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Data Management: Top 10 Practices of Rock-Star Data Admins

We’re in a Data Explosion, yet some among us make data wrangling look easy. What’s their secret?   

Join us for the September MESS and learn the ways of Data Masters, Data Whisperers, Data PhD’s, and those that just plain Use (the) Force to bring order to the Data Storm.

We are excited to introduce our very special panelists: 

Rob Patton

Rob is VP, Enterprise Architecture for Sony Pictures Entertainment.  Over his thirty years of developing and managing technology Rob has been a product and process innovator in the entertainment, media, eCommerce, pharmaceutical and DW/BI industries.  His recent work has centered on mobile, enterprise (master) data, security and BI architectures.  Rob has participated in two patents, has spoken at major industry conferences, and has participated with the boards of several companies.

and Thomas Tileston

Thomas  is a business intelligence executive with  25 years experience in data management,  data mining,  forecasting and ad hoc analytics in the retail, internet & entertainment industries. 

In the late 1990s Mr. Tileston began migrating ad hoc analytics from an analytic workstation and directly into the data warehouse.  Tileston pioneered In-Database Analytics and has been preaching In-DataBase Processing ever since.  Currently he is Principal at In-DataBase Pioneers, a start-up devoted to In-DataBase Processing.

Mr. Tileston spent 10 years at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment as Vice President, Business Decision Support and Vice President, Global Forecasting.  During his tenure at Warner Bros, he was responsible for: Data Governance, Master Data Management, Data Quality Management, Intellectual Property Management and Global DVD Forecasting. 

Thomas spearheaded WB’s Global Business Intelligence initiative, defining and driving Home Entertainment’s Business Intelligence strategies. During that time his boss offered, but regrettably Thomas turned down, the title of ‘Data Czar’.



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  • Rob P.

    great discussions spanning production and traditional data management

    September 17, 2014

    • Sal O.

      When is the next meeting? Can you discuss data security and security software for various platforms?

      September 24, 2014

  • Laura C.

    See our pages for September Summary/Take-Away: Top 10 Practices for Rockstar Data Admins!

    September 24, 2014

  • Matti S

    I would love to see more Open Source MESS related topics and a BOF at SCALE this coming year. SCALE 13x ( Feb 19-22, 2015 at LAX Hilton ) http://www.socallinuxexpo.org/scale13x

    SCALE 13x is an Open Source Tech community run event, and I am inviting everyone here to participate. Call for presentations/papers is currently open. Please invite anyone whom you think would make a good presenter on open source tech topics to submit a proposal. Also we are always looking for volunteers to help out, and we have a kids track which we would like to make stronger. We also have rooms available in the evening for BOFs ( Birds of a Feather, round table talks )

    Feel free to drop me a note if you have any questions.

    Thank You - Matti

    September 11, 2014

    • Laura C.

      Thanks for the info Matti. Looking forward to learning more. Please feel free to email me at [masked] with more info...

      2 · September 11, 2014

  • Sal O.

    Great bunch of men and women exchanging ideas. Let's have more.

    2 · September 10, 2014

    • Matti S

      Great Idea Sal, Let's plan for a MESS BOF at SCALE 13x ( Feb 19-22, 2015 ) - I'll post a bigger message separately. - Matti

      1 · September 11, 2014

  • Fred P.

    Wish I could have made it. Are there any details or minutes, or videos of the meeting? Hope to make the next one....

    2 · September 10, 2014

    • Steven B. C.

      Yes, I'd be happy to provide them. Send your email to [masked]

      1 · September 11, 2014

  • Sal O.

    Great bunch of men and women exchanging ideas. Let's have more.

    2 · September 10, 2014

  • Enos "Alex" V.

    Thank you for such great presentation and round table experience! Awesome atmosphere and people all around; looking forward to the next MeetUp! :-)

    2 · September 10, 2014

  • Rob P.

    what are you using to unify and track customer identity or similarity across web channels?

    1 · August 25, 2014

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