Informatica World Tour

Dallas, TX
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
8:30am - 4:00pm CT
The Westin Galleria 

Informatica World Tour

Dallas, TX
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
8:30am - 4:00pm CT

All Things Data — Bringing the very best of Informatica World 2015 to you.

Informatica World 2015 was sold out, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out. The Informatica World Tour is bringing the highlights of the week-long event to Dallas, TX. Register today to reserve your seat.  

This complimentary single-day program will feature:

  • Keynote from industry thought leader, Drew ConwayEntrepreneur, Advisor, and Author
  • Insightful customer panels debating the hottest issues
  • Meet-the-Experts sessions
  • Interviews with leading technologists

See highlights from Informatica World 2015 in the video below and register now to be a part of the Dallas, TX stop of the Informatica World Tour.


8:30 am - 9:30 am   Breakfast |Registration | Partner Showcase
9:30 am - 9:40 am   Welcome Remarks
9:40 am - 10:10 am   The Age of Engagement
10:15 am - 10:35 am   Cognizant Spotlight - Best Practices for Implementing Data-Driven Decisions
10:35 am - 10:50 am   Break | Partner Showcase
10:50 am - 11:35 am   Best Practices for Data-Driven Success Panel
11:35 am - 11:45 am   EKS&H Spotlight– The 3 Big Questions for Every Data Project
11:45 am - 12:30 pm   Keynote: Drew Conway
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm   Lunch | Partner Showcase
1:30 pm - 1:55 pm   Transforming Data to Actionable Knowledge
2:00 pm - 2:20 pm   Infoverity - Improving Data Governance through Business Process Management
2:25 pm - 2:50 pm   Driving Returns on Franchises, One Character and Title at a Time
2:55 pm - 3:55 pm   Meet-the-Experts | Dessert Reception
3:55 pm - 4:00 pm   Raffles | Closing Remarks


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Keynote Speaker

Drew Conway

Drew Conway, Entrepreneur, Advisor, and Author

Drew Conway is a leading expert in the application of computational methods to social and behavioral problems at large-scale. Author of Machine Learning for Hackers, a popular introductory machine learning book, Drew has been writing and speaking about the role of data — and the discipline of data science — in industry, government, and academia for many years.

Drew has advised and consulted companies across many industries; ranging from fledgling start-ups to Fortune 100 companies, as well as academic institutions and government agencies at all levels. Drew co-founded DataKind, a non-profit that matches pro bono data scientists to social sector groups; co-founded DataGotham, a professional society for data scientists; and was a senior advisor to the City of New York’s Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics during the Bloomberg administration. Drew started his career in counter-terrorism as a computational social scientist in the U.S. intelligence community.


Customer Speakers

Mavis Girlinghouse

Mavis Girlinghouse, System Director, Business Intelligence, CHRISTUS Health

Mavis Girlinghouse is the System Director for Business Intelligence for CHRISTUS Health located in Irving, Texas. Mavis has been with CHRISTUS Health for 32 years beginning her career at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, Texas where she worked in many areas of the organization including Admissions, Room Control, Billing, Quality and Decision Support. These various roles provided invaluable experience of how data is created and consumed within Healthcare.

In 2003 she joined the Information Management organization as a Regional Director for the South East Texas Region and served as a liaison between the Regional Sr. Leadership Team and Information Management. Since this time she has served in various leadership roles and led several special projects including activities related to acquisitions, joint ventures and divestitures.

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Cindy Yamane, Sr. Manager, Enterprise Data, The Walt Disney Company

Cindy Yamane has over 20 years of experience in data integration and data management. She currently manages the Center of Excellence and Shared Service Teams to deliver Master Data Management, Data integration and data warehouses to support enterprise-wide data domains such as Finance, Business Performance, Human Capital Management, and IP (CTaM) at The Walt Disney Company.


Partner Speakers and Panelists

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Noe Gutierrez, North America Practice Head - Retail, Consumer Goods and Travel/Hospitality – EIM, Cognizant

Noe Gutierrez is the Americas practice head for Cognizant’s EIM Retail, Consumer Goods and Travel/Hospitality. He has been a Thought Leader in the Enterprise Analytics industry for over 18 years and has delivered transformational projects for Global Fortune 500 organizations. Since joining Cognizant in 2012, Noe has applied his creative thinking to define new offerings that have propelled his practice growth. Noe holds a BS of Science from ITESM & a MS in Telecommunications Management from UMCP and has been a faculty member at prestigious global universities.

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Matt Wienke,Partner, Infoverity

When Matt Wienke founded Infoverity, he started with a simple premise – a straightforward company that embodies his commitment to providing business solutions that make clients’ lives easier. Matt has built multiple consulting organizations and has seen the need and the value of this approach. During his 20+ years in the professional services industry, Matt has consulted with many global clients in strategic and tactical roles, always focusing on business process and information alignment. He is an active speaker in his field and a champion of universities seeking to develop tomorrow’s critical thinkers. He and his family reside in Dublin, Ohio.

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Scott Campbell, Managing Consultant, Infoverity

Scott works closely with the Customer Solutions and Product Solutions Groups while leading Infoverity's Western Region to serve clients. His 20+ years of experience in the enterprise application space has included focus in areas such as application development, data architecture and enterprise integration. Throughout his career, he has grown from Technical Architect to CIO across a variety of industries including commercial insurance, manufacturing and e-commerce. Scott continues to use that experience to provide strong technical leadership and project management to help clients solve PIM, MDM and Data Governance challenges. Scott and his family, including 4 children and a dog, spend their time enjoying the country from their RV.

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John Nettuno, Director of Data Management, SSG

With nearly 20 years in the data management and systems integration business, John is an expert in helping clients solve their business challenges with the best technologies. As part of SSG's leadership team, he partners with businesses to help them take control of their data using the Informatica Platform. Prior to joining SSG in 2014, John spent eight years as a regional manager in Informatica's professional services practice. He has also held leadership positions at KnowledgeBase Marketing, Ericsson and HP.


Mark Richards, Consulting Senior Manager, EKS&H

Mark has more than 20 years of experience in the IT industry, including experience in application development (SDLC), application support, database administration, data modeling, system migration, enterprise reporting, and data integration. He has a proactive approach coupled with “out of the box” thinking, and currently leads the EKS&H Data Integration practice.


Informatica Speakers and Moderators

Piet Loubser

Piet Loubser, Vice President of Platform Product Marketing, Informatica

Piet Loubser serves as Vice President of Platform Product Marketing at Informatica. He is responsible for the holistic positioning of the Informatica Platform, and driving broader adoption of the Informatica portfolio. Loubser’s professional career includes more than 25 years in the IT industry driving strategic marketing, product marketing, sales and software development. Prior to Informatica, Loubser headed up Service and Portfolio Product Marketing at HP, and before that he led the global Market Intelligence group at SAP. Loubser joined SAP as part of the Business Objects acquisition, where he led Portfolio Market Strategies. While at Business Objects, he held numerous positions in regional sales management and business development in offices within the United States, Europe and South Africa. In various strategic roles, Loubser has developed business and go-to-market strategies for software solutions in several regions. Loubser holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa.

Michelle Blackmer

Michelle Blackmer, Senior Director Customer Advocacy, Informatica

Michelle Blackmer leads Customer Advocacy at Informatica. She and her team focus on fostering relationships with Informatica clients, understanding their challenges and successes and providing channels for clients to share their stories. Michelle previously led Healthcare Industry Marketing at Informatica where she was responsible for healthcare go-to-market. With over 15 years of enterprise software and application marketing experience there is no place Michelle would rather be than in front of a client whether that be meeting with them face-to-face or conveying “voice of customer” to her colleagues. Michelle sees an opportunity to free the value locked in application data silos for organizations to realize their potential.

Prior to joining Informatica, Michelle launched the first Watson based predictive analytics solution at IBM, led healthcare product strategy at Initiate systems (successfully acquired by IBM), implemented Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) and Medication Administration Record (MAR) for GE Healthcare and drove delivery and project management of beta projects at and Dynamic Healthcare. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in business administration and marketing from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Michelle is a frequent blogger on Informatica Perspectives and often speaks on the value that can be realized when organizations deliver clean, safe and connected information about the things that matter most to their business. Michelle is based out of her home office in Seattle, Washington.



Session Descriptions

The Age of Engagement
Piet Loubser, Informatica

Organizations that focus on being data -driven have been shown to have better financial performance. We are moving from an era of cost optimization and productivity to an age of engagement. This engagement is with customers, partners, third parties, and machines. At the center of every winning business strategy is data to fuel every process and interaction. We will talk about how to accelerate your organization’s results using the Intelligent Data Platform to manage data of any type and from any source to drive better business outcomes.

Best Practices for Data-driven Success Panel
Moderator: Michelle Blackmer, Informatica
Panelists: Mavis Girlinghouse, CHRISTUS Health
Cindy Yamane, The Walt Disney Company
Mark Richards, EKS&H

The world is increasingly being run on data. Whether driven by regulatory compliance or a desire to analyze what leads to more engaged consumers, or both, success depends on the ability to deliver clean, safe and connected data to the right stakeholders. Having great data like this available where and when it is needed doesn’t happen by accident; people, process and technology have to work together seamlessly. Most importantly, successful data-ready enterprises demand an interlock between business and IT. This panel will include Informatica clients and a partner who gained consensus and collaborated with business and technical colleagues to define and advance data-related best practices across their organizations. Emphasis will be on exposing practical, efficient and reusable approaches.

Drew Conway Keynote
Drew Conway, Entrepreneur, Advisor, and Author

With over a decade of development in big data and data science behind us we stand an important inflection point for the disciplines. Drew will present both a retrospective analysis of where commercial data science has come from, and his perspective on where the industry must go to address the largest business challenges of the next decade.

Transforming Data to Actionable Knowledge
Mavis Girlinghouse, CHRISTUS Health

Analytics is all about delivering actionable business insights faster than your competitors. Growing data volumes and complexity can impair timely and trusted decision-making. The lack of standardization and interoperability can also impede efficiency, repeatability, and maintainability. These bottlenecks ultimately inhibit business stakeholders from getting timely and trusted data to drive business decisions. Join this session to learn how Informatica can help to accelerate your analytics initiatives with an integrated data management platform that works with any data, any analytics use case, and any BI/Analytics tool.

Improving Data Governance through Business Process Management
Scott Campbell and Matt Wienke, Infoverity

Matt Wienke and Scott Campbell will discuss the impact of business process management (BPM) to implement and sustain information governance processes beyond the bounds of traditional MDM and PIM technologies, compare and contrast implementation use cases, and outline what to expect when getting started.

Driving Returns on Franchises, One Character and Title at a Time
Cindy Yamane, The Walt Disney Company

During this session, attendees will hear about The Walt Disney Company’s Master Data Management and Data Governance journey. The Walt Disney Company will share how they are using master data to enable cross application connectivity, franchise management and KPIs, and hyper-personalized recommendations for customers.


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