Tag Archives: Big Data

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)

2014.01.05 – Announcement – February 21st Panel Session & Dates for 2014

Happy New Year from TDWI Vancouver! We have scheduled the following dates for the 2014 Chapter Meetings: Feb 21, May 9, Sep 12, and Nov 14 Our next session on Fri. Feb 21 will be a panel discussion, moderated by Wayne Eckerson, about using governance frameworks to marshall big data in big organizations. Guest panelists will join us from local Vancouver companies. Follow the link below to register for this event. May 9 will be Mike Scofield, by popular request, on Data Management, Modeling and Development. Proceed to Registration 

Agenda and Location:

8:30 a.m. Networking & Registration 9-9:20 a.m. Education Information Session 9:20-10:20 Panel Session Part I 10:20-10:35 Break 10:35-11:35 Panel Session Part II 11:35-11:45 Final Comments and Networking The event will be held at: Deloitte Offices 26 Floor Learning Centre, Bentall Four 1055 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver

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. http://www.qlikview.com/

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.

2013.09.20 – 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.

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.

May 25, 2012 Meeting

2012 TDWI Vancouver Chapter Dates

Mark Your Calendar – May 25, Aug 24, Nov 23

May 25, 2012  

TDWI Vancouver Chapter update: 9:00-9:10am

First Presentation:     9:10-10:10am

Title:    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


Richard Hines, TDWI Instructor, Partner at Ideaca

Richard HinesA trusted thought leader in Business Intelligence, Richard has been immersed in the discipline since 1995, when he delivered one of the very first Performance Dashboards for British Telecom in Europe.  His depth of knowledge regarding technology and its strategic impact on decision making has made him a regular speaker at industry forums in Canada and the United States. He has held leadership positions in the United Kingdom, Australia, the United States and Canada. Richard has taught multiple TDWI courses, as one of only two Canadians certified to deliver their educational materials.

Coffee and networking break     10:10 -10: 30am

Second Presentation: 10:30-11:30AM

Title:    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.


Rob Meyer, Informatica

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Rob Meyer is the Senior Director of Product Marketing of the Data Integration Business Unit at Informatica. He is responsible for all go-to-market activities for Informatica’s core data integration products including PowerCenter, PowerExchange, Metadata Manager and Data Services. Rob has worked for nearly twenty years in marketing, product management and engineering on business intelligence, integration, messaging and SOA technologies at startups and larger companies including Hyperion, Microsoft, Oracle and TIBCO.

Looking Ahead to    August 24th:

Double session on Mobility – don’t miss this one!

DOUBLE Presentation:

Title:    How to effectively manage mobility data through new and evolving analytics initiatives.


A discussion on Mobility ecosystem trends, the proliferation of data as a result, and the need to effectively manage this data through new and evolving analytics initiatives. Second half would be a case study of a current telecom client who is looking to monetize LBS (Location Based Services) and M2M (Machine to Machine) data with B2C (Business to Customer) and B2E (Business to Employee) clients.


Andrew Szabo,    Senior Manager, Enterprise Mobility, Deloitte

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Over the past fifteen years, Andrew has worked with large North American energy, banking, telecom, manufacturing and defense firms, as well as federal and municipal governments in general strategy/technology consulting, process design and system implementations.  Andrew managed the  implementation of large scale  mainframe  and distributed based system implementations at Bank of America, Wachovia, Citi Bank, and Wells Fargo for more than 5 years.

Andrew also ran a national consulting practice at a large carrier where he was involved with strategy development and intricate system design for wireless networks (P2P and P2MP, public and private), mobility cost management, applications development, customer experience management, middleware and backend integration, process enablement and risk governance for Fortune 50 Clients.

Andrew’s main focus is to help clients with properly designed and implemented mobility strategies to transform a firm’s customer experience, bottom line and operational efficiencies.

Andrew holds an MBA from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

Mobile + Social + Cloud + Big Data = Business Intelligence of the Future

Mobile, Social, Cloud, and Big Data technology trends are massively disrupting business and communication. Inaction is not an option for companies. Hear how to turn these trends into opportunities. BI technology is enabling companies to win in their markets. You need a competitive edge. Armando will discuss:

  • Unlimited Reach with Mobile
  • Mining the Social Explosion
  • Moving to the Cloud
  • Harnessing Big Data

Full presentation available here.
Speaker: Armando Elias, Sales Engineer at MicroStrategy
Date: 2011-11-25