Hitachi Solutions

Join Hitachi Solutions Canada & Microsoft for
Big Data Friday

Join us for an insightful half-day event where we will discuss subjects around Big Data, spanning from business challenges posed by Big Data to strategy and technology.  We will demystify the hype surrounding Big Data and help you understand how to prepare your organization for the inherent challenges of “going Big.”

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Friday, June 13, 2014

University of Calgary Downtown Campus
906 8th Avenue SW
Calgary, AB 


Registration & Breakfast


Richard Hines
Global Vice President, Analytics
Hitachi Solutions Canada
Welcome and Intro to Big Data

Éric Leduc
Application Platform Sales Lead
 Microsoft Canada
Delivering Big Data Solutions



Rojin Nair
Vice President, Enterprise Architecture & Planning
Walton International Group

Big Data- The Evolution and Future Integration with Mainstream Analytics

Room Change/Coffee

11:15-12:00 Andrew Boudreau
Microsoft Technical Specialist Data Platform
Microsoft Canada
Connect, Manage and Analyze Big Data with Hadoop HDInsight.


                                        Lunch & Closing
                                   **Draw for a Microsoft Surface Device!


Rojin Nair

Vice President, Enterprise Architecture & Planning
Walton International Group

Rojin is a visionary IT leader with a 22 year track record for defining, building and optimizing best-in-class IT solutions and services, primarily in the information management space. He has been involved with data warehousing, Business Intelligence, corporate performance management, data governance, master data management, predictive analytics, data visualization and Big Data projects in leadership, consultant and architect roles.
Rojin will be sharing his experience gained from a Big Data initiative and his vision on how Big Data technology and solutions will start integrating with existing transactional and analytical platforms.

Topic: Big Data- The Evolutions and the Future Integration with Mainstream Analytics
- What is the hype? What is Big Data? More importantly, what is it not?
- The real need for Big Data solutions. Where and when Big Data solutions provide value.

- Technology landscape
- Overview of Hadoop- MapReduce and HDFS
- What is NoSQL?
- What does a Big Data initiative look like?

- How will traditional, transactional and analytical systems co-exist or integrate with Big Data solutions?
- The technology, process and people skills that need maturity.

Richard Hines

Global Vice President, Analytics  
Hitachi Solutions Canada

A trusted thought leader in Business Intelligence, Richard has been immersed in the BI and Performance Management disciplines since 1995. His depth of knowledge regarding technology and its strategic impact on decision making has made him a regular speaker at industry forums in Canada and the United States. His business experience with performance management, competitive analytics, and financial auditing, is complemented with his technical expertise in data warehouse and service oriented architectures. He has held leadership positions in the United Kingdom, Australia, the United States and Canada.

Topic: Introduction to Big Data

More information to come.

Eric Leduc

Application Platform Sales Lead
Microsoft Canada

Eric has been in the IT industry for the past 25 years and with Microsoft for 18 years. In his time at Microsoft, Eric worked mainly as a Business Solutions Manager with retail partners and large Enterprise customers. As the National Application Platform lead in Canada, he now manages the national Business Insight and Big Data solutions.

Topic: Delivering Big Data Solutions

To fully realize the value of Big Data, you need a complete platform that supports both business and IT. With Microsoft, every employee can build visualizations to uncover insights and deliver results, and IT can use a highly efficient back-end engine to scale analytics companywide.

Andrew Boudreau

Technical Specialist, Data Platform
Microsoft Canada

A true geek with a deep passion for data and analytics, Andrew has over 16 years' experience as a SQL Server Database Administrator for the BC Attorney general before joining Microsoft in 2012.

Topic: Connect, manage and analyze data with Hadooop HDInsight

HDInsight is a Hadoop-based solutions for Windows Server and Windows Azure. HDInsight makes it easier to configure and deploy Hadoop on the Windows platform, enable customers to apply rich business intelligence tools such as Microsoft Excel, PowerPivot for Excel, and Power View to pull actionable insights from Big Data. This session will show how HDInsight can be leveraged within your organization to deliver on the promise of Big Data.

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