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Search & Content Analytics Forum 2019

Thursday June 27 | Skyloft, London

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Today, organisations generate vast quantities of unstructured information in the form of text files and documents, webpages, social media, emails, audio, videos, etc. Traditionally, analysing this data to extract knowledge and business insight has been tough, but now with the advent of AI-powered technologies, such as Cognitive Search, Natural Language Processing, Knowledge Graphs, and Machine Learning, unlocking the value in unstructured data has become a whole lot easier. 

Attend our Search & Content Analytics Forum and discover how: 

  • AI-powered technologies are being used to extract value from unstructured content 
  • Machine Learning can make information retrieval simple and conversational 
  • Google Cloud Search is transforming how enterprise workers find knowledge across millions of documents 
  • The forum will take place at London’s impressive Skyloft and a networking lunch will be provided. 


09:30    Registration and networking breakfast

10:00    Welcome and introduction

Graham Charlesworth, International Lead, Search & Content Analytics, Accenture

10:15    Accenture Keynote: Using AI to unlock the value in unstructured data

Phil Lewis, Lead Architect Europe, Search & Content Analytics, Accenture

Research suggests that up to eighty percent of an organisation’s data can reside in an unstructured format – text files and documents, webpages, social media, application logs, audio, video, etc. Until recently analysing and extracting value from this type of data has been difficult and time-consuming but now AI techniques such as Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning and Cognitive Search have made it much easier to explore and discover actionable business insights.

This presentation will use practical examples to introduce you to the analytics techniques and tools available to help you better understand how you can turn your unstructured data into a competitive advantage.

11:00    Refreshments

11:15    Applying ML to make information retrieval simple and conversational

Mike Finta, Senior Director of Software Engineering, Elsevier

Elsevier’s research, life science and clinical products power the academic and commercial research industries.   Search is the user’s gateway to the rich content provided by Elsevier’s research products.  We have been in a position to gather rich information on user interaction with our enterprise search functionality.   Our key goal in building our next-generation search experience is to make information retrieval simple and conversational and to apply our extensive data analytics and machine learning expertise to quickly provide highly relevant and authoritative results.

11:45    Bringing the power of Google search to every business

Lutz Kohler, EMEA Sales Manager, Google Cloud Search

Google Cloud Search is transforming how enterprise workers find knowledge across millions of documents in every industry. Find out how leading companies in every industry vertical are benefiting from deploying the power of Google search.  We will also present powerful new search experiences that are entering General Availability and Beta.

12:15    Q&A, Close

12:30    Networking buffet lunch


Business Analysts, Intranet Managers, SharePoint Managers, Internal Communications Managers, Knowledge Systems Managers, Search Analysts, Chief Information Officers, Chief Data Officers, Corporate Communications Managers, Intranet Development Managers, Information Management Directors, Chief Knowledge Officers, Enterprise Search Managers, Website Managers, Chief Analytics Officers, Analytics & BI Practitioners, Enterprise Information Leaders, Information Architects
… and anyone else interested in finding out how to gain business advantage from intelligent enterprise search solutions.


Graham Charlesworth, Senior Manager, Content Analytics Group, Accenture

Graham-C.jpgGraham became involved with enterprise search in 1995 after joining Excalibur Technologies. In 2006 he became Senior VP for Worldwide Sales at Convera. Graham has 20 years search engine industry experience, an excellent reputation among his clients, and a strategic knowledge of the enterprise search space.   

Phil Lewis, Lead Architect in Europe for Search and Content Analytics, Accenture

Phil-sm.jpgPhil is a "search" veteran with nearly 30 years combined experience in enterprise search, corporate-wide search, and e-commerce search solutions. He has held senior technical positions at several information discovery companies including Excalibur Technologies, Convera Corporation, and Endeca. Currently Lead Architect in Europe for Search and Content Analytics at Accenture, Phil finds search as exciting now as it has ever been, even 30 years down the line!

Mike Finta, Senior Director of Software Engineering, Elsevier

mike fintaMike has held senior management positions at database vendors and data analytics companies, including database vendor Oracle Corp, AML analytics startup Searchspace, border security analytics company Smiths Detection and information specialists Thomson Reuters and Elsevier. For the past 10 years, he has been heavily involved in Enterprise Search and information retrieval, supporting research communities in industry and academia. Currently, he is leading the development of a shared search platform to power a number of Elsevier’s research applications. 

Lutz Kohler, EMEA Sales Manager, Google Cloud Search

lutz kohlerIn 2010 the Certified IT Business Engineer joined Google. He and his team support well known major clients regarding the usage of the cloud-based Google Services in Europe, Middle-East, and Africa. In 1990, Lutz Kohler started his professional career at IBM Networking Research Center. After ten years at IBM, he was responsible – as Global Marketing Director at the OAR AG – for the company’s global marketing strategy. Afterwards, he moved to the IT company Peregrine Systems, where he first was responsible for the regions Germany, Austria, and Switzerland as Leader Marketing and Alliances. Since 2003, he advised – as Senior Account Manager – key customers from the financial and insurance industry.