IT-oLogy Hosts Gartner for Big Data Conference

By August 14, 2012 IT-oLogy Defined

Big Data Conference


August 7, 2012

Contact: Powers Strickland, Communications Manager – 803.354.5735 or [email protected] or Frank Avery, Project Manager, iTs|SC – 803.692.1141 or [email protected]

IT-oLogy hosts Gartner for Big Data Conference

 Columbia, SC – For the second year in a row, IT-oLogy is excited to host Gartner, one of the world’s leading information technology research and advisory companies, for a Big Data Conference on Wednesday, Sept. 12. The conference will center around big data and analytics, with Doug Laney, Gartner analyst presenting during the morning session. There will also be a panel talking about predictive analytics in various industries around the country. The afternoon session, led by iTs|SC, will focus on insurance technology and services. The event is tailored towards bringing key leaders and executives together to network, build intellectual capacity and connect to emerging technology topics.

The morning session will kick off with a presentation by Laney, a premiere Gartner analyst around big data, the future of analytics and the economics of information. The afternoon is being led by iTs|SC: Columbia’s Insurance Technology and Services Cluster. It will feature case studies highlighting Columbia’s competitive advantages in Big Data as applied to the insurance technology and services industry, as well as an executive panel discussing growth and opportunities both in the region and industry. The day will include a networking lunch, sponsored by IBM, and a networking reception following the afternoon sessions.

The Big Data Conference program begins at 9 a.m. and goes until 5 p.m. and has limited seating. Attendees will have the opportunity to request one-on-one sessions with Laney, network with colleagues and executives from the Midlands region and learn how to handle big data and analytics.

The event will be held at IT-oLogy, located at 1301 Gervais Street in downtown Columbia. Registration is free with limited seating. To register, please visit

About IT-oLogy

IT-oLogy is a non-profit collaboration of businesses, academic institutions and other organizations dedicated to growing the IT talent pipeline and advancing the IT profession. IT-oLogy has three major initiatives: Promote IT (K-12 schools), Teach IT (Higher Education) and Grow IT (Professionals and Businesses).

For more information about IT-oLogy, visit or contact Powers Strickland at 803.354.5735 or [email protected].

About iTs|SC

The Columbia Insurance Technology & Services Cluster (iTs|SC) is a NewCarolina cluster dedicated to promoting the Greater Columbia area’s wealth of opportunities within the insurance technology and services sector. Representing 10 private sector companies and 5 public partners, its mission is to foster a collaborative environment where the private sector, government, and higher education work to strengthen industry competitiveness, develop a world class talent pool, and enhance Columbia, South Carolina’s reputation as a premier destination for insurance technology and services. News, events, and information can be found online at or contact Frank Avery at


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