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.
The Sept. 20th., 2013 TDWI Vancouver chapter meeting chronicled a four week period at PlentyOfFish this spring when Tommy and a colleague wrangled a huge data set, created a pragmatic solution to a big data architecture problem, and generated actionable analysis. In 4 weeks! The presentation covered some of the data wrangling techniques, the data architecture choices they made along the way, the budget-friendly hardware and open source software they made work, and the data exploration tools and techniques they used such as CART Trees and step-wise regression analysis.
The education session spotlight was on the SFU Beedie School of Business “Building the Talent Pool: Business Analytics and the Beedie School at SFU. The Beedie School of Business at SFU is working to develop student capabilities in business analytics. The school has launched an undergraduate certificate in Business Analytics and Decision Making as a complement to their BBA degree. Students graduate from the certificate by completing 8 courses including a capstone experience featuring teams developing recommendations from large industry data sets. The Beedie School is expanding by creating programs to enhance the skills of practicing professionals and those interested in developing capabilities and implementing business analytic solutions.
John Dill, Ph.D., School of School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University
A Professor Emeritus in the School of Engineering Science at Simon Fraser University, Dill received his PhD from The California Institute of Technology. He is Principal Investigator for SFU’s Visual Analytics Research Lab which develops new visualization methods a variety of areas including large manufacturing concerns, health sciences, and critical infrastructure protection. Prior positions include Cornell University and the GM Research Laboratories in the U.S. His current research interests include visual analytics, and information visualization.
Dill is a member of the IEEE Information Visualization Conference’s Steering Committee, was co-Chair of the 2007 IEEE Visual Analytics Science and Technology Symposium and was Editor-in-Chief of IEEE’s Computer Graphics and Applications Editorial Board. Dill also served on the US National Visualization and Analytics Center’s National Research Agenda Panel and was appointed as the first NVAC Scholar.
David Dobson, Instructor, Faculty of Business, Simon Fraser University
David is a research professional with a strong background in Advanced Analytics, with over 12 years of extensive research data analysis experience in numerous industries and 6 years of post secondary teaching experience. David has an MBA from the University of Guelph and an MS in Analytics from North Carolina State University. David is an Instructor at Simon Fraser University, teaching courses in Decision and Marketing Sciences. He is also the CEO of Dobson Analytics Inc., a management consulting firm which specializes in research data analysis.
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