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Convergence Chicago

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W Chicago - City Center

172 W Adams St

Chicago, IL 60603

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Big data comes with big myths. Convergence, a full-day seminar, focuses on busting through those myths and getting to the truth so you can make informed decisions. Learn from executives, practitioners, myth busters, and technical experts how to solve real-world problems by harnessing disruptions in data, artificial intelligence, cloud, containers, and edge technologies.

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Areas of Focus:

Use cases, artificial intelligence, data analytics, edge analytics, analytics in cloud, hybrid and multi cloud, containers, microservices, data and cyber security, intelligent applications, global event systems, Hadoop and friends, IoT transformation


8:00a-9:00a Breakfast/ Registration

9:00a-9:10a Session One: Intro to the Day

9:10a-9:35a Session Two: Three Problems, Three Myths, Three Realities - Anil Gadre, Executive Vice President, Chief Product Officer, MapR

9:35a-10:00a Session Three: Break-through Presentation

10:00a-10:20a Break

10:20a-10:45a Session Four: Break-through Presentation

10:45a-11:15a Session five: Featured Keynote Speaker

11:15a-11:40a Session Six: Platinum Session

11:40a-12:40p Lunch

12:40p-1:20p Session Seven: Can Video Push Pub/Sub Streaming to the Brink?

1:20p-1:40p Session Eight: Presentation by Arcadia Data

1:40p-2:05p Session Nine: Technical Advocate Presentation

2:05p-2:25p Break

2:25p-2:50p Session Ten: Putting Data into Action: How Technology Can Speed Time to Value - Anoop Dawar, Senior Vice President Product Management, MapR

2:50p-3:20p Session Eleven - Thirteen: Silver Sessions

3:20p-3:50p Session Fourteen: Expert Panel

3:50p-5:20p Meet the Experts Happy Hour

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Featured Speakers

Anil Gadre, Executive Vice President, Chief Product Officer, MapR

Anil Gadre is the EVP of Product Management at MapR. Prior to MapR, Anil was the EVP of Product Management at Silver Spring Networks, responsible for product strategy, planning and marketing of networking and software products focused on the Smart Grid for the energy industry. Before that, Anil was with Sun Microsystems, a Fortune 200 technology leader, serving as EVP of The Application Platform Software organization and had previously been the Chief Marketing Officer leading global branding, demand creation and an extensive developer ecosystem program. At Sun Microsystems his experience covered diverse product lines ranging from networked desktop and enterprise servers systems to market leading software products such as the Solaris Operating system, Java, MySQL database and various middleware products. He has a BSEE from Stanford University, and an MM degree from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.

Anoop Dawar, Senior Vice President Product Management, MapR

Anoop Dawar oversees global product management and product marketing at MapR Data Technologies. He comes to MapR with over a decade of experience leading product management and development teams at Aerohive (HIVE) and Cisco (CSCO). His scientific approach to product management and marketing stems from his background in business and technology, as both a practitioner and student. Anoop holds an MS degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas Austin, and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Featured Sessions

Three Problems, Three Myths, Three Realities

Speaker: Anil Gadre, Executive Vice President and Chief Product Officer, MapR

This session explores the hottest problems customers are struggling to sort out given the advent of many new breakthrough technological tools. It also addresses conventional wisdom and myths and highlights the reality around three hot issues with best practice guidance and recommendations for each.

Putting Data Into Action: How Technology Can Speed Time to Value

Speaker: Anoop Dawar, Senior Vice President Product Management, MapR

The session will provide a deeper look at how an underlying platform can simplify and speed the ability to put data into action. This session will also cover first use cases, architectural design, and implementation best practices, along with how small agile teams can drive successful projects.

Can Video Push Pub/Sub Streaming to the Brink?

Assessing the practicality of distributed streams for delivering video to GPUs for real-time face recognition.


Deep learning with GPUs is often used to accelerate model development and performance in production. However, the challenge is feeding data to GPUs as fast as their ability to process it. Integrating GPUs natively into a data platform creates a breakthrough that allows for ingestion of high quality data into GPUs. This presentation busts the myths that bringing data to GPUs is hard and requires specialized data clusters. The demo application for real-time face detection from live video feeds builds on a sound but simple GPU based architecture and uses the same platform that is used for your data analytics.

Expert Panel

Panelists: Anoop Dawar, Anil Gadre, Keynote Speaker, Customer presenter

Turn ideas from the day into your own practical course of action. This panel of experts applies the insights from the day’s sessions to real-world challenges by engaging the audience in a spirited discussion.

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