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Charlotte Informatics 2012: Competing and Winning through Analytics

May 9, 2012


CHARLOTTE, N. C. – May 9, 2012 -- Charlotte Informatics 2012:  Competing and Winning through Analytics is a groundbreaking conference for the Charlotte business community.  The conference will bring a diverse group of leading national thinkers, visionaries, experts, and executives from business, technology and education to discuss the impact of “Big Data” and Analytics.

“The ‘Big Data’ era has begun,” said Yi Deng, dean of UNC Charlotte’s College of Computing and Informatics.  “It will be transformative for competition and growth of businesses across all major industries in the greater Charlotte region. It is the next frontier for innovation, competition, and productivity.  The time to act is now.”

The goal of the conference is to raise awareness about the opportunities that “Big Data” brings, and to develop regional strategies to take advantage of the emerging informatics industries to enhance the business competitiveness, attract talents, stimulate business innovation, and entrepreneurship in Charlotte.

The national think tank of analytics experts includes keynote speaker, Tom Davenport, chair of Information Technology and Management at Babson College, one of the world’s leading business strategy consultants. Others include:

Renato Derraik and Todd Scheidt, McKinsey & Co.

Glenn Finch, IBM

Mike Stonebraker, MIT

Joseph Kielman, Dept. of Homeland Security

Todd Wilkes and Dena Richardson, Premier, Inc.

Dave Joffe and Tim Bendel, Bank of America

Steve Page, Wells Fargo

Richard Maltsbarger, Lowe’s

Michael Dulin, Carolinas Healthcare

Bob Morgan, Charlotte Chamber

The conference is a collaborative effort between UNC Charlotte’s College of Computing and Informatics, The Belk College of Business and the Charlotte Chamber.

“UNC Charlotte has a long tradition of collaborating with the business community to develop programs that respond to forces of change and emerging trends,” said Steve Ott, dean of the Belk College of Business. “Analytics presents a particularly exciting opportunity because it impacts a wide variety of industries. The academic programs we’re developing will create a highly skilled workforce to meet these business needs.”

According to the McKinsey Global Institute, “We are on the cusp of a tremendous wave of innovation, productivity, and growth, as well as new modes of competition and value capture, all driven by big data as consumers, companies, and economic sectors exploit its potential.  “Big Data” is the next frontier of innovation, competition, and productivity.”

“The race is on,” says Bob Morgan, president of the Charlotte Chamber.” “Organizations and regions that effectively use “Big Data” first and best will win the day.”

Charlotte Informatics 2012:  Competing and Winning through Analytics will be held Tuesday, May 15, at the Ritz-Carlton in uptown Charlotte from 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.  Seating is limited. 

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About the University of North Carolina at Charlotte

UNC Charlotte is North Carolina’s urban research university. It is the fourth largest campus among the 17 institutions of The University of North Carolina system and the largest institution of higher education in the Charlotte region. Fall 2011 enrollment exceeded 25,300 students, including 5,000 graduate students. Find UNC Charlotte on the Web at UNCC Home, Twitter, Facebook and follow the UNC CLT_News blog at

About The College of Computing and Informatics 

The College of Computing and Informatics provides academic programs in computer science, software and information systems, information technology, and bioinformatics.  It is also the home to leading research centers and institutes, including the Cyber Defense and Network Assurability (CyberDNA) Center, the Bioinformatics Research Center, the Charlotte Visualization Center, the Complex Systems Institute, the Diversity in Information Technology Institute, and the Software Solutions Lab.  Active research awards currently total $35 Million.

About The Belk College of Business

Accredited by AACSB International, the Belk College of Business at UNC Charlotte offers outstanding business education programs at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. The Belk College is committed to building strong partnerships in the Greater Charlotte region and beyond as a vital part of its mission as North Carolina’s urban research business school. or

About the Charlotte Chamber

The Charlotte Chamber is a membership, volunteer-led organization with a vision is to make Charlotte the best place to run a business and to live. The Charlotte Chamber creates competitive advantage by growing the economy, advocating pro-business public policies, and delivering innovative programs and services.


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