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UT iSchool, Iron Mountain kick off partnership with 'Roundup on Big Data Analytics' event Feb. 24

The University of Texas School of Information and Iron Mountain Incorporated, a storage and information management company, have partnered together to advance the study and practice of information management and governance. To launch this initiative, the UT School of Information and Iron Mountain will co-host "A Two-Gun Texas Roundup on Big Data Analytics," on Feb. 24 at the AT&T Conference Center, located at 1900 University Ave., Austin, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"A Two-Gun Texas Roundup on Big Data Analytics" will focus on two of the industry's hottest topics: big data analytics and data visualization. The event includes two panel discussions moderated by Iron Mountain representatives Sue Trombley and Carolyn Casey. Trombley is the managing director of Thought Leadership at Iron Mountain and a 2003 graduate of the UT School of Information. Casey is the company's senior manager of Thought Leadership. The event also features speakers from the iSchool, such as Assistant Professors Unmil Karadkar and Byron Wallace, Iron Mountain, Chevron, Enlyton, Innography Tasktop and the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. The speakers will give real world examples on how to unlock the power of information using visualization technologies.

"The management of information is now of strategic importance to all organizations," said Andrew Dillon, Dean of the University of Texas School of Information. "As technology has evolved, new challenges and practices have emerged which require a deep understanding of human engagement with information resources to tackle appropriately. A partnership between the iSchool and Iron Mountain offers a unique opportunity to bridge the worlds of scholarship and practice in information management and to enhance the professional preparation of future information managers."

Through this partnership, UT and Iron Mountain are providing future professionals a resource for strategies, technologies and job skills needed to ensure that they stay ahead of the curve and are able to meet current and future information management challenges. Iron Mountain will participate in and collaborate on thought-leadership events, contribute to the university's curriculum and engage with alumni, professors and students.

"We're thrilled to be partnering with one of the leading academic centers for information management in the world, helping to shape the direction of our industry for current and future information managers," Trombley said. "Our customers have long relied on us to collaborate with them to solve some of information management's biggest challenges. With the formal iSchool relationship, we can combine those years of experience and education to support the ability of information management professionals to actively advise their employers and shape their own future."

The School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin is a premier research and graduate education program featuring a top-ten ALA Accredited master's program, a Ph.D. program, dual masters programs, and a new dual computer science BS and MSIS program.

Iron Mountain Incorporated is a leading provider of storage and information management and secure shredding services. The company serves customers around the world in more than 1,000 facilities in 36 countries. For more information on the company, visit ironmountain.com.

The roundup event includes a continental breakfast and lunch. To register for the event, go to http://go.ironmountain.com/UT-Panel-Event.