CEO Tales: The Problem with Big Data, London, 9th October 2013

What impact should Big Data have on your business?  Discussion and networking drinks 6-9pm.

UBS, 1 Finsbury Avenue, London, EC2M 2PF

Big Data, like any emerging technology theme, is a very misused concept. Alongside some high profile wins (credit card fraud detection) are many applications where potential is great but its value (and costs) are only just being understood. However it offers huge possibilities to improve any business process, from customer journeys to predicting hosting requirements.

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This discussion will help refine what Big Data is (and isn’t), who is doing it well and what it can do for business. And we’ll dig a little deeper to look at questions such as

  • Do you have to be a big company to use Big Data?
  • What can you do to your existing data to make it valuable?
  • Are there any parts of a business that couldn’t use Big Data?

Our speakers for the event on October 9th, 6-9 pm are:

Correy Voo, CTO UBS Platforms – @correyvoo

Correy Voo, CTO UBSCorrey joined UBS in September 2012 as the CTO for Platform Services and Applied Innovation, responsible for defining and managing the technology strategies, architectures, design oversight, and portfolio alignment of products and services for UBS Platform Services.

In addition to this Correy provides management coordination for Technology Research and Development, Technology Business Development, Market Research and Analytics to achieve strategic influence for Group Technology, Group CTO and Platform Services. Prior to joining UBS, Correy served as Global Head of Strategy and Architecture at Bank of America.

Tim Barker,  Chief Product Officer, Datasift – @timbarker

Tim Barker, Chief Product Officer, DatasiftTim serves as Chief Product Officer at DataSift, the social data platform company, focusing on product and market strategy. Tim has 20+ years experience in the Enterprise Software market, spanning CRM, collaboration and content management.

Prior to DataSift, Tim ran EMEA marketing for He has founded 3 successful startups, most recently Koral, a content collaboration startup which was acquired by Salesforce in 2007.


Ted Dunning, Chief Data Scientist, MapR Technologies – @ted_dunning

Ted has held Chief Scientist positions at Veoh Networks, ID Analytics and at MusicMatch, (now Yahoo Music). Ted is responsible for building the most advanced identity theft detection system on the planet, as well as one of the largest peer-assisted video distribution systems and ground-breaking music and video recommendations systems. Ted has 15 issued and 15 pending patents and contributes to several Apache open source projects including Hadoop, Zookeeper and Hbase™. He is also a committer for Apache Mahout. Ted earned a BS degree in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado; a MS degree in computer science from New Mexico State University; and a Ph.D. in computing science from Sheffield University in the United Kingdom.

Mike Merritt-Holmes, Big Data Partnership

Mike Merritt Holmes, CEO Big Data Partnership

Mike Merritt-Holmes is Chief Executive Officer and one of the co-founders of Big Data Partnership, a consultancy firm which specialises in helping companies adapt and thrive in the world of Big Data. He has over 12 years commercial experience both with global consultancy practices and start-up companies, working across many verticals with a particular specialism in the telecommunications industry.

Mike has been leading big data projects and firmly believes that the enterprise world is at the start of a transformational Big Data journey, which will change the way organisations think about consumers, marketing, operations and business strategy.

Tim Estes, Chairman, CEO, and founder for Digital Reasoning – @dreasoning

Tim Estes CEO Digital Reasoning Big Data

Tim’s academic work at the University of Virginia focused in the areas of Philosophy of Language, Mathematical Logic, Semiotics, Epistemology, and Phenomenology. It was that eclectic academic background, coupled with the belief that in the future all software would learn from data as a core capability that gave rise to Digital Reasoning. Tim and his team at Digital Reasoning work closely with leaders in government and industry to solve extraordinarily valuable and morally compelling problems in National Security, Finance, Legal, and Health Care by automating the understanding of human communication.

As ever, we’ll bring together entrepreneurs, investors and established corporates to meet and do business as well as educate each other. It promises to be a great evening, and registration is now open so join us.

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We’ve very grateful to our sponsors for the evening – UBS, Rackspace and Erevena Executive Search – who share our interest in making networking fun and informative.

Erevena Executive Search for the technology industry

Rackspace, supporters of digital industry UBS supporters of technology business

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