Ari Kaplan

Leading Figure in Sports Analytics and President of AriBall
Ari Kaplan
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Ari Kaplan is a leading figure in sports analytics and one of the few long-term baseball leaders with a proven track record at Fortune 500 companies. ‘The real Moneyball guy” according to Forrester, he is known throughout the Major Leagues for revolutionizing and modernizing player assessment, including having developed the “expected” ranking system currently in use. His use of analytics and technology helps coaches prepare for games, players understand their strengths and weaknesses, general managers forecast future performance and risk, and executives of all stripes make decisions – not guesses. Kaplan has worked with over half of all MLB organizations and many global sports media organizations, and his baseball career spans 25 seasons. Represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, he shares insights on how executives make data-driven decisions based on analytics, big data, and critical thinking. While sharing insider baseball stories, he shows organizations how to find meaning in seemingly endless amounts of information and looks at where analytics will innovate in the future. Working to improve performance at every level, Kaplan combines technology, statistical analysis, and business acumen to produce a fresh perspective on decision-making.

With former world champion Dodger GM Fred Claire, Kaplan is the president of AriBall, a leading analyst and scouting firm. His work includes roster strategy, forecasting, advance scouting, player/coach game preparation, Minor League player development, draft analysis, international, arbitration, financial, budgeting, marketing, and community outreach.

Fortune 500 Expertise. Kaplan also served as president of the Independent Oracle Users Group for the world’s largest business software company, and he gained broad recognition in the IT marketplace as CEO of Expand Beyond Corp. He is one of the founding fathers of the mobile business software market and widely recognized as a leading authority in the IT industry. Kaplan has architected and led implementation of some of the most successful and visible data centers and applications for Fortune 500 companies including 3Com, Hallmark, Merck, and the Chicago Board Options Exchange.

Best-Selling Expertise. Kaplan is the co-author of six best-selling books, including the first-to-market, best-selling book on Windows 2000, three on Oracle, and two on baseball analytics. His work has been covered by more than 400 print, online, and broadcast outlets, including the TODAY, CNN, TIME, the History Channel, Chris Matthews Hardball, Newsweek, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, CIO, Financial Times, MSNBC, and the BBC. He also writes a monthly column in Oracle magazine, which reaches more than 800,000 subscribers.

Kaplan is a popular speaker at national and international technology conferences including Comdex, OracleWorld, the Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum, Wall Street Technology Association, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business. He received Caltech’s “Alumni of the Decade” distinction for pioneering groundbreaking sabermetrics used to evaluate pitcher talent. Crain’s Chicago Business also recognized his work in business, baseball, and humanitarian endeavors by including him in their annual “40 Under 40” cover story. Sports Illustrated named him a “Top 10 General Manager Candidate” in 2011.

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Moneyball, Big Data, and the Data Scientist

Cross-Industry Lessons from Moneyball Analytics. AriBall president and the “real Moneyball guy” Ari Kaplan shares insights on how to use data to make decisions. Interspersed with amazing, insider baseball stories and great visuals, he looks at how to tie big data and analytics together to get immediately actionable insights. From measuring performance trends and creating analytics for the past, present, and future to finding actionable patterns in data and using this intelligence to find real business opportunities, his presentation is a strategic look at how to use smart analysis to drive growth and success in any business sector. He also addresses how to break-out luck versus skill, identify personal tendencies to your advantage, and find events preceding a business issue and then track recovery post event. In a customizable presentation, Ari Kaplan sits at the intersection of technology, analytics, and results and shows audiences how they can do the same.

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