Agenda

Cloud Data Summit is a virtual conference where you will meet peers and other professionals face to face, in group mastermind sessions, roundtables, and panels.

October 16-17, 2019

Our Speakers

Jay Natarajan

Jay Natarajan

US AI Lead, Microsoft

Lead Architect, Microsoft

Jay Natarajan is a Principal Data Engineer within Azure Engineering organization at Microsoft.

Jay’s passion is to engage with brands to evolve and advance their business in a rapidly changing environment and apply Data & AI for current problems and identify future trends to navigate their digital transformation with Microsoft’s cloud solution.

Jay has extensive industry experience and has been leading leading customers by translating the next-gen business problem into simplified streamlined actionable business applications through AI technologies such as Bots, Text Analytics, big data and deep learning.

She has a keen interest to disrupt industries with the future of AI aligning with human interests safely.




Dan Linstedt is a thought leader and pioneer of data warehousing.

He invented Data Vault 2.0 and complete Data Vault 2.0 System of Business Intelligence.

He has built transactional and analytical systems for federal government and commercial enterprises for more than 25 years.

Dan understands the needs, structures, and priorities of clients. All in all, he provides sound expert advice tailored to the business scenario of clients.

Dan Linstedt

Dan Linstedt

Inventor of Data Vault Methodology

CEO of LearnDataVault.com

CTO and Co-Founder of Scalefree.


Jeff Baird

Manager of Data & Integration Services of doTERRA International LLC


Jeff Baird has been in IT and data analytics for almost 20 years.

He’s been a recruiter, hiring manager and managed teams of up to 30 data engineers. But over the years he has found that data isn’t enough if we want to be able to persuade and influence. HOW we present ourselves and our message matters.

Jeff studies and teaches the art & science of influence. He’s a keynote speaker, corporate trainer, certified body language trainer (who knew that was a thing) & certified coach in the big 5 personalities (probably worth a google).

He’s the founder of LikeAbilities.com and ITCareer Hacking.com.


Previously, she was VP at Gainsight (an enterprise customer data platform) where she helped scale the company 10x in revenue and worked with 100s of clients on delivering reliable data.

Prior to that, she was a management consultant at Bain & Company and a research assistant at the Statistics Department at Stanford University.

She also served in the Israeli Air Force as a commander of an intelligence data analyst unit.

Barr graduated from Stanford with a B.Sc. in Mathematical and Computational Science.

Barr Moses

Barr Moses

Co-founder & CEO of Monte Carlo Data


Joseph Perez

Dr. Joe Perez

Senior Systems Analyst,

Team Lead NC Department of Health and Human Services

Dr. Joe is a highly-recommended technical conference speaker, data analytics & visualization expert, and specialist in efficiency and process improvement.

Prior Speaking engagements :

– CDO Executive Summit, Washington, DC

– Premier CIO Forum, Raleigh, NC

– MDM Data Governance Summit, Chicago, IL

– Association of Institutional Research (AIR) Forum Conference, New Orleans LA

– Triangle Technology Executives Council, Durham, NC



Kurt Cagle is focusing on future technologies, science, enterprise data management, and technology ethics.

He also runs his own consulting company, Semantical LLC, specializing on Smart Data.Kurt is the author of more than twenty books on web technologies, search and data.

Kurt Cagle

Kurt Cagle

CEO of Semantical LLC, Contributor to Forbes and Managing Editor of Cognitive World


Joshua Cottrell

Joshua Cottrell

Co-founder & Consultant

Cottrell Consulting

Data visualization specialist with a startup background (acquisition in 2016).

He had the opportunity to build custom reporting solutions for teams at Google, Apple, Microsoft, Lego and Gatorade.

These days he travels full-time in East/Southeast Asia, consult with a handful of enterprise clients and help early stage startups with their data-focused products.


David Flynn is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Hammerspace.  

David Flynn is a recognized leader in IT innovation who has been architecting disruptive computing platforms since his early work in supercomputing and Linux systems.

David pioneered the use of flash for enterprise application acceleration as founder and former CEO of Fusion-io, which was acquired by SanDisk in 2014.

David holds more than 100 patents in areas across web browser technologies, mobile device management, network switching and protocols to distributed storage systems.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science at Brigham Young University and serves on boards for several organizations and startup companies.

David Flynn

Chief Analytics Officer

Somos Community Care


Daniel O’Connor

Daniel O’Connor

Head of Product Data Practice

Aware Web Solutions Inc.

With over two decades in IT, Product Taxonomy, Product Information Management Systems, and Data Analytics, Dan can speak to the unique challenges faced by retailers, manufacturers and distributors in overseeing their product data collection processes.

He is a strong product data advocate, having built, implemented, and managed Taxonomies and Product Data systems across the B2B and B2C spectrums.

Dan is a Product Data Quality evangelist with a passion for fixing people, process, and system issues in the data collection process.


Eric is a passionate leader with demonstrated success leading, planning, and executing world-class analytical solutions which revolutionize business.

Eric has helped companies bring new data driven products to market, drive efficiency out of their supply chain, execute strategic plans, and drive top line and bottom line growth by enabling every business function with actionable analytics.

Executive Advisor at 1ox Factory & AdvisoryCloud and Executive Client Advisor at AlphaSights.

Eric Axelrod

President & Chief Architect, DIGR

Founder, Cloud Data Summit


Our Sessions

How to craft high level data strategy to become an AI company

Jay Natarajan

US AI Lead, Microsoft

Lead Architect, Microsoft

In the world of AI, getting your data strategy right would help you to transform your organization and unlock new use cases for AI and ML.

In this session we will address how to craft high level data strategy to become an AI company.


How elastic cloud Data Warehousing platforms like Snowflake and BigQuery make Data Vault very practical, and how these platforms allow for drastic architecture changes once you are no longer bound by the constraints of traditional database & data integration platforms.

How the Cloud transforms data architecture

Dan Linstedt

Inventor of Data Vault Methodology

CEO of LearnDataVault.com

CTO and Co-Founder of Scalefree.


Do you trust the data or ‘go with your gut?’ When there’s a discrepancy between gut feeling and a report sitting on a desk, 90% of decision makers will go with their ‘gut feel’ over the data.

Jeff Baird

Manager of Data & Integration Services

doTERRA International LLC

  • Several years ago, Jeff Baird decided to see if he could influence ‘the gut feel’ and affect what should be an objective KPI.
  • He partnered with the Data Science team at Utah Valley University to set up a booth giving away fresh cookies. They asked the students to tell them which cookie tasted best.
  • Like with any good research, there was a twist. Jeff will share how he was able to affect which cookie was better.
  • As well as 3 unexpected and unconventional tips to help make you and your data more persuasive and influence decision makers.

The concept of “data downtime” — periods of time when your data is partial, erroneous, missing or otherwise inaccurate.

Data downtime is highly costly for data-driven organizations and affects almost every team, yet is often addressed ad hoc in a reactive manner.

We’ll discuss why data downtime matters to the data industry, signs you may have a data downtime problem, how to address it proactively, and the incredible leverage you’ll provide to your company and customers if you do.

Why data downtime matters to the data industry, signs you may have a data downtime problem, how to address it proactively,

Barr Moses

Co-founder & CEO of Monte Carlo Data


Making Data Actionable: From Concept to Reality

Dr. Joe Perez

Senior Systems Analyst,

Team Lead NC Department of Health and Human Services

American mathematician John Tukey once said, “The greatest value of a picture is when it forces us to notice what we never expected to see.”

What value do you see in your data? And what ideas do you have when you see it?

Learn how you can capitalize on your ideas and turn them into reality by blending the internal with the external, leveraging them into a cohesive strategy for both the short term AND the long term.

See the five “Stages of the Spectrum” in action while discovering the difference between impact and influence, and how that plays into making data actionable.


An emerging application built around triple stores, knowledge bases are likely to become a central facet of enterprise data management, providing a bridge that connects content management, event streams and traditional data stores.

Join Forbes writer Kurt Cagle as he illustrates one such knowledge base and examines the implications of this tech in the AI space.

Democratizing Data: Knowledge Bases and Semantic Hubs

Kurt Cagle

CEO of Semantical LLC, Contributor to Forbes and Managing Editor of Cognitive World


The importance of good data visualization

Joshua Cottrell

Co-founder & Consultant

Cottrell Consulting

Dashboards close cloud data deals.

Dashboards should be an integral part of that strategy.

His experience building dashboards and command centers for Google, Apple, Lego, Gatorade, Microsoft and others (from the sales cycle all the way through to hand-off)

Why dashboards worked so well to close those deals and win project buy-inCommon dashboard use cases and pitfalls to avoid.

How to integrate dashboards into the early stages of your project/sales cycleBalancing actionability and visual design


Trends like hybrid multi-cloud make infrastructure complex, and all the design points for storage, either as appliances or services, further complicate the journey towards digital transformation.

We are weighed down by the idea that data gravity restricts our options for what and where we can consume data, but what if there was a better way to make data available to users?

In this conference, David Flynn will deconstruct our preconceptions of how to manage data on the hybrid multi-cloud;  improving the agility, efficiency, and control of data across the organization.

Defy Data Gravity with Data-as-a-Service

David Flynn

CEO and Co-founder at HammerspaceInvestor and Board Advisor at Excelero


How the cloud changes Product Information Management

Daniel O’Connor

Head of Product Data Practice

Aware Web Solutions Inc.

The cloud has profoundly changed how product data is created and syndicated between manufacturers and retailers across the globe.

From decreasing the Time-to-Market of products to reducing the cost of managing the systems required for Product Information Management, the cloud has provided all sizes of businesses the opportunity to improve their data quality.

Yet data quality is still not getting significantly better even as retailers put more pressure on their vendors to provide more content.


Gone are the days of jobs taking days to run, constant server capacity bottlenecks, and restricting business initiatives based on your ability to implement and manage systems.

Cloud IaaS, PaaS, and DWaaS platforms have fundamentally changed how systems are deployed and workloads are managed.

Many things are different. But some remain the same. Cut through the hype and see exactly how others have successfully migrated data platforms to the cloud.

Keynote

Eric Axelrod

President & Chief Architect, DIGR

Founder, Cloud Data Summit


A Typical Day at Cloud Data Summit

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Cloud Data Summit is a 2 day Virtual Conference with all the features of a Physical Traditional Conference.

08:00 am

1:1 Networking

Meet Other Attendees in 1:1 video sessions

09:00 am

KeynoteMain Stage

Keynote: How the modern cloud has changed the data game.

10:00 am

1:1 Networking

Meet Other Attendees in 1:1 video sessions

10:30 am

Presentation – Main Stage

Kurt Kagle, Forbes Contributor and CEO of Semantical LLC:

Democratizing Data- Knowledge Bases and Semantic Hubs are

beginning to appear at the enterprise level.

11:30 am

1:1 Networking Break

Meet Other Attendees in 1:1 video sessions

12:00 pm

Presentation – Main Stage

Dan Linstedt, Inventor of the Data Vault, CEO of learndatavault.com:

How the Cloud transforms data architecture.

01:00 pm

Group Networking Lunch

Lunch with other Attendees over group video sessions

02:00 pm

Presentation – Main Stage

Jay Natarajan, US AI Lead:

Making Data Actionable: From Concept to Reality.

03:00 pm

1:1 Networking Break

03:30 pm

Presentation – Main Stage

David Flynn, CEO of Hammerpsace

Defy Data Gravity with Data-as-a-Service

04:30 pm

1:1 Networking Break

05:30 pm

Panel Discussion

Emerging Technology Panel Discussion

AI & ML Panel Discussion

Live Audience Participation

Q&A

06:00 pm

Happy hour Networking

Unwind with other Attendees in casual group networking

session schedule subject to change

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