From Experiment to Enterprise: Scaling Data Science in an Open Organization

11:35 - 12:05 | Friday, May 24

There is plenty of excitement when it comes to the application of data science in business, but clarity on how that energy translates into execution is often another story. At Red Hat and in our organizational culture that “defaults to open,” finding the optimal balance of collaboration, community, and governance is the recipe for gaining forward traction and finding success in driving adoption. From managing technology to leading culture change or finding the right mix of skill sets to considering risk and bias in production models, you will need an end-to-end plan and a team of advocates to help you make it reality. In this session, you will hear our story, struggles, and advice for establishing a truly enterprise data science capability.

Heidi Lanford
Vice President, Enterprise Analytics & Data, Red Hat

Heidi Lanford is the Vice President of Enterprise Data & Analytics at Red Hat. Her responsibilities include Red Hat’s data, business intelligence, and analytics strategy and practice; sponsoring enterprise data governance; and growing Red Hat’s data science community of excellence. Some key advances for Red Hat in her tenure include the implementation of the first enterprise data science platform for collaboration and a framework for certifying enterprise data. Joining Red Hat in 2017, Ms. Lanford brings expertise from an extensive consulting and agency background with PricewaterhouseCoopers and KnowledgeBase Marketing (a WPP firm), where previous clients included McDonald’s, Harley-Davidson, The Limited, Sprint, United Airlines, and HP. Her experience also includes building and leading global business intelligence and analytics functions for technology companies, where collaboration between marketing, sales, strategy, product development, and channel functions was a key success factor. Ms. Lanford also founded the analytics consulting company, Go2Market Analytics, which served a number of technology and education companies. Ms. Lanford is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer, recently delivering the keynote session at the Global Women in Data Science (WiDS) conference and serving on a panel at the Department of Defense Analytics Symposium. She guest lectures at the University of Virginia, Elon University and the Kenan-Flagler School at UNC. She is a board member with the University of Virginia’s Data Science Institute. Ms. Lanford holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics with a minor in Statistics from the University of Virginia.