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Fifth annual Big Data Analytics Conference coming to Tulsa

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Hundreds of professionals will be attending the fifth annual Big Data Analytics Conference at the Southern Hills Marriott Hotel in Tulsa.

The fifth annual Big Data Analytics Conference, sponsored by the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University, will be held Nov. 7 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Tulsa at the Southern Hills Marriott Hotel.

Topics for the conference will include IoT and real-time streaming analytics, lessons learned from implementing analytics, designing the next generation data infrastructure, and analytics maturity-evolving from capability development to value delivery.

Speakers for the conference include:

  • Thomas Cook, senior analytics and data management advisor, SAS Analytics
  • Eric Blabac, director of decision science, membership analytics, Sam’s Club
  • Andy Gingerich, senior vice president and IT relationship manager, BOK Financial
  • William Paiva, executive director, Center for Health Systems Innovation, Oklahoma State University
  • Todd Walter, chief technologist, Americas at Teradata Corporation
  • Colin Hare, managing director, strategy, M&A Services, KPMG LLP
  • Ryan Moog, director, Cerner Corporation

Goutam Chakraborty, SAS professor of marketing analytics and director of the Master’s in  Business Analytics program in Spears Business, will also be moderator of a panel.

There is an additional presentation by Bozoma Saint John, chief marketing officer, Endeavor, and former chief brand officer, Uber, as a part of the Tulsa Business Forums that will take place prior to the Big Data Analytics Conference. The presentation, “Brand Identity and the Importance of Disruption,” can be added on during the registration process for an additional fee. 

“We are thrilled to continue the annual Big Data Analytics Conference because of the success it brings to the businesses and organizations represented,” Ramesh Sharda, vice dean for the Watson Graduate School of Management and co-faculty coordinator for the conference, said.  “The conference is for business professionals interested in exploring analytics applications and processes for implementing such initiatives.”

Registration is available for individuals or for groups of eight or more. Individual registration is $250 for the Big Data Analytics Conference or $335 for the conference plus the Tulsa Business Forums presentation. Registration for groups of eight or more is $220 per person for the Big Data Analytics Conference or $305 per person for the conference plus the Tulsa Business Forums presentation. 

Silver sponsors for the event include ISN, Matrix Service Company and the Oklahoma State University Foundation. 

To register, go to  For more information about the Big Data Analytics conference, or to learn how you can participate as a sponsor, contact Cristina Alsip at or call 405-744-5208.

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