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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)

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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/

Meeting August 24th, 2012 – Mobility! How to effectively manage mobility data through new and evolving analytics initiatives

The rapid adoption of mobile devices spanning a diversifying array of smartphones, tablets, GPSs and machine-to-machine endpoints is resulting in an equally significant explosion in the amount of data being generated and consumed. Mobile analytics an emerging set of technologies focused on extracting the value contained within this data by identifying patterns, preferences, and trends, often in real time. With applications such as the aggregation of traffic information to determine optimal driving routes, to farmers knowing exactly when and where to apply irrigation or fertilizers, to businesses being able to better identify the habits of their best customers, this space is attracting significant interest and investment.

Join us for a presentation covering the exciting new opportunities presented by mobile analytics, and what you need to be aware of

View full presentation here

Presenter:

Kelly McDonaldKelly McDonald, Manager, Systems Integration and Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) Practice, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Mr. Kelly McDonald is a Manager in Deloitte & Touche LLP’s Systems Integration and Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) practices. He is a member of Deloitte’s Mobility practice and leads its Unified Communications initiative in Canada.  With over 10 years of experience in the telecom and IT sectors, he has worked with large telecom equipment vendors, carriers, large financial institutions and in the public sector. His technical  background covers a broad range of communications technologies including mobility, VoIP (enterprise and carrier), Optical networks, SS7/AIN, unified communications, communication enabled applications and 4G wireless.

Kelly has held a variety of positions  in multiple business roles including project management, product development, customer relationship management, marketing, organizational development, system life cycle planning, high performance team leadership, program governance and customer support. He is a contributor to Deloitte’s 2012 Technology Predictions and has had articles on Application Modernization published in Canadian Government Executive magazine. Mr. McDonald holds MBAs from the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University and Queen’s School of Business at Queen’s University and a Computer Science Degree from the University of Calgary.  He is a Certified Management Consultant, a Lean 6δ Greenbelt and Project Management Professional.

Driving User Adoption for BI and Business Analytics Solutions

As we all know, a strong, foundational approach to Business Intelligence will support a broad range of information capabilities in an organization. While we often start with some basic reports and dashboards, there will come a point when the Business Intelligence assets can be leveraged to deliver on more advanced capabilities such as analytics or predictive modeling. In this case, we need to be considerate of how an organization can be positioned to be successful and reach a broad audience. This presentation will provide an overview of some of the current ideas and approaches used by organizations to support the adoption and evolution of Business Intelligence capabilities. This will include:

  • Cultural change
  • Communities of practice
  • Business Intelligence Competency Centers
  • Utilizing multiple BI technologies

Full presentation available here.

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Speaker: Richard Hines, TDWI Instructor, Partner at Ideaca

 

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May 25, 2012 Meeting

2012 TDWI Vancouver Chapter Dates

Mark Your Calendar – May 25, Aug 24, Nov 23

May 25, 2012  

TDWI Vancouver Chapter update: 9:00-9:10am

First Presentation:     9:10-10:10am

Title:    Driving User Adoption for BI and Business Analytics Solutions

Abstract:

As we all know, a strong, foundational approach to Business Intelligence will support a broad range of information capabilities in an organization.  While we often start with some basic reports and dashboards, there will come a point when the Business Intelligence assets can be leveraged to deliver on more advanced capabilities such as analytics or predictive modeling.  In this case, we need to be considerate of how an organization can be positioned to be successful and reach a broad audience.  This presentation will provide an overview of some of the current ideas and approaches used by organizations to support the adoption and evolution of Business Intelligence capabilities.  This will include:

  • Cultural change
  • Communities of practice
  • Business Intelligence Competency Centers
  • Utilizing multiple BI technologies

Biography:

Richard Hines, TDWI Instructor, Partner at Ideaca

Richard HinesA trusted thought leader in Business Intelligence, Richard has been immersed in the discipline since 1995, when he delivered one of the very first Performance Dashboards for British Telecom in Europe.  His depth of knowledge regarding technology and its strategic impact on decision making has made him a regular speaker at industry forums in Canada and the United States. He has held leadership positions in the United Kingdom, Australia, the United States and Canada. Richard has taught multiple TDWI courses, as one of only two Canadians certified to deliver their educational materials.

Coffee and networking break     10:10 -10: 30am

Second Presentation: 10:30-11:30AM

Title:    Learn how to maximize your return on Big Data

Abstract

Big data means all data, including both transaction and interaction data, in sets whose size or complexity exceeds the ability of commonly used technologies to capture, manage and process at a reasonable cost and timeframe.  The wealth of new data surrounding us can bring unprecedented business opportunities, but few organizations today are equipped to realize the full benefit.  Learn how to maximize your return on Big Data by leveraging emerging technologies like Hadoop.

Biography:

Rob Meyer, Informatica

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Rob Meyer is the Senior Director of Product Marketing of the Data Integration Business Unit at Informatica. He is responsible for all go-to-market activities for Informatica’s core data integration products including PowerCenter, PowerExchange, Metadata Manager and Data Services. Rob has worked for nearly twenty years in marketing, product management and engineering on business intelligence, integration, messaging and SOA technologies at startups and larger companies including Hyperion, Microsoft, Oracle and TIBCO.

Looking Ahead to    August 24th:

Double session on Mobility – don’t miss this one!

DOUBLE Presentation:

Title:    How to effectively manage mobility data through new and evolving analytics initiatives.

Abstract:

A discussion on Mobility ecosystem trends, the proliferation of data as a result, and the need to effectively manage this data through new and evolving analytics initiatives. Second half would be a case study of a current telecom client who is looking to monetize LBS (Location Based Services) and M2M (Machine to Machine) data with B2C (Business to Customer) and B2E (Business to Employee) clients.

Biography:

Andrew Szabo,    Senior Manager, Enterprise Mobility, Deloitte

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Over the past fifteen years, Andrew has worked with large North American energy, banking, telecom, manufacturing and defense firms, as well as federal and municipal governments in general strategy/technology consulting, process design and system implementations.  Andrew managed the  implementation of large scale  mainframe  and distributed based system implementations at Bank of America, Wachovia, Citi Bank, and Wells Fargo for more than 5 years.

Andrew also ran a national consulting practice at a large carrier where he was involved with strategy development and intricate system design for wireless networks (P2P and P2MP, public and private), mobility cost management, applications development, customer experience management, middleware and backend integration, process enablement and risk governance for Fortune 50 Clients.

Andrew’s main focus is to help clients with properly designed and implemented mobility strategies to transform a firm’s customer experience, bottom line and operational efficiencies.

Andrew holds an MBA from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

Managing Enterprise and Operational Analytics

Why Business Intelligence Just Became Complicated

In the early days of Business Intelligence, the focus was on awareness of the discipline and developing sound approaches and methodologies to ensure success and drive business value. Now, awareness is not a problem, but proliferation of the concept is. As more and more operational applications are including Business Intelligence capabilities out-of-the-box, how have the key concepts originally envisioned for the BI discipline come into question. In many ways, the original vision for Business Intelligence has both expanded and contracted. Regardless of whether one believes this to be a positive or negative, it is reality and we now need to ensure that we properly understand what this means for Business Intelligence initiatives and the future of the discipline in general. This session will cover:

  • How has Business Intelligence become complicated and what does this mean for current initiatives?
  • How can we manage Operational and Enterprise BI initiatives without impacting the business user community
  • Can we embrace BI-in-a-box, and maintain the integrity of one version of the truth?
  • What does the future of BI hold for information integrity and decision making accountability?

Full presentation available here…

Speaker: Richard Hines, TDWI Instructor, Partner at Ideaca
Date: Febraury 10, 2012

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The Future of Business Analytics: What Corporate Canada Is Looking For

In recent years, there has been a surge in using analytics for business decision making in the corporate world. Most businesses, regardless of industry, collect some sort of customer data. That, along with increased computing power, has created greater analytics opportunities.

This, in turn, has resulted in a huge demand for university graduates to fill in the analytics “shoes” for such companies. These organizations are looking for graduates that are not only able to use analytical technology, but also able to understand its business implications.

In response to the increase in demand for individuals with business analytics training, the Faculty of Business Administration at Simon Fraser University explored the possibility of offering a Master’s degree in this field.
To assess the demand of such a program, the University conducted a market research study. The University surveyed analytical users from various industries to understand how analytics is used in their organization and how analytical their companies are. In this presentation, you will learn the findings of the survey.

Speaker: David Dobson
Date: 2010-09-24

Read the Industry Survey Summary Report: Market Feasibility for a Graduate Program in Business Analytics at SFU here.

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Predictive Analytics: How to architect MDM and Analytics into your Enterprise Information Management Framework

Packaged solutions have not delivered fully on the promise to optimize
supply chain, improve resource planning, or get up close and personal with
customers. To fully leverage the growing mountains of data for competitive
advantage it is necessary to integrate operational and analytical worlds.
From its inception SAS has enabled organizations to compete on analytics
using the most advanced techniques for forecasting, optimization, and data
mining. Analytics is a natural step for MDM where analytics can be plugged
into business processes pervasively across the enterprise.

Hear the steps that are necessary to architect MDM and Analytics into your
enterprise information management framework and ensure that the people,
process, and technology are in place from organization culture, data
management, analytics, governance and technology. Go to presentation.

Speaker: Marc Smith, Solutions Architect, SAS Canada
Date: 2010-06-25