Big Data: Next Big Thing or Big Distraction?

  • June 13, 2014 · 12:30 PM
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Big Data: Next Big Thing or Big Distraction?

Dirk Quartel & Richard Tweedie
Connected Analytics

We all read and hear a lot about Big Data.  We even hear senior executives talk about it.  It’s great to hear executives even talk about data but are we ready for big data?  After all, hasn’t the data we’ve all worked with for years always been big?  If data has always been big, what’s actually new?  In this session, we’ll discuss and define the concept of big data and focus on why the art and science of turning data into meaningful insight not only remains a constant but could get much harder with big data due to the way many analytic ecosystems have evolved uncontrollably in the last decade.

Big Data may well have its day in the future but until we get some of the foundational activities in our analytic ecosystems better managed, ‘little data’ that produces meaningful insight may be a better strategy for most organisations.



Dirk has 18 years experience working in government, credit bureaux and banking organisations. His expertise spans client-side and consulting. Dirk joined Connected Analytics from ANZ, where he worked as the Head of Retail Rating Modelling. His team was responsible for the development, monitoring and reporting of ANZ’s PD, LGD, EAD and operational risk capital models that supported ANZ’s advanced accreditation for Basel II.

Richard has 14 years experience in technical architecture, application development and the programming lifecycle. Prior to Connected Analytics, Richard was with ANZ as a subject matter expert for a behavioural and decision technology implementation project. Richard transitioned from that project to a business-as-usual management position, overseeing change implementation for all TRIAD and Strategy Manager decisioned portfolios – systems with a combined
volume in excess of 5 million active accounts. Prior to ANZ, Richard managed a team of eleven technical consultants for FICO in UK.



When: Friday, 13th June 2014, 12:00-2:00pm

• Registration: 12:00 - 12:30pm (Please be early as you must get a visitor pass)

• Presentation & discussion: 12:30 - 1:30pm

• Networking: 1:30pm - 2:00pm

Where: NAB, 500 Bourke St., Melbourne (Detailed directions TBA)

Catering: There will be no catering, so please fend for yourselves

Registration: You must check in with the concierge (ID verification required).

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RSVPs close at 3pm on Thursday, 12th June

The presentation room seats 60 people. If there are no places left you will automatically be placed on a waiting list.

Please update your registration if you subsequently find you can't attend. This will automatically allocate your place to the first person on the waiting list.

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  • David B.

    Interesting subject and very well presented Dirk & Richard

    June 13

  • Rachael

    Sorry I can't make this session, I look forward to attending the next one

    June 11

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