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Friday Sept 11th, 2015: Predictive Forecasting – the CFO Perspective Bakeoff – IBM, SAS, Tibco, SAP

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Dear Vancouver BI/DW and Analytics Professionals,
We had such an amazing response to our early June bakeoff that many people were not able to attend. So, please join us at TDWI Vancouver Chapter on Friday September 11th, for what may be the 3rd hottest ticket of the year.  You will see four (4) of the top predictive analytics vendors in the world presenting why their product line is, and will remain, worthy of your consideration to help you build your CFO a ‘Predictive Forecasting Workbench’.


Friday, September 11, 2015
8:40 am to 2:00 pm



26th Floor (Learning Centre), Bentall Four
1055 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver


Predictive Forecasting – the CFO Perspective Bakeoff – IBM, SAS, Tibco, SAP

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As noted on the site (it is worth the 15 second advertisement!):
“Chief Financial Officers, are impartial guardians of the truth, and can use analytics to debunk myths or accepted wisdom that holds the company back.” –  Why CFOs Should ‘Own’ Analytics  – Frank Friedman, Deloitte CEO. 

Friedman goes on to say: “In my former role as CFO, and now as CEO, I know that analytics can be a powerful tool to look ahead, helping answer such questions as: What challenges will organizations face a few years out, and what services might they need? How should those services be priced? What type of resources might be needed and where? Where might the business be vulnerable if the data underlying certain assumptions change?”

There is a role for predictive analytics in virtually every aspect of a business: forecasting financial performance, pricing products and services, strengthening operations, identifying new markets, improving margins, and assessing and monitoring risks.

Or check out this article by Jonathan Essig, where he asks: “The question that has been nagging at me lately is this: why aren’t more finance organizations leveraging BIG data and predictive analytics? Is the answer, they don’t know how? Is it, they can’t pin point the value it will bring? Or even possibly, they don’t really know what BIG data is?”

IBM, SAS, Tibco and SAP have each been tasked with showing you a vision of how their Predictive
Analytics toolsets can help your organization FORECAST financial performance, ASSESS risks, IDENTIFY new markets, IMPROVE margins and STRENGTHEN operations. Daunting task, but they do have an hour each. J


8:40 – 9:00 am

Networking, Registration & Coffee/Muffin

9:00 – 9:50 am

IBM: Question & Answers, 1st Door Prize Draw, Coffee

10:00 – 10:50 am

SAS: Question & Answers, 2nd Door Prize Draw

11:00 – 11:30

Early Lunch – pizza

11:30 – 12:20

TIBCO: Question & Answers, 3rd Door Prize Draw, Coffee

12:30 – 13:20

SAP: Question & Answers, 4th Door Prize Draw

13:30 – 14:00

Networking, one more piece of pizza…

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Space is limited so sign up early!
Don’t miss this chance to help your CFO connect with:
Four of the leading vendors of Predictive Forecasting in the world!
The next invitations will have more information on presenters and topic.

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Upcoming Meetings
Mark your calendars for these regular quarterly meetings and Tech Talks.

  • Oct ??, 2015 – possible Tech Talk
  • Nov 13, 2015 – Big Data in Healthcare, Internet of Things in Healthcare
  • Feb ??, 2015 – tentative topic: challenges and lessons learned – Instituting a big data architecture into their current IT fabric and business processes

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