IgniteU NY, in collaboration with DAMA-NYCR, held an informative event on Data Analytics on Thursday, November 17 at TEC-SMART. Watch the videos below to hear the panel discussion and startup showcase where regional experts explored how data analytics and modeling is transforming the way we do business. Bios of each presenter are located at the bottom of the page.


Keynote Presentation: 

DAMA-NYCR - Michael Walsh, President 

Billy Obenauer, Everything

Panel Discussion:
Microsoft - Stanislav Novoseletskiy, Data and Analytics Solution Advisor to State and Local Governments 

SAS - Raymond Yost, Senior Systems Engineer

NYSTEC Tom Myers, Business Analyst

Total Quality Associates - Patricia Schaffer, President

Startup Showcase:

Windrush - Max Walker, Founder


Data Foxtrot - Karl Urich, Founder


Mohawk Valley GIS Linda Rockwood


Panel Discussion:


Stanislav Novoseletskiy works for Microsoft as a Data and Analytics Solution Advisor to State and Local Governments. Stan's professional experiences include architecting, designing, and implementing business and technical solutions for various companies, banks, and government departments.  His areas specialty are Business Intelligence, Analytics, Data Design, and Organization Enablement through use of Data Drive Decisions.

Raymond Yost is a Senior System Engineer at SAS and has spent the past 35 years in every facet of Enterprise Data Management and Analytics. His career spans 10 years as a Computer Systems Engineer in the United States Air Force, 15 years as a Data Management / Data Warehousing developer with Sybase as well as 8 years in IBMs Data Analytics Division. He has been with SAS for the past 2 years in order to get back to providing customers with Analytical Enterprise solutions far beyond simple reporting. 

Patricia Schaffer is President of Total Quality Associates, Inc., a New York based MWBE IT consulting firm. Pat has worked with private and public sector information systems for over 35 years with a concentration in the design, development, implementation and quality assurance of data warehouse and master data management solutions. 


Tom Myers is a business analyst in NYSTEC’s Technology Acquisitions practice. Previously, Tom has been a  global product manager for Pitney Bowes Software, an engineering lead for MapInfo Corporation, and an independent contractor who managed the development of information systems, databases, websites, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) datasets for various government agencies and universities in New York and Washington states.

Startup Showcase:

Max Walker, co- founder of Windrush, will be speaking about the platform. Windrush makes it possible for non-technical employees to bring data to life as fully-responsive, well designed, interactive online documents.

Karl Urich started DataFoxtrot to help companies bring their unique data assets to market, for the purpose of solving client business problems in new and unique ways. In his various roles, Karl has developed an expert understanding of the full product life-cycle of data-based products.

Robert Bedard is the co-founder of deFacto Global, Inc., which is a financial analytics software solution used by hundreds of Fortune 500 and middle market companies. He also is the founder of 12th Street Ventures, LLC, a new, Troy-based incubator village focused on applied analytics.

Linda Rockwood, founder of Mohawk Valley GIS, has over 30 years experience developing applications software and working with location-based data, as a GIS Analyst. She founded Mohawk Valley GIS in 2003 as an independent consultant and hired the company’s first three employees in 2014.