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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.

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.

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.

Richard Hines

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.

Armando Elias

Speaker Profile: Elias, Armando

Armando Elias, Sales Engineer at MicroStrategy

Armando is responsible for driving MicroStrategy’s initiative to deliver world-class Business Intelligence (BI) to the Western Canadian market. Armando has over 9 years of Sales and consulting experience on the enterprise software industry. He joined MicroStrategy in 2006 as a consultant on the US Pacific Northwest division where he supported BI implementations at major retail and financial customers. He relocated to Canada in 2008 and he is now based out of Vancouver.

He was born and raised in Mexico, where he also worked for Microsoft and Citrix Systems on various roles reporting to their Latin American divisions. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering for the Monterrey Institute of Technology and he is currently enrolled on the MBA program at UBC’s Sauder School of Business.

Rojin Nair

Speaker Profile: Rojin Nair

Rojin Nair, Senior Business Intelligence Architect, Fujitsu Consulting Canada
Rojin has over 18 years of Information Technology experience, of which nearly 13 have been spent as a Data Warehouse Business Intelligence specialist. Rojin is the founder member of the Vancouver chapter of TDWI (The Data Warehousing Institute) and has presented Business Intelligence topics at various professional seminars and workshops. Currently he is focused on Business Intelligence, Corporate Performance Management and Master Data Management solutions and services, R&D activities for Fujitsu in Canada and globally. Some of the R&D initiatives that he is pursuing are around ‘BI As A Service’, ‘BI – Cloud Computing’, ‘Ontology based semantic BI’, ‘BI and XBRL’.

Speaker Profile: Kelly Lautt and John West

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John West started out in software development, architecture and management. Kelly Lautt came from academia in computational modeling and statistical analysis of social systems. 11 years ago, John and Kelly founded a management consulting and custom software development company in Los Angeles, grew it to a couple dozen employees and sold it 5 years later to move back to Vancouver. John took a job at Fujitsu Consulting as a BI Solution Architect for western Canada and Kelly at Habañero consulting as their BI Practice Leader. Two years later, John joined forces with Kelly at Habañero.

In 2009, John and Kelly formed a new consultancy called North Star Business Intelligence where they have taken their combined 30 years of experience in BI and developed an approach and framework for successfully delivering positive business outcomes using BI.

As active members of the BI community, John and Kelly strive to disseminate their knowledge and experience as much as possible. To that end, they have created a popular BI Success podcast series called “Advocates of Value,” ranked highly in iTunes. They also have a blog and participate in the global community on Twitter.

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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Mobile + Social + Cloud + Big Data = Business Intelligence of the Future

Mobile, Social, Cloud, and Big Data technology trends are massively disrupting business and communication. Inaction is not an option for companies. Hear how to turn these trends into opportunities. BI technology is enabling companies to win in their markets. You need a competitive edge. Armando will discuss:

  • Unlimited Reach with Mobile
  • Mining the Social Explosion
  • Moving to the Cloud
  • Harnessing Big Data

Full presentation available here.
Speaker: Armando Elias, Sales Engineer at MicroStrategy
Date: 2011-11-25

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BI Agility: Is cloud BI ready for you?

A Cloud Business Intelligence vendors have been stirring up the BI scene for several years now. In their 2011 Enterprise Software Forecast, Gartner noted that ‘ease of use’ has surpassed ‘functionality’ as the dominant BI platform buying criterion. Much of this push toward the consumerization of BI has come from leading Cloud BI vendors pushing back against the complexity of traditional BI tools.

To many BI practitioners, cloud BI vendors seem to be advocating against many of the tools and processes they have become comfortable with in the name of end user simplicity and agility.

In this session BI veterans from Indicee will provide an overview of cloud BI and its fit for your project. We’ll look at the different approaches Cloud BI vendors are taking, the impact these approaches have on agility and how they compare to well known, traditional tools. As much as possible, this will be use case driven using real world examples of Cloud BI in use.

We’ll also look at some use cases that have traditionally been difficult for Cloud BI vendors and what trade-off decisions you’ll have to make in your quest for agility and end user adoption.
You’ll come away with a solid understanding what the Cloud BI landscape looks like, what benefits you can achieve from increased agility and a basis for deciding whether a Cloud BI solution might be right for your project.

View full presentation here.

Speaker: Graham Ross, VP Product Management, Indicee
Date: 2011-10-14