Industry Transformation Through Big Data and Business Analytics
Business Analytics Panel Discussion with Reception to Follow
The amount of data generated in organizations and businesses has been exploding at an exponential rate for quite some time. Business analytics has emerged as an important phenomenon aimed at harnessing this data and is expected to transform decision making in organizations. Almost all sectors of the economy are undergoing significant change because of this data-driven approach to decision making.
While the buzz around analytics is undoubtedly high, there are also questions about how to combine analytics with existing business processes and with the traditional “trust-your-gut” type of decision making. Although the job opportunities are abundant, the career paths for students aspiring to focus on business analytics are still developing.
During this panel event, a broad range of insights will be discussed about these issues and examine the emerging field of business analytics, how some industries are being transformed through analytics, and how organizations are creating value through business analytics and the challenges they face.
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Professor T. Ravichandran, associate dean for research and professor of information systems, Rensselaer Lally School of Management
T. Ravichandran is the associate dean for research and a professor in the Lally School of Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His research expertise includes: strategic implications of information technology, supply chain management, business-to-business electronic markets, innovation diffusion, and assimilation and organizational renewal/growth through innovation. He has published more than one hundred research papers in leading academic journals and conference proceedings. He currently serves as a department editor for IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management. He has also served as an associate editor of Information Systems Research and an associate editor of MIS Quarterly. Dr. Ravichandran works closely with several large firms on IT strategy, supply chain management, and innovation management. He has extensive business experience as a consultant to the Reliance Group, Bombay; as the assistant director of the National Productivity Council, India; and as a production manager in Flakt AB (now Asea Brown Boweri). He has also been a successful entrepreneur of an IT services firm. Dr. Ravichandran has a Ph.D. in business administration, a post graduate diploma in industrial and systems engineering, and a Bachelor of Engineering in production engineering.
Brenda Dietrich, fellow and vice president, IBM
Brenda Dietrich is an IBM fellow and vice president. She is currently the chief technology officer and strategist for Business Analytics in the IBM Software Group. She led IBM Research’s Mathematical Sciences and Business Analytics Strategy for more than 10 years, and has been active in applying operations research to business analytics for 30 years. She has a Ph.D. in operations research and industrial engineering from Cornell University.
For the last 25 years, Mr. Kelly has been working with healthcare payers and providers to strengthen healthcare value by aligning payment incentives and performance to lower costs and improve the quality of care. Prior to founding Treo Solutions 10 years ago, he was a consultant and managing partner for a national health care research and consulting firm. Earlier in his career, Mr. Kelly worked for New York State's Department of Health, where he played a lead role in the design, implementation, and evaluation of Medicaid payment systems. He continues to serve as an advisor to New York State on payment system design and implementation. He has published numerous articles on topics such as payment transformation, pay-for-performance, medical homes, and Potentially Preventable Readmissions. He is the editor of the book, Ambulatory Care and Prospective Payment, and is a frequent national speaker on critical and timely healthcare topics.
Greg Moran, president and CEO, Chequed.com
Greg Moran serves as president and CEO of Chequed.com, the leading provider of cloud-based predictive talent selection™ solutions. Since founding Chequed.com, located in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in 2008, the company has grown rapidly and today serves customers in all industries across the United States and throughout the world. Previously, Greg served as founder and vice president of sales for PeopleAnswers America, a leading provider of assessment software solutions. He also founded and served as president of Pinnacle Technology Solutions, an executive search, staffing, and human capital management services firm. Greg is the co-author of Job Hunting: The Ten Best Steps to Success, a job search workshop and audio/video tape series. He is also the author of Building the Talent Edge: A Field Managers Guide to Recruiting the Best (Spring 2005) and Hire, Fire, and The Walking Dead (June 2006, W Business Books). Greg has been quoted in numerous national publications including Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, and Inc. Magazine. Greg can be found blogging at disrupthr.com, on twitter @CEOofChequed and Google+.
Dr. Thukral is proficient in building and leading world-class strategy and marketing teams for international firms. Before joining Boston Analytics as CEO, Inder spent 10 years in Corporate Strategy and Business Development for IBM, where he led the development and execution of IBM's growth strategy for ASEAN, China and India. With regards to China specifically, while based in Shanghai, Inder led the development of IBM's China Expansion Strategy. Inder has a deep understanding of the economics and dynamics associated with working in emerging markets and translating global imperatives into local opportunities. Inder has received his Ph.D. in decision sciences from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Rhode Island, and a B.E. in electrical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee. He has addressed several
forums around the world as a keynote speaker and is a sought after advisor for firms entering or expanding into Asian markets.