COSC Speaker Series - "A Brief History of Analytics and Databases"

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“A Brief History of Analytics and Databases” by Neil Hepburn

When: Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Where: Room TH 242

Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

In the History of Analytics presentation you will learn:

•The role statistics and analytics played in business prior to the establishment of Evidence‐Based Management

•Who the original “Whiz Kids” were and how they reoriented business management to be based on quantifiable facts, paving the way for modern database management systems

•The current political realities of Evidence‐Based Management

•How structured information was managed prior to the invention of the Relational Model

•Why the Relational Model is the only model that allows structured information to be managed as a separate business concern

•What factors you should consider when choosing between a nonrelational (NoSQL) database and a relational database

Neil Hepburn is a Certified Data Management Professional (mastery level), holds an honours B. Math in Computer Science, and has over 20 years IT and data management experience. 

Neil works within PriceWaterhouseCooper’s Information Management practice and is a recognized thought leader in the area of Agile Analytics.

Neil has spoken on the topic of information management in numerous public forums including: Enterprise Data World; FSOSS (Free and Open Source Software Symposium); CMA IT Symposium;

and numerous universities including University of Toronto, Ryerson, and McMaster.