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August 7th, 2019: Tennessee Chapter of the TDWI Meeting - Nashville

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Dear Tennessee BI/DW and Analytics Professionals,
Dear TDWI Tennessee BI/DW and Analytics Professionals, 
We cordially invite you to attend our upcoming TDWI Tennessee meeting on August 7th, 2019 in Nashville. 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. Please see our detailed meeting agenda below.


Wednesday, August 7th, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.



Tractor Supply Company
5401 Virginia Way
Brentwood, TN 37027
(615) 440-4000
Note:  Please park in the back parking lot and enter at the back of the meeting room.


Using BI for Talent Supply analysis, Cognitive Services and Key Influencers with Power BI, and Modern Cloud Architectures.

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11:00 – 11:15 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

11:15 – 11:30 a.m.

Introductions and Chapter Business

11:30 – 12:00 p.m.

Lunch and Networking

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Presentation: Tech Talent Supply and Demand in Middle Tennessee by Dr. Amy Harris / MTSU


If you travel in tech circles, then you already know that the talent shortage is a popular topic of conversation. But, what does that shortage really look like in Middle Tennessee? In this talk, we’ll take a look at the jobs data for three tech occupations: Software Application Developers, Computer Systems Analysts, and Database Administrators. For each of these occupations, we’ll examine the supply of existing jobs, the demographic makeup of the workforce, and growth trends. We’ll also examine the current job market through an analysis of recent job postings to identify the top job titles and hard skills associated with these occupations.
The research presented during this talk is part of the “Middle Tennessee Tech” research program. Established in 2018, this program is a partnership between the MTSU Department of Information Systems and Analytics and the Greater Nashville Technology Council. Its purpose is to provide, industry, economic development, and academic audiences with data on the current state of the local technology workforce.

1:00 – 1:15 p.m.

Break & Networking

1:15 – 2:00 p.m.

Presentation: Using Cognitive Services and Key Influencers with Power BI by Antone Christianson-Galina / Think Data Insights


Microsoft Cognitive Services is a set of pre-built machine learning tools hosted on Azure, which Microsoft is now integrating with Power BI. In this presentation, Antone will provide a brief overview of the emerging space of embedded analytics, and how vendors like Microsoft are creating real value using Cognitive Services within existing analytics tools. He will then demonstrate how to integrate the Text Analytics Cognitive Service with Power BI. Finally, Antone will show the new Key Influencers visual in Power BI, with a walk-through how the feature works and what its limitations are.
Following the presentation, Antone will be field ideas and questions from the meeting attendees on the state of predictive analytics in modern analytics platforms.

2:00 – 2:15 p.m.

Break & Networking

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

Presentation: Modern Cloud Architectures for Data Processing  Data Lakes and the Future of Server-Less Computing in the Data Processing Space by Roy Wells & Scott Golden / Protiviti


As the cloud landscape evolves and new tools and solutions come to market we need to consider the effects on our Data Processing Architectures and how we might alter long held assumptions about best practices and design of Data Warehouses.  Low cost storage and SaaS solutions for ETL and data warehouses enable new ways of approaching classic data warehouse solutions.  New tools also come with their own challenges, and designers need to consider the total cost of their solutions in terms of People and Technology to fully realize the benefits of the cloud.  We will examine these market place trends and where we see things moving in the future.

3:15 – 3:30 p.m

Wrap Up & Drawings

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Bios of Presenters

Dr. Amy Harris

Dr. Harris is an associate professor of information systems and analytics in the Jennings A. Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University. There, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in business intelligence and analytics. She is active in the Nashville IT community, serving on the steering committee for the Nashville Analytics Summit, as a board member for Women in Technology Tennessee, and as a member of the Greater Nashville Technology Council’s diversity committee. In 2019, she was recognized as the Nashville Technology Council’s “Champion of the Year” and awarded the E.W. “Wink” Midgett Distinguished Service Award by the Jones College of Business.

Antone Christianson-Galina

Antone is a consultant at Think Data Insights on the BI/Analytics team, telling meaningful stories with data through Microsoft technologies such as Power BI. He is informed by my background in behavioral science, where he learned how to model behavior from experiments and datasets. Outside of work, he enjoys fencing, archery, and reading very old books.

Roy Wells

Roy Wells is an Information Technology professional with 20+ years of experience in a variety of industries and technologies.  His proven abilities to design, implement and lead enterprise solutions in analytics, data warehousing, and custom software development have helped clients realize significant value.  A strong background in business in addition to technology allows him to work well across organizational boundaries bringing together teams that provide superior solutions to clients.  Prior to joining Protiviti, Roy worked in the field of Commercial Software Development for several different startups where he learned to take an entrepreneurial approach to business and technology.  There he lead teams of Software Engineers, Designers and Field Consultants in the development and support of Enterprise Software for the HR / Human Capital Management, Healthcare, and Analytics industries for clients such as SAP, Accenture, GM, and Ford. 

Scott Golden

Scott is a Managing Director in the Data and Analytics practice at Protiviti.  Scott joined Protiviti via the acquisition of Decision First Technologies in November 2015.  Scott was the co-founder of Decision First where he ran the entire services organization overseeing the data warehousing & analytics practices.  Under Scott’s leadership, DFT was named SAP Analytics Partner of the Year 7 times.  Scott has spoken at a number of conferences, podcasts, and webinars including SAP’s biggest conference – Sapphire, on a number of BI topics including real-time warehousing and deploying BI via the cloud.  Prior to DFT, Scott consulted for and managed teams for a BI technology company and ran operations for a manufacturing plant.

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