Agenda

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DAY 1
sept 22
9:00am-10:00am PST

Keynote: An Executive Eye on the Future State of Analytics

George Fraser, CEO @ Fivetran
Ali Ghodsi, CEO @ Databricks
Rohan Kumar, Corporate Vice President @ Microsoft Azure

Join leaders from Fivetran, Databricks, and Microsoft Azure for a spirited discussion on the future of analytics: how teams and tools are changing analytics as we know it, the next big ‘disruption’ to this industry, and how the Modern Data Stack will evolve to further impact analytics, data team, and individual roles within a company. We'll explore how Databricks and Microsoft Azure teams utilize the Modern Data Stack and how they are driving their own analytic programs forward.

DAY 1
sept 22
10:05am-10:50am PST

Theme: Future of the Modern Data Stack

Your Next Data Warehouse is not a Data Warehouse. Discover Lakehouse

Speaker:

Jason Pohl, Principal Solutions Architect @ Databricks

The era of complex, expensive data architecture is at an end. The data lakehouse combines the performance and scale of the data warehouse with the open, low cost benefits of the data lake to provide one simple platform for all data workloads. Learn how the Databricks Lakehouse provides 6x better price-performance than traditional cloud data warehouses and 25% more productivity with a collaborative data science and machine learning workspace.

SPONSORED BY DATABRICKS

How Analysts Are Transforming Data Literacy at Their Company

Speakers:

  • Brittany City, Quantitative Data Analyst 2 @ Asurion
  • Archer Newell, Senior Data Analyst @ Fivetran 
  • Gabi Steele, Co-Founder and CEO @ Data Culture
  • Lauren Anderson, Director, Data & Insights @ Okta

Creating a beautiful dashboard that tells a story is no mean feat — but if you hand that dashboard off to folks who don't know where the data came from, your hard work can get lost in translation. In this session you’ll hear from Analytics leaders at Okta, Asurion, Data Culture, and Fivetran about how they are combatting confusion, avoiding games of ‘telephone’ and building a culture of data literacy at their business.

The Future of Security for the Modern Data Stack

Speakers:

  • Joy Marie Forsythe, Director of Security @ Alto Pharmacy
  • Richard Reinders, Head of Security @ Gravity Payments
  • Ryan O’Connell, Principal Security Architect @ Snowflake
  • Tom Conklin, Chief Information Security Officer @ Fivetran

For many, the biggest hurdle to fully embracing the Modern Data Stack is security— at least, the perceived decrease in data security when moving from on-prem to the cloud. In this session you’ll hear from some of the industry’s most prominent leaders on the issues around data security, including how teams are tackling data access, authorization and privacy requirements; what are data security best practices; and what the future of security looks like for our industry.

Radial Leverages Sisense to Modernize Analytics Offering

Speakers:

  • Nagu Nambi, Director Data Warehouse & Analytics Product Development @ Radial
  • Matt Madden, Senior Director, Go to Market @ Sisense

Radial is the leader of post click eCommerce technologies and operations, supporting Fortune 100 brands. As a leader in the industry with an expanding footprint, several years of acquisitions led to a proliferation of monolithic, legacy systems across their organization. This led to a disjointed experience internally for their employees, but also for their customers.

Learn how Radial centralized their business intelligence platforms: from having siloed databases and BI toolsets spread across the organization, to centralizing the data assets and –– using Sisense Fusion Analytics –– creating a unified, end-to-end approach to service delivery for eCommerce. You’ll hear how Sisense is being leveraged across business units from order management, fulfillment, and customer care, improving operations, increasing consumer satisfaction and operational efficiencies, and maximizing revenues for the business.

SPONSORED BY SISENSE

DAY 1
sept 22
10:50am-11:05am PST

Visit Sponsor Booths

DAY 1
sept 22
11:05am-11:35am PST

Theme: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

How Chick-fil-A Leveraged Data & Analytics to Prioritize in the Pandemic

Speaker:

Korri Jones, Sr. Lead Machine Learning Engineer @ Chick-fil-A

When the pandemic first hit and everyone locked down, the restaurant industry faced an immediate and intense impact. Organizations had to pivot and evolve to stay in business and healthy. In this session, join Korri Jones, Senior Lead Machine Learning Engineer at Chick-fil-A, as he walks through how he and his team prioritized the right analytics and projects to keep the company healthy, protect their guests, support frontline workers, and emerge from the pandemic successfully.

How to be Data Driven When the Data Isn’t There. Leaders from Arlo, OldCastle, and WW International Share Real Life Lessons

Speakers:

  • David Cohen, VP Data Analytics @ WW International
  • Rashmi Agrawal, BI & Analytic Solutions Leader @ Oldcastle APG
  • Paul Hardman, Senior Director, Data Operations @ Arlo Technologies
  • Kelly Kohlleffel, VP GTM @ Hashmap

Join this special session with data leaders from Arlo, OldCastle, WW International, and Hashmap as they tackle the challenges of being data-driven when your data is — well — limited. The panel will drive through key questions on what data is most critical to generate business value, and delve into critical questions on how to lead a data-driven culture, including:What does being data-driven really mean to those in the trenches?; Critical tips to get access to data sets quickly - and with minimal headaches; The most important challenges organizations need to overcome to pull insights from your company data.

SPONSORED BY HASHMAP 

How DonorsChoose Uses Data to Transform Their Community

Speaker:

Rebecca Widom, Director of Data Science and Analytics @ DonorsChoose

DonorsChoose makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need – moving us closer to a world where students in every community have the tools and experiences to support a great education. With the power of the Modern Data Stack, DonorsChoose supports businesses and classrooms across the United States. Join Rebecca Widom, Director of Data Science and Analytics at DonorsChoose, to learn more about how this business is transforming communities and using data for good.

Building a Culture of Data Lovers: A Plurality of Perspectives  

Speakers:

  • Nelson Davis, President & Founding Partner @ Analytic Vizion
  • Veronica Zhai, Principal Product Manager, Analytics @ Fivetran

You can adopt every tool in the world –– and the Modern Data Stack –– but if your company doesn't value data literacy, your hard work will be in vain. In this session, featuring speakers from Analytic Vizion and Fivetran, you'll learn exactly how you can build a culture of data literacy from the top down and bottom up.

DAY 1
sept 22
11:40am-12:10pm PST

Theme: Building a Modern Data Stack for Every Stage of Your Company and Team

Lessons Learned from Spinning Up Multiple Data Stacks

Speaker:

Utsav Kaushish, VP of Analytics @ User Interviews

As an early adopter of the Modern Data Stack, VP of Analytics at User Interviews and Zenefits alumnus Utsav Kaushish will share the lessons he has learned from years of experience building data stacks that scale. In this masterclass, Kaushish will walk you through his experience with the evolution of the Modern Data Stack, provide tips on spinning up a data stack quickly on Amazon Redshift, and what he wishes he knew when he first got started.

SPONSORED BY AWS

Increase Data Productivity by Extending Self-Service Analytics to Business Teams

Speakers:

  • Julie Lemieux, VP of UX, Design, and Research @ Sigma Computing 
  • Nelson Cheung, Director of Data, Reporting, and Analytics @ Clover Networks

Less than 40 percent of Fortune 1000 companies manage data as the asset that it is, and only 24 percent of executives consider their organization to be data-driven (Big Data and AI Executive Survey 2021, NewVantage Partners). Sigma customer, Clover, is NOT one of those companies. In an effort to democratize data and foster a self-service analytics culture across business teams, Clover completely revamped its data analytics stack, migrating it to the cloud and keeping the business user’s data journey in mind every step of the way.

In this session, Julie Lemieux, VP of UX, Design, and Research at Sigma Computing will share the most common sticking points for business users, how to fix them, and pave the way for a successful self-service analytics culture. Nelson Cheung, Director of Data, Reporting, and Analytics at Clover, will give a firsthand account of how he fostered a company-wide self-service analytics culture and increased data productivity across business teams. Attendees will leave this session with a playbook for empowering business users to find and analyze data independently, the hidden barriers that must be removed from their data journey, and an example of a cloud data analytics stack built to help business users go from data to decision in seconds.

SPONSORED BY SIGMA

Accelerate Product Time-to-Value with Machine Learning-based Models with Bid Ops

Speakers:

  • Ben Leiken, Chief Technology Officer @ Bid Ops
  • Caroline Maury, AI Strategist @ Dataiku

In this fireside chat, Ben Leiken, Chief Technology Officer at Bid Ops, speaks with Caroline Maury, AI Strategist at Dataiku, about what it means to build and deploy ML-models for a faster time-to-market strategy. Join them as they walk through real-life examples of the business, lessons learned, and best practices that can be implemented in your business.

SPONSORED BY DATAIKU

What is a modern data architecture, really?

Speakers:

Jeremiah Hansen, Principal Data Platform Architect, Field CTO Office @ Snowflake

File-based data lakes are commonly recommended as a modern data architecture among data architects today. But why is that, even 15 years after it was introduced? In this session, Jeremiah Hansen, Principal Data Platform Architect at Snowflake, will discuss what a modern data architecture with Snowflake looks like and how Snowflake has forever changed the data landscape.

SPONSORED BY SNOWFLAKE

DAY 1
sept 22
12:10pm-1:00pm PST

Lunch/Networking, and Visit Sponsor Booths

DAY 1
sept 22
1:00pm-1:45pm PST

Theme: Modern Data Stack Best Practices

Fantastic Data Products and How to Support Them

Speakers:

  • Spencer Taylor, Director of Analytics @ 4 Mile Analytics  
  • Johnathan Brooks, Principal Data Engineer @ BetterHelp

Join 4 Mile Analytics and BetterHelp on a deep dive into the data stacks that support custom data experiences in two of the most common scenarios they see today. The speakers will explore how to support a highly scalable and available external facing data product, as well as how to provide a flexible and simple experience for a large internal audience.

SPONSORED BY 4 MILE ANALYTICS

Marketing Analytics Best Practices to Improve the ROI of the Entire Data Stack

Speaker:

Carlos Bouloy, Senior Solution Architect @ Snowflake

Together, Fivetran and Snowflake are helping organizations optimize analytics with maximum impact and improving the ROI of the entire data stack. Join Snowflake for a demo session to learn how you can build and automate ELT data pipelines for marketing analytics faster and easier using Fivetran and Snowflake. In this session, you will learn to navigate the Snowflake UI while leveraging features that allow you to accelerate data modeling with Fivetran.

SPONSORED BY SNOWFLAKE 

How to Use the Modern Data Stack to Power Product-led Growth

Speaker:

  • ​​Boris Jabes, CEO @ Census
  • Buddy Marshburn, Data Engineering Manager @ Loom

It's no surprise: PLG is the future of sales and marketing. But what do you need to do to truly support per-user, per-org metrics? The answer: Instrument the Modern Data Stack to structure data around individuals and companies, reduce latency, and empower data users across your teams. Join Census CEO Boris Jabes to learn how the Modern Data Stack drives product-led growth, how real-life customers are leveraging this new toolset, and how the Modern Data Stack can turn your data org into the most important part of your company.

SPONSORED BY CENSUS

Database Replication Best Practices

Speakers:

  • Jason Nochlin, Staff Software Engineer @ Fivetran
  • Sara Ridder, Senior Solution Architect @ Fivetran
  • Brandon Chen, Manager of Technical Product Marketing @ Fivetran

As more and more companies migrate their analytics efforts into the cloud, efficient and accurate database replication for a variety of source systems, target destinations, and use cases grows in importance. If you're currently tackling database migration and replication –– or soon to be –– join this session to understand what common technical blockers and solutions are, as well as understand which solutions might work best for your business.

DAY 1
sept 22
1:50pm-2:20pm PST

Theme: Modern Data Stack Best Practices

DataSecOps: Embedding Security In Your Data Stack

Speaker:

Ben Herzberg, Chief Scientist @ Satori

Data operations went through a similar transformation to the one that applications went through in the DevOps revolution. In the new world of DataOps, we need to understand what changes are required from security and data teams to keep data secure. In this session, Ben Herzberg, Chief Scientist at Satori, will discuss what DataSecOps is, and what it means for data teams, security teams, and the entire organization (data producers and consumers).

How to Close the Gaps in the Data Supply Chain

Speaker:

Rahul Dabke, Director of Product Marketing @ Immuta

Demand for real-time data analytics has never been greater –– but the process of moving from raw to consumption-ready data can be complicated and inefficient, hindering data-driven initiatives and decision-making. New research from Immuta and 451 Research shows that imbalances in the data supply chain could pose risks to data initiatives in today’s DataOps-driven world.

Join Immuta's Director of Product Marketing Rahul Dabke, where you'll learn: 

  • How the evolution of data usage has created new data management challenges
  • Why gaps have emerged in the data supply chain and who is most impacted by them
  • The techniques that set data-obsessed organizations apart from their competitors
  • Best practices for leaders looking to improve data practices and data-driven results

SPONSORED BY IMMUTA

Turning eCommerce & Product Analytics Into Predictable Revenue

Speakers:

  • Natalie Waller, Product Marketing Manager @ Fivetran
  • Steven Mangold, Director BI @ Roofnest 
  • Megan Reuss, Financial Planning & Analysis Manager @ Sunday

The world of product development moves quickly, making strategic forecasting paramount as companies expand their product lines, enter new spaces and take on inventory risks. Join data professionals Steven Mangold, Megan Reuss and Fivetran’s Natalie Waller as they discuss a hypothetical, yet familiar, product development scenario. The trio will explore the steps they would take to reform their back-end product data to measure the success of products, both at the individual and the collection level. We'll learn how to turn visual product attributes into clean, manageable and actionable datasets that can be used to predict performance and improve forecasting accuracy.

Why Don’t These Numbers Match? Why Information Architecture Matters in Analytics

Speakers:

  • Callie White, Senior Analytics Consultant @ Montreal Analytics
  • Jacob Frackson, Senior Analytics Consultant @ Montreal Analytics

“Finance says this revenue number is correct –– but Sales says the number should be 10% higher. What gives?”

Countless teams struggle with problems like this, because they didn’t take the time to prioritize information architecture when building their data and analytics systems. In this session, join Montreal Analytics’ Callie White and Jacob Frackson to learn about information architecture – the practice of deciding how to arrange the parts of something to be understandable*. Defining your information architecture early will benefit your organization in multiple ways: it will improve user experience and make data easier to find and less ambiguous. It will also improve maintainer experience, making your data pipeline more maintainable and extensible.

*The Information Architecture Institute (iainstitute.org)

SPONSORED BY MONTREAL ANALYTICS

DAY 1
sept 22
2:30pm-3:30pm PST

Theme: Virtual Activity

The Zen Art of Rock Balancing

Wind down after an action packed day at the Modern Data Stack Conference with this 45 minute workshop on rock balancing. Rock balancing is an ancient artform that serves as a natural way to reduce stress and feel more peaceful. In this 45 minute workshop you’ll hear from rock balancing expert, Travis Ruskus, about the meditative and calming benefits of this ancient artform while you learn how to make your own rock (or any other supplies you have on hand) creations.  

What You’ll Need: If you have them, a handful of rocks or crystals with different shapes and sizes. If you can't find any rocks, you can also bring random objects to balance such as oranges, office supplies, etc.

The Jazz Lounge

Unwind from day one of the Modern Data Stack Conference at this (virtual) Jazz Lounge. Feel free to pour yourself something nice, get dressed up if you like, and we will bring a jazz club to your home for the night! You will be immersed in musical expression with jazz vocalists and musicians who have performed at world-famous venues including the Royal Albert Hall in London, The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and the Lincoln Center in NYC. Sit back, relax and enjoy!

DAY 2
sept 23
9:00am-10:00am PST

Keynote: Moral Psychology: How to Persuade People Who Aren’t Moved by Just Your Data

George Fraser, CEO @ Fivetran
Jonathan Haidt, Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership @ NYU-Stern

People are rarely moved to change their important beliefs by data alone. Research on moral psychology shows that emotions, intuitions, and stories are often more powerful, yet people who love data often fail to realize this. In this Keynote, Professor Haidt will present the three main principles of moral psychology and show you how you can use them to supplement data driven presentations.

DAY 2
sept 23
10:05am-10:50am PST

Theme: Future of the Modern Data Stack

Modernizing Your Hiring to Build the Data Teams of the Future

Speakers:

  • Sadiqah Musa, Senior Analyst and Co-Founder @ Black in Data
  • Devina Nembhard, Co-Founder @ Black in Data

Organizations are looking for the ‘silver bullet’ tool, process, or technique that will give them a leg up and prepare them for the future of data and analytics. But the real future is found in the people within the industry, and most importantly, with diverse teams. Study after study shows that diverse teams outperform homogenous ones, but when you are dealing with deeply engrained systems of oppression, building teams –– and spaces –– that are inclusive takes hard work and doesn't happen overnight. To that end, members of Black in Data will walk through how you can attract, hire, and retain a diverse workforce. Now is the time we take the modernization of the data stack to the people and teams who build it.

Achieving Competitive Advantages With Modern BI

Speaker:

Lucas Thelosen, Head of Professional Services @ Looker, Google Cloud

Most organizations realize that data is the foundation of business transformation, but a few lack the modern approach to BI that is essential to fully harnessing its value. Some organizations have migrated their data to the cloud, but are continuing to use legacy BI products. Others have thought about modernizing their approach to data and analytics, but have yet to overcome the inertia associated with such a significant change.

Whichever camp your organization falls into, if you have now decided that it is the time to modernize, this session will offer some practical guidance on how to do it. It will cover topics such as vendor evaluation & selection, content recreation vs. re-engineering and change management based on the collective learnings from Looker customers who have successfully navigated their own BI modernization initiatives.

SPONSORED BY LOOKER

New Kids on the Modern Data Stack Block

Speakers:

  • Shinji Kim, Founder & CEO @ Select Star
  • Prukalpa Sankar, Co-Founder @ Atlan
  • Nicholas Handel, Co-Founder & CEO @ Transform
  • Boaz Farkash, Chief Product Officer @ Firebolt
  • Arjun Narayan, CEO & Co-Founder @ Materialize
  • Ajay Khanna, Founder & CEO @ Tellius
  • Oz Katz, CTO & Co-Founder @ Treeverse
  • Barry McCardel, CEO @ Hex

The Modern Data Stack has long been known by its parts: automated ELT, cloud data storage, and a BI tool. But as the stack has matured, more have joined in and at this session we are going to talk with key members of some of the hottest new tech on the market to get their take on how the Modern Data Stack is transforming. Join leaders from hot startup companies as they offer quickfire takes on how they are changing the face of our data stack even further.

Build Interactive Data Apps With Embedded Search-Driven Analytics

Speaker:

  • Vika Smilansky, Director of Product Marketing @ ThoughtSpot
  • Alok Sinha, Senior Director of Engineering @ KlearNow

Data apps that deliver superior user engagement and business value do analytics differently. They take a user-first approach and know how to deliver real-time, context-relevant insights –– not only to internal employees –– but outside of their organizations. In this session, you’ll learn how ThoughtSpot's Modern Cloud Analytics Platform natively integrates with your automated data pipelines and cloud platforms like Snowflake, Databricks, Google BigQuery and Amazon Redshift to deliver a blazing-fast and instantly available Search experience across all your data that business users love. You’ll walk away with real-world tips for transforming analytics from static one-size-fits-all dashboards to a competitive, differentiated experience with Search and embedded analytics.

SPONSORED BY THOUGHTSPOT

DAY 2
sept 23
10:50am-11:05am PST

Visit Sponsor Booths

DAY 2
sept 23
11:05am-11:35am PST

Theme: Data: The Good, The Bad, the Ugly

Self-Service Analytics: The Promised Land or our Next Nightmare?

Speakers:

  • Sarah Catanzaro, Partner @ Amplify Partners
  • Benn Stancil, Chief Analytics Officer & Founder @ Mode Analytics
  • Jess Tillis, Senior Manager Global Operations @ Fivetran 
  • Maura Church, Director of Data Science @ Patreon

Self-service. Data democratization. We've heard the phrases and the promises they unlock—more folks getting their hands on the data they need thanks to automation. Yet, is this really an obtainable goal? And if it is, is it something we should actually be aiming for? In this panel, you'll learn from folks deeply familiar with the promise and potential pitfalls of Self-Service analytics and get the opportunity to join a healthy debate on its feasibility, potential impact and the investment required.

How Databricks Leverages the Lakehouse and Fivetran for Marketing Analytics

Speaker:

Chris Klaczynski, Marketing Analytics Manager @ Databricks

Learn how Databricks uses data lakehouse architecture and Fivetran to drive marketing insights that improve conversion and ROI. With Fivetran to automate data pipelines and simplify data engineering, Databricks analysts are able to focus more time on developing ML models for higher value data science and analytics use cases.

SPONSORED BY DATABRICKS 

Why Analytic Projects Fail and What to Do When it Happens

Speakers:

  • Anna Barr, Product Manager, Transformations @ Fivetran
  • Leah Weiss, Co-Founder & CEO @ Data Culture 
  • Alex Viana, VP of Data @ HealthJoy
  • Aman Malhotra, Analytics & Growth @ Super Dispatch

Most analytic projects start with best intentions and high hopes –– but they don't always end that way, thanks to poor access to data, competing priorities, or challenges with the data stack. In this session, you’ll hear from folks whose analytic projects ‘failed’. The panel will discuss their hard-earned lessons, and how temporary setback has helped to transform their careers for the better.

Activating Current User Journeys to Build New Product Features

Speaker:

  • Jeremy Levy, CEO & Co-Founder @ Indicative
  • Alex Nazarevich , VP of Growth @ INDOCHINO

Are you trying to find your next product feature? Is your team looking for insights into what they should build next? In this session, Jeremy Levy, CEO & Co-Founder at Indicative, will help you find those answers. You'll hear how INDOCHINO, a leader in made to measure apparel, is taking its current user journeys — the drop-offs and ‘aha’ moments — and using those insights to transform its product experience.

SPONSORED BY INDICATIVE

DAY 2
sept 23
11:40am-12:10pm PST

Theme: Building a Modern Data Stack for Every Stage of Your Company and Team

Reverse ETL and Why Your Warehouse Should Be Your CDP

Speaker:

  • Tejas Manohar, Founder @ Hightouch
  • Darren Haken, Head of Engineering @ Platform and Data, Auto Trader UK
  • William Tsu, Customer Success Operations @ Blend

We all know the joys of automated ELT –– but want about reversing it? In this session, join Hightouch as they walk us through reverse ETL: what it is, why it can be so powerful for building a Customer Data Platform (or CDP), and the cons of off-the-shelf CDPs. You’ll learn how you can combine Hightouch and Fivetran to turn your Warehouse into a CDP, and discover how Autotrader put all this into practice.

SPONSORED BY HIGHTOUCH

Quickfire Best Practice Stacks

Speakers:

  • Daniel Burgos, Head of Data Platform @ Rappi 
  • Ethan Lyon, Associate Director of Engineering @ Seer Interactive
  • Callum McCann, Solutions Architect @ Sisu 

Want to know how other teams set up stacks to solve their toughest data challenges? In this session, you'll learn how individuals on teams of different sizes, verticals, are solving different data challenges. Each speaker will walk you through their stack –– how they are using it to tackle their businesses' challenges –– and which of their favorite tools and processes have unlocked new, faster insights that are making a real impact.

How to Drive Organizational Change with Analytics in the Cloud

Speakers:

  • Brian Bickell, Global Data Practice Director @ InterWorks
  • Madison Gomez, SI Field Alliance Manager @ Fivetran
  • Mat Hughes, Analytics Practice Lead @ InterWorks
  • Carly Capitula, Global Enablement Practice Lead @ InterWorks

As an early cloud data analytics adopter, InterWorks has years of experience helping customers change their businesses through embracing the modern data stack. In this session you’ll hear from a multidisciplinary panel of experts at InterWorks, discussing what they’ve learned from helping the world’s most interesting companies modernize their analytics capabilities.

SPONSORED BY INTERWORKS

Insights as a Service: Creating Data Products from Your Customers’ Data

Speaker:

Aaron Peabody, Co-Founder & CTO @ Untitled

The Modern Data Stack isn't just about your team, your business, and speeding your time to insights. In this session, join Aaron Peabody, Co-Founder & CTO at Untitled, to learn how companies are pointing their Modern Data Stack externally to build products that delight their customers.

DAY 2
sept 23
12:10Pm-1:00pm PST

Lunch/Neworking, and visit sponsor booths

DAY 2
sept 23
1:00pm-1:45pm PST

Theme: Modern Data Stack Best Practices

Leveling Up Your Financial Analytics

Speakers:

  • Jason Raede, Co-Founder @ Whetstone.ai
  • Joey Berkowitz, Senior Data Analyst @ HealthJoy
  • Ryan McNaught, Director Data & Analytics @ Slalom 
  • Justin Patri, Senior Consultant Data & Analytics @ Slalom 

Forecasting, modeling, planning and more planning — the life of anyone dedicated to finance analytics is one of constant questions and queries. But how do you get out of constant ad hoc, ‘what if’ scenarios and become a trusted partner in decision making? In this panel, you’ll hear from folks who are doing the hard work of upleveling their finance analytics, as they share their best practices, the stacks that they use, and more.

Transformations: How to Accelerate Analytics With a Modern Approach

Speakers:

  • Anna Barr, Product Manager @ Fivetran
  • Dayna Shoemaker, Snr. Product Marketing Manager @ Fivetran
  • Callum McCann, Solutions Architect @ Sisu Data

    The T in ELT, Transformations, is not the last step in your data pipeline, but the first step towards unearthing insights. In this session, Sisu Data will share how they are overcoming data transformation challenges and unlocking opportunities for their clients with data-driven decisions. Join us to see how you can modernize transformations to accelerate analytics.

    Breaking Your Data Team Out of the Service Trap

    Speaker:

    Emilie Schario, Director of Data @ Netlify

    After seeing a ‘cycle of sadness' develop on multiple data teams, Emilie Schario was determined to break Netlify’s data team out of the service trap. In this talk, Emilie will cover the cycle of sadness data teams are in: the root cause, the types of work your data team should be doing, and how to break your team out of the service trap. Don’t lead a data org? No problem! This talk is still for you. You’ll leave with specific, tactical takeaways that you can implement tomorrow to start moving in the right direction. 

    Emilie Schario is currently the Director of Data at Netlify. She was previously the first data analyst at GitLab, the first data analyst at Doist, and the first data analyst at Smile Direct Club. She lives in Columbus, GA with her husband Casey and son RJ.

    Simplifying Data Lake Management Using AWS Lake Formation Governed Tables

    Speakers:

    • Roy Hasson, Senior Product Manager - AWS Lake Formation @ AWS
    • Meera Viswanathan, Senior Product Manager @ Fivetran 

    Managing changing data in a data lake is difficult. In this session Roy Hasson, Principal Product Manager at Amazon Web Services, will explain how AWS Lake Formation Governed Tables makes it easy to insert, update and delete data directly in S3 from a wide range of tools and services. You’ll also hear from Meera Viswanathan, Senior Product Manager at Fivetran as she explains Fivetran’s integration with Lake Formation Governed Tables and the automation being built to make data lakes even easier to use.

    SPONSORED BY AWS

    DAY 2
    sept 23
    1:50pm-2:20pm PST

    Theme: Modern Data Stack Best Practices

    How to Build a Single Customer View You Can Trust

    Speakers:

    • Scott O’Leary, Partnerships @ Monte Carlo
    • Siddharth Dawara, Head of Data Engineering @ Red Ventures UK
    • Minty Banfield, Senior Analyst @ Red Ventures UK
    • Olle Hammarstrom, Senior Data Engineer @ Red Ventures UK

    When it comes to making your customers happy, there’s no substitute for a great user experience. In 2021, RVU’s Single Customer View is the most holistic way to deliver on this vision.

    Join RVU’s data team as they discuss their journey to redefine their Data Ecosystem. With multiple brands under their belt and a single mission of empowering people to make confident decisions, data is at the center of it all. From operationalizing their data to keeping it highly available and clean, RVU is paving the way for a better, more holistic Single Customer View with data quality and trust in mind.

    SPONSORED BY MONTE CARLO 

    Mastering Your Data-Driven Approach to Marketing Efficiency

    Speakers:

    • Zack Pike, CIO @ Callahan
    • Bertrand Cariou, Senior Director Product Marketing @ Trifacta

    The million-dollar question of marketing leaders is this: how do I maximize the return of each dollar spent? It all starts with data. In this session, you’ll hear from a veteran in marketing with both in-house and agency experience: Zack Pike, VP Data Strategy & Marketing Analytics at Callahan. You’ll learn how Zack’s team designs an integrated Modern Data Stack, combining Fivetran & Google Cloud Dataprep by Trifacta to turn high volumes of unfamiliar data with varying levels of quality, and formats, into an automated data pipeline. This automation not only saves Zack’s team countless hours of work but also drives accurate sales and marketing insight so Callahan can recommend the most impactful marketing strategies for their clients and prove the results.

    SPONSORED BY TRIFACTA

    Bringing The Modern Data Stack to Product Analytics

    Speakers:

    • Neil Rahilly, VP Product & Design @ Mixpanel
    • Scott Breitenother, Founder @ Brooklyn Data
    • Boris Jabes, CEO @ Census

    The appetite for product analysis and user insights has grown rapidly in recent years, and with it, the underlying data infrastructure companies use has changed considerably. As more and more companies centralize data in a cloud data warehouse, operationalizing that data presents both challenges and opportunities. Join us for a conversation to discuss what leaders from Mixpanel and Brooklyn Data are seeing and hearing from their respective clients as it relates to the Modern Data Stack, the opportunity and role for “vertical analytical experiences”. You’ll learn how Mixpanel is using Fivetran, Big Query, and Census to combine business and product data. You’ll walk away with an understanding of how you can sync the trusted data from your company’s source of truth to a Product Analytics tool (Mixpanel) with only a few clicks, to conduct custom funnel, flow, cohort, and retention analysis.

    Fivetran + Open Source: Open options for running your Modern Data Stack

    Speaker:

    Nick Acosta, Developer Advocate @ Fivetran

      Fivetran is a great tool to provide automated data ingestion as is, but when coupled with open source it can power your modern data stack towards new use cases and new users. This session will introduce 3 open source projects: Terraform, Airflow and dbt and showcase the integrations that are enabling Fivetran's use with them.

      DAY 2
      sept 23
      2:30pm-3:00pm PST 

      Keynote: A Future Look at Fivetran & An Introduction to HVR Software

      Fraser Harris, VP of Product @ Fivetran
      Mark Van de Wiel, CTO @ HVR

      Join Fivetran’s VP of Product, Fraser Harris, and Special Guest, Mark Van de Wiel, CTO at HVR Software, as we reveal Fivetran’s upcoming product roadmap, the big bets we are taking, and how Fivetran is evolving to meet the latest industry trends and needs of our customers.