Category Archives: Presentation Files

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

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)

2013.06.14 – 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.

2013.09.20 – Data Science in the Wild: Analyzing User Behavior at PlentyOfFish – Tommy Levi (PlentyOfFish)

Thomas LeviThe 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.

Presenter: Tommy Levi  Presentation slides are available here.

Andrew GeminoThe 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.

Presenter: Andrew Gemino Presentation slides are available here.

Meeting August 24th, 2012 – Mobility! How to effectively manage mobility data through new and evolving analytics initiatives

The rapid adoption of mobile devices spanning a diversifying array of smartphones, tablets, GPSs and machine-to-machine endpoints is resulting in an equally significant explosion in the amount of data being generated and consumed. Mobile analytics an emerging set of technologies focused on extracting the value contained within this data by identifying patterns, preferences, and trends, often in real time. With applications such as the aggregation of traffic information to determine optimal driving routes, to farmers knowing exactly when and where to apply irrigation or fertilizers, to businesses being able to better identify the habits of their best customers, this space is attracting significant interest and investment.

Join us for a presentation covering the exciting new opportunities presented by mobile analytics, and what you need to be aware of

View full presentation here


Kelly McDonaldKelly McDonald, Manager, Systems Integration and Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) Practice, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Mr. Kelly McDonald is a Manager in Deloitte & Touche LLP’s Systems Integration and Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) practices. He is a member of Deloitte’s Mobility practice and leads its Unified Communications initiative in Canada.  With over 10 years of experience in the telecom and IT sectors, he has worked with large telecom equipment vendors, carriers, large financial institutions and in the public sector. His technical  background covers a broad range of communications technologies including mobility, VoIP (enterprise and carrier), Optical networks, SS7/AIN, unified communications, communication enabled applications and 4G wireless.

Kelly has held a variety of positions  in multiple business roles including project management, product development, customer relationship management, marketing, organizational development, system life cycle planning, high performance team leadership, program governance and customer support. He is a contributor to Deloitte’s 2012 Technology Predictions and has had articles on Application Modernization published in Canadian Government Executive magazine. Mr. McDonald holds MBAs from the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University and Queen’s School of Business at Queen’s University and a Computer Science Degree from the University of Calgary.  He is a Certified Management Consultant, a Lean 6δ Greenbelt and Project Management Professional.

Learn how to maximize your return on Big Data

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.

View full presentation here.

Speaker: Rob Meyer, Informatica.

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