SAS Global Forum 2015 Highlights: Cybersecurity, 'Analytics of Things' and Digital Stamps

Key takeaways from the presentations at the 2015 SAS Global Forum and Executive Conference in Dallas, Texas. Plus, the art and science of digital leadership.

  • SAS CEO Jim Goodnight: "We will never stop innovating to help organisations become data-driven in real-time."

  • Around 30 billion objects may be connected to the Internet of Things by 2020 and we should really be talking about the “analytics of things, says Jim Davis, executive vice president and chief marketing officer at SAS. “All the data is out there for us to capture, and do something, and make a difference.”

  • Erik Qualman, also known as the Digital Dale Carnegie, talks about 'digital stamp' - the summary of information people will learn about you today and 300 years from now digitally.

  • Erik Qualman: "Your digital stamp consists of your digital footprint - the items you upload about yourself, and your digital shadow - items that others post about you. Today, 92 per cent of schoolchildren under the age of two have a digital shadow."

  • Gen. Russel L. Honoré, who led military relief efforts in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina: "If you are not there and the place is not running right - you are not growing your team."

  • Gen. Russel L. Honoré: ‘If you are a leader and something is happening in your company - the ‘e’ in email is evidence.’

  • Panel discussion: Impact of digital world on leadership Erik Qualman: Make sure you are not using old maps to get to new destinations. Gen. Russel L. Honoré: The voice phones would not go through but Twitter did - Twitter helped save lives during Hurricane Katrina.

  • Executive Viewpoint panel: SAS CEO Jim Goodnight, Cloudera Chief Strategy Officer Mike Olson, Hortonworks President Herb Cunitz and SAS CMO Jim Davis: A modern analytic platform for big data

  • 'CIOs are to the C-suite what the Kardashians are to the popular media - they are overly scrutinised': Panel discussion with author and futurist Thornton May; Steven Hunter, CIO, Stage Stores; and Steve Rubinow, CTO Catalina Marketing.

  • Steven Hunter, CIO Stage Stores (right): 'We used to look for the best technologists, the best programmers... We are now looking for the best business people that happen to be technologists.'

  • Steve Rubinow, CTO, Catalina Marketing (left): "Assume you have a competitive market, [that] there are 20 IT departments waiting to take the job of your IT department. What would you do differently?"

  • The marketing departments are among those that will change in the future through the analytics of things, says Bob Messier, practice lead, global sales development and product management at SAS: “Because you have so much more information from all these connected devices you will have a better understanding of true customer behaviour.”

  • Bryan Harris, Director of R&D for Cyber Analytic Solutions, SAS: 'SAS Cybersecurity can help proactively identify threats and drive action in real time.'

  • Stu Bradley, Director of the Security Intelligence Practice and Bryan Harris, Director of R&D for Cyber Analytic Solutions: ‘Approach cyberthreats as a business problem.’

  • Thornton May, futurist and author of The New Know: Innovation Powered by Analytics -‘The modern IT organisation views data as an asset.’

  • Marcus Luttrell, former Navy SEAL and author of Lone Survivor: ‘If you are not living on the edge, you are probably taking too much space.’

  • "If you can make data driven decisions, do it till you are blue in the face": Jeff Ma, author of The House Advantage: Playing the Odds to Win Big in Business and inspiration for the movie 21 and the book Bringing Down the House.

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