Big Data Conference

The Easton Technology Management Center & Center for Management in Entertainment and Media Enterprise Present:


NOVEMBER 17, 2017

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The theme of this year’s conference is innovation. With the rise of new platforms for data storage and analysis, new cybersecurity measures such as blockchain, new experiences such as VR, AR and MR, data-driven business initiatives are transforming the entertainment/media, healthcare, energy, financial services, retail and agriculture industries. Big data has proven to be a powerful tool — opening new business opportunities and transforming the way companies connect with consumers. Consumer insights gleaned from data and analytics have been critical to the launch of subscription music and video services and the transformation of live events and sports.

Big Data has matured and moved from hype to deployment in organizations that have a better understanding on how best to get value from it. Big Data has expanded into an ecosystem that includes technologies such as the internet of things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI). These are disrupting businesses through innovations such as chatbots and personal assistants, autonomous vehicles and smart homes and cities, and with these cybersecurity has been brought to the forefront.

Now in its third year, the Big Data Conference at UCLA Anderson will showcase insights from some of the most influential business leaders currently driving their industries forward. Organized by the Easton Center and the Center for MEMES at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, the conference provides a unique blend of business cases, best practices and innovation in business, technology and media.

Confirmed Speakers


Bill Duff ('96)
CFO, Microsoft Windows & Devices

Duff is Chief Financial Officer for the Windows and Devices Group, which includes the company’s Windows, Surface and Xbox businesses. He is responsible for financial reporting, forecasting, analysis, budgeting, investments and strategy for the division. In this role, Duff helped evolve the Windows and Devices business model and drove the Windows business toward the milestone transition to Windows 10.

Duff also played a key role in several strategic deals including the acquisition of Minecraft. Earlier in his career, Bill served as Chief Financial Officer of the Windows Phone Division, as well as other finance roles where he helped drive industry partnerships and strategic initiatives such as the integration of Skype.

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Michael King ('96)
VP & General Manager, Global Education Industry, IBM

Michael King is the worldwide leader for the IBM Education Industry with responsibility for strategy, marketing and sales across schools and higher education. He oversees all facets of IBM’s work with K12 schools and higher education institutions, including the development of industry specific solutions. IBM’s portfolio in Education includes consulting and IT services, analytics tools and other software, as well as cloud and high performance computing.

He has been with IBM for over 30 years in various executive and management positions, with most of those in education and learning. Michael’s passion has been constantly leveraging new technology to improve education for institutions and students. He helped deliver programs like ThinkPad University, Insight at School, LearningVillage and many others. Michael also worked in IBM’s corporate training segment, leading marketing, strategy and partner programs. Mostly recently, he helped direct IBM’s strategy for cognitive computing in Education, bringing Watson to classroom, campus, and career.

Michael serves on the board of several organizations focused on Education. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Strada Education Network, supporting their mission of “completion with a purpose”. He serves on the Board of the Business – Higher Education Forum, a leadership group dedicated to improving the alignment of Education with workforce needs. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the IMS Global Learning Consortium, which fosters industry collaboration to build interoperable technology systems through open standards.

Michael holds Bachelors of Science degrees in Physics and Engineering from Kansas State University and an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Tin Zaw

Tin Zaw
Director of Security Solutions, Verizon Digital Media Services

Tin Zaw has served as Verizon Digital Media Services’ director of global security solutions since 2015. He and his team provide managed and professional security services protecting their clients' web properties from exterior threats from the internet. He launched the services during his first year at Verizon and continues to grow the business each year.

Prior to joining Verizon, Tin led web and product security teams at AT&T and Intuit. He previously designed and implemented security products at Symantec and participated in the early days of the web infrastructure at Inktomi, which later became part of Yahoo! and now Verizon. He started his career by programming network protocols at QUALCOMM and Cerner.

A long-time volunteer with OWASP, Tin is a former president of its Los Angeles chapter and currently co-leads the OWASP project on Automated Threats to Web Applications. He received the OWASP Chapter Leader of the Year award at the AppSec USA conference in 2013.

Tin has co-authored an authoritative book on automated threats against web applications and holds a number of patents in distributed system security. Tin graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Pittsburg State University, Kansas. He obtained a master's degree in computer science from the University of Southern California and an MBA from the USC Marshall School of Business.

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2016 Highlights


"I was really impressed by the quality of the speakers and the thought that went into discussions."
--Jason Lee, Principal, Bain & Co.

"I have been to many conferences and networking events - this was superior, the information and guest speakers were awesome!"
-- Sherri Freeman, Business Development Manager, Edge Skills

Sue Baumgarten
Big Data Conference: Value is derived when data is turned into insights, then translated action
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