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Speakers from Amazon, Kroger, Ford and NBCUniversal Headline UC's Analytics Summit 2018

Friday, June 1, 2018 2:27 PM
Annual data analytics event attracted top-notch speakers in the field and a national audience of more than 400.
Dan Whitacre, Glenn Wegryn, Nick Williams, Chris Hjelm, Mike Fry, and Larry Porter pose for a group photo at the Analytics Summit 2018.

Left to right: Dan Whitacre (Kroger), Glenn Wegryn (UC), Nick Williams (UC), Chris Hjelm (Kroger), Mike Fry (UC), Larry Porter (UC).

The Center for Business Analytics at the University of Cincinnati’s Carl H. Lindner College of Business hosted its annual Analytics Summit and Training May 14-16, 2018, at the Sharonville Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The May 16 conference, now in its seventh year, featured high-profile keynote speakers, including Craig Brabec, director, Global Insights and Analytics at the Ford Motor Company; Cameron Davies, senior vice president of Analytics and Strategy at NBCUniversal; and Bill Franks, chief analytics officer at the International Institute for Analytics.

Supporting a long-term strategy of becoming a nationally recognized program in business analytics, the Analytics Summit 2018 drew nearly 400 participants from Cincinnati, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Indianapolis, Louisville, Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.

Attendees watching Bill Franks' keynote on artificial intelligence.

Almost 400 attendees watched Bill Franks' keynote on artificial intelligence.

The May 16 conference also included five all-day track sessions in such topics as Data Visualization, Advanced Analytics, Sports Analytics, Case Studies in Big Data/Analytics, and Analytics Management and Leadership.  The all-day sessions included 20 speakers from high-profile companies such as Amazon, P&G, Verizon, 84.51°‎, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Worldpay (formerly Vantiv), Elder Research, Cincinnati Reds, FC Cincinnati, Cincinnati Bengals and others.

“Overall, we regard the entire 3-day event as a major success,” says Executive Director of UC’s Center for Business Analytics, Glenn Wegryn. “The attendees strongly agreed that the value we delivered to them was well worth their time. We are already planning for the eighth annual Analytics Summit and believe we'll have an even better program next year!”

For the first time, this year’s event featured two training days on May 14 and 15 prior to the full-day conference on May 16. Training session topics included Tableau Training, Machine Learning with R, Data Mining, Big Data with Hadoop and Spark, and the half-day training session on Tuesday, May 15, “Analytics for Leaders”.

Many conference participants greatly admired the quality of speakers, and one attendee commended the impressive format for this year’s training workshops. “Many schools can deliver the course content in its academic programs, but the ability to have students connect with such a vibrant professional network for learning and for placement is a differentiator,” noted the attendee. “UC has placed itself among the top programs. Very impressive!”

Chris Hjelm speaking at the Analytics Summit 2018 Networking Reception.

Kroger CIO Chris Hjelm during the Networking Reception.

Training session instructors from the Carl H. Lindner College of Business included:

  • Jeffrey Shaffer, a multiple-time Tableau Zen Master, teaches the graduate level Data Visualization course at Lindner. Shaffer taught the Tableau session at this year’s Summit.
  • Brad Boehmke and Brandon Greenwell, the Machine Learning with R instructors, are adjunct professors at Lindner. Brad Boehmke teaches the graduate course “Data Wrangling with R” and has also published a book by the same name. They both work at 84.51°‎.
  • Jay Shan and Andrew Harrison (Big Data) are assistant professors of Information Systems at Lindner.
  • Glenn Wegryn, executive director of UC’s Center for Business Analytics, taught the highly-interactive Analytics for Leadership session, which focused on developing knowledge in effective applications of analytics within organizations.

John Elder (Data Mining), professor at the University of Virginia and founder of one of the top U.S. data mining firms, Elder Research, was also among the featured instructors in the training portion.

Chris Hjelm, chief information officer at Kroger, was a special guest speaker at the speakers’ networking reception prior to the conference kickoff. Hjelm gave an exceptional talk on the direction of analytics in the retail industry titled “Kroger Science”.

The UC Center for Business Analytics holds three annual analytics events. The next event “The Data Science Symposium” is scheduled for Friday October 12, 2018 at the Lindner College of Business.

Lindner MS-IS and MS-BA candidates pose for a group photo at the Analytics Summit

Great support from our MS Business Analytics and MS Information Systems candidates.

Chris Hjelm (left), Glenn Wegryn (right), and two guests converse at the Analytics Summit.

Chris Hjelm and Glenn Wegryn with guests.

Nick Krall (left) and Chris Calo (right) presenting at the Analytics Summit.

Nick Krall, Cincinnati Reds General Manager, and Chris Calo, Cincinnati Reds Business Analyst.

Bill Franks giving a keynote on artificial intelligence at the Analytics Summit

Bill Franks on artificial intelligence.