The seminar provided very useful info to take back to management in order to make better decisions in our use of social media tools. - Web Communications Advisor, Health Canada

Big Data and Analytics for the Public Sector

Advance your knowledge in government-utilized predictive analytics, data visualization and artificial intelligence

Seminar: February 20-21, 2019  ·  Vancouver, BC
Optional Post-Seminar Workshops: Friday, February 22, 2019
9:00 - 12:00
Workshop A
Cloud Envisioning: How Intelligent IT Inspires a Digital Future
Zeshan Randhawa ‐Business Analysis, Lead, Softlanding
Mat Burke ‐ Director of Sales, Softlanding

Envisioning the value of digital. Cloud Envisioning: How Intelligent IT Inspires a Digital Future will provide real-world examples of how forward-thinking business leaders can leverage these digital tools to improve operational performance and provide insight into the business faster, cheaper, better. The event's focus is to help business leaders understand the efficiencies and business values of emerging technologies like cloud computing, analytics, machine learning, automation and artificial intelligence.

With privacy laws like Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) that hinder the growth of cloud technology for BC's public sector, Softlanding ‐ working with Microsoft, have been able to assist organizations in Education, Health and Government find solutions that enable cloud technologies like Microsoft Office 365 and Azure while still being compliant with BC's FOIPPA and guidance of the OCIO. Cloud technology is a big move, our goal within this workshop is to better prepare you for your decision to move to the cloud now or in the next few years.

This Cloud Envisioning Workshop will cover the following topics:

  • The true value of AI: Real-world examples of how Public Sector, Education, Manufacturing, and Mining are using AI to improve their business
  • Cybersecurity: Understanding how to protect data, stay compliant and defend your business and respond should a crisis emerge
  • Emerging Digital Technologies: Taking advantage of Microsoft's Core Cloud Infrastructure Platforms
  • Cloud Governance: Understanding the Governance Implications that May Arise when going to the Cloud
  • Available funding for BC's Public Sector to accelerate the adoption of Cloud technologies or road-map their approach

Zeshan has been with Softlanding since 2007. In his role as Business Analysis Lead Zeshan focuses on envisioning, planning and delivering Enterprise Content Management solutions. He brings a strong development background to the planning process, enabling him to advise clients about out-of-the-box SharePoint capabilities vs. customization as requirements are being gathered. Alongside planning and envisioning, Zeshan specializes in facilitating Information Architecture redesigns, and introducing Governance for SharePoint and Azure enterprises.

Mat is a passionate sales and strategy specialist with a 20-year history in the Vancouver technology industry. Previous to joining Softlanding, Mat finished an 8-year tour of Microsoft as Account Executive serving the Education, Retail, and Resources sectors and as a delivery manager for Microsoft Services. Other career highlights include technical roles in identity, infrastructure, and security as well as participation in several Vancouver start-ups.

1:00 - 4:00
Workshop B
Data Visualization for the Public Sector
Jens von Bergmann, MountainMath Software and Analytics

MountainMath Software is Vancouver, BC based company specializing in data, analytics, modeling and visualization.

In this interactive and participatory workshop, we will work through examples of how to access and combine data from various sources, including census, CANSIM, CMHC, and municipal data, perform descriptive analysis, and visualize the results in graph and map form. The emphasis will be to do this in a reproducible fashion that can easily be adapted and updated when new data becomes available.

We will work with the R open source statistical environment. After a short presentation, we will work through a prepared example, and follow up with project work small groups on topics chosen by the participants. At the end of the workshop participants will have a overview on how to acquire, process and visualize data in a reproducible and adaptable fashion and have developed examples in from of R notebooks.

The workshop assumes participants are comfortable working with and manipulating data. Basic prior exposure to R is recommended, but not required. Participants are expected to bring laptops with R pre-installed.

Jens von Bergmann holds undergraduate degrees in Physics and Computer Sciences and a PhD in Mathematics. He taught for several years at the University of Calgary, University of Notre Dame and Michigan State University before founding MountainMath to work on his passion of data analysis and visualization. MountainMath has focused on transparent and reproducible analysis and data workflows, as well as building and maintaining tools like CensusMapper to make data more accessible, and open source libraries like ‘cancensus' and related R packages to facilitate working with data from Statistics Canada and other sources.




The amount of data that's available for public use is exploding, and as such, implementing big data projects is becoming a major priority across the public sector. Big data, analytics, and business intelligence provide limitless opportunities for improving service delivery, informing policy decision-making, and boosting organizational performance. The public sector is under increasing pressure to ensure ease of use, reliability, speed, and access to their services, for all citizens.

However, there are still numerous hurdles to overcome before you can take advantage of big data's opportunities. These challenges include securing organizational buy-in, complying with privacy and legal regulations, and breaking down silos to effectively collaborate with different departments.

INFONEX's two-day Big Data & Analytics for the Public Sector will help you understand the benefits and pitfalls of big data and how it can be used to improve business functions and secure competitive advantage. Our faculty of leading experts will provide you with strategies for overcoming hurdles, securing buy-in, gathering and integrating your data, and leveraging your data to improve services and policy decisions.

Learn how to extract relevant information from data that can be used to make better organizational decisions. Get tips for overcoming challenges of implementing and maintaining a data governance program. Uncover ways to mitigate performance risks with business intelligence. Examine proven techniques for measuring the performance of your analytics and manage legal and privacy issues surrounding business intelligence.

Join us in Vancouver to learn the best practices for collecting and leveraging big data and analytics. Register today!

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