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2014.04.05 – Tech Talk – Big Data, Big Insight – Rob Wilson (SAS)

Are you ready to see your data for all it’s worth?

Come on out and hear Rob show you how to put lightning-fast insights within everyone’s reach, regardless of the size of your organization – or your data.   Watch as he puts SAS Visual Analytics through its paces, using real data and real scenarios.

In this seminar you will see how you can apply today’s latest software and data visualization capabilities to address your specific business needs and interests.  With a laser focus on SAS Visual Analytics, you’ll discover how easy it is to manage complex, massive data sets and quickly create and share dynamic visuals.  You’ll also learn about on-the-fly forecasting, autocharting, “what does it mean?” pop-ups, and drag-and-drop capabilities.

Hear Rob describe how SAS Visual Analytics’ delivers your Big Data benefits:

  • The first end-to-end solution that radically affects the way you work with all your data
  • The only in-memory analytic engine that overcomes traditional relational database limitations
  • The most cost-effective way to scale your IT infrastructure using commodity hardware

Please join us and your fellow TDWI members for this exciting seminar – and be ready to see data for all it’s worth!

Speaker Profile: Rob Wilson, SAS

Rob Wilson is a Solution Specialist with SAS Canada, based in Vancouver and has been with SAS for over 6 years now .  Rob’s area of specialty is advanced analytics, reporting and visualization. Rob has extensive experience helping clients to overcome analytical challenges across multiple industries, including projects at TELUS, BC Hydro, WorksafeBC, ICBC and various provincial ministries.  Prior to SAS, Rob was the Manager of a CRM Database Marketing team at Intrawest and a database marketer at TELUS.

Agenda
08:45-09:00 Networking & Registration & Coffee/Muffin
09:00-10:15 Big Data, Big Insight
10:15-10:30 Questions, Networking, yet more coffee and that last muffin

Location
Deloitte Offices
Lions Room – 28th Floor
Bentall Four
1055 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver

Presentation Files
SAS – Visual Analytics Fact Sheet
SAS – Big Data Analytics (Slides)

2014.01.05 – Announcement – February 21st Panel Session & Dates for 2014

Happy New Year from TDWI Vancouver! We have scheduled the following dates for the 2014 Chapter Meetings: Feb 21, May 9, Sep 12, and Nov 14 Our next session on Fri. Feb 21 will be a panel discussion, moderated by Wayne Eckerson, about using governance frameworks to marshall big data in big organizations. Guest panelists will join us from local Vancouver companies. Follow the link below to register for this event. May 9 will be Mike Scofield, by popular request, on Data Management, Modeling and Development. Proceed to Registration 

Agenda and Location:

8:30 a.m. Networking & Registration 9-9:20 a.m. Education Information Session 9:20-10:20 Panel Session Part I 10:20-10:35 Break 10:35-11:35 Panel Session Part II 11:35-11:45 Final Comments and Networking The event will be held at: Deloitte Offices 26 Floor Learning Centre, Bentall Four 1055 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver

2013.11.11 – Data Anonymization: Goldcorp Case Study, BCIT Courses – Sandra Seres (Goldcorp), Dave Hewlett (Ideaca), Dr. Khaled El Emam (Privacy Analytics)

Please join us for the final information packed session of 2013. The November Chapter Meeting will include:

  • An educational update from BCIT
  • Data Anonymization by Dr. Khaled El Emam, founder and CEO of Privacy Analytics Inc.
  • A case study by Goldcorp & Ideaca

Education Update: Kevin Cudihee, Program Head for Computing Part-time Studies at BCIT

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In this role, Kevin is responsible for academic integrity as well as operations and business development. Kevin is a champion for Part-Time studies at BCIT and enjoys helping people achieve ongoing career success, one course at a time. His motto is “Start With Just One Course”

The School of Computing, Part-time Studies covers software development, including web and mobile application development, database design and administration, networking design and administration, plus expert level end-user application training.

Abstract for Privacy Analytics, Dr. Khaled El Emam

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Sharing and Using Personal Information for Secondary Purposes: An Enterprise Risk Management Framework Organizations are sitting on large amounts of valuable health, financial, and consumer data – whether they are healthcare providers, IT developers, insurers, governments or financial institutions. The analytical value in this data can be unlocked to improve efficiencies and to create new business opportunities if it can be used and disclosed. However there are key practical and privacy considerations which must be addressed in order to leverage this data. The purpose of this session is to describe a methodology for managing the risks of sharing and using personal information while addressing the key privacy concerns of anonymity and “stigmatizing analytics”. We will explore which information qualifies as “personal information”, including a review of how data can be re-identified, with reference to a number of recent real world examples. This will be followed by the presentation of a methodology that the attendees can use to assess and manage the re-identification risk of data sets. The methodology allows the sharing of high quality data that can credibly be claimed to be anonymous. Finally, the enterprise-level implementation of this risk management framework will be discussed in the context of a maturity model that can be used to evaluate organizational readiness and develop an implementation roadmap. In particular, governance mechanisms to address concerns about “stigmatizing analytics” or “creepy analytics”, especially that organizations are deploying new models for market manipulation, subliminal marketing, dynamic pricing practices, and where personalization is reaching new levels of sophistication.

Abstract for the Goldcorp Case Study by Ideaca

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This presentation will be focused on how Governance was included as a cornerstone to the Goldcorp Business Analytics Program. In particular, this discussion will explore the role governance is playing in earning trust for the program, securing business involvement, and increasing the value of the services we are able to offer.

Speaker Profiles:

Sandra Seres, Goldcorp

Sandra SeresSandra Seres, Director, IT Strategy, Analytics & Innovation, has been with Goldcorp since 2011.  Prior to that, she was a senior IT management consultant, working for over 20 years in diverse industries, including mining, utilities, telecommunications, retail, software, and social services in Canada, the USA and Chile. She has held senior IT management and consulting roles at Teck Resources, Business Objects, Placer Dome Inc., IBM, PwC Consulting and Andersen Consulting.  Bringing the power of information and technology in an easy-to-use way to all levels of business people – from executive to tradesperson – is a passion for her.  She is currently focused on expanding Goldcorp’s performance management solutions beyond the senior leadership team to the mine sites; she is also initiating the integration of financial and operational data in the enterprise analytics solutions.  She will discuss the importance of business driven data definitions in simplifying and clarifying the lineage and usability of data for performance management.

Dave Hewlett, Ideaca

A strong believer in the phrase ‘A good decision made on time is better than a bad decision made too late,’ Dave has spent over a decade leading large scale BI and Performance Management projects from start-up to success across a myriad of industries. Whether it be a program in the Airline Industry, Oil & Gas, Telecommunications, Government, or Mining, Dave believes that governance, process, and standards, coupled with an agile delivery framework, are the cornerstones for empowerment of data within any company, in any industry. Over the last year Dave has had the opportunity to serve as Program and Portfolio Manager for the Business Analytics Program at Goldcorp and will be presenting on the role that governance is playing in growing the maturity and success of Goldcorp’s Global Business Analytics Program.

Dr. Khaled El Emam, Privacy Analytics Inc.

Khaled El EmamDr. Khaled El Emam is the founder and CEO of Privacy Analytics Inc. As an entrepreneur, Khaled helped to start up five companies, all of them involved with data management and data analytics. He has worked in England, Scotland and Japan in various technical and management capacities.  At the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute, Khaled is a senior scientist and leads the multi-disciplinary Electronic Health Information Laboratory (EHIL) team, focusing on de-identification and re-identification risk. He is a world renowned expert in statistical de-identification and re-identification risk, and is one of only a handful of individuals known to be qualified to certify the anonymization of PHI in North America. Previously, Khaled was a Senior Research Officer at the National Research Council of Canada, and prior to that he was head of the Quantitative Methods Group at the Fraunhofer Institute in Kaiserslautern, Germany. To commercialize the results of his research, Khaled co-founded two companies. In 2003 and 2004, Khaled was ranked as the top systems and software engineering scholar worldwide by the Journal of Systems and Software based on his research on measurement and quality evaluation and improvement.  Khaled was one of the first Privacy by Design Ambassadors, he holds the Canada Research Chair in Electronic Health Information at the University of Ottawa, and is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University. He holds a PhD from the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, King’s College, at the University of London, England.

Proceed to Registration 

Agenda and Location:

8:30 a.m. Networking & Registration
9-9:20 a.m. BCIT Education Information Session
9:20-10:20 Privacy Analytics
10:20-10:35 Break
10:35-11:35 Goldcorp and Ideaca – Case Study
11:35-11:45 Final Comments and Networking

The event will be held at:
Deloitte Offices
26 Floor Learning Centre,
Bentall Four
1055 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver

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2013.11.08 – Tech Session with QlikView: Natural Analytics – Donald Farmer (QlikTech)

Today, in our always-connected business and social lives, we often complain of information overload and the deluge of decisions we face. But, when it comes to data analysis, you’re a natural.

As human beings, we could not survive without a mind to take such a vast range of information. We know how to find the patterns and indicators that make sense. And we feel compelled, by strong social bonds, to share our sense-making with others.In our business lives, surrounded by technology, we do not leave these instincts behind. We bring our innate and learned behaviors with us into the world of customers and accounts, targets and performance, competition and sales.

If only we could provide a software experience to complement and extend users’ innate skills. Can we not make complex data easily accessible? Can exploration and discovery find patterns and outliers and projections?  Can we supplement our intuitive sense-making? At Qlik, this is what we do, and we call it Natural Analytics: technologies, experiences and services designed to work with our natural critical skills to enhance our understanding of data through exploration and discovery. In this session, we’ll thoroughly explore what Natural Analytics means for you and your business. It’s a new field for many people, and I think you’ll find it compelling, fun and useful … naturally.

Proceed to Registration
Agenda:
8:30 a.m. Networking & Registration
9:00-11:00 a.m. Natural Analytics
The event will be held at:
Deloitte Offices
28th Floor Lions Room,
Bentall Four
1055 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver

Speaker Profile: Donald Farmer is the Vice President of Product Management for QlikTech, the leading vendor in the emerging field of “Business Discovery,” a user-driven approach to business intelligence. Donald is an internationally respected speaker and writer, with 30 years’ experience in data management and analysis.
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Donald has applied his knowledge in fields as diverse as archaeology and fish-farming. Before joining QlikTech, Donald was a leader of the Microsoft Business Intelligence team, working on new products for ETL, predictive analytics and OLAP.

An author of several books and many articles, Donald is also a Guest Professor at Southwestern University in Chongqing.  He is married to Alison, an artist, and lives in an experimental woodland house near Seattle.

Company Description: QlikTech (NASDAQ: QLIK) is a leader in Business Discovery – user driven Business Intelligence. Its Qlikview Business Discovery solution bridges the gap between traditional BI solutions and inadequate spreadsheet applications. http://www.qlikview.com/

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2013.06.14 – Tech Talk – Microsoft: Next Generation BI

Microsoft’s complimentary tech session on June 14, 2013 covered the Next Generation of Business Intelligence.

Microsoft’s Presentation is available here.

Today’s Business Intelligence (BI) platform must adapt to a whole new scope, scale, and diversity of information and data—and it must embrace the new ways that we discover and collaborate around information every day. Microsoft SQL Server 2012 SP1 empowers BI users through easy-to-use self-service capabilities for Office and SharePoint, while balancing the need to maintain credible, consistent data throughout the organization with robust data management capabilities. With Office and SharePoint 2013 release, Excel becomes a complete and powerful self-service BI tool. With the emergence of Big Data, it is all the more important to ensure that BI users are able to gain business insight from all available data, whether structured or unstructured.

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2013.08.02 – Tech Talk – Tableau: Visual Analytics for Everyone – Francois Ajenstat (Tableau)

Version 8 Explained. In this tech talk held by Tableau in Aug. 2nd., 2013, Francois Ajenstat, Director of Product Management for Tableau Software, described Tableau’s mission “Visual Analytics for Everyone”.

Presentation is available here.

Abstract of the session:

Tableau has just added a Cloud offering which already has over 200 customers just one (1) day after launch, and which will now be included as part of the presentation. Tableau Online is a hosted version of Tableau Server. It makes rapid-fire business analytics easier than ever. Share dashboards with your whole company and with customers and partners— in minutes. Provide live, interactive views of data that let people answer their own questions, right in a web browser or on a tablet.

  • The Tableau Shift: Why are large and small organizations choosing to re-energize their BI efforts with Tableau?
  • The Tableau Architecture: An overview of the newest Tableau product (Version 8) and how it fits into organizations from SMB to Enterprise-size.
  • The Tableau Stack: How you can use Tableau today to start testing out Big Data techniques on your data?
  • The Tableau Online: Hosted version of Tableau Server, share dashboards across entire company in minutes, rapid-fire business analytics is easier than ever with a live interactive view of data where users answer their own questions!

Speaker Profile:
As Director of Product Management, Francois Ajenstat is responsible for product strategy and product planning combining customer and partner feedback to set the strategic vision and leading the execution of new features and products. Prior to joining Tableau, Francois worked at Microsoft for 10 years in a number of different groups including SQL Server, Office and Trustworthy Computing. Prior to joining Microsoft, Francois worked for Cognos Corporation (acquired by IBM) leading strategic alliances with key industry partners such as IBM, HP, and Microsoft.

2013.09.28 – Announcement – Next Session Data Anonymization, Goldcorp Case Study, BCIT DW Courses

Please join us for the final information packed session of 2013. The November Chapter Meeting will include:

  • An educational update from BCIT
  • Data Anonymization by Dr. Khaled El Emam, founder and CEO of Privacy Analytics Inc.
  • A case study by Goldcorp & Ideaca

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Education Update: Kevin Cudihee, Program Head for part-time studies at BCIT

In this role, Kevin is responsible for academic integrity as well as operations and business development. Kevin is a champion for Part-Time studies at BCIT and enjoyes helping people achieve ongoing career success, one course at a time. His motto is “Start With Just One Course”

The School of Computing, Part-time studies covers software development, including web and mobile application development, database design and administration, networking design and administration, plus expert level end-user application training.

Abstract for Privacy Analytics, Dr. Khaled El Emam

Sharing and Using Personal Information for Secondary Purposes: An Enterprise Risk Management Framework Organizations are sitting on large amounts of valuable health, financial, and consumer data – whether they are healthcare providers, IT developers, insurers, governments or financial institutions. The analytical value in this data can be unlocked to improve efficiencies and to create new business opportunities if it can be used and disclosed. However there are key practical and privacy considerations which must be addressed in order to leverage this data. The purpose of this session is to describe a methodology for managing the risks of sharing and using personal information while addressing the key privacy concerns of anonymity and “stigmatizing analytics”. We will explore which information qualifies as “personal information”, including a review of how data can be re-identified, with reference to a number of recent real world examples. This will be followed by the presentation of a methodology that the attendees can use to assess and manage the re-identification risk of data sets. The methodology allows the sharing of high quality data that can credibly be claimed to be anonymous. Finally, the enterprise-level implementation of this risk management framework will be discussed in the context of a maturity model that can be used to evaluate organizational readiness and develop an implementation roadmap. In particular, governance mechanisms to address concerns about “stigmatizing analytics” or “creepy analytics”, especially that organizations are deploying new models for market manipulation, subliminal marketing, dynamic pricing practices, and where personalization is reaching new levels of sophistication.

Abstract for the Goldcorp Case Study by Ideaca

This presentation will be focused on how Governance was included as a cornerstone to the Goldcorp Business Analytics Program. In particular, this discussion will explore the role governance is playing in earning trust for the program, securing business involvement, and increasing the value of the services we are able to offer.

Watch for more details to follow for this and other events of interest including our next Tech Session to be held on Nov. 8th by QlikView.

Speaker Profiles:

Sandra Seres, Goldcorp

Sandra Seres, Director, IT Strategy, Analytics & Innovation, has been with Goldcorp since 2011.  Prior to that, she was a senior IT management consultant, working for over 20 years in diverse industries, including mining, utilities, telecommunications, retail, software, and social services in Canada, the USA and Chile. She has held senior IT management and consulting roles at Teck Resources, Business Objects, Placer Dome Inc., IBM, PwC Consulting and Andersen Consulting.  Bringing the power of information and technology in an easy-to-use way to all levels of business people – from executive to tradesperson – is a passion for her.  She is currently focused on expanding Goldcorp’s performance management solutions beyond the senior leadership team to the minesites; she is also initiating the integration of financial and operational data in the enterprise analytics solutions.  She will discuss the importance of business driven data definitions in simplifying and clarifying the lineage and usability of data for performance management.

Dave Hewlett, Ideaca

A strong believer in the phrase ‘A good decision made on time is better than a bad decision made too late,’ Dave has spent over a decade leading large scale BI and Performance Management projects from start-up to success across a myriad of industries. Whether it be a program in the Airline Industry, Oil & Gas, Telecommunications, Government, or Mining, Dave believes that governance, process, and standards, coupled with an agile delivery framework, are the cornerstones for empowerment of data within any company, in any industry. Over the last year Dave has had the opportunity to serve as Program and Portfolio Manager for the Business Analytics Program at Goldcorp and will be presenting on the role that governance is playing in growing the maturity and success of Goldcorp’s Global Business Analytics Program.

Dr. Khaled El Emam, Privacy Analytics Inc.

Dr. Khaled El Emam is the founder and CEO of Privacy Analytics Inc. As an entrepreneur, Khaled helped to start up five companies, all of them involved with data management and data analytics. He has worked in England, Scotland and Japan in various technical and management capacities.  At the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute, Khaled is a senior scientist and leads the multi-disciplinary Electronic Health Information Laboratory (EHIL) team, focusing on de-identification and re-identification risk. He is a world renowned expert in statistical de-identification and re-identification risk, and is one of only a handful of individuals known to be qualified to certify the anonymization of PHI in North America. Previously, Khaled was a Senior Research Officer at the National Research Council of Canada, and prior to that he was head of the Quantitative Methods Group at the Fraunhofer Institute in Kaiserslautern, Germany. To commercialize the results of his research, Khaled co-founded two companies. In 2003 and 2004, Khaled was ranked as the top systems and software engineering scholar worldwide by the Journal of Systems and Software based on his research on measurement and quality evaluation and improvement.  Khaled was one of the first Privacy by Design Ambassadors, he holds the Canada Research Chair in Electronic Health Information at the University of Ottawa, and is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University. He holds a PhD from the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, King’s College, at the University of London, England.

 Registration will open after the Nov. 8th Tech Session.

Agenda and Location:

8:30 a.m. Networking & Registration
9-9:20 a.m. BCIT Education Information Session
9:20-10:20 Privacy Analytics
10:20-10:35 Break
10:35-11:35 Goldcorp and Ideaca – Case Study
11:35-11:45 Final Comments and Networking

The event will be held at:
Deloitte Offices
26 Floor Learning Centre,
Bentall Four
1055 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver

Khaled El Emam

Speaker Profile: El Emam, Khaled

Dr. Khaled El Emam is the founder and CEO of Privacy Analytics Inc. As an entrepreneur, Khaled helped to start up five companies, all of them involved with data management and data analytics. He has worked in England, Scotland and Japan in various technical and management capacities.  At the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute, Khaled is a senior scientist and leads the multi-disciplinary Electronic Health Information Laboratory (EHIL) team, focusing on de-identification and re-identification risk. He is a world renowned expert in statistical de-identification and re-identification risk, and is one of only a handful of individuals known to be qualified to certify the anonymization of PHI in North America. Previously, Khaled was a Senior Research Officer at the National Research Council of Canada, and prior to that he was head of the Quantitative Methods Group at the Fraunhofer Institute in Kaiserslautern, Germany. To commercialize the results of his research, Khaled co-founded two companies. In 2003 and 2004, Khaled was ranked as the top systems and software engineering scholar worldwide by the Journal of Systems and Software based on his research on measurement and quality evaluation and improvement.  Khaled was one of the first Privacy by Design Ambassadors, he holds the Canada Research Chair in Electronic Health Information at the University of Ottawa, and is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University. He holds a PhD from the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, King’s College, at the University of London, England.

Andrew Gemino

Speaker Profile: Gemino, Andrew

Andrew Gemino (beedie.sfu.ca/profiles/AndrewGemino) is Associate Dean for the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University. He received his doctorate in Management Information Systems from UBC. his research in business intelligence systems and project management (www.PMPerspectives.org) is funded through grants from National Sciences and Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Andrew is an award-winning teacher who has taught in programs such as the CIOCAN Leadership Program, Certificate in Applied Business Analysis and Diploma in Applied Project Management Programs.

Thomas Levi

Speaker Profile: Levi, Thomas

Thomas Levi is Senior Data Scientist at PlentyOfFish. Tommy started out with a doctorate in Theoretical Physics and String Theory from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006. His post-doctoral studies in cosmology and string theory, where he wrote 19 papers garnering 600+ citations, then took him to NYU and finally UBC.  In 2012, his career singularity moment happened, and Tommy took on the role of Senior Data Scientist at POF, analyzing their billions of rows of data as part of a 5 person research team studded with PhDs in Physics, Computer Science and Machine Learning. The rapid pace at POF has meant that in the past year Tommy has also been involved in projects as diverse as scam detection, Bot detection, matching algorithms and lexical processing.