Providence, R.I. – Monday, March 2nd, 2020 – Tech Collective, Rhode Island’s foremost Information Technology Association, has announced the launch of its inaugural Rhode Island Data Summit, designed to prepare leaders and organizations for the data-driven world of tomorrow. The Summit will take place from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm Tuesday, March 24 at the Tech Collective. The business intelligence and data landscape is exploding, with the market expected to grow from $15.64 billion in 2016 to $29.48 billion by 2022. What’s more, up to 2.72 million jobs requiring data science skills will be posted by 2020, making it one of the highest-demand roles today. The Summit will allow business leaders across all departments to consider how they can adjust their approach to vision and strategy when it comes to data. “Data flows through our organizations every day, providing us with the insights and clues needed to make sound business decisions. But the reality is that most of us do not take the time to make data-based decisions; instead, we rely on gut instincts and old information,” says Tim Hebert, Chairman of the Tech Collective Board of Directors. “We are excited to bring this summit to the larger Rhode Island community to generate awareness and understanding of the invaluable role can play in driving business growth. When armed with data, we can find all the answers we need on how to move our business forward.” The Summit will explore three core facets of any data initiative: vision, strategy and action. Kim Arcand, the Visualization and Emerging Tech Lead for NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, will deliver the Summit keynote, “A Universe of Data: NASA Mission Data Strategies” and walk attendees through some of the unique ways NASA is leveraging space data to power innovative visualizations. Following the keynote, attendees will have the chance to hear from local leaders in business intelligence and analytics who are developing and implementing data strategies in their own organizations. Presenters include: Jeff Morris, IT Manager at National Marker Company, Scott Moody, VP of Business Intelligence at Carousel Industries; Kim Paull, Director, Data and Analytic at Rhode Island’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services. The Summit will wrap up with a panel discussion, “How Data Will Shape the Workforce of Tomorrow,” which will discuss how new approaches to data will impact the workforce at large. Panelists include: Doug Friedman, Data Science Manager at Johnson & Johnson; Julie Steele, Director of Marketing at Manifold; Rob Ulmschneider, Director of Business Intelligence Solutions at Trilix. “We are excited to be able to bring in so many leading speakers in the data space to elevate the conversation around the strategic use of data and analytics,” says Joe Devine, Executive Director of the Tech Collective. “We expect this will be just the beginning of an ongoing conversation among local business leaders on the role data can play in achieving core objectives.” This event is designed for C-level executives from across all areas of business, as well as department leaders and team managers in information technology, business intelligence, and data analytics. Data practitioners with an interest in data strategy are also encouraged to attend. To register for the Data Summit, click here. For more information on Tech Collective programming—and membership opportunities—click here.