We feature speakers at Big Data Bootcamp Dallas - TX May 5 - 7, 2017 to catch up and find out what he or she is working on now and what's coming next. This week we're talking to Aamer Charania, Director, Humana.
Interview with Aamer Charania
1. Tell us about yourself and your background.
I’m the Director of Big Data and Machine Learning at Humana, focusing on consumer analytics. Passionate about creating value via appropriate technologies. Before Humana, I was working in similar space at Verizon and MIT.
2. What have you been working on recently?
We are actively working on designing and implementing cutting edge machine learning products over Apache Spark along with relevant Hadoop ecosystem components. These products help generate valuable business insights from wide variety of structured and unstructured data sources including customer claims, demographics, call center notes, web activity, medical records, and purchasing trends.
3. Tell me about the right tool you used recently to solve customer problem?
I’m a firm believer of open source frameworks. For most of our big data and machine learning initiatives, we leverage Apache Spark along with other Hadoop ecosystem components. For certain niche areas, like front end reporting, we do use proprietary tools
4. What are some of the best takeaways that the attendees can have from your "Big Data & Machine Learning In The Real World" talk?
There is lots of buzz around big data and machine learning. I would want to share practical tips on how to leverage these technologies to create maximum value in the shortest possible time
5. What are the top 5 Big Data Use cases?
That’s a tough one; like picking your top 5 friends :)
While there are too many important use cases, I see these as quick wins – Customer Journey Optimization/360 Degree Customer View, Omni Channel Experience, Product Recommendation, Clinical Decision Making, and Operational Analytics
6. What trends you see in upcoming 6 months?
I think Machine Learning would dominate the use of big data ecosystem
7. Any closing remarks?
Looks like you have an exciting agenda. Looking forward to the conference and meeting some great folks.