Managing Your Startup’s Data: Collecting, Protecting and Putting it to Work

Date(s) - 11/20/17
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Polsky Center

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Polsky Center

Mon, November 20, 2017 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

According to The Economist, the world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data. All companies collect and use data in many ways, but most startups don’t give enough thought to how they collect, protect, and maximize the value of their data.
Presented by a panel of experts, this workshop will discuss how to think about different types of data, where it comes from, and how to care for it. Whether your data is used by customers, employees, or other stakeholders (and likely all three), there’s probably more value you can extract from it. We’ll cover security, privacy, and regulatory concerns, such as when to keep data, and when to destroy it. We’ll also touch briefly on the technical side of things: basic types of databases, frontend vs. backend, and how to tell stories with data analytics.
Dinner will be served.

About the panel:

Mike Fary, Senior Consultant for Strategy and Governance
Mike’s responsibilities include strategic planning, oversight of data architecture and governance, and responsibility for reviewing and consulting on enterprise systems architecture. Translation: he helps the University understand its data needs, helps with making sure that data is protected and used properly, and tries to make sure that the computer systems that are implemented meet approved standards and guidelines.
Dipti Desai, Business Intelligence Manager, University of Chicago
Dipti Desai has been with University of Chicago since 2011. As Business Intelligence Manager in the IT Services department, she delivers analytic systems to all central functional units, schools/divisions, and academic departments. Dipti works with analytic platforms including Business Objects, OBIEE, R, and Tableau and volunteers as a yoga instructor for IT Services.

Jason Edelstein, IT Security Engineer
Jason started out as a helpdesk guy but got dangerously near some servers and suddenly now works in the IT Security team. There, he handles policy and compliance questions, network monitoring, risk assessments, and intrusion prevention. He likes it when data stays put but understands it just wants to be free.

Alan Ledrowski, Senior Oracle/MySQL Database Administrator
Alan works with various database technologies including Oracle and MySQL, both on premise and in AWS, that drive the smallest websites through the University of Chicago’s Data Warehouse.