Big Data: An Essential Public Asset

February 6th, 2017 | Posted by Alexa Magdalenski in Capital Data Summit | Guest Blogs - (Comments Off)

In his Capital Data Summit guest blog post, District of Columbia Chief Data Officer Barney Krucoff discusses the District’s new data investment and data accessibility plans and the importance of leveraging big data in municipalities today. Krucoff will be a speaker on the Role of the CDO panel at the 2017 Capital Data Summit on February 15, 2017 at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner.


OCTO DCThe District of Columbia government has consistently blazed the trail to public data access. Whether real-time traffic patterns or invaluable health statistics, the data collected and managed by the District is an essential public asset. Just as important as our schools, roads and buildings, we would not have a functioning city without data.

Now under the leadership of Chief Technology Officer Archana Vemulapalli, the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) more than ever before understands the need to leverage the District’s data investment and the significance of data accessibility. OCTO launched drafts.dc.gov, DC’s version of the Madison Project, to gather public comments and feedback from the public, tech and open government activists, civic groups, and government agencies.

Now, our comprehensive Open Data Policy represents a consensus of viewpoints, balancing safety, privacy and security concerns while mandating openness and transparency. The opportunity to share more data realizes Mayor Muriel Bowser’s commitment to use technology to innovate, increase transparency, and improve accountability across the government.

The final version of the Open Data Policy will modernize and augment the District’s central data catalog. In turn, the public, media, entrepreneurs and academics will gain greater access to a variety of data sets. And, to build on their feedback, stakeholder and resident input will be the barometer by which we measure policy success. These insights will allow OCTO to learn from successes and shortcomings while planning for a secure, yet transparent, future. Our collective knowledge and expertise makes us more effective and better positioned to become one of the most open jurisdictions in the country.

Learn more about D.C. OCTO here.

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Embracing Big Data

February 2nd, 2017 | Posted by Alexa Magdalenski in Capital Data Summit | Guest Blogs | Member Blog Posts - (Comments Off)

The inaugural 2017 Capital Data Summit is less than two weeks away! Susan Burke, vice president, single family data delivery services at Freddie Mac, will be participating on the Role of the CDO panel at the Summit. In her guest blog post, Burke shares thoughts and questions leaders should consider when aligning big data activities with their organization’s business goals. 


Freddie-Mac-Web-LogoLike many enterprises, we at Freddie Mac are in the process of determining what big data means to us. This past year, we started our journey to expand from the traditional rationalized data stores to the world of unstructured data and new technologies. One step on that path was considering a Hadoop environment. Would it bring value? What business problems would it solve?

The first lesson we learned is one that we tend to see repeated in the IT-business world. In our case, we raced to develop a new technology. Why wouldn’t we, when there were “obvious” value propositions we knew we could deliver? It quickly became apparent that, while our initial proof-of-concept provided insight into what needed to change from a back-end engineering perspective, we had not aligned with the business. Without a strong business champion, technology for the sake of technology efforts is doomed.

Fortunately, a strong, respected business leader stepped up to garner support and help IT define the business-use cases that would deliver value to the organization. Off we went.

Now that we’ve implemented Hadoop, what does it mean? How do we support it? Where do the data scientists fit into this picture? The technology in the data landscape is changing fast — and it is evolving in ways that were unimaginable just a few years ago. That means IT organizations are changing. The skill sets needed are different. The delivery methods are different. The way we integrate into our existing environments is different. We need to ask, “What hypothesis do I want to explore?” instead of “What are the requirements?” And all change is hard.

We decided the most useful model for Freddie Mac is one that combines business and IT resources in one team, so we created our Big Data Center of Excellence (CoE). This CoE brings together dedicated resources to support the development of use cases, deliver data not currently available on the platform and measure value. The data scientists remain in the business areas and can concentrate on asking new questions and executing analytics and visualizations.

The rapidly-evolving world of big data is exciting, and both IT and the business are in it together. We will continue to partner closely with our business leaders to identify the most impactful structure to help us evolve to a data lake structure.

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Transp Data Summit Logo - TransparentThe 2017 Capital Data Summit is just over TWO weeks away on February 15, 2017 and will be held at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner. Just today, we launched an exciting new afternoon panel session: Help Wanted: Defining and Finding Data Analytics Talent.

The demand for workers skilled in data analytics continues to grow and big data companies are struggling to find qualified employees with the right skillsets for their open positions. This panel will explore the qualifications required in a big data workforce, discuss how and where they currently find their employees and share best practices for sourcing talent through academic partners.

The all-star panelists and moderator headlining the session include:

Panelists:

  • Bob Aldrich, Chief Financial Officer, Zoomdata
  • Dr. Ali Eskandarian, Dean, Virginia Science & Technology Campus and College of Professional Studies, The George Washington University
  • Steve Partridge, Vice President of Workforce Development, Northern Virginia Community College
  • Dr. John Zolper, Vice President, Research and Innovation, Raytheon

Moderator:

  • Stephen Barkanic, Senior Vice President and Chief Program Officer, Business-Higher Education Forum

We’re adding new content and speakers every week! View the latest Capital Data Summit agenda here.

Keep up with all of the Capital Data Summit action on Twitter with our hashtag: #CapitalData and by following @NVTC!

 

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Whose Data Is It Anyway?

January 24th, 2017 | Posted by Alexa Magdalenski in Capital Data Summit - (Comments Off)

Transp Data Summit Logo - TransparentWe’re less than a month to go until the 2017 Capital Data Summit taking place on February 15, 2017 at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner.

Every week we’re updating the Data Summit agenda with new speakers and more information on the Summit panels. This week, we’re excited to share more details on our big data ethics and privacy panel: Whose Data Is It Anyway? Ethical Implications of a Big Data World.

The explosion of information over the past several years has led to a scramble to understand the effects of collecting, storing, sharing, analyzing and interpreting data. The potential for impact on policy, media, economics, education, healthcare and on our social fabric means that the data itself, as well as the algorithms used to analyze it, hold a lot of power. Questions of ownership, governance, tools, privacy and social impact are at the heart of big data. This panel will discuss the complexities and power of social contracts, legal implications of the use and analysis of data, as well as the idea of algorithmic integrity and the responsibilities of people behind it. The group will also discuss the rise of the term “fake news” and the impact of data journalism and access to media. As the landscape continues to change, we must continue to evolve our thinking on the ethical, legal, moral and policy implications of big data.

The latest panel participants include:

  • PV Boccasam, General Partner, Novak Biddle Venture Partners
  • Emilio Garcia-Ruiz, Managing Editor for Digital, The Washington Post
  • John Gaul, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Inova
  • Rachelle Hollander, Director, Center for Engineering Ethics and Society, National Academy of Engineering

Moderator: Ruth Bernheim, William Hobson Professor and Chair, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Virginia

Keep up with all of the Capital Data Summit action on Twitter with our hashtag: #CapitalData and by following @NVTC!

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Transp Data Summit Logo - TransparentNVTC is thrilled to share that DigitalGlobe‘s Founder, Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer Dr. Walter Scott is the latest 2017 Capital Data Summit keynote speaker. The Capital Data Summit will take place on February 15 at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner. Dr. Scott joins Clarabridge Executive Chairman and Co-Founder Sid Banerjee and Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s President and CEO Meg Whitman as keynote speakers.

Walter Scott v3Dr. Walter Scott manages the development of DigitalGlobe’s satellite systems, R&D and DigitalGlobe’s Platform and Services Business Units. Dr. Scott founded DigitalGlobe in 1992 and received the first high resolution commercial remote sensing license from the U.S. Government in 1993. Today, DigitalGlobe operates a 5-satellite imaging constellation with the highest resolution, best revisit and greatest capacity in the industry.

We’re adding new speakers every week! View the latest Capital Data Summit agenda here.

Keep up with all of the Capital Data Summit action on Twitter with our hashtag: #CapitalData and by following @NVTC!

Learn more about the Summit’s in our preview video!

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New TITANS logo RGB TransparentWeren’t able to make it to our Titans event in December with Rolls-Royce North America President and CEO Marion Blakey? We’ve got video recaps for you below!

In the videos you’ll hear about Blakey’s predictions for the upcoming presidential transition, get updates from Rolls-Royce North America’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel Thomas Dale on Rolls-Royce North America’s latest work in personal aircraft, hybrid electric powered planes, autonomous aircraft and how Rolls-Royce North America is collaborating with Microsoft to leverage the use of big data and the Internet of Things to reduce costs, improve performance and provide better value.

Marion Blakey, President and CEO, Rolls-Royce North America:

Thomas Dale, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Rolls-Royce North America:

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Transp Data Summit Logo - TransparentPreparations are well underway for our inaugural Capital Data Summit taking place in just over a month on February 15, 2017 at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner. We’re excited to share two new panel sessions just added to the Summit lineup: Big Data Applications and Big Data Centers and Identity Management in the Age of the Internet of Things.

Big Data Applications and Big Data Centers

This session brings together leading end users of big data applications from top companies to discuss the value these applications deliver to their businesses and the requirements they generate for data centers and cloud services both in Northern Virginia and globally.

Identity Management in the Age of the Internet of Things

Panelists:
Paul Grassi, Senior Standards and Technology Advisor, NIST
Matt Hummer, Director of Analytics, Govini

Moderator:
Scott McDuff, Chief Architect, Sterling Computers

We’re adding new panels and speakers every week! Keep up with all of the Capital Data Summit action on Twitter with our hashtag: #CapitalData and by following @NVTC!

View the latest Summit agenda here.

Learn more about the Summit’s in our preview video!

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Transp Data Summit Logo - TransparentJoin the region’s leading big data and analytics companies and prominent thought leaders at the 2017 Capital Data Summit on Feb. 15, 2017 at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner.

Featuring keynotes from Clarabridge’s Sid Banerjee and Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Meg Whitman and panels including big data experts from Capital One, District of Columbia, Goldman Sachs, IBM, Revolution Growth, Virginia Tech and more, the Capital Data Summit will provide an unprecedented opportunity to accelerate and promote the region’s data innovations, connect people, companies and academic partners, and showcase the region’s technology assets.

See the full Capital Data Summit agenda here.

Learn more about the Summit’s in our new preview video!

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Here on the NVTC blog, we continue to share content from our inaugural Capital Cybersecurity Summit that took place on Nov. 2-3, 2016 at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner.

1021Capital Cybersecurity Summit Logo 3The 2016 Capital Cybersecurity Summit was highlighted by its keynote speakers:  Northrop Grumman Corporate Vice President and Northrop Grumman Mission Systems President Kathy Warden and RSA President Amit Yoran.

In her keynote, Warden discussed the evolution of cybersecurity as the “Fifth Domain,” a fundamental element, permeating all aspects of our daily lives. She stressed the critical need to fill cybersecurity positions in Virginia and the opportunities for public, private and academic sectors to partner together to find creative solutions to address these hiring shortages. View the full video of Warden’s remarks here:

Yoran reinforced the evolution of cybersecurity in his keynote and, like Warden, referenced the expansion of the cyber threat area into business and our daily lives. He stressed the need to develop new flexible, perimeter-less cybersecurity to meet growing threats from mobile and IoT expansion. Yoran explained that the Greater Washington region, with its unmatched research and expertise, is equipped to meet these new cyber demands. In fact, according to Yoran, the region has the potential to be “Security Valley.” View Yoran’s keynote here:

 

Lights…camera…Cybersecurity Summit! View the Summit’s photo gallery here.

What are you doing on February 15, 2017? NVTC is hosting its first-ever Capital Data Summit in Tysons Corner! Learn more!

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Here on the NVTC blog, we continue to share content from our inaugural Capital Cybersecurity Summit that took place on Nov. 2-3, 2016 at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner.

1021Capital Cybersecurity Summit Logo 3Did you catch the Capital Cybersecurity Summit’s opening panel, Collaborating for Cyber Success? Panel participants included Invincea CEO Anup Ghosh, Forcepoint Chief Strategy Officer and President, Federal Division, Ed Hammersla and Tenable Network Security COO and Co-Founder Jack Huffard. Blue Delta Capital Partners Co-Founder Mark Frantz moderated.

The panel highlighted the exponentially beneficial cross-flow between government and commercial cybersecurity and discussed the Greater Washington region’s deep and diverse digital security assets – cutting-edge cyber products, pre-eminent talent and rich intellectual capital – that can be applied in the public and private sectors alike.

One of the reoccurring themes discussed is the need for a public relations paradigm shift when it comes to cybersecurity in the Greater Washington region. Area companies must not only promote their federal clients and solutions, but they must also promote the problems they are solving across all other sectors – and across the globe. The speakers agreed the region’s best cyber asset is the unmatched talent and companies must continuously promote and engage this talent to keep them in Greater Washington.

Panelists also discussed the historical 2016 elections and their cybersecurity implications. In every sector cyber threats are permeating all aspects of business and panelists agreed the future judicial implications of cybersecurity will be huge. After all, according to the panelists, cyber risk is business risk.

Why is now the best time to launch a cyber startup in the Greater Washington region? Check out full video coverage of the panel to find out why:

Read Christian Science Monitor’s Passcode coverage of the panel here.

Lights…camera…Cybersecurity Summit! View the Summit’s photo gallery here.

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