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Dear Chicago BI/DW and Analytics Professionals,
We cordially invite you to attend our upcoming TDWI Chicago Chapter meeting on June 9, 2017. 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, June 9, 2017
8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.



IBM Chicago Center
71 South Wacker Dr.
6th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606


Why Johnny can't data and what we need to do about it

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8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Refreshments, Socialize
Opening remarks by Dave L. Majcher , TDWI, Chapter President

9:00 – 10:15 a.m.


Presentation: “Root causes of not leveraging data” – Peter Aiken, Data Blueprint Founder
Organizations are repeatedly frustrated when attempting to do more with their data. Not even really certain what this means or how to do it, they still repeatedly spend too much, take too long, and deliver far less than planned as they try to employ data in support of their strategic objectives. This talk begins by describing the root causes of why “Johnny” and organizations in general cannot better leverage data, focusing on its inherent architectural and engineering roots—foundations that are almost totally lacking in formal university programs and training curricula.

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.

Break, Networking

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Presentation: “Criteria for Success”
Three subsequent topics are covered, focusing on requisite leadership criteria for success; how to express these needs so that management will understand—a focus on the “why”—data strategy; and monetizing data management in order to make it relevant to management. Delegates will be able to prepare their organizations to better employ data to support their objectives.

11:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Wrap-up, feedback

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Presenter background

Peter Aiken is an acknowledged data management (DM) authority. As a practicing data consultant, professor, author and researcher, he has studied DM for more than 30 years. International recognition has come from assisting more than 150 organizations in 30 countries. He is a dynamic presence at events and author of 10 books and multiple publications, including his latest, Your Data Strategy (2016). Peter also hosts the longest running and most successful webinar series dedicated to DM (hosted by In 1999, he founded Data Blueprint Inc, a consulting firm that helps organizations leverage data for profit, improvement, competitive advantage, and operational efficiencies. He is also Associate Professor of Information Systems at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), past president of the International Data Management Association (DAMA-I), and associate director of the MIT International Society of Chief Data Officers.

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