Category Archives: Tech Talk

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.