So what is data science and why should we care? At its core, data science involves using automated methods to analyze massive amounts of data to extract knowledge. And it’s one of the fastest-growing industries in tech right now. In fact, the Harvard Business Review referred to it as “the sexiest job of the 21st century.” Yet it remains one of the toughest jobs to fill. Projections indicate that by 2020, there may be a shortage of 100,000 data scientists.
The Cutting Edge
Mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 29, through Friday, March 31.
UNC Charlotte once again plays host to the Analytics Frontiers Conference at The Ritz Carlton. More than 1,400 people are expected for the three-day event with industry leaders, practitioners and experts exploring a diverse range of topics from solving cross-industry challenges in energy informatics to harnessing the power of digital marketing.
Individual day tickets are available, along with two- and three-day passes. New this year, a flex pass gets you a seat for the content you need, and allows you to share with others when you aren’t attending. Personalize a schedule that suits you and a friend or coworker, and get exactly what you need.
Silver is founder of FiveThirtyEight, author of “The Signal and The Noise” and Fast Company’s No. 1 “Most Creative People in Business.” Silver will speak on “Powerful Predictions Through Data Analytics.” He has become today’s leading statistician through his innovative analyses of political polling - he first gained national attention in 2008 when he correctly predicted the presidential winner in 49 states. In 2012 he called 50 of the 50 states.
Elias is CEO and co-founder of Red Ventures – a marketing and technology company headquartered in Fort Mill, S.C. In 2007, Red Ventures was ranked fourth on the Inc. 500 list and in 2015 was valued at more than $1 billion. In 2009, Elias survived Flight 1549, also known as the Miracle on the Hudson, an event that changed his life and led to his popular TED Talk “Three things I learned while my plane crashed.”
Guerry serves as retail & preferred technology and GWIM T&O data quality & control executive at Bank of America. In this role, he ensures data is accurate, timely and has the proper risk controls; supports current and emerging analytics capabilities and data platforms; supports client, customer and marketing applications; as well as the execution of line-of-business data strategies.
Gunnar is vice president of IBM’s Data and Analytics Business. In this role, she is responsible for the offering management and P&L for offerings including Hadoop, Spark, Predictive Analytics [SPSS Business], Prescriptive Analytics [CPLEX] and Entity Analytics. She is also responsible for defining the next generation analytics capabilities.