Speakers Bio & Abstract

Matt Gentile Principal & Analytics Leader
Deloitte Advisory
United States

Mr. Gentile, a Principal with Deloitte Advisory, is the leader Deloitte’s Federal Strategic Risk Market Offering and National leader of Deloitte’s Geospatial practice. Matt also serves as the Lead Client Service Partner for Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Headquarters and National Protection and Programs Directorate. Matt is a recognized innovator and entrepreneur in the analytics community, dedicating the past 18 years to working at the intersection of commerce, public policy and location technology.

Mr. Gentile began his career as a White House staffer supporting environmental science and policy development. He went on to build businesses that focused on combining the distributive and collaborative power of the World Wide Web with the analytic and visualization capability of geographic information systems. Upon completing graduate studies at MIT in 1997, he co-founded Syncline, the nation’s first geospatial Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company. As CEO of Syncline, he quickly became recognized in the industry, revolutionizing how organizations published and shared geospatial data on the Web with the flagship MapCiti platform. In 2003, he co-founded Traverse Technologies, a geospatial analytics firm, which was acquired by Deloitte FAS in 2010.

In his role at Deloitte, Mr. Gentile has made significant contributions to the analytics community through advising Federal agencies and Fortune 500 companies on the collaborative exchange, display and analysis of data. Matt recently collaborated with Deloitte’s eminence team and the MIT Media Lab on the development and launch of DataUSA, a new vision for big data visualization. He has applied this expertise in numerous industries from banking and insurance to homeland security, transportation, housing and urban development.

Mr. Gentile was appointed to the National Geospatial Advisory Committee in 2013 by the Secretary of the Interior to help inform the development and implementation of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) and the federal government’s geospatial platform. Matt is also on the Advisory Board for Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs and a member of the Board of Directors for The Fishing School. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Indiana University and a Master degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Abstract
It’s 10pm. Do you know where your organization is?
Even in the age of the global enterprise, location matters. Any organization has physical assets, resources and personnel which exist somewhere. It has suppliers, customers, and partners who have their own locations. It relies on transportation networks and other unevenly distributed infrastructure. It’s a rare organization for which geography doesn’t in some way factor into the way they do business. Analytics which neglect geospatial attributes may not provide a complete picture.

Geography can provide better insight into organizational processes in at least three ways. The first is visual – a map provides a means for the human mind to assimilate and process immense amounts of information as visual patterns in a familiar context, even when the primary correlations between items are not geographic. The second is exploratory – geographic analysis and incorporation of geospatial variables into analytical processing can uncover relationships which are not apparent from non-spatial measures. The third is investigative – once a model has been developed for “normal” geographic patterns of business activities, comparison of the model with real business data can highlight indicators of problematic or fraudulent events.

The development and use of these important geospatial capabilities allows organizations to follow the leading practices set by competitors in their respective industries. Many of these methods of geospatial analytics are currently applied on ad hoc and tactical basis, but technological advances make it feasible to offer them as powerful on-demand, always-available views of organization efficiency and health. Even at 10pm.