Panel - Big data and analytics: finding valuable needles in big haystacks
Knowledge is power
Ubiquitous buzz phrase or insightful information? Regardless of your view, panelists say that big data can transform your business and propel it forward.
New to organizations are powerful technologies available to collect and analyze information relating to the habits and preferences of existing and potential customers. To manage the tidal wave of data — and the security infrastructure required to protect it — many companies are now appointing a chief information or analytics officer.
However, the cost of investing in constantly evolving collection and analytics technology can be offputting for start-ups on a shoestring budget. Even so, our panelists believe that smart entrepreneurs who don’t want to get left behind should begin the data journey as early as possible. They need to focus on the outcomes they want to achieve, rather than collecting anything and everything with no clear end goal.
Kenneth Cukier is the data editor, following a decade at the paper covering business and technology, and as a foreign correspondent (most recently in Japan from 2007-12). Previously he was the technology editor of the Wall Street Journal Asia in Hong Kong and worked at the International Herald Tribune in Paris. In 2002-04 he was a research fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He is the co-author of "Big Data: A Revolution that Will Transform How We Work, Live and Think" (2013).
Chief Financial Officer
Ken is CFO of Yahoo!, an American multinational internet corporation known globally for its web portal, search engine, social media aspects, video sharing and related services. In this leadership role, Ken is responsible for Yahoo!’s global finance functions, including financial planning and analysis, controllership, tax, treasury and investor relations.
Ken has more than 30 years of experience in financial, operational and business management, and he was named among “America’s 15 Most Connected Capitalists” for 2010 by Forbes magazine and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Yahoo! Japan and several private companies. He was formerly a member of the Board of Trustees of Cornell University and was appointed a Cornell Trustee Emeritus and Presidential Counselor in 2013. He was also a member of the Treasury Advisory Committee on the Auditing Profession and previously served on the FASB’s primary advisory group, the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council.
He earned his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Founder and CEO
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 US
Joanna is CEO of Lau Technologies, the executive consulting and investment company that focuses on providing debt and equity financing and consulting to midrange companies. As the leader, she has been responsible for managing all aspects of the company, from financing growth to the quality of the performance of the products.
Joanna is a board director, CEO and entrepreneur with significant experience in the defense, biometric, security and software industries. She is a member of World President Organization and served as Chapter Chair in 2012. She has received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ US Award, the Mass High Tech All-Star Award and the New England Women Leadership Award.
Joanna earned her MBA from Boston University, her MS in Computer Science from Old Dominion University, and a BS in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from SUNY at Stony Brook. She has also received honorary doctorate degrees in Commercial Sciences from Bryant, Bentley and Suffolk Universities.
Chief Executive Officer
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2009 US
Lars leads Qlik as CEO and as a member of the company’s Board of Directors. He successfully oversaw the company’s IPO in 2010 on the NASDAQ, which was recognized as one of the year’s top tech IPOs. Under Lars’ leadership, Qlik, which delivers software and services, has sustained tremendous growth of nearly 300%.
Lars is recognized as an authority on driving company culture through an accessible and proven management style, with articles appearing in major publications and speaking engagements at conferences, including the CEO2CEO Leadership Summit. He was named the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year US in the technology category, attended the World Economic Forum and was invited to speak at the E-G8 Forum. More recently, he was nominated to participate in Startup America, a White House initiative to accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship.
Lars earned an MBA from the Lund University of Sweden and a Degree in Engineering from the Technical College in Helsingborg.
Global Managing Partner – Client Service
Carmine is responsible for global business performance, daily operations and executing a global strategy in the market. In his role, he brings together geographies, service lines and markets functions to provide exceptional service to our clients. Carmine is Senior Advisory Partner for many of our largest financial services clients.
Carmine has been a member of the Americas Executive since 2006 as Regional Managing Partner - Americas Financial Services Office (FSO), and during his tenure he built a business that is US-wide and strengthened our presence in the emerging markets.
Carmine has a BA in Chemistry with a minor in Economics from Colgate University. He has an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business. He is a practicing CPA in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts.