Big Data Dance Forum

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MDI is hosting its third Big Data Dance and we would like to invite you to join us on April 20, 2017 for this year's event.  

Experience engaging discussions and dynamic presentations at this one-day event dedicated to helping leaders and professionals understand how to best use the data they collect.  Come network with others, eat lunch, enjoy the education and stay for happy hour!

Registration is limited to the first 100 registrants. - Cost: $109. per person  Registration includes continental breakfast, networking lunch and afternoon refreshments.

2017 Big Data Dance Forum - Building a Data-Driven Enterprise!

Opening Keynote presentation:  Hindsight is 20/20: The bleeding edge of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Life at the beginning of the Fourth Industrial Revolution is fascinating, with big data playing a role in the rapid transformation of industries even over the past year.  We will quickly survey significant recent developments to gain insight into the trajectory that this revolution is taking.  Then, we'll look at lessons learned in bringing transformational big data technologies into one's own business domain.  Whether you're in a small 1-person business or a Fortune 500 company, there is something here for everyone.  

Dr. John Cromwell photoOpening Keynote Speaker: John W. Cromwell, M.D., FACS, FASCRSJohn W. Cromwell MD is Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. He serves in numerous roles including Associate Chief Medical Officer; Director of Surgical Quality & Safety; Director of the Division of Gastrointestinal, Minimally Invasive, and Bariatric Surgery; and a faculty member in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Informatics. Recognized as one of the top surgeons in the United States by US News and Castle-Connolly, he leads a group that pioneered the use of real-time computational methods in the operating room for improving the quality, safety, and precision of surgical care. He has been recognized with innovation awards from two major universities and is co-founder of Entac Medical Inc. and Predelix Medical LLC, which are commercializing these technologies.

Dr. Cromwell obtained his medical doctorate, general surgery training, and surgical infectious disease training at the University of Minnesota Medical School where he was the recipient of the Minnesota Medical Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award. He obtained his Colon & Rectal Surgery training at the University of Texas in Houston. His numerous contributions to the medical and surgical literature have been presented nationally and internationally. In addition to serving as an Associate Examiner for the American Board of Surgery, he is an external reviewer for leading surgical journals including the American Journal of Surgery and Diseases of the Colon & Rectum.

He lives in Iowa City, Iowa with his wife, Miho, and 8-year-old daughter, Keira.


Closing Keynote presentation: Analytics of IoT: Considerations, Methods, Approaches

Thomas Hill photoClosing Keynote Speaker: Thomas Hill, Ph.D. - Dr. Thomas Hill is the Executive Director for Analytics at Statistica, which is part of Quest Software's Information Management Group. Previously, he was Senior Vice President for Analytic Solutions for over 20 years at StatSoft responsible for building out the Statistica software into a leading analytics platform. StatSoft and the Statistica product were acquired by Dell in 2014, where Dr. Hill then served as Executive Director for Analytic Solutions. Dr. Hill was also a member of the University of Tulsa faculty from 1984 to 2009, where he conducted research in cognitive science and received numerous grants from the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, Center for Innovation Management, Electric Power Research Institute, and other institutions. Over the past 30 years, his teams have completed consulting projects with companies across various industries in the United States and internationally. Dr. Hill is the (co)author of several books including Practical Text Mining and Statistical Analysis for Non-Structured Text Data Applications (2012) and Practical Predictive Analytics and Decisioning Systems for Medicine (2014).


When is the Big Data Dance?
The Big Data Dance is taking place on April 20, 2017

What is the participant cost for the Big Data Dance?
The cost is $109 per person. (Limited to first 100 participants.)

Where does the Big Data Dance take place?
The Big Data Dance takes place in MSU's Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center (The eFactory) located at 405 N. Jefferson Ave., Springfield, Missouri, 65806.

Who should attend the Big Data Dance?
C-Suite Leaders, Senior Management Leaders, IT Professionals, Marketing Professionals, Financial Professionals, Human Resources Leaders and anyone interested in turning big data into rich, meaningful data.

What is the format of the Big Data Dance?
There will be a single track at the Big Data Dance.

Topics include:

  • Improving Our Lives with Data (Keynote) – Life-saving analytics and the power of data intel in health

  • The Good, Bad and Ugly of Data Security– Data breaches, hackers and the entropy of the cloud

  • Who Owns Our Data? – The government, big business and our lives in the cloud   

  • Lessons Learned: Implementing an Analytics System – What makes a successful transition to a data-driven enterprise

  • Blockchains Explained – What they are, what they do and how they will transform digital currencies

  • Self-Service Analytics – Salesforce Wave Analytics platform that slices and dices data on any device

  • The Power of Text Analytics – Using keyword tools to serve markets, catch ideas and build a better mousetrap

  • Making Sense of the Big Data Revolution – What brought us the need and use of Big Data in the first place?

  • The Story of Connected Things – What does all this mean for the future of data and analytics?

How do I register?
You can register for the event at the bottom of the page by clicking on the “Register Now” button or for group registrations, or questions contact Tara Horton 417-837-2615 or email

Date:  Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 8:30 am - 3:45 pm (followed by Mid America Tech Alliance (MATA) networking reception & happy hour)

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