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2015.06.05 – Predictive Analytics of Big Data & IoT ‘Bakeoff’ – SAS, Microsoft, SAP, IBM

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Please join us at TDWI Vancouver Chapter on Friday June 5th, for what may be the hottest ticket of the year. You will see four (4) of the top predictive analytics vendors in the world presenting why their product line is, and will remain, worthy of your consideration as you prepare and augment your ‘Analytics Workbench’.

The aim of Predictive Analytics is create actionable insights into your regular volumes of data, especially when intertwingled with Big Data and the rising tsunami of ‘mobilicity dust’ from the Internet of Things.

SAS, Microsoft, SAP and IBM have each been tasked with showing you a vision of how their Predictive Analytics toolsets can help your organization discover, adopt and drive predictions from all the wild new data sources. This should be fun!

Predictive Analytics:

When: Friday June 5th, 2015
8:40am to 2:30pm
Where: Sierra Systems
25th Floor (Whistler Room)
1177 West Hastings Street, Vancouver


08:40 – 09:00 a.m. Networking, Registration & Coffee/Muffin
09:00 – 09:50 a.m. SAS
Question & Answers, 1st Door Prize Draw, Coffee
10:00 – 10:50 a.m. Microsoft
Question & Answers, 2nd Door Prize Draw
11:00 – 11:30 a.m. Early Lunch – either pizza or sandwiches
11:30 – 12:20 p.m. SAP
Question & Answers, 3rd Door Prize Draw, Coffee
12:30 – 13:20 a.m. IBM
Question & Answers, Final Door Prize Draw
13:30 – 14:00 a.m. Networking, one more piece of pizza…


Don’t Miss This Chance to Connect with:

Four of the leading vendors of Predictive Analytics in the world! Invitations will have more information on presenters and IoT topic.

Click here to register for the this upcoming event

Space is limited so sign up early!

Upcoming Meetings

Mark your calendars for these regular quarterly meetings, hopefully we will also have more TechTalks as well.• Aug 07, 2015 – BI tool Bakeoff (tentatively Qlik, Tableau, Information Builders, +MS)
• Sep 04, 2015 – local success stories in BI – please give us a shout to share
• Nov 13, 2015 – Big Data in Healthcare, Internet of Things in Healthcare

2014.02.13 – Aaron Zornes – Experts Panel: Best Practices in MDM of Customer Data – Presentation

Thank you for attending our February 13th presentation. Aaron Zornes has agreed to share her presentation with those who registered and attended the session.

Mark your schedule for these upcoming events:

  • May 08, 2015: BI tool face-off
  • Sep 04, 2015: Local success stories in BI
  • November 13, 2015: TBD

Here is the presentation Aaron delivered: Aaron Zornes – Best Practices in MDM

2014.11.14 – 10 Ways to Align Information Governance & Mgt in Complicated Environments – Gwen Thomas – Nov 14 Presentation

Thank you for attending our November 14th presentation. Gwen Thomas has generously agreed to share her presentation with those who registered and attended the sessionI.

Thanks again from TDWI Vancouver for attending this informative session and mark your schedule for these upcoming events. Registration will be available soon – expect the first invitation mid-January.

  • February 13, 2015: Panel on MDM moderated by Aaron Zorned (head of the MDM Institute)
  • May 08, 2015: BI tool face-off
  • Sep 04, 2015: Local success stories in BI
  • November 13, 2015: TBD

Here is the presentation Gwen delivered. Gwen-Thomas-slidedeck-for-TDWI-Vancouver-20141114

CANCELLED: 2014.09.12 – 10 Ways to Align Information Governance & Mgt in Complicated Environments – Gwen Thomas (The International Finance Corporation)

CANCELLED last minute because Gwen Thomas has a personal emergency

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Dear Vancouver BI/DW and Analytics Professionals,
Please join us on Friday September 12th, for our 3rd TDWI Vancouver quarterly session of 2014, where Gwen Thomas, Founder of the Data Governance Institute, will present on:
“10 Ways to Align Information Governance & Mgt in Complicated Environments”

It’s easy to lose sight of how data provides value to an organization if you’re mapping your efforts and accountabilities to the paradigm of “Business + IT”, especially if your enterprise environment is complicated.  Now, decision-making becomes complex for funding, requirements alignment, architecture, and other areas. This session provides a framework, tips, and stories from the trenches on how to approach “B+I+T” alignment in a way that demonstrates your commitment to providing transparency and value to the Business.

Gwen Thomas is a Data Governance pioneer, helping to define and evangelize the field.  Founder of the Data Governance Institute (DGI) and primary author of the DGI Data Governance Framework and guidance materials found at, she has influenced hundreds of programs around the globe. In the spring of 2013, Gwen joined the International Finance Corporation, part of the World Bank Group, as their Corporate Data Advocate.

Gwen Thomas – DGI
Friday September 12th, 2014
8:40am to 11:50am
Where: Deloitte Offices
26th Floor (Learning Centre), Bentall Four
1055 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver


8:40 – 9:00 a.m. Networking, Registration & Coffee/Muffin
9:00 – 10:15 a.m. 10 Ways to Align Information Governance & Mgt in Complicated Environments
10:15 – 10:30 a.m. Networking,  more coffee
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. 10 Ways to Align Information Governance & Mgt in Complicated Environments
11:30 – 11:50 a.m. Questions, Networking, yet more coffee and that last muffin


Don’t Miss This Chance to Connect with:

Gwen Thomas – Global Thought Leader in Information Governance and Strategy

Click here to register for the this upcoming event

Also mark your calendars, next quarterly session: November 14th, 2014.

2014.06.06 – Tech Talk – QlikView and Big Data: Have it Your Way – David Freriks (Qlik)

“Big Data” is the newest and most over-used current buzzword floating
around in the analytics industry. In our session we will discuss:

  • What really is Big Data?
  • How do we separate hype from reality?
  • How does that relate to actually finding useful business information?
  • Why is Qlik unique in leading the industry in solving Big Data solutions?

Big Data’s promised benefits are not realized until there is a way for business users to easily analyze data. Register now to find out how QlikView can help your users release Big Data’s promise!

Agenda (June 6)
08:40 – 9:00 Networking & Registration & Coffee/Muffin
9:00 – 10:30 QlikView and Big Data – Have It Your Way!
10:30 – 10:45 Questions, Networking, yet more coffee and that last muffin

Deloitte Offices
Lions Room – 28th Floor
Bentall Four
1055 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver

DON’T MISS THIS EVENT! Please RSVP today at TDWI Vancouver Chapter registration site

Speaker Profile:  David Freriks, Principal Solution Architect, Qlik
Dave is a Principal Architect at Qlik, the leading data discovery
analytics vendor in the data intelligence space.  Dave has been
involved in data warehousing and Business Intelligence for over 18
years and has worked previously at BP, Cognos, and was a Director at
SAP on both the HANA and BOBJ Center of Excellent teams. David brings
the perspective he gained while participating in all those BI Giants
evolutions, and stands ready to answer your questions about how to
pragmatically make your organization’s Big Data speak.

Presentation Files
QlikView – Tech Talk – Have It Your Way (Slides)

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.

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

Deloitte Offices
Lions Room – 28th Floor
Bentall Four
1055 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver

Presentation Files
SAS – Visual Analytics Fact Sheet
SAS – Big Data Analytics (Slides)

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
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.
Donald Farmer

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.

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.

2013.08.02 – Tech Talk – Tableau: Visual Analytics for Everyone – Francois Ajenstat (Tableau)

Version 8 Explained. In this tech talk held by Tableau in Aug. 2nd., 2013, Francois Ajenstat, Director of Product Management for Tableau Software, described Tableau’s mission “Visual Analytics for Everyone”.

Presentation is available here.

Abstract of the session:

Tableau has just added a Cloud offering which already has over 200 customers just one (1) day after launch, and which will now be included as part of the presentation. Tableau Online is a hosted version of Tableau Server. It makes rapid-fire business analytics easier than ever. Share dashboards with your whole company and with customers and partners— in minutes. Provide live, interactive views of data that let people answer their own questions, right in a web browser or on a tablet.

  • The Tableau Shift: Why are large and small organizations choosing to re-energize their BI efforts with Tableau?
  • The Tableau Architecture: An overview of the newest Tableau product (Version 8) and how it fits into organizations from SMB to Enterprise-size.
  • The Tableau Stack: How you can use Tableau today to start testing out Big Data techniques on your data?
  • The Tableau Online: Hosted version of Tableau Server, share dashboards across entire company in minutes, rapid-fire business analytics is easier than ever with a live interactive view of data where users answer their own questions!

Speaker Profile:
As Director of Product Management, Francois Ajenstat is responsible for product strategy and product planning combining customer and partner feedback to set the strategic vision and leading the execution of new features and products. Prior to joining Tableau, Francois worked at Microsoft for 10 years in a number of different groups including SQL Server, Office and Trustworthy Computing. Prior to joining Microsoft, Francois worked for Cognos Corporation (acquired by IBM) leading strategic alliances with key industry partners such as IBM, HP, and Microsoft.

Speaker Profile: El Emam, Khaled

Dr. Khaled El Emam is the founder and CEO of Privacy Analytics Inc. As an entrepreneur, Khaled helped to start up five companies, all of them involved with data management and data analytics. He has worked in England, Scotland and Japan in various technical and management capacities.  At the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute, Khaled is a senior scientist and leads the multi-disciplinary Electronic Health Information Laboratory (EHIL) team, focusing on de-identification and re-identification risk. He is a world renowned expert in statistical de-identification and re-identification risk, and is one of only a handful of individuals known to be qualified to certify the anonymization of PHI in North America. Previously, Khaled was a Senior Research Officer at the National Research Council of Canada, and prior to that he was head of the Quantitative Methods Group at the Fraunhofer Institute in Kaiserslautern, Germany. To commercialize the results of his research, Khaled co-founded two companies. In 2003 and 2004, Khaled was ranked as the top systems and software engineering scholar worldwide by the Journal of Systems and Software based on his research on measurement and quality evaluation and improvement.  Khaled was one of the first Privacy by Design Ambassadors, he holds the Canada Research Chair in Electronic Health Information at the University of Ottawa, and is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University. He holds a PhD from the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, King’s College, at the University of London, England.