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August 31, 2017: Tennessee Chapter of TDWI - Nashville

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Dear Tennessee BI/DW and Analytics Professionals,

We cordially invite you to attend our upcoming TDWI Tennessee meeting on August 31, 2017, in the Nashville area. 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. Please see our detailed meeting agenda below.


Thursday, August 31, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.



Tractor Supply Company
5401 Virginia Way
Brentwood, TN 37027
(615) 440-4000


Decentralizing Analytics – A Strategy That Works and BI Leadership Panel Discussion on BI Successes and Challenges

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11:00 – 11:15 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

11:15 – 11:30 a.m.

Introductions and Chapter Business

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Lunch and Networking

12:00 – 1:15 p.m.

Presentation: Decentralizing Analytics – A Strategy that Works by Ken Raetz/Think Data Insights


The traditional model for data warehouse and business intelligence solutions delivery has been difficult to sustain. Seasoned architects and BI thought leaders often find themselves challenged to meet the insatiable demand for information from the user community. As such, the trend for information delivery is moving toward self-service. How do you implement a self-service strategy that really works?
Ken will share a strategic approach to self-service analytics involving decentralizing the effort and resources required to build solutions and pushing those capabilities out into the organization. His experiences defining strategies and building solutions in organizations on a national level have given him great understanding of how to overcome the traditional challenges of DW/BI delivery. In this session, Ken will describe from real-world customer examples how to properly build a solid, decentralized self-service delivery model and how you can get started.

1:15 – 1:30 p.m.

Break & Networking

1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Presentation: Discussion and Q&A on Requirements for Successful BI and BI’s Top Challenges/BI Leadership Panel


Business intelligence in some form or fashion has been going on for over 20 years now and most organizations have some process or program established around it. Whether your company refers to it as BI, data warehousing, analytics, data science, or something else, there are consistencies in what brings success and what challenges we all face. A group of BI leaders from the TN TDWI Chapter has been polled and provided their input on these two questions. This session will review their answers, elaborate on critical aspects, and provide plenty of time for Q&A. This is a session you don’t want to miss.

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.

Q&A and Wrap-up

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Space is limited so sign up early!

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Bios of Presenters

Ken Raetz
Ken Raetz is a technology professional and business owner who has spent the past 20 years designing business-focused solutions, from client-server Windows applications to enterprise data warehouse and business intelligence architectures. His experience as a technical team manager for solutions across multiple BI platforms, including Cognos, Business Objects, Microsoft SQL Server, and Power BI, has given him a diverse perspective on best practices for architecting analytics solutions and defining strategies for sustainable analytics. Ken is the cofounder of Think Data Insights, an analytics solutions company focused on helping organizations of all sizes effect enterprise data culture change through the creation of analytics strategic plans, enterprise data architecture, and analytics roadmaps, along with full-scale data warehouse and BI/analytics solutions delivery capabilities.
TDI Twitter: @ExcelWithData
BI Leadership Panel

This panel consists of three or four experienced BI leaders from the TN TDWI Chapter. Their accumulated leadership experience in business intelligence exceeds 60 years. These leaders represent a variety of companies and experiences and bring a wealth of BI knowledge to this panel. Their diversity and background provide a tremendous knowledge base for this panel discussion.

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