Business Analytics Day to feature nationally renowned speakers

Oct 2, 2013 | Business

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The Business Analytics Group of the College of Business at Louisiana Tech University will feature two nationally renowned speakers as part of its first annual Business Analytics Day, January 10, 2014 at the Louisiana Tech Shreveport Center.

Bill Franks, chief analytics officer of Teradata and author of the book “Taming the Big Data Tidal Wave,” will open the event with a discussion of big data issues.  Pulitzer Prize-nominated reporter Alan Schwarz, national correspondent for education with The New York Times, author of the book “The Numbers Game,” and perhaps best known for his series of articles exposing the risks associated with concussions among football players, will give the final talk of the day.

The focus of the Business Analytics Day will be on “Big Data” issues, and will feature a full slate of experts from various institutions, who will discuss the value of data analytics and how participants can make the most of available data.  The program will be co-chaired by Dr. James J. Cochran, Bank of Ruston, Barnes, Thompson, and Thurmon Endowed Professor of Business, and Dr. Tim Bisping, associate dean of graduate programs and research for Louisiana Tech’s College of Business.

The agenda for the day will incorporate meals, breaks, and a reception designed to allow for networking and interaction with experts in the field of business analytics.  Cost of attendance for the day is $249, if registered prior to December 10 ($275 after December 10.)  The registration fee includes meals and copies of the books, “Taming the Big Data Tidal Wave” and “The Numbers Game.”  Corporate sponsorships and group pricing are also available.

For more information on the Business Analytics Day or to register for the event, please visit, or contact the Office of Graduate Programs and Research in Louisiana Tech’s College of Business at (318) 257-4528.