Trio of Speakers Kick Off 2015 Portion of Analytics Speaker Series

01/13/2015 03:35 PM

BATON ROUGE – Maureen Norton, Daniel Porter and Paul Codding will speak at the LSU Business Education Complex in room 2520 on Tuesday, Jan. 20, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. as part of the Analytics Speaker Series.

The talk, “Analytics: Ensuring Actionable Results in Organizations,” is presented by the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business Master of Science in Analytics program and the LSU Center for Computation & Technology. Speakers will share their experiences with implementing analytics initiatives throughout an organization and address the challenges of moving methodologies from theory into the field. An interactive discussion about the issues, considerations and value added will follow.

Please RSVP by Jan. 15 at

Norton is recognized by IBM as a Distinguished Market Insights Professional for her outstanding leadership and expertise in the consultative practice of market insights. She is currently working on the Business Analytics Transformation team at IBM, helping to drive the widespread use of analytics across the enterprise. Social media analytics, predictive and prescriptive analytics and optimization are her areas of interest.

Porter is a cofounder and head of the analytics practice at BlueLabs, a Washington, D.C.-based analytics, data and technology company formed by the lead practitioners from President Barack Obama’s 2012 analytics team. During the 2012 presidential campaign, Porter was director of statistical modeling. His team developed individual level statistical models that were used throughout the campaign for fundraising, media buying and state strategy.

Codding is a product manager at HortonWorks and has been working with IBM’s Hadoop technology for more than two and a half years. He has also worked with many Fortune 500 companies on their Hadoop strategy and implementation. Codding brings a unique “on-the-ground” view of how organizations are successful at adopting and operationalizing Hadoop in their enterprise.

The MSA Program in the Department of Information Systems and Decision Sciences is an intensive 12-month curriculum that focuses on a unique combination of advanced statistical methods, state-of-the-art information technology and communication skills necessary for effective decision making and solving real business problems.

For more information about the MSA Program or the speaker series, email

The Department of Information Systems & Decision Sciences at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business combines teaching and research to create a rich learning experience for its students. Relationships with industry and state agencies enable the department to assist organizations with issues related to business analytics and intelligence, as well as innovation and technological change, and offer enhanced career opportunities for its graduates. Collaborative research efforts by its diverse faculty have resulted in major grants from the National Science Foundation and the state of Louisiana.

For more information, visit, call 225-578-2126 or email

Josh  Duplechain 
E. J. Ourso College of Business

Posted on Tuesday, January 13, 2015