Peter Memon, J.P. Morgan, presents during the general session.

The inaugural Data and Analytics Conference last month was, in my opinion, the best conference of the year. The brightest minds in the industry gathered for two days in Chicago to discuss the latest trends and new solutions for big data, the Internet of Things, cloud, analytics, digital transformation and data virtualization.

Customers Featured

With over 20 technical and business tracks we featured nine customer presenters from an array of industries – financial services, agriculture, healthcare, manufacturing and more. View the conference PowerPoint presentations.

Partnerships Announced

UC San Francisco (UCSF) and Cisco announced an initiative to jointly develop an interoperability platform for sharing health care information among multiple entities. The platform will be designed to enable health systems, providers and application vendors to share and integrate health data from multiple sources, making pertinent patient information accessible when and where it’s needed for care through a highly secure process.


Cisco and IBM Watson announced a strategic partnership. Over many years of working together customers value the joint solutions the two companies provide. Dark data, inaccessible or unused data collected, is not being taken advantage of by companies today. This is the catalyst behind the partnership. This long-standing and deep partnership will explore the world of Watson and cognitive computing.

And More!

Stephen J. Dubner, best-selling and award-winning author of Freakonomics was an outstanding keynote for the event. Dubner talked about data and analytics, and how it reveals unexpected and controversial action that companies and governments take to improve profitability, enhance civility, and make the world a better place.

And one of the less talked about parts of the conference was the evening party held at the Museum of Science and Industry, sponsored by Intel. The museum was solely open to the conference attendees to explore exhibits, try the different food stations, and network with like-minded professionals.

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Vin Sharma, Intel, speaks with Kevin Ott, Cisco, about the future of analytics.

Further, I had the pleasure of speaking with Vin Sharma, Director of Strategy & Product for Big Data Analytics at Intel. View our conversation to learn more about what Intel is doing around analytics. Intel is helping customers consume analytics and optimize solutions on Intel hardware and Intel-based systems, such as those from Cisco.

I’m already looking forward to the 2016 Data and Analytics Conference. I hope to see you there.


View the conference PowerPoint presentations. Videos are still being added from breakout sessions but take a look at the general session videos already added. Check back often for new materials. Follow #CiscoDAC to see what attendees had to say about the event.

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