Big Data LDN DIGITAL –
Webinar Series for data professionals

In addition to running the UK’s largest Big Data and Analytics event, Big Data LDN also runs a regular webinar broadcasts series for the Data Community. These broadcasts offer up-to-the-minute information and debate direct to your device on a number of different topics.

Each webinar is a mixture of presentations, discussions and industry updates designed to bring our community together, making sure we stay informed and engaged, something particularly pertinent at present whilst we are advised to keep our distance in person.

If you would like to present or sponsor a webinar, contact us on 02032914014 or email info@bigdataldn.com 

Design skills trump engineering skills for successful data storytelling

Tuesday 21st July 2020

14:00-15:00 BST

SPEAKERS:Andy Cotgreave, Tableau | Andy Steed, Big Data LDN

No matter deep and robust your data platforms and your analyses are, if you can’t design effective, insightful charts that monitor or inform, your investment is wasted. Design thinking is an under-rated but absolutely necessary skill for modern teams. In this talk Andy Cotgreave will share theories and principles from the world of design, and explain how you, or your teams, should be applying them to data displays.

Andy Cotgreave is co-author of The Big Book of Dashboards, Technical Evangelist at Tableau, and host of If Data Could Talk. He has over 10 years’ experience in data visualization and business intelligence, first honing his skills as an analyst at the University of Oxford.

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How Data Warehouse Automation is Transforming Business

Thursday 23rd July 2020

10:00-11:00 BST

SPEAKERS:Simon Meacher, Engaging Data | Andy Steed, Big Data LDN

This 60-minute webinar, brought to you in association with WhereScape, will be split into 2 sections. The first 30 minutes features stories from the real-life projects, as Simon Meacher of Engaging Data tells us how he used Data Warehouse Automation to solve problems as a consultant at a variety of UK organisations. Then we see a live demo of the software in action, as we attempt to build a Cloud Data Warehouse in just 15 minutes.

The WhereScape community is seeing huge leaps in agility and productivity, as teams combine the gains provided by Data Warehouse Automation tools and Cloud computing.
Benefits include:
-Savings in money and resources on data projects
-Individual developers spending less time crafting bespoke data infrastructure and more time on delivery
-Standardised procedures and adoption of best-practice templates that democratise the data warehouse

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Technology Modernisation Series: Simplifying the Single View

Tuesday 28th July 2020

14:00-15:00 BST

SPEAKERS:Oliver Bowie, Triangle Information Management | Chris Fitzpatrick, Denodo | Charles Southwood, Denodo | Andy Steed, Big Data LDN

As data sources continue to grow, so does the desire to pull them all together. From Customer Experience Directors to Inventory Managers, the fabled single view has been top-of-mind for anyone yearning to gain a complete, unified, at a glance picture.

Achieving it, however, has been a different story.

The traditional method of data integration through ETL is a mammoth effort requiring time, high costs and specialised IT skills. Moreover, it is inadequate to deliver timely results with the exponential growth in the volume and velocity of data.

That is until now...

Join experts from Triangle Information Management and Denodo, the leader in data virtualisation, as they share valuable insight and real-life examples of how you can achieve a single view of anything - inside of days, not years.

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What graph-powered contact tracing can teach business?

Thursday 30th July 2020

14:00-15:00 BST

SPEAKERS:Rik Van Bruggen, Neo4j | Andy Steed, Big Data LDN

Join us for this webinar about graphs and how you can benefit from better insights in these uncertain times.

We will start by presenting how graphs can power the contract tracing use case that is so relevant in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we will not stop there: we will focus on what can be learnt from this use case in other environments, and introduce the power of connected data to any kind of business.
Finally the discussion will aim to follow current hot trends like AI, recommendations, data science or fraud detection which are all dependent on an increasing understanding of the connectedness in our data.

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Data Transformation Series: Curated, Self-Service Data with Gatwick Airport

Tuesday 04th August 2020

14:00-15:00 BST

SPEAKERS:Shariq Wagener, Zsah/ Gatwick Airport | Andy Steed, Big Data LDN

One of London’s leading airport’s Tableau journey.
Gatwick Airport struggled to create and access curated datasets at the right breadth and depth, not only for exploitation but also for reproducing management information that could easily be shared at scale. In the airport industry, spatial data is widely used to uncover new business opportunities but again the analyst community lacked the capability to meet this requirement. By deploying Tableau across the landscape, it has enabled Analysts to provision and prepare datasets for on-off and repeatable analysis for various use cases. In this session, Shariq will provide insight on the implementation journey so far and strategy for adoption that led to Tableau becoming the tool of choice.

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Integrating Your Cloud-Based Data Lake and Data Warehouse For AI & BI Workloads

Tuesday 07th July 2020

14:00-15:00 BST

SPEAKERS:Mike Ferguson, Intelligent Business Strategies | Andy Steed, Big Data LDN

This presentation looks at how you can use cloud storage as a centralised data lake, load raw data into it, produce trusted data using scalable ELT processing, and then make trusted data available to:
• Data scientists to develop machine learning models
• Your cloud based data warehouse for access by business analysts using traditional BI tools
In addition it shows how business analysts can access trusted data directly in a data lake from external tables in a cloud based data warehouse or by querying the data directly from BI tools.

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Accelerate your Data transformation journey with a Modern Cloud Data Architecture

Tuesday 30th June 2020

15:00-16:00 BST

SPEAKERS:Xin Heng, Punchh | Gaurish Sharma, Punchh | Ryan Simpson, Databricks | Andy Steed, Big Data LDN

Talk 1: Learn how Punchh harnesses AI & Data Analytics to enable data-driven, AI powered customer experiences & customer lifetime value. The Punchh Loyalty and Engagement Platform, powered through artificial intelligence, guides consumers through their lifecycle from first-time customer to superfan, building meaningful relationships and dramatically increasing lifetime customer value.

Talk 2: There are many layers in a modern cloud data architecture, but two layers stand out because they determine success or failure: the cloud data platform and cloud data integration. Databricks & Fivetran partner to help data teams automate the integration of modern data sources to build operational analytics and machine learning applications.

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Data Transformation Series: Data Governance

Wednesday 24th June 2020

14:00-15:00 BST

SPEAKERS:Nicola Askham, Nicola Askham – The Data Governance Coach | Tariq Bhatti, Nursing & Midwifery Council | Andy Steed, Big Data LDN

In this Big Data LDN webinar we are looking at different approaches to Data Governance, a subject that has been brought into sharper focus in recent times.

Talk 1 - Nicola Askham. Minimal Data Governance: Demand for Data Governance is growing but in the current circumstances many people are being asked to implement Data Governance with little or no investment. In this talk we find out whether Data Governance on a shoestring can be effective and how you should go about it.

Talk 2 - Discussion with Tariq Bhatti, The Nursing and Midwifery Council

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Blueprint Series: The Complete Guide to Observability

Tuesday 23rd June 2020

14:00-15:00 BST

SPEAKERS:Yoann Lechevallier, Lightstep | Andy Steed, Big Data LDN

Easy-to-understand monoliths are giving way to distributed systems: microservices, serverless, meshes, and proxies in every possible combination. These systems offer developers the freedom to build new features and technology faster, as they are no longer beholden to the elaborate release processes associated with monolithic architecture.

But, like all good things, there is a price: distributed systems are inherently difficult to operate and maintain. When something breaks—which it invariably will—how can you quickly comb through the myriad dependencies? How can you separate good hypotheses from bad ones?

Learn how observability helps developers understand multi-layered architectures: what’s slow, what’s broken, and what needs to be done to improve performance.

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Technology Modernisation Series: How to make use of Apache Flink

Tuesday 16th June 2020

13:00-14:00 BST

SPEAKERS:Nico Kruber, Ververica | Andy Steed, Big Data LDN

In this webinar, we will give an introduction into stateful stream processing with Apache Flink and show how it can enable you to build real-time, event driven applications. We will take you through the journey of enabling customer 360 / personalisation applications and building a dynamic fraud detection engine. We will present a few techniques and tips to use with Flink and elaborate on why Apache Flink is the perfect tool for these use cases. We will continue this journey by looking at what is needed to deploy a Flink application on the road to production, as well as updating on the recently released community edition of Ververica Platform.

Speakers: Nico Kruber, Ververica and Andy Steed, Big Data LDN

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Graph Data Science: What’s the big deal?

Tuesday 09th June 2020

14:00-15:00 BST

SPEAKERS:Alicia Frame, Neo4j | Matthew Sellwood, IQVIA | Andy Steed, Big Data LDN

Alicia Frame, Lead Product Manager for Data Science at Neo4j, will demonstrate the value of connected data for improving your data science and analytics applications. We'll walk through valuable use cases for graphs in data science, and then getting started using a knowledge graph, to using graph algorithms.
Following this, Matthew Sellwood, currently a Product Manager for IQVIA, will share an open source project that makes use of the graph data science library for lead optimisation of molecules in drug discovery.

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Technology Modernisation Series: NoSQL Database Management

Thursday 04th June 2020

14:00-15:00 BST

SPEAKERS:Ankit Patel, DataStax | Giuliano Altamura, Fincons Group | Andy Steed, Big Data LDN

Migrating RDBMS Monoliths Into a Transformational Data Architecture.

In this webinar, part of our Technology Modernisation Series, we are looking at the business case for upgrading your RDBMS to a more current data architecture so as to meet the demands of modern applications. We’re delighted to be joined by Ankit Patel, Principle Architect, Datastax and Giuliano Altamura, Financial Services Business Unit Manager at Fincons Group.

Talk 1: Migrating RDBMS Monoliths Into a Transformational Data Architecture.
Talk 2: A series of real-life use cases of the technology from the financial sector.

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The Impacts of Big Data in Cloud, Hybrid and Multi-Cloud Environments

Tuesday 02nd June 2020

14:00-15:00 BST

SPEAKERS:Chris Santiago, Unravel | Andy Steed, Big Data LDN

Whether you are looking to establish a hybrid big data architecture with Cloudera Data Platform or looking at Databricks, Google Cloud Platform & Amazon EMR; this session provides practical insights on how to understand the pros and cons of each model and the risks involved regardless of public cloud vendors. Join Chris Santiago as he shares how a data driven approach can guide you in deciding which big data technologies will best fit the needs unique to your organisation and budget.
Speaker: Chris Santiago, Global Solution Engineering Manager, Unravel Data

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Building an Agile & Iterative Data Strategy and Team

Thursday 21st May 2020

14:00-15:00 BST

SPEAKERS:Jason Foster, Cynozure | Barry Green, Allianz | Andy Steed, Big Data LDN

In our next webinar we are joined by Jason Foster, CEO and Founder of Cynozure and Barry Green, CDO at Allianz where they will be discussing best practice on how to build an agile and iterative data strategy and team. During the joint presentation/discussion Jason and Barry will cover;

-Why a modern data strategy needs to be agile and iterative
-The journey required to create an agile and iterative strategy and team
-The best approach to understanding exactly how far you are in your journey and the pillars of an effective strategy

Both panellists will then be available for an interactive Q&A session, taking questions from the audience.

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Modern Data Architecture Series: Data Visualisation

Monday 18th May 2020

14:00-15:00 BST

SPEAKERS:Mike Ferguson, Intelligent Business Strategies | Ciaran Doyle, Looker | Andy Steed, Big Data LDN

With multiple analytical systems now being implemented in organisations, a major challenge is how to empower end users not only to leverage these systems and be able to connect to data within them, but also to enable them to invoke analytical assets they create such as machine learning models and graph analytics. Industry Analyst Mike Ferguson explores how this can be done from within mainstream self-service BI tools using a combination of historical business intelligence together with real-time alerts, recommendations and predictions in BI reports and dashboards. Joining Mike will be Ciaran Doyle from data visualisation experts Looker and Andy Steed, from Big Data LDN.

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Data Transformation Series: Scaling Energy Data in the Cloud

Thursday 14th May 2020

14:00-15:00 BST

SPEAKERS:Benjamin Möller, BWK Energie | Ian Funnell, Matillion | Andy Steed, Big Data LDN

Episode 1: Energy Trading in the Cloud

Benjamin Möller, Head of Business Intelligence at Swiss Utility giant BWK Energie, takes us through their recent data transformation. Hear how they succeeded in their objective to load, transform, and extract 11 billion rows of data per year, improving trading, portfolio management, and customer experience.
Following this, Ian Funnell from their technology partners Matillion, will give an in-depth look at the technology that enabled this journey.

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Modern Data Architecture Series: Data Warehousing

Tuesday 12th May 2020

14:00-15:00 BST

SPEAKERS:Mike Ferguson, Intelligent Business Strategies | Rafael Massei, Snowflake Computing | Andy Steed, Big Data LDN

Industry Analyst, Mike Ferguson will examine the findings of November’s 4IR report to shed some light on the latest trends in data warehousing. With many respondents indicating that they would be moving their analytical workloads to the cloud, one such trend is the movement towards using a scalable, pay as you go, cloud-native analytical DBMS to support modern data warehousing. This gives users the capability to handle different types of analytical query workload, scalable ELT processing, real-time data and in-database analytics & allows trusted data to be easily shared across organisations in the cloud.

Mike is joined by data warehousing experts & webinar partner, Snowflake & Andy Steed, Content Director of Big Data LDN

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The Top 5 Use Cases Driving Graph Adoption

Thursday 07th May 2020

14:00-15:00 BST

SPEAKERS:Mike Bugembe, Lens.ai | Richard Henderson, TigerGraph | Martin Darling, TigerGraph | Andy Steed, Big Data LDN

This Big Data LDN Digital webinar is centred on Graph Analytics and the ways that data teams from varied sectors are using Graph for business benefit. It will also feature a guest presentation from former Chief Analytics Officer of JustGiving, Mike Bugembe, author of Cracking the Data Code. Mike will also join an interactive discussion featuring Martin Darling and Richard Henderson from Graph experts, TigerGraph, which will answer audience questions whilst discussing the future of Graph technology.

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Modern Data Architecture Series: Data Integration

Thursday 30th April 2020

14:00-15:00 BST

SPEAKERS:Mike Ferguson, Intelligent Business Strategies | Nathaniel Spohn, Fivetran | Andy Steed, Big Data LDN

Managed Data Integration - Best Practices for The Data-Driven Enterprise

Independent Analyst, Mike Ferguson will elaborate on how a managed data integration environment can be used to create an information supply chain and how this in turn can fuel collaborative component-based continuous development using a data integration fabric for enterprise DataOps.

Mike will be joined by Andy Steed, Content Director of Big Data LDN and Nathaniel Spohn, EMEA Director at Fivetran, data integration experts and webinar partner.

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Tips and Tricks for Data Teams During Lockdown

Thursday 09th April 2020

14:00-15:00 BST

SPEAKERS:Jez Clark, Eden Smith | Susan Walsh, The Classification Guru | Dave Mailer, 4C Strategies | Andy Steed, Big Data LDN

The recent spread of COVID-19 has meant that work, for the majority of data professionals around the world, has changed beyond all recognition. The Big Data LDN Digital: Lockdown Special, is an hour-long broadcast aiming to provide ideas and information for people who work in data in these unprecedented times.  Our 4 expert speakers will discuss data quality projects from home, keeping data skills up to date during lockdown and remote team collaboration platforms & techniques.

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