EVENT

Presented annually in Boston

KPMG Data-Driven Growth Forum 2021

Our 2021 forum was a success! Relive the experience through the content featured on this page while we plan for 2022.



Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson

Marketing Manager, New England & Upstate New York, KPMG US

  • Overview
  • Sessions
  • Speakers
  • Thought Leadership

Overview


KPMG in Boston hosts the annual Data-Driven Growth Forum

The world of business is changing, and it is moving faster every day. To keep up, leaders need to make major decisions more quickly, more accurately, and driven by more data than ever before. With all that information to identify, collect, and filter, the pace of these decisions has begun to overtake the human ability to make them.

Data-driven growth is about leveraging assets, building a strategy with practical applications, and extracting value through data and technology. Along with KPMG, you’ll hear from industry leaders who have harnessed the power of their data and are making it work for them with AI, machine learning, and low code applications, all of which aren’t just for data scientists anymore.

In 2021, our forum focused on learning how to apply these tools and techniques to your core business processes and enhance your growth potential.

As we continue planning for our 2022 forum, please feel free to explore the content from previous sessions here and stay tuned for the announcement of future programs.


Special guest contributors are a hallmark of the Data-Driven Growth Forum

To produce the forum in a way that reflects an unvarnished look at the current state of the industry, KPMG brings together our most senior thought leaders with senior industry executives to bring you well-rounded, sometimes provocative, and always hyper-relevant perspectives on trending topics that impact growth.


You're in good company at the Data-Driven Growth Forum

Building lasting connections with peers is critical no matter your professional level or industry. Because our Data-Driven Growth Forum attracts hundreds of professionals from all levels of the organizational hierarchy, you'll have an opportunity to meet new contacts and peers, strengthen existing relationships, and build connections that will pay dividends for years.


19% C-level
55% VP/Director
7% Manager
19% Staff

35% Finance Sector
13% Health Sector
14% Tech Sector
38% Other Sectors


Audience breakdown shown has been derived from the most recent forum registration data

Sessions


Register for the full agenda or select only the sessions that fit your schedule and interests


9:00am - 10:00am: Turning back time and adding structure to unstructured data for new insights

Unstructured data is not organized into neat, pre-defined categories making it difficult to get a handle on—or derive insight from. We’re going to discuss options for turning unstructured data into structured data, allowing analysis to be performed and insights to be gleaned. This session discusses KPMG’s CLEAR framework to Classify, Extract, Analyze, and Review data using automated processes, that lower costs while providing full confidence in the extracted data to provide you with better insights and analytics into what was once a sea of inaccessible information.

Unstructured data is not organized into neat, pre-defined categories making it difficult to get a handle on—or derive insight from. We’re going to discuss options for turning unstructured data into structured data, allowing analysis to be performed and insights to be gleaned. This session discusses KPMG’s CLEAR framework to Classify, Extract, Analyze, and Review data using automated processes, that lower costs while providing full confidence in the extracted data to provide you with better insights and analytics into what was once a sea of inaccessible information.


10:30am - 11:30am: Low-code, no-code, and the low barrier to entry for automation today

Automating workflows sounds daunting, expensive, and time-consuming, even if the reward at the end is great. Many enterprises just don’t have the time or resources to dedicate to updating their processes, especially if it means hiring developers to learn the business and then find the best way to streamline it with new technologies. Low-code and no-code have introduced a way to let your existing team automate and build practical apps to increase productivity, retention, and provide better insights. This session covers what low-code and no-code platforms are, the skill-sets needed to work with them, low-hanging automatable fruit, and how enterprises are diving in.

Automating workflows sounds daunting, expensive, and time-consuming, even if the reward at the end is great. Many enterprises just don’t have the time or resources to dedicate to updating their processes, especially if it means hiring developers to learn the business and then find the best way to streamline it with new technologies. Low-code and no-code have introduced a way to let your existing team automate and build practical apps to increase productivity, retention, and provide better insights. This session covers what low-code and no-code platforms are, the skill-sets needed to work with them, low-hanging automatable fruit, and how enterprises are diving in.

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12:00pm - 1:00pm: Advanced decision making with smarter, better, faster intelligence

Speed-to-close, or speed in general, is what most businesses are looking for but without sacrificing having the right information before making a decision. The last decade has introduced two big changes; first, if you miss the right opportunity you can lose billions of dollars in potential gains, and second, there is now a wealth of data science, algorithms, and data sets that have allowed decision-makers to use more than just spreadsheets as a gut-check to make deals. This discussion brings together tech with the people entrusted with making the right calls as we wade through how data lakes and data streams are influencing their roles.

Speed-to-close, or speed in general, is what most businesses are looking for but without sacrificing having the right information before making a decision. The last decade has introduced two big changes; first, if you miss the right opportunity you can lose billions of dollars in potential gains, and second, there is now a wealth of data science, algorithms, and data sets that have allowed decision-makers to use more than just spreadsheets as a gut-check to make deals. This discussion brings together tech with the people entrusted with making the right calls as we wade through how data lakes and data streams are influencing their roles.

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1:30pm - 2:30pm: CMO Fireside Chat – Data, privacy, growth, and the line of knowing too much

As growth leaders, be it sales, operations, marketing, or strategy, data is fuel and it powers our decision-making and fills the funnels with potential. We used to take a great product and then find the best way to tell the world about it through the channels we had access to or could afford, all of which told us about the number of subscribers, viewers, listens, or foot traffic. Today, we have access to data so vast that we meet new startups every day that want to help us digest it, and data that is so specific that if our great products have a target market of even just 10 buyers, we can identify what those people eat for breakfast and wear on their feet. How does the modern CMO make sense of it all? Find out in this session.

As growth leaders, be it sales, operations, marketing, or strategy, data is fuel and it powers our decision-making and fills the funnels with potential. We used to take a great product and then find the best way to tell the world about it through the channels we had access to or could afford, all of which told us about the number of subscribers, viewers, listens, or foot traffic. Today, we have access to data so vast that we meet new startups every day that want to help us digest it, and data that is so specific that if our great products have a target market of even just 10 buyers, we can identify what those people eat for breakfast and wear on their feet. How does the modern CMO make sense of it all? Find out in this session.



All sessions shown are eligible for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits

Speakers


Adam Grossman
EVP and Chief Marketing Officer
Boston Red Sox & Fenway Sports Management

Semion Bezrukov
Director
Data Science & Artificial Intelligence
KPMG LLP

Carol Meyers 
Venture Partner
Glasswing Ventures

Darren Herman
Operating Partner, Private Equity
Bain Capital

Todd Karabatsos
Corporate Finance Director
Progress Software

Idit Vachtel Ami
Director, M&A Technology Strategy
Salesforce

Nathan Saegesser
Principal, Advisory
Deal Advisory Strategy
KPMG LLP

Rick Palmer
Senior Solutions Consultant
Appian

Peter Irwin
Managing Director
Digital Lighthouse
KPMG LLP

Maryam King
Director
Deal Advisory Services
KPMG LLP

Rajesh Santhanam
Managing Director
Digital Lighthouse
KPMG LLP

Dylan Kab
Director, Data & Analytics
KPMG LLP

Sunil Muduli
Manager
Digital Lighthouse
KPMG LLP

Thought Leadership


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