FRAMINGHAM, MA--(Marketwired - May 21, 2013) - IDG's Computerworld -- the IT media brand dedicated to providing peer perspective, IT leadership and business results -- announces Data+, the world's most authoritative conference on analyzing, predicting and monetizing big data. Data+, which evolved from the former BI & Analytics Perspectives Conference, will take place September 8-10, 2013 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Over the course of this two-day event, 250+ IT decision-makers and business leaders will connect with their peers and leading big data business and technology solution providers.

"As the data deluge of the enterprise grows ever broader and deeper, the need for predictive and advanced analytics has become one of the most pressing challenges companies of all sizes and industries are facing today," said Bob Melk, SVP, group publisher & CMO, IDG Enterprise. "At Computerworld's Data+ conference, IT and business decision-makers will receive valuable insight on deploying a strategy designed to propel their business forward by monetizing one of their greatest assets, their data."

Unique Sponsor Opportunities
At Computerworld's Data+ conference, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in Speed Networking with their peers and event sponsors. The Speed Networking session provides the perfect environment for attendees to meet other practitioners who have similar business intelligence and analytics challenges, and also connects them to the industry contacts that can help solve these challenges. This highly rated session is a fun, casual and practical way for attendees to network and make connections.

Data+ sponsors will also have the opportunity to participate in a main stage Lightning Round session. The five minute rapid-fire presentations offer Platinum and Gold sponsors the chance to deliver quick-hitting yet insightful, info-rich presentations on their latest products, new releases and exciting changes to the Data+ audience.

2013 Agenda Themes
The agenda will include advice-packed case studies delivered by seasoned IT and business leaders offering actionable tips on how to optimize and monetize data analytics, including sessions on the following topics:

  • Optimizing and building your big data strategy for business growth
  • Implementing true, advanced analytics
  • Effectively leveraging mobile data and social media to enable real time decisions
  • Building a data strategy for secure, accessible information for data visualization and reporting
  • Integrating Hadoop, Cassandra, MapReduce, Hive, Hbase and other technologies into the enterprise
  • Effectively leveraging machine generated data
  • The ROI of marketing analytics

Computerworld's 2013 Data+ Editors' Choice Awards: A Call for Case Studies
Computerworld is seeking case studies that illustrate intriguing ways big data is being used everywhere from research to commerce. Share your case study on mining data for analysis, prediction and/or boosting the bottom line. Computerworld will showcase a select group of the biggest (and most fascinating) case studies in our August 26, 2013 issue. Nominations are due May 24, 2013. Please visit for more information on submitting a case study.

Current Data+ sponsors include: HP, Oracle, Information Builders, IBM, Neudesic and Splunk. For more information regarding sponsorship opportunities, please contact Bob Melk, SVP, Group Publisher & CMO at

Thank You to the 2013 Data+ Advisory Board Members
Vince Campisi, CIO, GE Intelligent Platforms; Shree Dandekar, Chief Strategist, Director, Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence, Dell, Inc; Andrew Dempsey, Director, DVD Analytics, Netflix; Jim Donovan, VP, Global Marketing, Teradata; Elissa Fink, CMO, Tableau Software; Kris Herrin, CIO, Heartland Payment Systems; Jim Lammers, CTO, Express-Scripts; Jack Norris, VP Marketing, MapR Technologies; Dan Vesset, Program VP, Business Analytics, IDC; and Steve Sommer, CMO, Splunk

Registration Information
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