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December 4, 2015 – Washington DC Chapter Fall Meeting

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Dear Washington DC BI/DW and Analytics Professionals,
We cordially invite you to attend our upcoming TDWI Washington DC Chapter meeting on December 4, 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 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, December 4, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.



Reston Association
12001 Sunrise Valley Dr.
Rooms 126 and 128
Reston VA 20191-3404
(703) 435-6530
This location is not Metro accessible
Directions to Reston Association:
From Loudoun County and points west:
Exit at Reston Parkway
Turn right onto Reston Parkway
Turn right at first red light onto Sunrise Valley Drive
Turn left at first light into Reston Corners. 12001 is the first building on the left
From Tysons Corner, Washington, D.C. and points east:
Exit at Reston Parkway
Turn left onto Reston Parkway
Turn right at first red light onto Sunrise Valley Drive
Turn left at first light into Reston Corners. 12001 is the first building on the left


“Data warehousing: Opportunities, Challenges, Options ”


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8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.

Opening remarks by Nancy Williams, TDWI DC Chapter President

 9:15 – 10:15 a.m.

Case Study: Hub and Spokes Architecture as a Solution for Data Integration”
By Patricia Younger, Senior Systems Engineer II, GEICO


In an effort to keep up with changes in business practices, companies may frequently find themselves moving from one COTS package to another, typically operating on different database platforms as well. The challenge arises when one of these systems needs data generated by another system; yet the database platforms are different and often do not communicate well together. Differing data formats, changing physical structures as COTS packages are replaced over time as well as custom applications often are not integrated efficiently. Data integrity becomes compromised and taking short cuts to meet deadlines without looking to the future can incur significant technical debt. This presentation describes the use of a Hub and Spokes Architecture to resolve many of these immediate challenges and provides for future extensibility.

10:15 - 10:45 a.m.


10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

“Data Warehousing Today – Opportunities and Challenges”

By Nancy Williams, Vice President of Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing DecisionPath Consulting


Data Warehousing has come a long way since the 1980s.  Our industry has evolved from a simple, technology-focused beginning, exploiting the benefits of integrating and harmonizing data across systems, towards something much bigger today.  Join us to hear a presentation that outlines where we’ve been and where we are going in an ever-changing industry.  From data warehousing, to business intelligence, to advanced analytics, to big data, our industry has been through many reincarnations.  Nancy Williams, an industry consultant and long-standing instructor and best practices judge for TDWI will share her observations on the state of data warehousing today.  She will discuss what is truly new and what is not, and how some of the challenges we face today have changed, while others remain the same.  Finally, she will also discuss the key opportunities and challenges we currently face and will likely increasingly face in the future.

11:45  - 12:00 p.m.

Closing Comments & Wrap-Up


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Bios of Presenter:

Patricia Younger is currently employed by GEICO as a Senior Systems Engineer II.
Patricia began her career in 1986 as a developer at the University of TN Health Sciences,
which was a Beta Test site for Oracle. In that role she was given the opportunity to develop / test new applications with the latest and greatest Oracle software and to communicate the 'bugs' discovered within the Oracle software (anyone remember SQLCalc?). From there Patricia moved on to full lifecycle development, including requirements gathering / analysis / design / implementation of custom software. Usually this custom software interfaced with Oracle COTS packages.

Patricia has degrees in both accounting and software development and tends to focus on defining best practices for data integration, data integrity, data consistency as well as data governance. Through the years Patricia has developed OLTP applications as well as Data Warehouses on multiple platforms / databases including Oracle, SQLServer, DB2 and Essbase.

As the Communications Chairperson for The Data Warehouse Institute (TDWI) D.C. Chapter, Patricia continues to have the opportunity to learn and promote best practice principles of both relational and dimensional database design in the D.C, Maryland, and Virginia area.

Nancy Williams, Vice President of Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing DecisionPath Consulting

Focusing her work on how Business Intelligence (BI) can be leveraged to improve business performance, Nancy is a well-known BI industry educator, author, and practitioner.  Nancy’s experience includes more than 25 years of business management and technical experience.  Nancy has provided leading organizations, including Marriott International, Travelers Insurance, the Social Security Administration and the US Treasury with consulting support.  Her areas of expertise include BI assessments, BI strategy, portfolio development and roadmaps, BI requirements, data governance, data modeling, and BI project and program management.  
Nancy is a regular instructor, keynote presenter, and best practices judge at the Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI).  She has hosted the BI impact channel on the B-Eye Network and has served as a BI expert for the DM Review Ask the Experts channel.  She has authored or co-authored articles in numerous publications, including Strategic Finance, Business Trends Quarterly, DM Review, Business Performance Management Magazine, and the Business Intelligence Journal.  She is also co-author of the highly rated book The Profit Impact of Business Intelligence. 
Nancy received her MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia. 

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