Friday, January 18, 2013

Open Source BI Considerations and Implications - Checklist and Guide - Lyndsay Wise

Are you curious about Open Source BI?  Most of us recognize the prevalence of open source tools like Apache, Linux, and MySQL in our data centers.  But many of us are also just beginning to consider the possibilities for open source business intelligence tools. 

We cordially invite you to attend the upcoming TDWI Minneapolis Chapter meeting on March 12, 2013. The theme of the March meeting is Open Source BI Considerations and Implications – Checklist and GuideThe meeting features another well-known and influential industry thought leader, Lyndsay Wise, who we welcome to the Twin Cities for an insightful presentation.  
This is a great topic for data warehouse and business intelligence managers, IT leaders directors, project managers, architects, sponsors, developers and analysts who wish to understand the implications of open source BI.  Join us as we explore this forward-looking topic. 

 (See Abstract Below).   

Learn these agile approaches from Lyndsay Wise, meet other local professionals, swap business cards, share ideas, and exchange technical and career advice while listening to a quality presentation in a vendor-neutral setting, which is the hallmark of TDWI education. Our meeting agenda is below.  


When:
Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where:
The Travelers 
385 Washington St.
Saint Paul, MN 55102

Phone: 651.310.7911

The meeting will be held in the Jackson Room of the South Building.

Parking in the Travelers Visitors Parking ramp is NOT available to attendees.  Two other parking options are:
1. Smith Ave. Ramp - 145 Smith Avenue between 5th street and Kellogg.
2. Seven Corners Lot (surface lot) just opposite the Smith Ave Ramp.

Directions please click here.

We are pleased that the Travelers will host our June meeting.  Preregistration will facilitate your entry to the meeting.
DON'T MISS THIS EVENT! Please RSVP below

Agenda:

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.
Networking and Registration
8:30 – 8:45 a.m.
Introduction and Chapter Business
8:45 – 9:30 a.m.
Open Source BI Considerations and Implications – Checklist and Guide – Lyndsay Wise


Abstract

Many considerations exist when looking at whether to adopt open source BI as your BI platform or as a supplementary solution within a broader BI infrastructure. By taking a step back and looking at infrastructure, business, and technical requirements, your organization will be better armed to make the right BI choices - whether open source or not.
 

The checklist is from her book, with an excerpt found on the Information-Management web site. 
9:30 – 10:0 a.m.
Break and Networking
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Open Source BI Considerations and Implications – Checklist and Guide – Lyndsay Wise  Part II
11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Q&A - discussion
11:30 - 12:45 p.m.
Closing Comments & Wrap-Up
DON'T MISS THIS EVENT! Please RSVP below
Space is limited so sign up early! To become a member at a 10% discount, please click here and use priority code mincpt1. For more information about TDWI Membership, contact chapters@tdwi.org.
To contact a Chapter officer, click on name of the officer located on the top right hand column of this page.
Follow Minneapolis chapter meeting notices on  Twitter: @TDWIMpls  or visit our local web site at   www.tdwimpls.org

Lyndsay Wise Bio

Lyndsay Wise is the president and founder of WiseAnalytics. Lyndsay has ten years of IT experience in business systems analysis, software selection, and implementation of enterprise applications. She provides consulting services for small and mid-sized companies and conducts research into leading technologies, market trends, BI products and vendors, mid-market needs, and data visualization.






Please note that TDWI membership, while encouraged, is not required to attend this TDWI Minneapolis  meeting. If you value the information and networking opportunities you experience at TDWI Chapter events, you can further empower your career by becoming a TDWI Member. TDWI Membership arms you with a powerful, comprehensive, and constantly growing selection of industry research, news, online content, and peer networking opportunities developed exclusively for Members. TDWI Members also receive discounts on TDWI conferences, seminars, and CBIP exams.
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Monday, August 13, 2012

In Memoriam: Glenn VanderGalien

We were devastated this past weekend to learn of the untimely passing of our long-time Vice President and Board Member, Glenn VanderGalien.  He has been our colleague, collaborator, and friend to since the very beginning of our chapter. 

Glenn dedicated many hours to the work of our local chapter and was always willing to lend advice, assist in organizing events and facilitating discussions.  He will be greatly missed.

Glenn leaves behind a wife and four children.  He was only 51 years old when he died on August 11, 2012.
Glenn’s obituary with funeral and memorial details can be found at the Star Tribune.  Please honor and remember Glenn by signing the guest book on the Star Tribune site.  His family and friends will find comfort and love in our tributes and accolades.

Rest in Peace, Glenn

Friday, May 25, 2012

TDWI Minneapolis June 12, 2012 The Future of IT: Radical Changes Ahead with David Wells

Dear Minneapolis and St. Paul Area BI and DW Professionals,
The Future of IT: Radical Changes Ahead
A lasting effect of the recession economy is radical change for information technology organizations and IT professionals.  As the economic recovery occurs, many things will to return to pre-recession conditions. But information technology has been forever changed. The BI and Data Warehouse areas will certainly be impacted by the prevailing trends on Software as a Service (SaaS) , Data as a Service (DaaS) and new IT/Business partnerships.  Radical changes are in store.
BI and Data Warehouse Professionals, Project and Program Managers, Executives, and business stakeholders will all be impacted by the changes ahead and David Wells will help us understand these impacts.  We are delighted to bring David back to the Twin Cities for our June 12 meeting.
This is our opportunity to learn from David’s insight, meet other local professionals, swap business cards, share ideas, and exchange technical and career advice while listening to a quality presentation in a vendor-neutral setting, which is the hallmark of TDWI education. Our meeting agenda is below.  

DON'T MISS THIS EVENT! Please RSVP below
Agenda:
When: Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: University of St. Thomas – Minneapolis Campus
Opus Hall 201 – downtown Minneapolis
1000 LaSalle Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Use this interactive map of the St. Thomas campus to locate Opus Hall and nearby parking.
Thanks to Jim O’Connor and the University of St. Thomas for hosting this event..

 Abstract:

The Future of IT: Radical Changes Ahead

A lasting effect of the recession economy is radical change for information technology organizations and IT professionals.  When the economic recovery occurs, many things will to return to pre-recession conditions. But information technology has been forever changed. Financially driven changes (“we can’t afford it”) quickly led to discovery driven changes (“we can live without it” and “we’ve found a better way”) that foretell a substantial IT shift. The change affects organizations, individuals, programs, and careers. With cloud computing, the need for large data centers is reduced. Software as a Service (SaaS) changes the developer role, and Data as a Service (DaaS) changes the DBA role. Social networking and collaboration tools redefine the nature of teamwork.  Data and technology savvy business managers change relationships and expectations. 
The next generation of IT must be lean, agile, and responsive. Expect to see many traditional IT responsibilities spin off to business units, and many IT jobs absorbed into business roles. Not just another cycle of decentralization, this is a fundamental change in the positioning of IT – a convergence where Business/IT alignment is no longer enough and Business/IT integration is the new goal. This change raises many big questions and many hard questions. What does it mean for your organization, for your BI and MDM programs, for data governance and for IT governance? These are but a few of the critical questions. Perhaps most importantly you need to know what it means for you and your IT career.

Agenda:

7:45 - 8:15 a.m. Networking and Registration
8:15 – 8:30 a.m. Introduction and Chapter Business
8:30 – 9:45 a.m. The Future of IT: Radical Changes Ahead – David Wells

9:45 - 10:00 a.m. Break and Networking
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. The Future of IT: Radical Changes Ahead – David Wells


Speaker’s Bio:

Dave Wells is consultant, mentor, and teacher in the field of business intelligence (BI). He brings to every consulting endeavor a unique and balanced perspective regarding the roles of technology in business. This perspective—refined through a career of more than 35 years that blended business and technical roles—helps to align business and information technology in the most effective ways. Dave focuses on strategic and organizational alignment as the keys to building and sustaining valuable and high-impact BI cultures and systems.

DON'T MISS THIS EVENT! Please RSVP below
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Additional chapter resources can be found at www.tdwimpls.org and at www.tdwichapters.org/minneapolis.

Monday, November 7, 2011

TDWI Minneapolis December 13, 2011 Extreme Scoping™ with Larissa Moss

Dear Minneapolis and St. Paul Area BI and DW Professionals,
Extreme Scoping™, An Agile Approach to Enterprise Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence
There is unanimous agreement among agile authors, experts, and practitioners that agile development works well for building small, stand-alone systems, including front-end BI applications, for one user or one department. However, there is considerable disagreement among these experts whether agile can work for large, complex systems like an enterprise data warehouse, which requires an enterprise perspective across many users and many departments for activities like data standardization, data integration, enterprise data modeling, business rules ratification, coordinated ETL data staging, common metadata, collectively architected databases, and so on. Today’s popular agile methodologies were not designed to address any of these additional EDW/BI-specific complexities and interdependencies. But the Extreme Scoping™ approach presented by Larissa Moss was specifically designed for enterprise data warehouse solutions because it merges agile principles with a robust EDW/BI methodology.
The December 13, TDWI Minneapolis meeting will feature Larissa Moss , who we bring back to the Twin Cities to expand our previous discussion on methodologies.  This session will help us understand best practices and pitfalls on the path to agile development.
This is our opportunity to learn from Larissa’s insight, meet other local professionals, swap business cards, share ideas, and exchange technical and career advice while listening to a quality presentation in a vendor-neutral setting, which is the hallmark of TDWI education. Our meeting agenda is below.
DON'T MISS THIS EVENT! Please RSVP below
Agenda:
When: Tuesday, December 13, 2011, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: University of St. Thomas – Minneapolis Campus
Opus Hall 201  – downtown Minneapolis
1000 LaSalle Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Use this interactive map of the St. Thomas campus to locate Opus Hall and nearby parking.

Parking tip:  Use the city-owned parking lot adjoining the campus by entering on Hennepin Ave at 10th.  The elevator can bring you directly to the second level where our meeting room is located.


Thanks to Jim O’Connor and the University of St. Thomas for hosting this event.

 

Agenda:

7:45 - 8:15 a.m. Networking and Registration
8:15 – 8:30 a.m. Introduction and Chapter Business
8:30 – 9:45 a.m. Extreme Scoping™, An Agile Approach to Enterprise Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence – Larissa Moss
9:45 - 10:00 a.m. Break and Networking
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Extreme Scoping™, An Agile Approach to Enterprise Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence – Larissa Moss
Speaker’s Bio
Larissa Moss is founder and president of Method Focus Inc., a company specializing in enterprise data warehousing (EDW) and business intelligence (BI). During her 31 years of IT experience, her focus has been on data management, project and program management, and methodologies. She speaks frequently at TDWI, DAMA, DQ, Cutter, and TD Partners conferences in the US and Europe on the topics of data warehousing, business intelligence, master data management, agile EDW/BI project management, EDW/BI methodologies, enterprise information architecture, data governance, and data quality. In addition to publishing numerous white papers and articles, she has co-authored the books Data Warehouse Project Management, Impossible Data Warehouse Situations, Business Intelligence Roadmap, and Data Strategy. She is currently working on her book Extreme Scoping™, An Agile Approach to EDW/BI. Her present and past associations include Teradata 3rd Party Influencers, IBM Gold Group, Cutter Consortium (BI Practice), TDWI, DAMA Los Angeles chapter, Relational Institute, and Codd & Date Consulting Group. She was a part-time faculty member at the Extended University of California Polytechnic University Pomona, and has been lecturing for TDWI, Cutter Consortium, MIS Training Institute, Professional Education Strategies Group, and Digital Consulting Inc. She can be reached at methodfocus@earthlink.net.

DON'T MISS THIS EVENT! Please RSVP below
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Additional chapter resources can be found at www.tdwimpls.org and at www.tdwichapters.org/minneapolis.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Enabling Business Success With Best Practices Data Management



 TDWI Minneapolis September 13, 2011






Does your organization maximize the asset value of its data?  

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of  Kansas City's objective was to turn data into an asset that created a competitive advantage. The resulting solution incorporates data from 45+ sources and provides a single view of vast amounts of information. In addition, a center of excellence was formed that brought technology and business staff together into a single organization accountable for data governance, data stewardship, and program execution. The solution has enabled efforts that improve member health, enhance operations, and reduce medical and administrative costs. The quantified benefits made possible by this initiative fall into four primary categories - improved data management efficiency (cost avoidance), reduced medical costs, elimination of outsourced health management programs, and increased revenue through customer retention. A conservative estimate quantifies the results at a 332 percent return on investment over a six-year period, with the breakeven point at 20 months into the effort. 

The September 13, 2011,TDWI Minneapolis meeting will feature Darren Taylor, who has led the efforts at BCBS Kansas City to transform the organization company to a data driven company. Darren will share key factors in their journey to success and glimpses into what's next. Specific topics will include organizational and culture change, moving data management from a project to a program, and connecting critical business functions to a data management program.

This is our opportunity to learn from Dan’s insight, meet other local professionals, swap business cards, share ideas, and exchange technical and career advice while listening to a quality presentation in a vendor-neutral setting, which is the hallmark of TDWI education.




DON'T MISS THIS EVENT!  
Agenda:
When: Tuesday, September 13, 2011, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota

River Park I
3400 Yankee Drive
Eagan, MN 55121

Directions please click here
We are pleased that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota will host the September 13 meeting. 
Preregistration will facilitate your entry to the meeting.

Agenda:

7:45 - 8:15 a.m. Networking and Registration
8:15 – 8:30 a.m. Introduction and Chapter Business
8:30 – 9:45 a.m. Enabling Business Success With Best Practices Data Management – Darren Taylor
9:45 - 10:00 a.m. Break and Networking
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Enabling Business Success With Best Practices Data Management – continued
Speaker’s Bio
Darren Taylor is the Vice President of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City's Enterprise Analytics and Data Management Division. He is currently accountable for the development, delivery and maintenance of business intelligence solutions; data management functions (data warehouse, data governance, etc.); and enterprise analytics, including actuarial services. Previous to his current assignment, Darren was accountable for the plans Integrated Business Systems Division which supports marketing, integrated health management, and member-centric operational areas of the company. Darren's other background includes 18 years of leadership experience in provider contracting and reimbursement, managed care system implementation, data warehousing, and healthcare analytics. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Truman State University and a Masters in Business Administration from Baker University.



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Additional chapter resources can be found at www.tdwimpls.org and at www.tdwichapters.org/minneapolis.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

TDWI Minneapolis June 14, 2011 Competing on Analytics with Dan Ingle

Dear Minneapolis and St. Paul Area BI and DW Professionals,
In the business book, Analytics at Work, authors Thomas Davenport and Jeanne G. Harris, propose that, “If we want to make better decisions and take the right actions, we have to use analytics.”

Professionals who work in BI and Data Warehousing aspire to transform their organizations by using analytics to achieve breakthrough results and help the organizations out-think and out-execute the competition.

The June 14, 2011 TDWI Minneapolis meeting will feature Dan Ingle, who has led this transformation at Kelley Blue Book.  Dan will share how Kelley Blue Book has embraced analytical technologies and techniques to transform the company to a data driven analytics organization. You will learn best practices and pitfalls on the path to virtuosity with data.

This meeting is our opportunity to learn from Dan’s insight, meet other local professionals, swap business cards, share ideas, and exchange technical and career advice while listening to a quality presentation in a vendor-neutral setting, which is the hallmark of TDWI education. Our meeting agenda is below.

DON'T MISS THIS EVENT! Please RSVP below


 
Agenda:
When: Tuesday, June 14, 2011, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: The Travelers
385 Washington St.
Saint Paul, MN 55102

Phone: 651.310.7911

The meeting will be held in the Jackson Room of the South Building. 

Parking in the Travelers Visitors Parking ramp is NOT available to attendees.  Two other parking options are:
1. Smith Ave. Ramp - 145 Smith Avenue between 5th street and Kellogg.
2. Seven Corners Lot (surface lot) just opposite the Smith Ave Ramp.

Directions please click here.

We are pleased that the Travelers will host our June meeting.  A special thanks to Sriram Pidaparti.
Preregistration will facilitate your entry to the meeting.

Agenda:

7:45 - 8:15 a.m. Networking and Registration
8:15 – 8:30 a.m. Introduction and Chapter Business
8:30 – 9:45 a.m. Competing on Analytics -  Dan Ingle
  Abstract
Kelley Blue Book, a privately-held automotive information company, is transforming itself into a data-driven analytics company with data as its key competitive asset. To meet market demand and maintain its competitive edge, the company creates analytical models against large volumes of internal and external data to drive nearly every facet of its business. To achieve greater efficiencies and maintain a strong advantage in the market, the company has embraced new analytical technologies and techniques. It has moved its data to new platforms, embedded analytical functions inside its database and established new models that efficiently deliver the most current vehicle forecasts possible.  The company has also reorganized the majority of its development projects to bridge the divide between analysts and data management teams. This session will examine best practices and pitfalls in delivering big data analytics.
9:45 - 10:00 a.m. Break and Networking
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Competing on Analytics – Dan Ingle
Speaker’s Bio
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Dan Ingle is currently the Vice President of Analytic Insights & Technology for southern California based Kelley Blue Book, the trusted resource for vehicle valuations and related content.  He has 20 years of experience delivering data-centric technology solutions ranging from B2C financial lending platforms over the web, to client-server based vehicle configuration and valuation systems, to large-scale enterprise data warehouse environments including business intelligence tool suites.  At the core of the majority of his work has been the continuous evolution and growing demand across many businesses in most industries to maximize extremely valuable corporate data assets through the integration of analytic methods and implementation of data management best practices.  Dan holds a degree in Management Information Systems from Ohio University. 

DON'T MISS THIS EVENT! Please RSVP below
Follow Minneapolis chapter meeting notices on Twitter: @TDWIMpls
Additional chapter resources can be found at www.tdwimpls.org and at www.tdwichapters.org/minneapolis.

 

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

TDWI Minneapolis June 14, 2011 Competing on Analytics with Dan Ingle

Dear Minneapolis and St. Paul Area BI and DW Professionals,
In the best-selling business book, Good to Great, author Jim Collins proposes that "Breakthrough results come about by a series of good decisions, diligently executed and accumulated one on top of another.”

Those of us who work in BI and Data Warehousing aspire to transform our organizations to use analytics to achieve breakthrough results and help our organizations out-think and out-execute our competition.

The June 14, TDWI Minneapolis meeting will feature Dan Ingle, who has led this transformation at Kelley Blue Book.  Dan will share how Kelley Blue Book has embraced analytical technologies and techniques to transform the company to a data driven analytics organization. You will learn best practices and pitfalls on the path to virtuosity with data.

This meeting is our opportunity to learn from Dan’s insight, meet other local professionals, swap business cards, share ideas, and exchange technical and career advice while listening to a quality presentation in a vendor-neutral setting, which is the hallmark of TDWI education. Our meeting agenda is below.

DON'T MISS THIS EVENT! Please RSVP below



Agenda:
When: Tuesday, June 14, 2011, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: The Travelers
385 Washington St.
Saint Paul, MN 55102

Phone: 651.310.7911

The meeting will be held in the Jackson Room located near the entrance to the South Building.
Parking in the Travelers Visitors Parking ramp is NOT available to attendees.  Two other parking options are:

1. Smith Ave. Ramp - 145 Smith Avenue between 5th street and Kellogg.
2. Seven Corners Lot (surface lot) just opposite the Smith Ave Ramp.

Directions please click here.

We are pleased that the Travelers will host our June meeting.  A special thanks to Sriram Pidaparti.
Preregistration will facilitate your entry to the meeting.

 Agenda:

7:45 - 8:15 a.m. Networking and Registration
8:15 – 8:30 a.m. Introduction and Chapter Business
8:30 – 9:45 a.m. Competing on Analytics -  Dan Ingle
Abstract
Kelley Blue Book, a privately-held automotive information company, is transforming itself into a data-driven analytics company with data as its key competitive asset. To meet market demand and maintain its competitive edge, the company creates analytical models against large volumes of internal and external data to drive nearly every facet of its business. To achieve greater efficiencies and maintain a strong advantage in the market, the company has embraced new analytical technologies and techniques. It has moved its data to new platforms, embedded analytical functions inside its database and established new models that efficiently deliver the most current vehicle forecasts possible.  The company has also reorganized the majority of its development projects to bridge the divide between analysts and data management teams. This session will examine best practices and pitfalls in delivering big data analytics.
9:45 - 10:00 a.m. Break and Networking
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Competing on Analytics – Dan Ingle
Speaker’s Bio
daningle-headshot2
Dan Ingle is currently the Vice President of Analytic Insights & Technology for southern California based Kelley Blue Book, the trusted resource for vehicle valuations and related content.  He has 20 years of experience delivering data-centric technology solutions ranging from B2C financial lending platforms over the web, to client-server based vehicle configuration and valuation systems, to large-scale enterprise data warehouse environments including business intelligence tool suites.  At the core of the majority of his work has been the continuous evolution and growing demand across many businesses in most industries to maximize extremely valuable corporate data assets through the integration of analytic methods and implementation of data management best practices.  Dan holds a degree in Management Information Systems from Ohio University. 

DON'T MISS THIS EVENT! Please RSVP below
Follow Minneapolis chapter meeting notices on Twitter: @TDWIMpls
Additional chapter resources can be found at www.tdwimpls.org and at www.tdwichapters.org/minneapolis.