DAMA Phoenix Chapter 


Tuesday February 25, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM MST
Light breakfast 8 - 8:30
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Salt River Project (SRP) 
1600 N Priest Dr
Tempe, AZ 85281

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Data Science - Gary Rector February 25th 

Gary Rector

Data Science is a frequently mentioned role often associated with Big Data.  The term can mean different things to different people.  Gary Rector, Data Scientist at SRP, will share his experience and expertise on this vitally important topic.  The volume, velocity, and variety of data continues to grow and to remain competitive organizations must be able to better gain insights and predict the future in order to stay competitive

This informative session discusses the topic of Data Science, the role of the data scientist, and the importance of managed data to business outcomes.  A history of data science evolution, prior roles and uses, is included.  How businesses can use analytics and data science to identify opportunities and unseen risks will be discussed, including representative examples.

Cost for this session is free for DAMA Phoenix members.  Please go to and go to our membership page to join, if not already a member.  Cost for corporate members is $400, individuals is $50.  Guests may attend one session for free. 

Speaker Biography:

Gary began his professional career as a mathematician, then pursued and obtained a computer science degree.  He has written hundreds of thousands of lines of code in many programming language, for scores of applications!  He has experience as an Oracle DBA, and was the first president of the Oracle Users' Group in Phoenix.   
Some of Gary's applications focused on program analysis and pricing optimization, so his analytics background is wound firmly throughout his career.  Currently Gary is SRP's data scientist working to grow and support SRP's internal analytics community and to leverage analytics for improved business decisions. 
Gary's education includes Colorado School of Mines, Stanford University, UC Santa Barbara, and the ever popular School of Hard Knocks