6 - 6:30 PM: Network
6:30 - 7:30 PM: Presentation (details below)
7:30 - 8 PM: Additional networking/closing comments
George E. Danner is President of Business Laboratory, LLC, an award winning consultancy that
uses the very latest scientific techniques and methods to improve the performance of mid-size
and large organizations through problem-solving, the optimization of existing practices and
advanced forecasting. He is the author of the forthcoming book about business problem
solving, “Profit From Science”, published by Macmillan.
George specializes in the application of agent-based simulation modeling, Monte Carlo
simulation, System Dynamics, Game Theory, Visualization, and Real Options to some of the
world’s most difficult and complex business strategy problems.
George has 29 years of experience in corporate strategy, specifically operational and financial
analysis, across a wide variety of industries: manufacturing, energy, telecommunications,
transportation and financial services.
Prior to founding Business Laboratory, George held executive positions at nGenera
Corporation, Industrial Science LLC (as founder) and Arthur Andersen. Business Laboratory
clients include BP, Sun Microsystems, Schlumberger, Manpower, Target Stores, AstraZeneca,
TIAA-CREF, NationalGrid (UK), TD Ameritrade, Motiva, and the US Navy.
George has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and a
Master of Science in Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The Coming Wave of Automation
Data science and analytics are capturing the attention of business leaders in its ability to solve problems as never before. Today we have a wealth of tools and methodologies to bring to bear on business problems from supply chains to pricing to market forecasting. All well and good...but what is next?
It is my belief that in less than 5 years the term "data science" will no longer be used widely—rather, this function will be considered as simply the cost of doing business in the modern era as EVERY company adopts analytics in some way shape or form (the ones that do not will be gone by then). Rather, the topic of the day in a half a decade will be the wave of automation that is already gaining attention from leading thinkers. Moreover, the skills of data science are readily transferable to this new domain, and I will explain how skilled analysts can make the leap.
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