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No conference would be what it is without the support of those speaking, and EARL is no exception. Our speakers come from around the world to present their ideas and approaches. They represent companies of all sizes and give their time to share their knowledge and experience with attendees.

Ben Downe | BCA

Ben is head of business intelligence at BCA where he has driven a transformation around data and business insight. When he joined BCA 30 months ago, Ben quickly identified that R would be the right tool for BCA to advance our insight capabilities. Prior to BCA, Ben worked as a consultant at PwC for three years where he setup their analytics team and advised companies on best practice analytics. Ben joined PWC as part of the acquisition of Diamond Consultants. Diamond were a specialist advisory firm focused on Digital and Information strategy. Ben studied Economics at the University of Nottingham.

Using the Azure ML cloud to productionise R models

BCA's experience of using Azure ML alongside R Studio to enable us to use internally developed models in a production environment. Includes the following:

  • How we manage our workflow between internal analytics environment and the Azure ML system
  • Relative capabilities of R Studio and Azure ML - using the right tool for each job - Benefits of using Azure ML to productionise R models
  • Gaps with the current Azure ML environment