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Registration is now open for the NASCIO Annual Conference: Raising the Bar…What’s Next. The conference will take place at the Omni Nashville Hotel September 28 – October 1, 2014.

You won’t want to miss this opportunity to discuss and learn about high-profile IT and leadership topics and network with your peers.


Rebecca Costa will be delivering the 2014 Annual Conference Keynote:
The Cautionary Side of Big Data.

About Rebecca Costa

Rebecca is an American Sociobiologist who offers a genetic explanation for current events, emerging trends and individual behavior. A thought leader and provocative new voice, Costa traces everything from growing debt, epidemic obesity, to upheaval in the Middle East, to evolutionary imperatives.

Summary of Rebecca's Keynote

IT analysts often speak about the four V’s: the Velocity, Volume, Variety and Veracity of data. According to Google CEO, Eric Schmidt, “We are producing as much data every 48 hours as we produced from the dawn of mankind to year 2003.” 

But just how much information can human organism discern, or utilize?

According  Costa, the challenge is - and always has been - our biological limitations. Costa reveals 3 reoccurring symptoms which appear when the complexity of data, foundational systems and processes, exceed the cognitive capabilities we have thus far evolved.   She demonstrates how Big Data analytics and other technologies hold the key to triumphing in today’s highly complex, “high failure-rate environment.” Costa shows that we are in the middle of a transition, from the Information Age - when faster, better data production was the goal - to the Technolithic Era - when analytics and discoveries in neuroscience are paving the way for “computer-assisted decision making” to effect all areas of business, governance and daily life.

Rebecca's Message to You

We live in a time when we are producing as much data in one weekend as we have from the dawn of humankind to the year 2003.  And no one has been more affected by the acceleration of knowledge that today's information technology executives who are responsible for managing, storing, distributing, and protecting data that is largely "unstructured."  It's a privilege to address, and work closely with, the participants of this year's  NASCIO conference to forge strategies for "fast adaptation in high failure-rate environments. 

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Leadership Keynote

Make sure you plan to attend the 3:15pm session on September 30 of the NASCIO Annual Conference. You won’t want to miss Army Ranger, Keni Thomas deliver his keynote on “Train as your Fight – Fight as you Train and Lead by Example.”

A powerful speaker, Thomas captivates audiences from beginning to end as he tells the incredible story of extraordinary individuals and they fought to bring each other home.

In the summer of 1993, Thomas was deployed to Mogadishu, Somalia with the 3rd Ranger Battalion as part of an elite special operations package called Task Force Ranger. Their mission was to capture a criminal warlord named Mohammed Farrah Aideed. On the 3rd of October, Thomas and his fellow rangers distinguished themselves in an 18 hour fire-fight that would later be recounted in the highly successful book and movie “Blackhawk Down.” Nineteen Americans gave their lives and 78 were wounded in the worst combat seen by US troops since WWII.

Keni sums up his experiences like this: “Leadership has never been about the rank or position you hold. Its about the example you set. There are people to your left and to your right who are counting on you and its up to you to deliver. But you will only be as good as you prepared yourself to be.”

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