Big Data event series to get Welsh Businesses working with Big Data

19/02/15
Big Data

We are pleased to announce the launch of a series of events in North Wales focusing on equipping businesses with the knowledge, skills, tools and support to start leveraging Big Data opportunities.

The inaugural event takes place between 09:15am-15:30pm on Monday 23rd March 2015 at Conwy Business Centre in Llandudno Junction and will take delegates on a journey of Big Data discovery.

Attendees will learn about the sheer scale and scope of Big Data in the 21st century as well as receiving practical support, expertise and access to the tools required to get started. The first event is free to attend and includes presentations, panel discussions, practical workshops and a networking lunch.

In June 2014, we launched a new Big Data solution, enabling businesses to rapidly turn huge volumes of data into meaningful information.

A company in Wales already benefiting from this solution is Caerphilly-based Butterfly Projects. The data analytics firm has previously provided predictive analytics services to the likes of Lloyds Banking Group and Zurich Insurance.

Sara Boltman, Founding Director at Butterfly Projects, said: “We are using the software package Hadoop for big data analysis and ‘R’ for predictive analytics. In the past, we were only able to process up to 120 million records and to achieve that our statistical model building machines would have to run over night - for at least 12 hours.

“With access to the HPC Wales system, we no longer need to limit ourselves by size of data and can increase the complexity and volume of our workload, competing for larger and more competitive contracts.”

Professor Rick Hillum, CEO of High Performance Computing Wales, is thrilled to launch the series of events and said:

“Following the successful launch of our Big Data Solution last year, we’re delighted to announce the first in a series of events in North Wales to help businesses of all sizes take advantage of this service.

“By providing local access to world-class technology and support, there are vast opportunities for businesses ranging from predictive analytics, social media analytics and text analytics to disease detection, prevention and treatment; financial modeling and smart energy metering. We look forward to welcoming delegates to what promises to be a superb event.”

Robert Evans, Business Development Officer at Conwy Council and Conwy Business Centre said: “We’re pleased to be partnering with a variety of Big Data specialists to put on the first Big Data event at Conwy Business Centre.  We look forward to hearing how businesses can equip themselves with the necessary tools and knowledge to maximise their data opportunities.”

The event is being run in collaboration with Conwy Council, Ultranyx Ltd, Butterfly Projects Ltd and Living Data Ltd, and will continue later into the Year, providing opportunities for delegates to bring along their own data, and with the support of the Big Data team, start analysing it using Wales’ national supercomputing network.

To register for the free event on Monday 23rd March 2015 please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/making-big-data-work-for-you-tickets-15795204883