Avalon Consulting, LLC Enables Great Analytics with Great Data


Plano, Texas – October 16, 2013 – Avalon Consulting, LLC, a leading implementer of Big Data, Web Presence, Content Publishing, and Enterprise Search solutions, today announced the addition of Dr. Wayne Applebaum to the company’s senior management team. Based out of the company’s Plano, Texas headquarters, Applebaum joins as Avalon’s Vice President of Analytics & Data Science.  Applebaum, with over 30 years of experience in data analytics and enterprise consulting, will provide immediate value to Avalon’s clients by guiding them in how to use ‘great data’ to make better business decisions and achieve better business results. On joining Avalon Consulting, LLC, Applebaum developed the innovative Analytics Framework methodology that will allow Avalon to quickly structure the critical data of a business into the analytics infrastructure the business wants and needs.

Applebaum, who has a doctoral degree in statistics, has spent 30 years working for SAP, Oracle, Business Objects, and EDS in roles in which he guided Fortune 500 executives in aligning analytics with business needs. Many companies are only using a fraction of the data they need. When a lack of information exists, analytics projects fail. Capitalizing on the deep experience Avalon Consulting, LLC has with Enterprise Search and Big Data implementations, Applebaum sees a unique opportunity to help companies leverage both structured and unstructured data to create a foundation that drives innovation and measurable business results.

“Most of the time analytics projects focus on answering a single business question, but the senior technical professionals at Avalon are able to look across a company to help answer a whole set of business questions,” said Applebaum. “We have a tremendous opportunity to help executives select the snowflakes from their information blizzard, enabling them to make the best business decision possible. I’m excited to join Avalon’s talented consulting team and particularly thrilled at the prospects of combining their proprietary USAP technology with my analytics approach to quickly deliver groundbreaking value for clients.”

Dr. Applebaum has developed the Analytics Framework methodology, an enterprise-level approach to quickly understand what information is important within a company’s data, where it can be found, and what needs to happen to make that information useful. This innovative methodology will enable Avalon’s clients to quickly align analytics efforts with the business value it brings.

Companies that are interested in learning more about the framework can contact Dr. Applebaum (applebaumw@avalonconsult.com) to schedule a one-hour “Roadmap for Analytics on Structured and Unstructured Data” session.

“Avalon has been experiencing growth due to our growing reputation as an innovator in Big Data solutions and we envisioned an opportunity to take a leadership role in delivering meaningful big data analytics,” said Casey Green, Executive Vice President of Business Development, Avalon Consulting, LLC. “Wayne’s expertise in data analytics and business intelligence consulting for Fortune 500 enterprises is an excellent fit for us. Our clients will benefit from his expertise and curiosity for ‘getting great data.’ We are pleased that he has chosen to join the Avalon family and further the innovative services we offer to our clients.”

The addition of Dr. Applebaum extends Avalon’s leadership in innovation related to implementation of enterprise solutions. It follows on the heels of Avalon’s recent announcement of a strategic partnership with Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s Computer Science and Software Engineering Department focused primarily on Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL databases. Coincident to Applebaum joining the company, Avalon has formed the Applied Innovation Team, which will consist of Applebaum in his role as VP, Analytics & Data Science; Kurt Cagle as Principal Evangelist for Semantic Technologies; and Sam Mefford as Principal Architect, Search & Big Data Analytics. The Applied Innovation Team will focus on the synergies that can be obtained when you combine the power of analytics, semantics, and search.

About Avalon Consulting, LLC

Avalon Consulting, LLC implements Big Data, Web Presence, Content Publishing, and Enterprise Search solutions. We are the trusted partner to over one hundred clients, primarily Global 2000 companies, public agencies, and institutions of higher learning. Avalon is known for providing clients a superior engagement experience through a combination of business acumen, intellectual curiosity, collaborative work style, and strong partnerships with award-winning vendors. Avalon’s deep technical expertise mitigates project risk and reduces total cost of ownership for our clients. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Avalon also maintains offices in Austin, Texas, Chicago, Illinois, and Washington, DC. http://www.avalonconsult.com

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