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Professor Gary Urton
Professor Gary Urton
Harvard University
Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Pre-Columbian Studies in the Department of Anthropology
Gary Urton is the Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Pre-Columbian Studies in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University. His research focuses on a variety of topics in pre-Columbian and early colonial Andean cultural and intellectual history, drawing on materials and methods in archaeology, ethnohistory, and ethnology. He is the author of many articles and of numerous books and edited volumes on Andean/Quechua cultures and Inka civilization, including many single author books.
Dr. Kirk Borne
Dr. Kirk Borne
Booz Allen Hamilton
Data Science Fellow
Kirk Borne is a Data Science Fellow at Booz Allen Hamilton. Prior to that, Dr. Borne was a professor of astrophysics and computational science at George Mason University for 12 years, where he did research and taught students in the undergraduate and graduate data science programs. Prior to that, Dr. Borne spent nearly 20 years supporting data systems activities for NASA space science missions, including a role as NASA's Archive Project Scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope.
Professor Alberto Cairo
Professor Alberto Cairo
University of Miami
Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the School of Communication
Alberto Cairo is a journalist and designer, and the Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the School of Communication of the University of Miami (UM). He is also the director of the visualization program at UM’s Center for Computational Science. He has been head of information graphics at media publications in Spain and Brazil. The author of several books such as 'How Charts Lie' (2019) and 'The Truthful Art; (2016), Cairo currently consults with companies and institutions like Google, and has provided visualization training to the European Union, and more.
Jay Steven Levin
Jay Steven Levin
WinThinking
Principal, Chief Strategy & Growth Officer
From Monk and International Retreat Master in a secluded mountain monastery to corporate boardrooms as President, COO and Sr. Sales VP in media, marketing and advertising enterprises. For over 30 years Jay has helped high achievers and brand leading companies win more of what they want. He has worked with some of the most powerful brands and category leaders on the planet. His company WinThinking, leverages behavioral, emotional & organizational intelligence to exceed desired results. WinThinking is a Channel Partner for The Ken Blanchard companies and is certified to deliver internationally, programs for leaders, managers, teams and change. Jay is member of the Forbes Coaches Council and is a regular contributor, publishing practical insights, and solutions facing today’s business leaders. He is certified in Behavioral, Motivational, EQ and Acumen based assessments as well as Mediation. He is also a former Vistage Chair.
Gebhard Rainer
Gebhard Rainer
Sandals Resorts International
CEO
Gebhard Rainer, CEO at Sandals Resorts International, has more than 35 years’ international experience in the hotel industry, having lived and worked in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, the United States and the Caribbean. A hospitality veteran with global operations and international finance experience, he served more than 20 years at Hyatt Hotels Corporation, including 2 years as executive vice president and CFO. From 2014 to 2016, he served as president and Chief Operating Officer for the luxury brand Coach.
Jim Ericson
Jim Ericson
Dresner Advisory Services
VP and Research Director
Jim Ericson is Vice President and Research Director with Dresner Advisory Services. Jim has served as a consultant and journalist who studies end-user management practices and industry trending in the data and information management fields. From 2004 to 2013 he was the editorial director at Information Management magazine (formerly DM Review), where he created architectures for user and industry coverage for hundreds of contributors across the breadth of the data and information management industry.
Howard Dresner
Howard Dresner
Dresner Advisory Services
Founder and Chief Research Officer
Howard Dresner is founder and Chief Research Officer at Dresner Advisory Services, and Chair of the Real Business Intelligence Conference. He is one of the foremost thought leaders in BI and performance management, having coined the term “Business Intelligence” in 1989. He has published two books on the subject, The Performance Management Revolution – Business Results through Insight and Action and Profiles in Performance – Business Intelligence Journeys and the Roadmap for Change.
Chris von Simson
Chris von Simson
Dresner Advisory Services
Research Director
Chris von Simson is a Research Director at Dresner Advisory Services. Previously, he was vice president of customer engagement at MicroStrategy, Inc., where he managed the strategy, research, development, and implementation of programs to create a bond between the software organization and its end user constituents. Prior to his career in high tech, Mr. von Simson was a Course Leader at Amersham and Wycombe College in England.
Bill Hostmann
Bill Hostmann
Dresner Advisory Services
Research Fellow
Bill Hostmann is a Research Fellow with Dresner Advisory Services. His area of focus includes trends in Analytic Data Infrastructures (ADI) - integrating and managing the information and information models used by BI, Advanced Analytics and CPM/PM applications. Bill has more than 20 years of product management experience at the intersection of business intelligence/analytics and data analytics infrastructure, including positions in product and general management at Gemstone Systems, Informix, and Informatica. He spent 14 years as a research analyst at Gartner, including several years as a VP and Distinguished Analyst for BI/Analytics. Bill served as conference chair of the Gartner BI/Analytics Conference for many years, growing the number of conference attendees from hundreds to several thousand attendees
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Forecasting 2.0 New Ways to See Around Corners

Dr. Kirk Borne
Dr. Kirk Borne
This session begins with Dr. Borne's view of the disciplines and practices of data science and advanced analytics. Predictive analytics is one dimension of advanced analytics that brings significant value to business through the organization's data. He will then discuss some novel approaches to predictive analytics that are different from standard time series forecasting. These methods are appropriate in the big data era in which data sources and data formats extend far beyond traditional time series. These predictive analytics approaches also enable opportunities for prescriptive analytics, which go beyond traditional methods of optimization (and Operations Research) through the application of data from diverse sensors. Several examples and algorithmic approaches will be presented to illustrate the Forecasting 2.0 concept.

The Shape and Substance of Data and Analytics in a Distant Place and Time: Explorations of Khipu Accounting in the Inca Empire

Professor Gary Urton
Professor Gary Urton
Harvard University
The world of “business” most of us live in today takes the form of statistical data and logistical information pertaining to production, wealth, consumption, and other such matters in written form (whether in hard copy or digitized), organized in tabular formats populated by numbers. The latter take the form of numerals invented centuries ago in the Hindu-Arabic mathematical tradition that were first adopted in the West by early mercantile capitalists, especially those of the city-states of northern Italy. This data-recording and analytical tradition began in western Europe from around the beginning of the Renaissance.

This presentation takes us far from the Western world, but still during the time of the European Renaissance, to a world yet to be discovered by Westerners of the time – the Inka empire of pre-Columbian South America. The Inka recorded data pertaining to administrative matters on a knotted-string device, known as the khipu (or quipu). Most such records pertained to imperial statistics, especially those concerning such matters as censuses, tribute records, goods stored in state storehouses, and so on. This was a tradition of data, statistics and analytics that was completely alien to Europeans at the time of their first encounter with the Inkas, in the early 16th century C.E. – as well as to most of us today.

This presentation will challenge us to consider an alternative tradition of synthesizing and recording information which, it is suggested, offers unique insights into data, analytics, and the nature of “business intelligence.”
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