On 24 – 26 June 2019, a host of North America’s most senior decision-makers and business leaders from across multiple industries will descend upon the wonderful The Ritz Carlton in Rancho Mirage, California for our Data Innovation Insight Summit, to discuss the most pressing challenges – and opportunities – for data driven executives.

Key themes under discussion include: recognizing your customer in a crowded marketplace. What do they want?; targeting your customer and tailor their experience; and maximizing your data and find your customer.

From case studies that lift the lid on operations inside best-in-class organisations, to workshops and collaborative sessions that focus on real challenges and future technology innovations, to one-to-one meetings with industry peers offering practical advice tailored to your specific needs, the summit provides you with everything you need to implement your key projects more effectively.

Our Approach

Every GDS Summit has one stated aim: to help attending executives implement their key projects more effectively. We do this by developing an in-depth understanding of those executives' project needs, the business outcomes they want to achieve, and the challenges they face in terms of hitting those goals.

Who Attends

Our summits are designed for executives looking to take their business to the next level – from market-leading brands to disruptive new entrants. As such, we’ve worked with some of the world’s best-loved and most forward-thinking businesses.
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Attendees Include

The upcoming summit will welcome executives from some of the world's biggest and most recognisable firms - as well as the most forward-thinking - as they look to address their project challenges.
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David Johnson
VP Business Intelligence
Forbes Media LLC
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Abhijeet Bhandare
Chief Automation Office
GE
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Robert McDougall
SVP IT
Cushman & Wakefield
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Marcos Peralta
Senior Vice President, Product Development Global Lead for Insights, Analytics
Mastercard
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Christopher Cerruto
VP Global Enterprise Architecture
Avis Budget Group
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Oktay Arifkhan
SVP Analytics & Measurement Sciences
Viacom
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Vana Matte
SVP Technology
JB Hunt
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Angel Singh
Director Digital Analytics & Experimentation
Albertsons
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Emigdio Zambada
Director, Data Analytics
Nationawide
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Ylan Kazi
VP Data Science & Machine Learning
United Health
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Pierre Theodore
Vice-President Global External Innovation
Johnson & Johnson
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Gerry Litrento
EVP Retail and Small Business Banking
BankUnited

6 Challenges with Data

Our summit is focused on solving your strategic challenges
  • Dealing with the data deluge – over 90% of all the data ever created has been generated in the last two years
  • Turning data into something actionable – only 1% of all that data has ever been subjected to analysis
  • Getting to a single source of the truth for enterprise data, and joining up information and systems
  • Striking a balance between security, convenience and privacy in an information-sensitive world
  • Leveraging emerging developments in artificial intelligence, IoT, data visualization and big data analytics
  • Addressing the shortage in data science and analytics skills to realise the potential of data
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Summit Schedule

3 Days - 3 Summit Themes - 15 Workshops
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Monday June 24, 2019
Summit registration
1:00pm - 6:00pm

Grab your name badge, say hello, activate the onsite app and prepare to leave the office behind for two-and-a-half days of networking, learning and intelligence gathering.

Welcome address
3:25pm - 3:30pm

What? When? How? Where? Join our Master of Ceremonies for a brief welcome and orientation session, where we’ll explain your itinerary for the next few days.

Opening panel: Data and innovation
3:30pm - 4:30pm

Data is rapidly proving to be one of the most critical business resources we have. Historical data, operational data, transactional data, behavioral data, financial records, data from sysems and sensors: all information has a value, provided you know how to get the most out of it. So how do you make the most of all your data in a fast-evolving landscape? How do you use it to innovate your services, products or business models? What techniques are working well? And how do you avoid potential privacy pitfalls?

Roundtable
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 1: Data analytics: refining "the new oil"
Roundtable
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 2: Artificial intelligence and the future of your business
Roundtable
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 3: Opportunities and challenges in the internet of things
Solution provider briefing
6:00pm - 6:30pm

Details To Follow.

Cocktail reception
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Time to kick off your heels, loosen those ties and get to know your fellow summit attendees. Relax, drinks are on us.

Keynote Speech
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Gala dinner & keynote: Human + Machine: The Next Gen Enterprise
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Abhijeet Bhandare
Chief Automation Office - GE
Tuesday June 25, 2019
Breakfast
7:00am - 8:00am

The most important meal of the day. Get yourself set for a productive day by joining us for coffee, croissants and more.

Keynote Speech
8:05am - 8:35am
Keynote address: The biggest challenges in data – and how to solve them
Workshop
8:40am - 9:20am
Session 1: Connected Car Real-Time Analytics as the “Brain” of our new Next-Gen Mobility Platform
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Christopher Cerruto
VP Global Enterprise Architecture - Avis Budget Group
Workshop
9:25am - 10:05am
Session 2: The Future of Hospitality Data
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Andreas Wuerfel
Director US Strategic Partnering - METRO AG
Workshop
10:10am - 10:50am
Session 3: “AI – Hope or Hype?”
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Tom Barnett
Chief, Data Science, Analysis and Investigation Officer - Paul Hastings
Coffee & networking
10:50am - 11:05am

Take advantage of time to network with fellow summit attendees and further discuss your business transformation projects.

Workshop
11:05am - 11:45am
Session 4: Title Coming Soon
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Pierre Theodore
Vice-President Global External Innovation - Johnson & Johnson
Workshop
11:50am - 12:30pm
Session 5: Title Coming Soon
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David Johnson
VP Business Intelligence - Forbes Media LLC
Keynote Speech
12:35pm - 1:05pm
Lunch Keynote
Lunch & networking
1:05pm - 2:00pm

Worked up an appetite? Recharge those batteries with our buffet-style lunch, and prepare to meet the afternoon head-on.

Roundtable
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Roundtable Discussions
Workshop
3:05pm - 3:45pm
Session 6: New tools for managing big data complexity
Workshop
3:50pm - 4:30pm
Session 7: Data compliance: both challenge and opportunity
Workshop
4:35pm - 5:15pm
Session 8: From the cloud to the edge: the impact on analytics
Workshop
5:20pm - 6:00pm
Session 9: Where next for data?
Attendee downtime
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Time for a well-deserved break in your busy schedules.

Dinner & experience
7:00pm - 10:00pm

Time for some fun; you’ve earned it. Join us for our second night’s dinner and entertainment. Details to follow.

Wednesday June 26, 2019
Breakfast
7:00 am - 8:00 am

The most important meal of the day. Get yourself set for a productive day by joining us for coffee, croissants and more.

Workshop
8:05 am - 8:45 am
Session 10: Addressing the data skills shortage
Workshop
8:50 am - 9:30 am
Session 11: How do you monetize your data?
Workshop
9:35 am - 10:15 am
Session 12: Planet of the APIs: how to unlock innovation and move faster
Roundtable
10:20 am - 11:00 am
Roundtable Discussions
Workshop
11:05 am - 11:35 am
Session 13: The rights and wrongs of data discrimination
Workshop
11:40 am - 12:10 pm
Session 14: The state of the data industry in 2018: where we’ve been and where we’re going next
Workshop
12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
Session 15
Closing panel
12:45 pm - 1:30 pm

What have been the most interesting discussion points over the last few days? What are the key takeaways? Are there any immediate actions to be implemented? And what further questions have emerged?

Lunch & farewells
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Worked up an appetite? Recharge those batteries with our buffet-style lunch for your journey home.

Summit Location

The Ritz Carlton, Rancho Mirage, California

Our events take place at some of the most prestigious venues in the world. Five-star accommodation, dining and amenities make attending one of our summits both business and pleasure. Being productive has never been so much fun.

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Senior executives love our summits because of the unparalleled opportunity to meet people with ideas on how to move their key projects forward. But don’t just take our word for it…

To discuss how GDS Summits can help you solve your project challenges contact us on: 0117 921 4000 or email sayhello@gdsgroup.com.

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