Data driven decision making is transforming organizations competitively, technically and culturally. Strong in-house analytics capabilities have become a key differentiator for market leaders, but a data driven mindset can be difficult to integrate into an organization’s culture. This talk will focus on the question of how and why the concept of using data to make decisions can be difficult to implement, and how some of the world’s largest companies are making it work.
Andrew Budd is Associate Director, Data Platform Architecture at ESPN. Since he joined the company in August 2010, Andrew’s team has focused on the development of new technologies and business practices surrounding the future of the in-home experience of sports fans. Recent projects include developing new methods of acquiring and distributing data from small events, constructing deep video centric experiences, and APIs that fuse statistics, video, program and production data for the second screen. Andrew holds a dual B.S. in Computer Science and Economics from Trinity College in Hartford, CT, and an MBA from MIT Sloan with an emphasis on Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
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