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Keynote Speakers

Bill Franks, Teradata Corp.Bill Franks
Chief Analytics Officer, Teradata Corporation

Bill Franks is the Chief Analytics Officer for Teradata, where he provides insight on trends in the analytics and big data space and helps clients understand how Teradata and its analytic partners can support their efforts. His focus is to translate complex analytics into terms that business users can understand and work with organizations to implement their analytics effectively. His work has spanned many industries for companies ranging from Fortune 100 companies to small non-profits. Franks also helps determine Teradata’s strategies in the areas of analytics and big data.

Franks is the author of the book Taming The Big Data Tidal Wave (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., April, 2012). In the book, he applies his two decades of experience working with clients on large-scale analytics initiatives to outline what it takes to succeed in today’s world of big data and analytics. The book made Tom Peter’s list of 2014 “Must Read” books and also the Top 10 Most Influential Translated Technology Books list from CSDN in China.

Franks’ second book The Analytics Revolution is coming from Wiley in Fall 2014. He is a faculty member of the International Institute for Analytics, founded by leading analytics expert Tom Davenport, and an active speaker who has presented at dozens of events in recent years. His blog, Analytics Matters, addresses the transformation required to make analytics a core component of business decisions. 

Franks earned a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Statistics from Virginia Tech and a Master’s degree in Applied Statistics from North Carolina State University.


Katharine Frase, IBMKatharine Frase, Ph.D.
Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, IBM Public Sector

Katharine Frase was appointed Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, IBM Public Sector, in March 2013.   As CTO, she provides thought leadership for IBM and its customers on innovation and strategic transformation specific to government, education, life sciences, healthcare and cities, driving the creation of new solutions. Prior to this role, she was Vice President, Industry Solutions Research, working across IBM Research on behalf of IBM clients, to create transformational industry-focused solutions, including the application of IBM Watson technologies to business applications and the realization of Smarter Planet solutions. Earlier roles included technical and business strategy for IBM's software business, corporate assignments on technology assessment and strategy, and roles in IBM Microelectronics in the management of process development, design/modeling methodology and production of chip carriers, assemblies and test.  In 2006, she was elected as a member of the (U.S.) National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Frase received an A.B. in chemistry from Bryn Mawr College and a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology and sits on numerous external committees and boards.

Michael Haydock, IBMMichael P. Haydock
IBM Fellow & Chief Scientist, GBS

From designing the most efficient way to butcher cattle stock, to creating an original dynamic pricing model for airline fares, to when in the planting cycle is the optimal time to spray weed killer on a soybean field, Haydock has worked his magic with applied mathematical methods for a diverse set of clients across industries ranging from agriculture to aerospace. His brainchild—an analytics-based forecast of electronics and appliance sales in the United States—has become a staple of predicting holiday sales trends.

Currently, Mike is leading an IBM analytics team on a deep dive engagement with a food and beverage retailer, and is in the process learning more about java than a Seattle barista. “We’ve been devising algorithms based on appending data from millions of customer purchases with variables drawn from 1,811 weather stations around North America,” the analytics guru explained. “We’ve developed correlations between consumer coffee-buying patterns and weather patterns, and our client is now directly connecting with their customers through targeted promotions on social media to keep consumers coming to purchase on days they might not otherwise—like when it’s 90 degrees.”

After earning a graduate degree in marketing management, Mike earned a doctorate in operations research and joined IBM in 1989 in Minnesota, where he and wife still live. Over the past 25 years, Mike has seen his specialty of applied mathematics evolve from an obscure field to the essential passkey for unlocking the power of data, the world’s new natural resource.


Ramesh Sharda, OSURamesh Sharda, Ph.D.
Conoco Philips Chair and Regents Professor of MSIS; Director, Institute for Research in Information Systems; Director, Ph.D. in Business for Executives Program

Ramesh Sharda is Director of the Institute for Research in Information Systems (IRIS) , ConocoPhillips Chair of Management of Technology, and a Regents Professor of Management Science and Information Systems in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. He received his B. Eng. degree from University of Udaipur, M.S. from The Ohio State University and an MBA and Ph. D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

His research has been published in major journals in management science and information systems including Management Science, Information Systems Research, Decision Support Systems, Interfaces, INFORMS Journal on Computing,  Production Operations Management, Computers and Operations Research, and many others. He serves on the editorial boards of journals such as the INFORMS Journal on Computing, Decision Support Systems, ACM Transactions on Management Information Systems, and Information Systems Frontiers,. He is Co-Editor-in-Chief of Annals of Information Systems and two other Springer book series: Integrated Series in Information Systems and Operations Research Computer Science Interfaces. His research interests are in decision support systems, especially neural network applications, and technologies for managing information overload. His team’s work on forecasting box office revenue of movies has received a lot of press.

Defense Ammunition Center, NSF, the US Department of Education, Marketing Science Institute, and other organizations have funded his research. Ramesh is also a cofounder of a company that produces virtual trade fairs,