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Leading firms are now using data analytics to drive their business strategies, make critical decisions, and compete through their analytical prowess.

Tom Davenport, one of the world’s renowned experts and thought leaders on knowledge management, data analytics, and business processes, will conduct an interactive half-day seminar at UT on February 7, 2014, on how businesses can use big data to drive organizational change. It is available to the public and the campus community.

Registration is now open for the event, which will take place from 9:00 a.m. to noon in the James A. Haslam II Business Building, 1000 Volunteer Blvd. The cost is $450, or $295 a person if three or more participants attend from the same organization.

The seminar is titled “Competing on Analytics: How Fact-Based Decisions and Business Intelligence Drive Performance.”

Register online or e-mail Peggy Jarrett at

Davenport will cover topics including:

  • Forming a competitive strategy based on a sophisticated analysis of business data
  • Building broad capabilities for enterprise-level business analytics and intelligence
  • Creating analytics-driven business changes (it’s not just about the math!)
  • Competing on analytics and adapting best practices to an organization

Davenport is the President’s Distinguished Professor of Information Technology and Management at Babson College. He has taught at Harvard Business School, Dartmouth’s Tuck School, the University of Texas, and the University of Chicago. He has led research centers at Accenture, McKinsey and Company, Ernst & Young, and CSC Index.

Davenport is a widely published author and speaker. His co-authored book Competing on Analytics: The New Science of Winning, is a best-seller that has been translated into thirteen languages. He has written, co-authored, or edited more than a dozen other books, including the first books on business process re-engineering, knowledge management, attention management, and enterprise systems. He writes for the Harvard Business Blog, the Wall Street Journal (CIO Journal) Blog, the International Institute for Analytics, and All Analytics: The Community for Data Management, Business Intelligence and Analytics.

As a pioneer in the field of big data, Davenport is also quoted regularly by publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Business Week, Fortune, Business 2.0, the Boston Globe, and Fast Company.


Peggy Jarrett (865-974-1616,

Lola Alapo (865-974-3993,