Retail and Consumer Goods Analytics Summit 2015

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Retail and Consumer Goods Analytics Summit 2015

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MGM Resorts' Steve Schnur: Data without Action is Just Trivia

Move beyond backward looking reporting and embrace forward-facing, activity-based analytics.

Analytic Thought

Returning from the widely successful Retail and Consumer Goods Analytics Summit (RCAS), senior editor Timothy Denman shares his insights from the event.

The never ending stream of social data flowing into retailers' databases has the power to transform the industry, but only if it is properly leveraged.

The field of analytics is evolving at breakneck speed and retailers are still working to uncover how to best leverage next-gen data to strengthen the bottom line. At RCAS 2015, Sahir Anand, VP, research and principal analyst, EKN Research will moderate a panel of thought leaders that will explore the future of analytics focusing on uncovering actionable insight.

Demand for data scientists is booming and every industry is in on the action. At RCAS 2015, Jan Gollins, Loyola University and Linda Burtch, Burtch Works Executive Recruiting will answer the burning questions about this hot new area, including the most burning of all: Is demand for data scientists a trend that will soon fade or is it real?

Retailers view analytics as extremely strategic, but struggle to effectively leverage it across the enterprise. At RCAS 2015, Gaurav Pant, SVP research, EKN, will explore the magnitude of the big data challenge and the reality of lagging adoption and offer an exclusive preview of EKN's Annual Future of Analytics Study.

Data is just a raw material unless it is converted into something useful. At RCAS 2015 former Amazon chief scientist Andreas Weigend will share how advanced analytics can dig into company data to derive a proxy equation of corporate health and create data-based experiments to determine the critical impact of proposed business decisions.

The need to deliver strong business outcomes from advanced analytic capabilities throughout the demand chain is greater than ever. At RCAS 2015, Daqing Zhao, director of advanced analytics, will share how the retailer leverages demand-chain analytic initiatives to power initiatives that reach all the way from suppliers to consumers.

Big data insights matter for naught if retailers are unable or unwilling to take action. At RCAS 2015, Steve Schnur, director, merchandise planning and analytics, MGM Resorts International will share how the company leverages business intelligence in daily operations for greater control over the volume and velocity of data and the distillation of valuable insights into an actionable plan.

As retail becomes more and more dependent on big data analytics the role of the data scientist has been thrust into the spotlight. At RCAS 2015, Esteban Arcaute, senior director and head of data science, @WalmartLabs will examine the key functions of the data scientist and explore the corporate expectations, hype, reality and misconceptions surrounding this vital position.

CGT speaks with Linda Burtch, Executive Recruiter, Burtch Works Executive Recruiting, about data scientists at the 2015 Retail & Consumer Goods Analytics Summit.

RIS News speaks about data refinement and analytics with Dr. Andreas Weigend, Founder and Director, Social Data Lab, at the 2015 Retail & Consumer Goods Analytics Summit.