Session 9D

Breaking Bad Data with Automation: A First-Hand Account from Creative Artist Agency featuring MIT’s Michael Stonebraker

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Creative Artists Agency, or CAA, is widely known in the entertainment and sports industry as a talent agency that excels at building and maintaining relationships. In this panel discussion, CAA’s Head of Data, André Vargas, and Michael Stonebraker will offer two unique perspectives on how automation can break the bad data problems that stymies analytic outcomes.

Like many organizations, siloed data, incomplete records and duplicate records prevented CAA from fully leveraging its data in business decisions. Vargas will share his experience leading the efforts to innovate how the CAA uses mastered customer data to draw new business insights.

Stonebraker, a co-inventor of the INGRES relational database system, Turing Award winner and MIT adjunct professor, will provide an academic look at why automation can deliver the clean data sets businesses require. He’ll also explore why master data management approaches that use rules struggle to address data quality issues.

The session will be moderated by Tamr’s Chief Product Officer Anthony Deighton.


anthony deighton

Chief Product Officer, Tamr

Dr. michael Stonebraker

Adjunct Professor, MIT CSAIL

andre vargas

Head of Data, Creative Artist Agency



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