Tuesday, September 14, 2010

September 14, 2010 Meeting Featuring Nancy Williams

Creating a High-Impact BI Program
Dear Minneapolis and St. Paul Area BI and DW Professionals,
We cordially invite you to attend our upcoming TDWI Minneapolis Chapter meeting on September 14, 2010. This meeting features another well-known and influential industry thought leader, Nancy Williams who will present Creating a High-Impact BI Program - The BI Pathway Approach.  Hear Nancy’s insight, meet other local professionals, swap business cards, share ideas, and exchange career advice while listening to quality presentations in a vendor-neutral setting, which is the hallmark of TDWI education. Our meeting agenda is below.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
River Park I
3400 Yankee Drive
Eagan, MN 55121
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We are pleased that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota will host the September 14 meeting.  Preregistration will facilitate your entry to the meeting.
7:45 - 8:15 a.m.
Networking and Registration
8:15 – 8:30 a.m.
Introduction, Sponsor Recognition, and Chapter Business
8:30 – 9:45 a.m.
Creating a High-Impact BI Program - The BI Pathway Approach by Nancy Williams

While many organizations have made substantial investments in Business Intelligence, many struggle with increasing the maturity of their BI programs and delivering tangible business value.  It can be argued that at the root of this problem is the approach that organizations are currently using in managing and governing their BI Programs and in scoping, designing, and developing BI applications.  Join us to learn the highlights of the BI Pathway approach, regularly featured at TDWI conferences and widely recognized as one of the leading industry approaches to BI. 
Based on the highly rated book, The Profit Impact of Business Intelligence, BI Pathway is designed to overcome the common business, organizational, and technical risks that often get in the way developing mature BI capabilities.  Whether you are just getting started or are struggling to mature your existing BI program, the BI Pathway will provide you with the information you need to get on the road to BI success. 
This talk will include topics of interest to all levels of BI stakeholders, ranging from executives who are making significant investments in BI to those in charge of managing and delivering BI capabilities. 


·         Key Challenges: From Legacy Reporting to High-Impact BI
·         The BI Pathway Maturity Model:  Where Are You/Where Do You Want to Go
·         An Overview of BI Pathway - Phases and Activities
·         How to Develop A High-Impact BI Portfolio and Roadmap
·         BI Readiness - What is Your Organization Ready For?
·         The Keys To Designing and Developing High-Quality BI Applications
·         Aligning BI and Business Processes to Achieve Business Results
9:45 – 10:00 a.m.
Break and Networking
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Continues…Creating a High-Impact BI Program- The BI Pathway Approach by Nancy Williams
11:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Closing Comments, Door Prizes & Wrap-Up
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Presenter Bio

Nancy Williams
Vice President, Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing
DecisionPath Consulting
Nancy is a well-known BI industry educator, author, keynote speaker, and practitioner with more than 20 years of business management and technical experience.  She is the co-author of the industry recognized BI Pathway Approach to developing high-impact BI capabilities, which is featured as a full-day course at many TDWI conferences.  Nancy has provided BI consulting support to leading companies and government agencies including Marriott International, McCormick, Legg Mason, the Social Security Administration, and the US Treasury.
In addition to teaching at TDWI conferences for a decade, Nancy has authored or co-authored articles in numerous publications, including Oracle’s Profit Magazine, Strategic Finance, and the Business Intelligence Journal.  She is also co-author of the highly-rated book The Profit Impact of Business Intelligence.  Nancy received her MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia.