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Analytics at Cisco

Thu, Jan 16 2014 17:00 UTC

Analytics at Cisco

Big Data and Analytics is an important component of Cisco's strategy to become the #1 IT company in the world. Cisco is taking a unique, network-differentiated approach to Big Data and Analytics. I will briefly discuss Cisco's strategy and approach to Data Analytics, and describe the Analytics Services that we offer to customers. I will then discuss our approach to Data Science, and the skills we are developing within Cisco in the area of Data Science and Analytics. I'll also discuss the role of a Data Scientist on cross-functional teams, and close off by sharing a perspective on how this role is expected to evolve in the next few years.

Arun Saksena

Arun Saksena is a Director in the Analytics Practice of Cisco Consulting Services (CCS). In his current role he is responsible for both the sales and delivery of Data Analytics consulting engagements. CCS works with many of the world's leading companies to help them become more competitive through effective business processes and technology deployment. Arun has been with Cisco for more than seven years. Arun brings 27 years of combined consulting and industry experience. Before joining Cisco, he was a partner at Accenture in New York, working for clients in the communications and high-tech industries. While at Accenture, he focused mostly on operations strategy and post-merger integration projects. Prior to Accenture, he was with Booz Allen Hamilton's Operations Management Group, and earlier in his career, he worked as a software engineer at Tata-Unisys in India and the United Kingdom. Arun has published numerous articles on topics including workforce productivity, collaboration, innovation, supply chain management, merger integration, telecom network asset management, mobile devices, and the role of technology in knowledge management. Arun holds an MBA in finance and an M. Eng. in operations research and industrial engineering, both from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Birla Institute of Technology in India, where he graduated with distinction.

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