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Thursday, June 16, 2016 Colorado Chapter TDWI

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Dear Colorado BI/DW and Analytics Professionals,
We cordially invite you to attend our upcoming TDWI Colorado Chapter meeting on June 16, 2016. 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.


Thursday, June 16th at 1:00 pm



PPA Event Center
 2105 Decatur St
Denver, CO 80211


Test Automation and Data Warehouse Automation



1:00 pm

Networking and Registration

1:15 pm

Introductions and Chapter Business, Sponsor Intros

1:45 pm

Test Automation: Agile Enablement for Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence Teams
Lynn Winterboer, Winterboer Agile Analytics
Cher Fox, Fox Consulting


“Agile” in any form calls for small increments of potentially deployable results – which means that QA is essential on a regular, frequent basis. As we develop these small increments, we need to not only test the new development, but also regression test what we’ve already built. Our test suite grows larger with each iteration, and manual testing quickly becomes infeasible. Agile requires that we automate our tests so that regression testing doesn’t become a development bottleneck.
Test automation is one of several key technical enablement practices that allows teams to be more successful in their agile journey. While there are lots of test practices and automation tools out there for software development teams to leverage, very few are targeted to data-related development and testing. Agile analytics practitioner Lynn Winterboer and DW/BI architect and developer Cher Fox will share essential agile test foundations and data-focused test automation technologies to help DW/BI teams get a leg up on this important agile practice. 
Presentation will include a demo.

2:45 pm

Break & Networking

3:00 pm

Data Warehouse Automation: Why do Enterprise Data Warehouses Take So Long, Cost So Much and Too Often Cannot Answer My Questions?
Joe Oates, TimeXtender


An Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) is a critical factor in getting a leg up on the competition. Organizations invest millions of dollars and thousands of person hours designing, implementing and maintaining their EDW. Far too often, those responsible for the EDW are disappointed that the EDW does not provide a competitive advantage and costs to maintain it keep climbing.
This presentation will explore the reasons why so many EDW implementations don't live up to expectations. We will also discuss some ways to have a high probability of success in implementing an EDW at a low initial cost and a low total cost of ownership (TCO) through Data Warehouse Automation (DWA) technology.
We will close with a demo of how DWA technology works by building a data mart for Sales with slowly changing dimensions and incremental loading, generating the data warehouse relational tables as well as cubes, populating the data warehouse and cubes and running some reports.

4:00 pm

Wrap up, raffles, food & drink, networking


Space is limited so sign up early!
To contact a Chapter officer, click on name of the officer located on the top right hand column of this page.

Bios of Presenters

Lynn Winterboer, Winterboer Agile Analytics
Lynn teaches and coaches DW/BI teams on how to effectively apply agile principles and practices to their work. She also enjoys practicing what she teaches by participating as an active agile team member for clients.
Lynn’s career has focused on Agile and BI. She has served in various roles within both professions. She understands the unique set of challenges faced by DW/BI teams who want to benefit from the incremental, value-focused approaches of Agile and Lean development.

In her free time, she organizes the monthly Agile Denver Business Intelligence Meetup, which offers participants insight into data-focused perspectives on topics such as agile QA/testing, user stories, slicing epics, acceptance criteria, story mapping, kanban, continuous integration, agile data modeling, evolutionary design, and scaling agile practices for large DW/BI teams.

Cher Fox, Fox Consulting
Cher is passionate about improving performance and quality in DW/BI processes, automating “spreadsheet madness” and time consuming manual processes, reverse engineering reporting challenges to improve data quality, reliability and scalability and improving management decisioning and operations efficiency overall.  Cher advises on and participates in the development of DW/BI/SW projects in various roles and in all stages of the SDLC. 
Cher has over 30 years of programming and 25 years of analytics and technical writing experience, including over 15 years of specializing in DW/BI development in multiple industries.  Cher is also a board member for the Colorado Chapter TDWI and very active in the SQL community, collaborating at local SQL Saturdays, SQL Server user groups, PASS Summits and BA conferences.
Joe Oates, Time XTender

Joe Oates is Senior Data Warehouse Architect for TimeXtender.
He provides architecture and consulting services to clients, as well as being involved in new product development for TimeXtender. Joe has more than 30 years' experience in developing and managing data warehouse implementations. He has developed three commercial data warehouse products. He has successfully designed and implemented data warehouses in numerous vertical industries for some of the largest companies in the world. Prior to TimeXtender, Joe worked as Senior Managing Consultant at IBM, Chief Architect for the Sybase Business Intelligence Division, Director of Data Warehouse Worldwide at General Motors, Enterprise Data Architect at The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, a Partner in a European data warehouse consultancy, and Consulting Manager at Deloitte, Haskins & Sells

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