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The Westin Sydney

1 Martin Place

Sydney, NSW 2000


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Big Data Challenges?

Join us at Convergence Sydney, 22 June at 8.30am at The Westin Sydney.

Whether you need to innovate, improve efficiencies or mitigate risks, at Convergence we’ll solve your data challenges together.

Convergence Sydney is a half-day event focused on enterprise data opportunities and challenges, that brings together data professionals from a wide range of industries in a vibrant discussion.

At Convergence, you will discover emerging use cases, explore best practices, and optimal use of data through analytics and machine learning regardless of data location – on-premises, in cloud, or at the IoT edge.

Industry experts and technology providers such as MapR, NTT DATA Business Solutions, Attunity, Cisco & Talend will share their experience on critical data challenges, including analytics, the emergence of intelligent applications to operationalise data, and an agile strategy for cloud and containerized infrastructure.


8:30am - 9:00am: Registrations

9:00am - 9:15am: Introductions and Welcome
MapR, Derek Judge, Senior Director, APAC

9:15am - 9:45am: Identifying & exploiting the keys to digital transformation
MapR, Tom Fisher, EVP and CTO

Leading companies are integrating operations and analytics to make real-time adjustments to improve revenues, reduce costs, and mitigate risks. There are many aspects to digital transformation, but the timely delivery of actionable data is both a key enabler and an obstacle. Tom will share how companies from Nine Entertainment and other customers use event-driven processing to transform their businesses.

9:45am - 10:15am: The Big Data Pathway
NTT DATA Business Solutions, Dimitri Zarganakis, Innovation Lead

Never before have we understood so much about what’s on people’s minds, as they share their lives on digital channels. Added to that is the explosion of data generated by IoT devices, plant equipment and other machinery 24/7. The result is an ever-increasing volume of communications from both the natural and made-made worlds in video, audio, text and data streams.

Having a ‘big data’ strategy to tap into this wave of digital communication is essential if you want to create and exploit new opportunities. But what is the right starting point, and what steps should you take? What capabilities are required?

In this presentation, you’ll discover where to start, and how to put in place an effective big data strategy.

10:15am - 10:45am: Morning Networking Break

10:45am - 11:15am: Exactly How Many People Will Watch Next Month’s State of Origin?
Nine Entertainment Company, Stephen Kyefulumya, Director, IT Business Solutions, Group IT

11:15am - 11:45am: Building an enterprise grade data lake with strong data management principles
ACT Government, Selva Murugesan, Data Analyst

11:45am - 12.15pm: Demo: Big Data Deployment - Storage, Big Data Platform, Smarter Applications
MapR, Colman Madden, Solutions Engineer

12:15pm - 1:30pm: Networking Lunch


Tom Fisher, EVP and CTO - MapR

Tom Fisher, EVP and CTO, MapR

As CTO, Tom works with enterprise customers to ensure they take full advantage of MapR technology. He also leads initiatives to advance the company’s innovation agenda globally.

Tom was previously with Oracle, where he was a senior executive in engineering and operations for over five years, supporting the company’s top 40 cloud customers globally. He was also Oracle’s senior vice president and CIO for global commercial cloud services, focusing on improving service delivery through automation and direct action with customers. Prior to Oracle, Tom served as CIO and vice president of cloud computing at SuccessFactors (now SAP), where he ran cloud operations as well as emerging technologies in product engineering. Additionally, Tom led technology teams at Qualcomm as CIO of CDMA technologies and with eBay Inc. where he was vice president and acting CTO.

Selva Murugesan, PhD, Data Analyst - ACT Government

Selvaraaju Murugesan is currently working as Data Analyst in ACT Government. He received his PhD degree in computational mathematics from LaTrobe University, Melbourne in 2014. His interest are in data management practices and data analytics.

Dimitri Zarganakis, Innovation Lead - NTT DATA Business Solutions

NTT DATA, Dimitri Zarganakis

Dimitri Zarganakis is an Innovation Lead at NTT DATA Business Solutions. With 17 years’ experience designing and implementing Analytics solutions, he works with some of Australia’s most prominent organisations to maximise business value from Big Data.

Specialising in solutions for SAP-centric customers, Dimitri champions the development of analytics solutions, and is always looking for new technologies and new partnerships that will help organisations maximise their technology investments. He is most at home when cutting through the buzzwords and getting hands-on to deliver for customers.

Derek Judge, Senior Director, APAC - MapR

Derek Judge

Derek Judge is the Senior Director, APAC for MapR Technologies. In this role, Derek works with MapR’s extensive partner community to deliver enterprise solutions that drive real business value, based on the MapR Hadoop distribution.

With over 25 years’ experience in the IT industry, Derek has covered many roles, from programmer to consultant, in presales, sales and implementation, for a range of industries in Europe and Asia Pacific but always with a common theme of business intelligence, analytics, and deriving value from data. He is excited to now find himself at the heart of another chapter in incredible growth story of analytics with the arrival of Big Data and the Internet of Things.




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