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Big Data is a Big Deal


Big Data is Transforming the Way Local Governments Operate – Webinar and Twitter Chat on April 29th

Big data is a big deal and it is transforming the way local governments operate and deliver service.    Kevin Desouza, Associate Dean at Arizona State University quotes, “Big data is an evolving concept that refers to the growth of data and how it is used to optimize business processes, create customer value and mitigate risk.”  From transportation, public safety, utilities, etc. local governments are beginning to explore the new frontier.  They are investigating ways to integrate their disparate data sources, build analytical capabilities and move to data driven decision making.

Join your colleagues on April 29th as Kevin Desouza leads a discussion on:

  • What is Big Data and Why is it a Big Deal
  • How local governments are using Big Data to improve the quality of life for its citizens
  • Key Steps to Building a Successful Big Data Project including planning, execution and implementation
  • Hear from Austin, TX and Olathe, KS  on how they are embracing the opportunities and coping with the challenges

Immediately following the webinar join your colleagues in a twitter chat using #afilearning to continue the discussion on Big Data. 

About Kevin Desouza: Dr Kevin C. Desouza serves as the Associate Dean for Research at the College of Public Programs (COPP) and is an associate professor in the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University. He is also serving as the Interim Director of ASU’s Decision Theater. Immediately prior to joining ASU, he directed the Metropolitan Institute in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and served as an associate professor at the Center for Public Administration and Policy within the School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech. From 2005-2011, he was on the faculty of the University of Washington (UW) Information School and held adjunct appointments in the UW’s College of Engineering and at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs. Desouza has authored, co-authored, and/or edited nine books, the most recent being Intrapreneurship: Managing Ideas within Your Organization (University of Toronto Press, 2011). He has published more than 125 articles in prestigious practitioner and academic journals. His work has also been featured by a number of publications such as Sloan Management Review, Harvard Business Review, Businessweek, and Computerworld, among others  Desouza has advised, briefed, and/or consulted for major international corporations, non-governmental organizations, and public agencies on strategic management issues ranging from management of information systems, to knowledge management, competitive intelligence, government intelligence operations, and crisis management. 

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