Last week we had the pleasure of sponsoring IBM’s Performance Event and Finance Forum Dinner in beautiful Huntington Beach, California. The Performance Event took place at the gorgeous Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort (pictured below) and the Finance Forum at Spark Woodfire Grill. Ideal for anyone new to analytics or those who have an existing deployment, Performance offered an update on the entire IBM Business Analytics portfolio, including Breakout Sessions, Solution Showcases, IBM presentations/speeches and the opportunity to talk to IBM Business Partners, like us.
Happily mingling with many of the attendees, IBMers and Business Partners, we were beyond thrilled to meet the guest keynote speaker, Paul DePodesta.
Not sure who Paul is? Does Moneyball ring a bell? That’s right; Paul is one of the key figures in the book, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, by Michael Lewis. Here he is pictured with Hans Mize, Data41 President.
Currently the Vice President of Player Development and Scouting for the New York Mets, DePodesta has been analyzing performance data to make personnel decisions for his respective team’s organizations for years. His fascinating speech gave insight on how baseball organizations (as well as other organizations) can gain a competitive advantage by making better decisions on and off the field through the use of analytics. Recognized by Fortune magazine as one of the Top 10 innovators under 40, DePodesta’s career of evaluating, measuring and assigning value to talent is well on its way. We cannot wait to see where analytics takes him next.
To top off the IBM Performance event, we were absolutely delighted to meet former American Idol contestant, William Hung, who chatted with us at our booth that morning. The incredibly polite and very intelligent Mr. Hung, is a user of IBM technology and was attending breakout sessions at the event. He so kindly took a photo with Alex Gagne (Data41 Marketing). We hope to see him again soon.
That’s all for now. Until next time… Play ball!