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Thursday, June 15, 2017 – Colorado Chapter Meeting

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Dear Colorado Chapter BI/DW and Analytics Professionals,
We cordially invite you to attend our upcoming TDWI Colorado Chapter meeting on June 15, 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.


Thursday, June 15, 2017
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.



6430 S. Fiddlers Green Circle
Greenwood Village, CO 80111


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1:00 – 1:15 p.m.

Networking and Registration

1:15 – 1:30 p.m.

Introductions and Chapter Business

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

John Myers, Managing Research Director, Business Intelligence


When Business and IT Align: A Recipe for Agility
For some, it’s a culture question. IT is typecast by other employees as a bastion of geeks who are a culture apart. IT professionals, for their part, often characterize business folk, especially those in sales and marketing, as brutish and disingenuous. For others, culture is not a factor. For them, the demands on both sides of the fence pit teams against one another. Business folks need things done ASAP in order to conduct their roles, while IT is beset with the burden of doing more with less and is barely able to keep up with the high demands of simply keeping systems running. Still others believe that something more nefarious is in play, that IT’s main role is "command and control," and that it uses governance to be the team that always says no.

Each of these perspectives has both kernels of truth and heaps of exaggeration. But no matter the cause of this divide, we know one thing for sure: it persists, and it creates inefficiencies in the organization.

In this presentation, attendees will learn:

  • Why don’t organizations have alignment between business and IT?
  • What marks the broken conversation between IT and business?
  • How do we recognize that these issues impede progress and reduce agility?
  • Are there better way to implement analytical environments?
  • How do we work with the other side to find solutions that simultaneously enable and liberate?
  • How do we create a strong foundation?


Reducing the schism between business and IT is paramount if the organization is to gain agility. Put differently, the more business and IT converge, the better chance an organization has to be innovative and fleet-footed.


2:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Break: Networking, Food and Drink

2:45 – 3:15 p.m.

Patrick Myreholt,  Sr. Account Exec., TIBCO/Jaspersoft


Customer Story:  Waggle

How do you turn non-data people into data fueled decision makers? That's the task that Waggle—a smart learning platform for grades 2-8—set out to solve. Users of Waggle include both teachers and students; students use it to complete coursework and teachers for tracking student development. The goal of Waggle is to empower teachers to quickly identify which students were struggling, determine the specific subject areas that are problematic, and be able to easily prescribe tailored coursework based on that information. This ambitious goal required an interface that allowed non-technical, non-analyst users (grade school teachers) to intuitively consume and act on the data generated by Waggle. With infrastructure and data set up in AWS, the last step was finding a reporting and analytics platform to power the intended data experience. Of critical importance was that the BI tool could be seamlessly integrated into the application UX. Join us to learn how Waggle used embedded BI with TIBCO Jaspersoft to provide actionable data to their non-data users and build an award-winning application.

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.

Break:  Networking, Food and Drink

3:30 – 4:15 p.m.

Fishbowl discussion, sponsored by John Carpenter, Genesee Academy


Based on positive member feedback, we will continue to host fishbowl discussions. John Carpenter from our sponsor, Genesee Academy, will kick off the fishbowl with a discussion on Blockchain business models. Any data management related topics are in scope. Some of these may include:

  • Implementing BI/DW Solutions (Resources and roles)
  • Gathering dashboard requirements
  • Best team structure for BI
  • Implementing BI/DW solutions
  • Developing and testing BI/DW environments
  • Real-time analytics
  • Emerging and nontraditional technologies
  • Data lakes—using?  Successes and challenges?
  • Dimensional modeling in hadoop—using?  Successes and challenges?
  • No SQL (Aerospike, MongoDB, Cassandra, etc.) in BI – using?  Augmenting traditional platforms (Oracle, SQL)? 

We hope to see many take advantage of the discussions and participate.

4:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Raffles, Networking, Food and Drink

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Bios of Presenters

John Myers
John has nearly 20 years of experience in areas related to business analytics and business intelligence in professional services, sales consulting, product management, industry analysis and research. He has helped organizations to solve their analytics problems whether they related to operational platforms, such as customer care or billing, or applied analytical applications, such as revenue assurance or fraud management. Established thought leadership in emerging data management paradigms such as big data (combination of multistructured and relational data sets) applications and NoSQL access data stores.
John is a frequent contributor to industry publications including Search Business Analytics, Inside Analysis, and Information Management. He speaks internationally on the topics of telecom analytics, data virtualization and big data.

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