Omaha, NE – November 8, 2017



6:00 – 6:40 pm – Network Reception – Open Bar & Hors d’oeuvres

6:40 – 6:45 pm – Welcoming Ceremony

6:45 – 7:25 pm – Big Data Architecture

7:30 – 8:10 pm – Machine Learning

8:15 – 8:55 pm – Deep Learning

8:55 – 9:00 pm – Closing Ceremony – Prizes & Giveaways

6:45 – 7:25 pm – Big Data Architecture

Presentation Agenda

  • Terms, Definition & Unique Concepts
  • Laws, Pressures & the Shifting Landscape
  • Transformation Use Case
  • Design
  • Business Strategy


A basic snapshot of the trends in technology today are enough to understand why the opportunities and challenges presented by Big Data are well… BIG.

  • 80% of IT efforts today are focused on maintaining existing IT infrastructure and business processes
  • Every 2 years technology changes and capabilities double
  • Data growth is forecast between 20-30% a year. Where IT budgets increase about 4% annually
  • Real Time Data Capture, IOT, third party data sources and Speed of Access & Evaluation

Combine these with considerations and requirements around Security & Governance as well as both Opportunities and Competitive Threats makes Big Data Architecture a vital area to every business.

Taking a look at the big picture can be a good way to adjust your view and help you develop a path forward. This presentation gives an overview of Big Data Architecture today from Hardware, Database, Software, Tools and Visualization and shares some success stories regarding how the biggest names in technology today have performed and succeeded with their Big Data Architecture.

7:30 – 8:10 pm – Machine Learning

Presentation Agenda

  • Machine Learning – Why so popular now?
  • 3 Important Trends – We can all be Data Companies
  • Use Cases – What’s driving Machine Learning
  • Machine Learning Technologies
  • Getting Started in Machine Learning

Machine learning is a type of artificial intelligence (AI) that provides computers with the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed, a method of data analysis that automates analytical model building.

Machine learning focuses on the development of computer programs that can change when exposed to new data, using algorithms that iteratively learn from data and allowing computers to find hidden insights without being explicitly programmed w where to look.

An important breakthrough in Machine Learning was the realization, credited to Arthur Samuel in 1959, that rather than teaching computers everything they need to know about the world and how to carry out tasks, it might be possible to teach them to learn for themselves.

Drawing a Distinction – Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning

AI is the broader concept of machines being able to carry out tasks in a way that we would consider “smart”.

Machine Learning is a current application of AI based around the idea that we should really just be able to give machines access to data and let them learn for themselves.

What is the difference between Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence? Bernard Marr, Forbes Magazine, December 6, 2016

8:15 – 8:55 pm – Deep Learning

Presentation Agenda

  • Defining Deep Learning
  • The Distinction between Deep Learning & Machine Learning
  • Use Cases – What’s driving Deep Learning
  • Deep Learning Technologies
  • Getting Started in Deep Learning

Deep learning is a branch of machine learning that tries to mimic the structure of the human brain. Layers that created within the algorithm pick specific parts of the subject to learn.

Deep learning allows computational models that are composed of multiple processing layers to learn representations of data with multiple levels of abstraction. These methods have dramatically improved the state-of-the-art in speech recognition, visual object recognition, object detection and many other domains such as drug discovery and genomics.

Deep learning discovers intricate structure in large data sets by using the backpropagation algorithm to indicate how a machine should change its internal parameters that are used to compute the representation in each layer from the representation in the previous layer.

Deep convolutional nets have brought about breakthroughs in processing images, video, speech and audio, whereas recurrent nets have shone light on sequential data such as text and speech.

What is the difference between Deep Learning, Machine Learning and AI? Forbes Magazine, Bernard Marr, December 8, 2016


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