Cloudera Sessions Dubai

19th November 2017 at Atlantis, The Palm
From 9:00 to 17:00

Join us for Cloudera Sessions 2017, where UAE's smartest data professionals will be discussing many of the newest use cases for machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI)—ranging from predictive maintenance and fraud detection to product recommendation engines and proactive customer support. Come gain firsthand experience into how experts like yourself are using data-driven insights to grow businesses, improve efficiencies, and manage risk.



Due to the high interest in Cloudera Sessions - we have now closed registration.


08:30 - 09:00 Registration and breakfast

09:00 - 09:15 Cloudera Middle East introduction

Bharat Phadke, Regional Director Middle East, Cloudera

09:15 - 10:15 Cloudera CTO keynote : Machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI) and the future of big data analytics

Dr Amr Awadallah, Founder and CTO, Cloudera

Businesses and organizations of all sizes are suddenly flooded in data from a hyper-connected world and need solutions to analyze and act upon it. Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI) have emerged to help understand patterns in the data, predict outcomes, and prescribe the optimal actions to impact those outcomes. New use cases for machine learning are emerging every day – ranging from predictive maintenance and fraud detection, to product recommendation engines and proactive customer support. Gain first-hand experience into how some of the world’s best organizations are using data-driven insights to grow their businesses, operate more efficiently and manage risk.

10:15 - 10:30 Microsoft keynote - AI for All: Transforming your business with Data & AI

10:30 - 10:45 Wipro keynote - Optimise your data and monetise your analytics

We are living in the age of Big Data. Every organisation is experiencing the data deluge and is also aware that data is both an asset as well as a new currency. If not leveraged properly, you might become irrelevant in the market. Traditional data analytics are not capable to store and crunch such large quantities and varieties of data. The questions that now arise are: what are top quick wins to demonstrate RoI and reap business benefits of big data, what is the right choice for a high performance platform to efficiently analyse big data, how to design an appropriate mining algorithm to find the useful things from big data?

In this session, you will see some real life use cases of Big Data Analytics from different domains including banking and finance, energy and utilities, manufacturing, consumer and retail. You will see some horizontal analytical apps which cut across most of the B2C domains. We will also share some case studies on Cloudera's Big Data platform and common best practices for a successful Big Data program, based on our many years of experience of implementing similar platforms globally.

To see detailed demo of Wipro’s flagship solution, Data Discovery Platform (DDP) and Wipro’s open source contribution Big Data Ready Enterprise (BDRE), please visit our booth.

10:45 - 11:10 Networking break - Ballroom A

11:10 - 11:30 Customer presentation: Etihad Airways - Cloudera: ready to fly 

Mike C Lovett MBCS, Lead Architect - Enterprise Information Architecture, Etihad Airways

Knowing your existing information infrastructure as well as processes must be improved in order to uncover the value your data holds is one thing; knowing how and what to change to achieve it is quite another. In this session, Mike Lovett will highlight the journey Etihad Airways went on to do just that: from the initial challenges that prompted the need for change to the identification and selection process that led to Cloudera and the projects that are now planned and lined up for take off.

11:30 - 11:50 Customer presentation: AXA Gulf - How to become a data empowered insurance company

Joel Farvault, Regional Head of Architecture, Data & Innovation, AXA Gulf

The insurance market is evolving quickly and data is at the heart of the insurance company. More than being a support, the large amount of data is creating a disruption on the insurance business. Data can bring much more opportunity to grow the insurance business.

11:50 - 12:10 Customer presentation: DU Telecom - Value of advanced analytics in the service provider industry

Samir Abdullah, Director Smart City Solutions, DU Telecom

Due to shifting revenue landscape in the traditional core services, major Service Providers are exploring and learning to harness the Power of Analytics across their Data inventory to facilitate new businesses across market sectors. The telecom service providers have a rich tapestry of data assets which have the potential to provide a range of Strategic Insights and Situational Awareness previously considered exclusive and confidential. In the era of “monetizable” Data, Businesses may factor such perceptions in to their decision making processes for achieving their target objectives for their respective products and services.

12:10 - 14:00Networking Lunch - Ballroom A

Breakout sessions

Technical track - Ballroom B

14:00 - 14:35 Data Science in the enterprise - Cloudera

Alvin Heib, Senior Partner Sales Engineer EMEA, Cloudera
Denis Fraval, Sales Engineering Manager, EMEA South, Cloudera

Self-service data science is easier said than delivered, especially on Apache Hadoop. Most organizations struggle to balance the diverging needs of the data scientist, data engineer, operator, and architect. This talk will cover the underlying root causes and introduce new capabilities being developed to make self-service data science a reality.

14:35 - 15:10Adaptive Analytics: Transitioning from
                                  legacy systems to a modern platform
                                  with MicroStrategy and Cloudera

Darryl Owen, Vice President & General Manager Middle East Africa & India, MicroStrategy

This presentation discusses the importance of adaptive analytics as well as everything you need to know if you’re planning to transition from legacy data warehouses to Hadoop-based platforms using Cloudera and MicroStrategy.

15:10 - 15:30 Coffee break

15:30 - 16:05Modernizing IT architecture - Cloudera

Tariq Salameh, Sales Engineer, Cloudera

As more and more organisations look to get more value from their data, they quickly realise that their legacy systems simply can’t keep up. In this presentation, we'll show you how to modernise your architecture, whether it’s augmenting existing EDWs, consolidating data silos, migrating to the cloud, or otherwise, so that you can not only reduce costs but also expand beyond what’s possible today.

16:05 - 16:35Connecting conversations, interactions and
                                  smiles - Adopting the big data journey
                                  - Amiseq

Christopher Saul, Distribution Sales Manager, Red Hat
Ahmad Rizvi, Amiseq

Customer 360, while receiving much fanfare in the press, remains out of reach for most enterprises. Many of them struggle to get the data, many more struggle to modernise their systems and still others struggle with the organisational shifts that are warranted to create true success. In this session, we highlight how the combination of Red Hat, Spectrami and Cloudera delivers both the complete technology stack as well as the know-how and experience to deliver a complete Customer 360 solution.

Business track - Ballroom C

14:00 - 14:35 Understanding customer behaviour - Qlik

Sunil Kenth, PreSales Manager Middle East, Africa & South East Med, Qlik

Terms like ‘customer 360’ and ‘single-customer-view’ have been in circulation for a long time but many organisations still struggle to get a holistic view of their customers. The rapid growth of the internet, social media and mobile technology has made it almost impossible to keep up with the volume, variety and pace of data and therefore insights are rarely found in the time needed to capitalise on the opportunities they present.

This session will focus on the way that Cloudera and Qlik enable businesses across all sectors to truly know their customers. Learn how to establish a modern data and analytics approach that enables you to deliver customer insights across your entire business and build more personalised offers that help attract new customers and build loyalty and retention rates for the long-term.

14:35 - 15:10Managing IoT data - Cloudera

Ammar Fayoumi, Sales Engineer, Cloudera

IoT is fast becoming the mainstay across industries, ranging from automobile, to manufacturing, to retail. Realising value from IoT data is more than just ingesting and storing it; managing and contextualising is what delivers the insight. This presentation covers the key platform requirements for managing IoT data and how businesses can apply these to realise tremendous value across a wide range of use cases that drive internal efficiencies, improve product and customer experience as well as enables new service and business models.

15:10 - 15:30 Networking break - Ballroom A

15:30 - 16:05Next generation analytical use cases for
                                  financial services & insurance - SAS

Yigit Karabag, Regional Director, Business Solutions – Middle East & Eastern Europe, SAS

With the introduction of highly capable big data processing platforms, we see the emergence of new analytical application areas in financial services and insurance industries. These application areas range from more sophisticated ways of detecting fraud, compliance issues and insider threats to generating better and more comprehensive customer insights, using the capabilities offered by big data platforms. In this session, we will explore how financial services and insurance companies around the globe benefit from the combined power of advanced analytics & big data platforms.

16:05 - 16:35Secure your business

16:35 - 17:30 Networking & Reception - Ballroom A


Amr Awadallah
Chief Technology Officer, Cloudera
Mike C Lovett MBCS
Lead Architect - Enterprise Information Architecture, Etihad Airways
Joel Farvault
Regional Head of Architecture, Data and Innovation, AXA Gulf
Samir Abdullah
Director Smart City Solutions, DU Telecom
Bharat Phadke
Regional Director Middle East, Cloudera
Ammar Fayoumi
Sales engineer, Cloudera
Wim Stoop
Senior Product Marketing Manager, Cloudera
Tariq Salameh
Sales Engineer, Cloudera
Alvin Heib
Senior Partner Sales Engineer EMEA, Cloudera
Denis Fraval
Sales Engineering Manager, EMEA South, Cloudera
Darryl Owen
Vice President & General Manager Middle East Africa & India, MicroStrategy
Ahmad Rizvi
Christopher Saul
Distribution Sales Manager, Red Hat
Yigit Karabag
Regional Director, Business Solutions – Middle East & Eastern Europe, SAS
Sunil Kenth
PreSales Manager Middle East, Africa & South East Med, Qlik


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