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March 25, 2016 – Washington DC Chapter Spring Meeting

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Dear Washington DC BI/DW and Analytics Professionals,
We cordially invite you to attend our upcoming TDWI Washington DC Chapter meeting on March 25, 2016. 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, March 25th,
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.



Bethesda Chevy Chase Regional Service Center
4805 Edgemoor Lane
Rooms A and B
Bethesda  MD 20814
(240) 777-0311
This location is Metro accessible with a stop at the Bethesda Metro. Garage parking is also available for a fee.


“Quick Wins with Agile BI and Visual Data Warehousing”



8:45 – 9:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.

Opening remarks by Vivek Seth, TDWI DC Chapter President

 9:15 – 10:15 a.m.

Reshaping the BI Landscape with Agile Methodology
By Dr. Suzette Johnson, Northrop Grumman Corporation


Adoption of Agile methods continues to soar in software environments from small teams to across large organizations. We recognize the challenge and need for keeping pace with the rate of change from both the technological and business perspective. We feel the increasing challenge of getting business intelligence to the right person at the right time to make better more informed decisions. How can we manage this change and deal with this complex development at the same time? In this presentation we will begin with a foundational discussion on Agile methods and provide some suggestions and approaches to support a successful implementation of Agile in business intelligence environments

10:15 - 10:45 a.m.


10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

“Visual Data Warehousing: How to Combine Modern Data Visualization With Data Warehousing to Achieve Breakthrough Results”

By Greg Jones, Chief Technology Officer, Tiber Solutions LLC


In many respects, data warehousing has achieved maturity. The architecture, tools and practices we use today are widely understood and almost universally adopted. Even with all this success, big challenges still exist. By some estimates, more than half of all data warehouse projects fail. They take too long, cost too much or fail to deliver hoped-for business value.
In the face of these persistent problems, the industry has tried a wide variety of remedies including: packaged solutions, “agile” methodologies and cloud infrastructure. Still, data warehouse success often proves elusive.

Recently, visualization has emerged as the “next big thing” in data warehousing. Many organizations use visualization to more easily examine data in the warehouse and some even attempt to forego the data warehouse altogether. While useful under some circumstances, these approaches do little to address the root causes of data warehouse project failure. But there is hope…

There is an emerging body of evidence showing that when applied throughout the data warehouse project life cycle, rather than as an after-the-fact “add-on” data visualization can successfully help overcome risks and deliver on the promise of data warehousing that has been with us since the 80’s.

This presentation uses real world examples that describe precisely how to combine data visualization and data warehousing to deliver data warehouse systems that offer greater business benefits in shorter timeframes than ever before.

Attendees will learn why you can’t add data visualization after your warehouse is built and still realize the benefits offered by an integrated approach. We will describe in detail how to integrate visualization into every step of your data warehouse life cycle: from requirements through production and maintenance.

11:45  - 12:00 p.m.

Closing Comments, Next Meeting Announcement  & Wrap-Up


Space is limited so sign up early!

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Bios of Presenters:

Dr. Suzette Johnson works for Northrop Grumman Corporation near Baltimore, Maryland. As a systems engineer, Scaled Agile Program Consultant, and Certified Scrum Coach, she has an interest and passion for leading agile transformation efforts in large-scale systems environments. Her experience in commercial industry, Federal government and DoD programs, and academia settings bring a unique combination of learning and expertise that has been invaluable when leading and coaching teams, programs, and organizations along their Agile journey. She received a Doctorate of Management at the University of Maryland with a dissertation focus on investigating the impact of leadership styles on software project outcomes in traditional and agile engineering environments.

Greg Jones is the Chief Technical Officer at Tiber Solutions, LLC. He has over 20 years of experience in data warehousing, business intelligence, enterprise data management and data integration. Greg has successfully led numerous large-scale business intelligence and data warehouse projects in both the commercial and government marketplace. He advises senior level executives in the areas of business analytics, business intelligence strategy, and data governance. Mr. Jones has been an instructor for several TDWI classes and frequently speaks at conferences related to big data analytics, data warehouse modernization and agile methods applied to data-centric projects.

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