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Big Data: Leveraging Big Data for Strategic Competitive Advantage

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
11:45 AM-1:30 PM

Join us for an exciting panel discussion regarding Big Data from the vendor and customer perspective. Lunch and beverages will be served.

The sources of Big Data include social media, Internet searches, and of course, the databases that companies develop as they interact with their clients. Learn how it works, who has access to this data, and how industry leading providers and companies are leveraging this information to spot business trends and more effectively target clients.

Why should you care:

Big data affected IT spending by more than $120 billion of IT in 2013, according to Gartner.

93% of businesses feel like they're losing money by not being able to use the information they're collecting.

38% plan to, or are likely to implement big data projects over the next year.

The amount of data is expected to increase by about 60% in 2013.

About Our Speaker(s)

Moderator Bio, Donna Kruse, Regional Manager -Clarify360:

Donna Kruse joined Clarify360 in 2009, tasked with moving the firm upmarket into the large enterprise space. An industry veteran with over 20 years of experience, Kruse’s industry tenure includes AT&T, Lucent Technologies and most recently Qwest Communications, where she earned numerous sales achievement awards as well as customer accolades. With her focus on and expertise in colocation, cloud computing and data center connectivity architecture, Kruse helps her customers simplify this complex and often confusing technology. Donna is also a member of Cloud Girls, a vendor-neutral community of female technology advocates focused on cloud education. She holds a BA in Marketing from the University of Iowa.

Speaker Bio: Matt Richins, Cloud Solutions Architect, Rackspace

Matt Richins has over 20+ years of IT experience working with companies across all of North and South America; including several top fortune 500 companies within the manufacturing, retail, services, banking, and media and entertainment industries. Over those years, he has specialized in Big Data as an architect of global WANs, large scale application infrastructures, and disaster recovery solutions for petabyte+ data replication and restoral, and virtualized and cloud solutions. As a technologist, he has developed an extensive knowledge base of the hardware and software aspects that support telecommunications, application development and deployment, cloud computing, automation, virtualization, and server architectures

In his role at Rackspace, Matt is focused on helping companies to adopt cloud and automation technologies.

Speaker Bio: Giri Durbhakula

Giri Durbhakula is an experienced Technology Change Agent, with industry expertise in many industries such as Retail, High-Tech, CPG, and Financial Services. Most recently he was Vice President of Technology at Petco, where he was responsible for Merchandising, eCommerce, Supply Chain and Marketing, and served as a key change agent in helping lead many key Omni-channel transformation projects.

Prior to that, Giri served as the in senior technology leadership roles at companies such as Charlotte Russe, Intuit, Targetbase and Gateway. He has experience in all aspects of the Information Technology discipline. In particular he has a deep background in Data and Analytics. He has over 25 years of experience and has been an industry practitioner, management consultant and vendor, and brings a unique perspective to bear in helping solve business problems that enable strategic business growth for companies.

He has written many articles and has also spoken at many different forums in his career on many topics. He has an undergraduate degree in Engineering and a graduate degree in Management from Washington University in St. Louis, as well as Executive Business Management courses from Stanford University.
Speaker Bio: Daniel Yun, Global Director of Financial Planning & Operational Analytics, GIA

Daniel is a senior finance and corporate development professional with over 15 years experience in corporate financial planning and strategy development, consulting, mergers & acquisitions, and degrees in MBA and Masters in Engineering. Daniel has consistently added value to his employer by finding creative solutions to difficult problems based on his demonstrated success at a Fortune 5 company as well as experience in developing a finance organizations for start-ups and emerging markets.

Event Date and Venue

This event will be held from 11:45 AM-1:30 PM on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at:

    Fish & Richardson PC campus
    12390 El Camino Real
    San Diego, California 92130

11:45 AM-12:15 PM Registration and Networking
12:15 PM-1:30 PM Program, Q&A

Pre-registration for this event is closed, but on-site registrations will be accepted.
Limited on-site registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For information regarding on-site registration, please contact Jennifer Beckey (Tel: 858-518-0859) ([email protected]).

About Our Partner(s)

Corporate partner, Fish & Richardson, PC:

Fish & Richardson P.C. is a leading global law firm practicing in the areas of intellectual property, litigation, and corporate law. With more than 400 attorneys and technology specialists in 11 offices in the United States, and an office in Germany, the firm is unlike any other law firm in the world. Founded in 1878, the firm represented Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, and the Wright Brothers. For 130 years we have served great innovators, helping to protect countless ideas, nurture discoveries, and bring new concepts to market.

The firm prosecuted and litigated many of the fundamental patents of an industrialized America, serving corporations that created the cutting-edge technologies of the day: the telephone, the air-brake, the steam turbine, the automobile, and the radio. Frederick Fish, the firm's founder, was for many years the acknowledged leader of the patent bar of the entire country at a time when patents were more important than they had ever been. Today, the firm continues to represent great innovators working in cutting-edge technologies and has redefined IP law for a market that values IP as a fundamental business asset. Fish's elite legal team combines corporate, technical, and legal expertise to help clients maximize the value of their IP.

Contact Us

For more info regarding registration or event details, please contact Jennifer Beckey (Tel: 858-518-0859) ([email protected]).

For more details about pre-registration, contact Tech Support.