Alistair Croll

Strata + Hadoop World: Join the Data Revolution

An early glimpse at what Strata's bringing to New York this October

Date: This event took place live on October 03 2012

Presented by: Alistair Croll

Duration: Approximately 120 minutes.

Cost: Free

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On October 23, the Strata Conference returns to the Big Apple. Twinned with Hadoop World, it's the leading event on how pervasive data is changing the world in which we live. In this free online conference, we preview some of the hot topics, provocative speakers, and game-changing innovations that are fueling the growth of a data-driven society.

Boring is good
Alistair Croll

With a look to the year ahead, Strata chair Alistair Croll will discuss how big data, new interfaces, and ubiquitous computing is changing the way we make decisions; how to survive the inevitable hype that's coming; and why becoming boring is the best thing that can happen to big data.

About Alistair Croll

Alistair Croll has been an entrepreneur, author, and public speaker for nearly 20 years. He's worked on a variety of topics, from web performance, to big data, to cloud computing, to startups, in that time.

In 2001, he co-founded web performance startup Coradiant, and since that time has also launched Rednod, CloudOps, Bitcurrent, Year One Labs, the Bitnorth conference, the International Startup Festival and several other early-stage companies.

Alistair is the author of three books on web performance, analytics, and IT operations, and is currently working on a forthcoming book about data-driven startups. He lives in Montreal, Canada and tries to mitigate chronic ADD by writing about far too many things at Solve For Interesting.

Major Leagues, Big Data and Visualizing Pitching Patterns
Richard Brath & Noah Schwartz

Major League Baseball captures more than 10Tb of data per year. Getting the right analysis can reveal patterns hidden in this data that create new insights for players, fans and coaches. This online conference presentation will outline the scale of the challenge and show an example visualization that explores the long-standing hypothesis on pitcher predictability.

About Richard Brath

I've been designing and building innovative information visualizations for 20 years, ranging from one of the first interactive 3D financial visualizations on the web in 1995 to visualizations embedded in financial data systems used every day by thousands of market professionals.

About Noah Schwartz

Noah Schwartz is technology professional with a passion for sports. Noah is a member of a group at Bloomberg that recognized an business opportunity for a sports analytics and has been instrumental in creating the platform to deliver the applications to the end users.

Privacy & Big Data: Is there such a thing as privacy in the digital age?
Terence Craig & Mary Ludloff

Duration: Approximately 25 minutes

During the first release of their book, Privacy and Big Data, authors Terence Craig and Mary Ludloff looked at the privacy debate from a number of different perspectives: the surprising ways in which data is collected and used, the main privacy players and their business models, as well as the evolution of the privacy eco-system. Now, as they work on an update, the authors are attempting to answer whether there is such a thing as privacy in the digital age and predicting the privacy end game. In this fast paced webcast, the authors will cover this year's most interesting privacy "events" and how they impact all of us, discuss whether privacy is well on its way to becoming an endangered species, and consider the possibilities of a privacy fallout via increased regulation and silo'd big data sets.

About Terrence Craig

Terence is CEO and CTO of PatternBuilders, a Big Data Analytics applications company. With over 20 years of experience in both executive and technical management roles with leading-edge private and public technology companies, Terence brings a unique and innovative view of what is needed-from both an operational and technology perspective-to build a world class analytics platform that is focused on the innovative development of analytic applications designed to improve companies' and organizations' profitability and efficiencies. Terence has an extensive background in building, implementing, and selling analytically-driven enterprise applications across such diverse domains as enterprise resource planning (ERP), professional services automation (PSA), and semi-conductor process control and analytics in both public and private companies. He is also a speaker, blogger (on all things big data and analytics plus lots of other stuff), and co-author of "Privacy and Big Data." Never shy to share his opinion, Terence had this to say during a round table discussion at pii2011 about big data information collection that was used to break down the door of an innocent family: "It used to be that it took weeks to accumulate that data. Now technology allows stupid people to be stupid much faster." (T-Shirts are in the works and will be available for purchase soon). You can follow Terrence on Twitter @terencecraig.

About Mary Ludloff

Mary is the VP of marketing for PatternBuilders, a Big Data Analytics applications company. She is an innovative executive with more than 20 years of experience in the high tech industry. When it comes to marketing she has, in her own words, "been there, done that and often, with little or no budget." Our translation: Mary understands how to develop and implement strategic program initiatives that span marketing disciplines-ranging from the traditional corporate and marketing fields to the latest developments in digital marketing (yes, much more descriptive and far less interesting than her own words). Through her work at Brio Technology (now Hyperion) and NONSTOP Solutions (now Manhattan Associates), Mary also brings a deep understanding of supply chain management issues as well as the use of business intelligence tools in data warehousing and analytic application efforts. Mary is co-author of "Privacy and Big Data," a frequent white paper contributor, an editor of many reference manuals, user manuals, and other publications, and a blogger and speaker on diverse topics such as big data and analytics from a technology and business perspective, data security, data privacy, and marketing in the digital age. You can follow Mary on Twitter @mludloff.

Empowering Designers to create Data Visualizations
Romy Misra

How do you build technology to empower designers to create data visualizations? This talk is about thought principles and technologies exploring a few ways in which we can do so.

About Romy Misra

Romy Misra is the Director of Analytics at and is responsible for the company's analytics and operations. She is passionate about startup analytics and building data communities to facilitate data related connections.

Romy has a graduate degree in Industrial engineering and is currently the co-organizer of the Data Mining meetup group in the Bay Area, where she regularly holds workshops on education on data science.

Zillow: Disrupting the Real Estate Marketplace with Data
Stan Humphries

Real estate used to be an industry that had large information asymmetry between professionals and consumers. Zillow has leveled the playing field through its living database on over 100 million homes. Advanced statistical modeling gives consumers even more information and tools, such as the well-known Zestimate. Using data and analytics, Zillow has changed the real estate industry forever.

About Stan Humphries

Dr. Stan Humphries is the Chief Economist of Zillow Inc. (NASDAQ: Z), the leading real estate information marketplace. Stan joined the company as one of its earliest employees in 2005 and created the Zestimate and its first algorithm. Since that time, Stan has built out the industry-leading economics and analytic team at Zillow. Prior to joining Zillow, Stan spent five years at Expedia where he ran the advanced analytics team. Before Expedia, Stan served as a researcher and faculty member at the University of Virginia, and was previously a Presidential Management Fellow where he served at NASA, the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President, and the Technology Administration within the Department of Commerce. Stan has also served in the United States Peace Corps, where he taught high school physics and chemistry in the West African country of Benin. Stan has a Bachelor of Arts from Davidson College, a Master's of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, and a Ph.D. in Government from the University of Virginia.

Drive Smarter Decisions with Microsoft Big Data
Shawn Bice

Big Data is generating a lot of interest, but the barriers to entry prevent a broader base of users from unlocking its potential. In this session, Microsoft's Shawn Bice will give us a preview of what he'll be covering at Strata + Hadoop World, examining Microsoft's efforts to democratize data analysis across a variety of platforms, and tie insights into existing technologies and analytical tools from Microsoft.

About Shawn Bice

As Director of Program Management of the Database Systems Group at Microsoft, Shawn Bice has responsibility for Azure SQL Database, Big Data & SQL Server RDBMS, including guiding the vision, strategy, engineering and market delivery.

As part of his charter, Shawn is focused on delivering Microsoft's core data platform solutions and services that allow IT Professionals, DBAs, and Developers to successfully Develop, Deploy, and Manage data applications across the SQL Azure platform and SQL Server workload.

Since joining Microsoft in 1997, Shawn has served in engineering leadership positions across the Server and Tools Business (STB) including Windows Server, System Center, SQL Server, Azure SQL Database and spent a tour in field sales, affording him the opportunity to gain expertise and insight needed to make a broad impact for Microsoft, its customers and partners.