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Why Spark & Hadoop, Future State of BI

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Dear Chicago BI/DW and Analytics Professionals,
We cordially invite you to attend our upcoming TDWI Chicago Chapter meeting on August 18, 2017. Come 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 speakers will be DW/BI end-users reporting on their success and lessons learned implementing various BI tools or projects. Please see our detailed meeting agenda below.


Friday, August 18, 2017
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.



IBM Chicago Center
71 South Wacker Dr.
6th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606

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8:30 – 8:45 a.m.

Arrivals, Networking, and TDWI Sponsors
Opening remarks by Dave L. Majcher, TDWI Chapter President

8:45 – 9:45 a.m.

Presentation: “Why Spark and Why Hadoop!”

Roger Lenihan, Open Source Evangelist/Architect

9:45 – 10:00 a.m.

Question and Answer Session

10:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Networking Session: “Current Projects Discussion” 

David Majcher, TDWI, Chapter President

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

Presentation: “The Future State of BI”

Suzanne Hoffman, Business Intelligence & Data Analytics Software Executive

11:15 – 11:30 a.m.

Question and Answer Session

11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

TDWI Events and Knowledge information
Closing Comments & Wrap-Up

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Bios of Presenters

Roger Lenihan, Open Source Evangelist/Architect


Data science is the new wave. In this presentation, I will go over why Spark and Hadoop provide strategic capabilities for your organization.

Professional Experience:

Northwestern University BS in Computers

Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management MBA

I have 3 years of Hadoop experience and 15 years of Oracle, SQL Server and some SAP HANA


Hadoop Certified Administrator (HDPCA)

Oracle Certified Database Administrator

Oracle Certified Database Professional

Oracle Certified Master

Certified Linux Administrator

Microsoft Certified IT Professional
                                MCITP: Database Administration
                                MCTS:  Implementation and Maintenance
                                MCTS:  Database Development
                                MCTS:  Business Intelligence Development
                                MCSA:  SQL Server
                                MCPS:  Microsoft Certified Professional

Suzanne Hoffman, Business Intelligence & Data Analytics Software Executive


The Future State of BI
The market has alternated between a data focus and a front-end focus for the past 30+ years. Right now, we are entering generation four of BI and are focused on the data. What can we expect, and why should you no longer be concerned about having multiple BI tools deployed in your environment?

We will look at cataloguing, governance, metadata management, master data management, collaboration, and analyzing data usage patterns. Then we’ll address what the gaps are in the market.

Suzanne Hoffman has 25 years of experience in the business intelligence and data warehousing industry. A member of TDWI since 2006, she has worked for and with most of the major players, such as IBM Cognos, SPSS, Hyperion, Tableau, SAP, Microstrategy, Microsoft, Qlik, and others.  She has also been a thought leader and industry analyst in BI for the past few years. She has a rare perspective on the growth and evolution of the industry from multiple perspectives—vendor, consumer, analyst, and consultant. Until very recently, she helped organizations acquire BI technology and helped BI vendors assess their partner ecosystems as an independent. An opportunity she couldn’t pass up presented itself, so now she’s with the start-up ZenOptics and about to change the way we think about BI.

 Professional Experience:

The University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business – Executive Program

Smith College – AB, Economics and Mathematics

Certified PSIA Instructor and Lincoln Park Supervisor

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