because of poor operationalization. Beyond models, it is important to have a discipline around deploying, measuring and improving models to hit business ROI and govern them as per enterprise risk guardrails. In this first-of-a-kind session, join IBM data scientists, designers, product managers and senior engineers to brainstorm and design an end-end lifecycle for operating your AI applications. In this session, you will be guided through IBM’s Enterprise Design Thinking process to identify user personas, jobs-to-be-done and ultimately an architecture to successfully deploy and operate AI applications. At the end of the session, you would have identified any missing actions, tools or metrics to find the ROI you expect from your AI applications.

3:30 – 4:15pm | Merrick I | Deep Learning: Frameworks and Applications
Jerome Nilmeier PhD, Data Scientist and Developer Advocate, IBM

We will discuss the state of the art of Deep Learning. A brief discussion of the theory of neural networks will be followed by a discussion of one of the most popular deep learning frameworks in use today, which is TensorFlow. TensorFlow has emerged as one of the most popular deep learning frameworks in use today. It has by far more users and contributors than any other project, and appears to be continuing on its upward trajectory with the release of the TensorFlow 2.0 API. There are many new features of the TensorFlow 2.0 API to look through, and we will discuss many of them, including eager execution, notebook accessible tensorboards, and tighter integration with Keras. In addition, we will show how edge calculations can be accelerated with tensorflow.js and tensorflowlite which runs completely in the browser and provides much faster model serving. TensorFlow is well on the way to becoming the standard for all things deep learning…both on large and small devices.

4:15 – 500pm | Merrick I | Getting started with Scala and Apache Spark
Jerome Nilmeier PhD, Data Scientist and Developer Advocate, IBM

Join our hands-on workshop to learn how to get started with Scala and Apache Spark. After this training you will be able to write and run a sample Scala application using Apache Spark.

Attendees will learn:
– Fundamentals of Scala
– Why Scala is best for leveraging Apache Spark (we will also review other languages: Python, R)
– Fundamentals of Apache Spark
– Coding examples from all of the main libraries of Apache Spark (SparkSQL, MLlib, GraphX, Spark Streaming, and SparkR)
– Overview of open source projects that run on the Spark framework (SystemML, R4ML)

At a Glance

The following table summarizes the Community Day agenda.
Title Time Room
IBM Community: a place for practitioners 11:00-11:45 Versailles
Call for IBM Champions 12:30-1:00 Flagler
Co-create the future of Db2! 12:30-2:00 Merrick 1
IBM Business Analytics Strategy and Vision 12:30-1:00 Biscayne
Foundations of Artificial Intelligence: Integrating technical and business priorities 1:00-5:00 Brickell
IBM Business Analytics Product Roadmap 1:00-1:45 Biscayne
IBM Business Analytics – Client Showcase, Lightning Rounds 1:45-2:45 Biscayne
Assemble your analytic super heroes for Cloud Pak for Data DesignJAM! 2:00-4:00 Gusman
IBM Business Analytics Design Jam and Breakouts 3:00-5:00 Chopin
Design your end-to-end AI application lifecycle 3:00-5:00 Flagler
Deep Learning: Frameworks and Applications 3:30-4:15 Merrick 1
Getting started with Scala and Apache Spark 4:15-5:00 Merrick 1