Analytics in Action: Trends You Need to Know

Hosted by the Center for Organizational Analytics and the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business

April 5, 2018
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
SAS Executive Briefing Center
820 SAS Campus Drive, Cary, N.C. 27513

Master Business Practices

  • Learn from presentations by analytics experts on topics such as the changing landscape of analytics, predictive analytics, and the future of analytics.
  • Secure a cross-industry view of high-impact real-world analytics applications and learn how to apply them effectively.
  • Leverage analytics best practices to optimize your business processes and make fact-based business decisions.
  • Gain valuable insights that will help decision makers in your company better understand the value of analytics as a competitive driver.

Advance Your Career

  • Improve your knowledge of the latest analytics trends.
  • Enjoy networking opportunities that provide future directions and contacts that can help you and your business.
  • Learn how to sell analytics to key decision makers and potential users.
  • Conduct a follow-up presentation for your company on best practices and innovative strategies that will open pathways to new possibilities.
  • Meet with Elon faculty and program administrators to learn about the accelerated M.S. in Management, Organizational Analytics program at Elon University.


Time Session
7:30 – 9:00 Check-in/Registration
7:30 – 8:00 Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 8:05 Welcome

Raghu Tadepalli, Dean, Love School of Business

8:05 – 9:00 The Data Science Revolution in Industry

John Elder, Chair and Founder, Elder’s Research

9:00 – 10:00 Charting Collections of Connections in Social Media: Creating Maps and Measures with NodeXL

Marc Smith, Founder, NodeXL

10:00 – 11:00 From Statistics to Data Science Startup: Transformation Within a Large Research Organization

Gayle Bieler, Director, Center for Data Science, RTI International

11:00 – 12:00 Analytics at GM

Tom Capotosto, Director, Advanced Analytics, General Motors

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch and Networking
1:00 – 1:45 Big Data and Big Analytics – Opportunities for Inter-disciplinary Innovation

Radhika Kulkarni, VP, Advanced Analytics R&D, SAS Institute Inc.
Udo Sglavo, Senior Director R&D, SAS

1:45 – 2:45 Automating Machine Learning: A practical guide to AI adoption

Jeff Holoman, Director of Sales for the Southeast, DataRobot

2:45 – 3:00 Networking Break
3:00 – 3:45 Transforming Your Business with AI

Scott Langfeldt, Founder and CEO, APEX Data Science

3:45 – 4:00 Closing Remarks & Wrap-up

Haya Ajjan, Associate Professor, Elon University


Registration Fees After Feb. 1, 2018:

  • General: $120 per person
  • Elon student: $75 per person
  • Elon faculty/staff: $75 per person

Fee includes conference materials, a continental breakfast and lunch.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations should be sent to Cancellations received after 5 p.m. on March 22, 2018 will not be eligible for a refund.


Contact Haya Ajjan, associate professor of management information systems, at or (704) 996-8643.