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Is the Data Warehouse Dead? & The Globe and Mail A Data Modernization Journey

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Dear <Toronto/GTA Chapter> BI/DW and Analytics Professionals,
We cordially invite you to attend our upcoming TDWI < Toronto/GTA Chapter > meeting on <Sept. 27, 2018>. 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.



Thurs., Sept. 27, 2018, 8:30 a.m. – 11.30 a.m.


CBC Broadcasting Centre
250 Front Street West, Ground Floor 
(Enter via Front Street or Wellington Street)
Toronto, ON



1) Is the Data Warehouse Dead?    
2) Globe and Mail – Data Modernization Journey  


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8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Networking and Registration

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.

Introductions and Chapter Business

9:15 – 10:00 a.m.

Some would say that the data warehouse is dead.  Too costly, takes too long, hard and expensive to change.  If the data warehouse pain was reduced, would you not see it as a valuable asset to corporate operations and decision making?


In this presentation learn about a BI product segment know as data warehouse automation.  Chris shows how data warehouse automation can handle repetitive and mundane development tasks to allow you more time to focus on meeting business requirements and deadlines.  He will discuss how automation embraces and facilitates agile development as well as highlight its deployment and documentation capabilities.  Chris will close the session demonstrating an automation tool in action.


10:00 –10:15 a.m.

Break and Networking

10:15 – 11:00 a.m.


As a 174-year-old company in a rapidly changing industry, The Globe and Mail has been on a multi-year driven modernization journey. This has involved a very successful adoption of data science and analytics, a migration to cloud technologies, and new strategies and skills development. Come hear how the Globe is building a world-class data-driven media organization with maximum agility for their operations.

One core technology leveraged is Snowflake’s Cloud Data Warehouse, which Naflid and Daniel will share the details. As well, Stephen Tom from Snowflake, one of the most funded and fastest growing SaaS companies ever, will share a brief demo on their next generation Data Warehouse.



11:00 – 11:15 a.m.

Q&A and Wrap-up

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Space is limited so sign up early!

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Bios of Presenters

Presenter #1. 

Chris Stewart is Director of Services for WhereScape and has been designing and implementing data warehouses for the last 20 years. Before joining WhereScape, Chris led data warehouse architecture for several large clinical quality improvement and supply chain companies. During the last decade he has leveraged the massive parallel computing power of Oracle, Netezza and Teradata to build large data warehouses without the use of traditional ETL tools. Chris has experienced data warehouse automation both as a customer of WhereScape and now leading services for WhereScape.


Presenter #2.
Nafid Ahmed – Dir. Data Science and Analytics, Globe and Mail
Daniel Ross – Manager Data Analytics, Globe and Mail
Stephen Tom – Customer Engineer, Snowflake Computing  

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