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The business of running businesses is getting a wake-up call. From flattened hierarchies to an explosion of information, Big Data is reinforcing some old business assumptions and upending others. If you’ve got a business degree, and you haven’t figured out how to apply Big Data to administration, you’re vulnerable. In this opening session, Strata chair Alistair Croll sets the stage for JumpStart with an overview of business in a data-driven economy.
Alistair has been an entrepreneur, author, and public speaker for nearly 20 years. He’s worked on a variety of topics, from web performance, to big data, to cloud computing, to startups, in that time. In 2001, he co-founded web performance startup Coradiant (acquired by BMC in 2011), and since that time has also launched Rednod, CloudOps, Bitcurrent, Year One Labs, the Bitnorth conference, the International Startup Festival and several other early-stage companies.
Alistair is the chair of O’Reilly’s Strata conference; Techweb’s Cloud Connect; and the International Startup Festival. He’s written four books on analytics, technology, and entrepreneurship, including the best-selling Lean Analytics which is being translated into eight languages. He lives in Montreal, Canada and tries to mitigate chronic ADD by writing about far too many things at Solve For Interesting.