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December 10th, 2015: Analytical Literacy

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Dear Boston Area BI/DW and Analytics Professionals,
We cordially invite you to attend our upcoming TDWI Boston Chapter meeting on December 10, 2015. 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 featured speaker Wayne Eckerson will explain how visual design standards improve analytical literacy. Please see our detailed meeting agenda below.


Thursday, December 10th 2015, 1pm – 4:30 pm




Boston Children’s Hospital - Waltham
Deveber Conference Room
9 Hope Avenue
Waltham, MA, 02453

“See, Know, Act: How Visual Design Standards Improve Analytical Literacy” by Wayne Eckerson, Eckerson Group

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1:00 pm

Registration, Light Lunch & Peer Networking

1:30pm – 1:45pm

Opening Remarks

1:45pm – 3:15pm

Presentation: “See, Know, Act: How Visual Design Standards Improve Analytical Literacy” by Wayne Eckerson, Eckerson Group


The purpose of data visualization is not to hide the truth, but expose it, so business users quickly see what’s important and take action. Visual design standards create a common visual vocabulary throughout an organization, speeding business cognition and accelerating application development. The best visual standards embrace visualization best practices and ensure all applications conform to the same look, feel, and functional expressiveness.

You will learn how to:

  • Apply best practices in visual display of quantitative information.
  • Create visual design standards that accelerate development and maximize user adoption.
  • Create a visual vocabulary for your organization.
  • Develop visual standards that enable deeper, more rapid analytical insight and decisions.
  • Leverage industry standards for visual design.
  • Overcome limitations of your analytical tools in supporting a visual standard

3:15pm – 3:30pm

Networking Break

3:30pm – 4:15pm

Presentation: “Will the Data Lake Supplant the Traditional Data Warehouse?” by Peter Kim


The discussion about Big Data has been largely focused on the ability to use unstructured data, real time data, and larger volumes of data while utilizing open source tools to dramatically bring down cost. Lost is the real and immediate impacts that Data Lakes have on transforming the entire front funnel of the traditional data warehouse stack. A new generation of tools is enabling enterprise class ETL to and from the data lake with support for metadata, data lineage and data quality management. With these new tools, the investment in high performance data warehousing platforms can be fully leveraged for analytics and discovery, not on backend processing, reducing costs. Furthermore, it brings the "analytic sandbox" adjacent to (what we used to call) the ODS and integrates data profiling, getting new data enterprise ready faster, reducing your time to answers.

4:15pm – 4:30pm

Discussion: “TDWI Chapter Topics 2016” by Jens Meyer, First Marblehead


Attendee feedback on topics the TDWI Boston chapter should cover in 2016


  • Trends in data processing and visualizations
  • Cutting edge technologies versus proven tools
  • Startup corner: introducing now local DW/BI companies

Presentation plus round-table discussion

4:30pm – 5:00pm

Raffle & Wrap-up

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Bios of Presenters

Wayne Eckerson
Wayne W. Eckerson is an internationally recognized thought leader in the business intelligence and analytics field. He is a sought-after consultant and noted speaker who thinks critically, writes clearly and presents persuasively about complex topics. Eckerson has conducted many groundbreaking research studies, chaired numerous conferences, written widely read books on performance dashboards and analytics and provided strategic consulting advice to a range of companies.
He is founder and principal consultant of Eckerson Group, a research and consulting firm that helps business and analytics leaders use data and technology to drive better insights and actions. His firm helps companies develop strategies and roadmaps that maximize their investment in data and analytics. He has a bachelor’s degree from Williams College and a master’s degree from Wesleyan University.

Peter Kim
Most recently, Peter Kim led the solution delivery practice in North America for Pursway, a company delivering predictive analytics from Big Data insights. He has spent the last twenty years getting data, insights and analytics merged into business processes at large organizations.  Crossing easily between data management and business strategy roles, he has focused on leveraging data in sales and marketing. Peter has previously led professional services practices areas for NewVantage Partners, Wheelhouse, Harte-Hanks, Spotfire, and iMarket. Peter holds an MBA from Babson College and a BS from Boston University.

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