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December 12th, 2018: 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 December 12th, 2018 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, December 12th, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.



Tractor Supply Company
5401 Virginia Way
Brentwood, TN 37027
(615) 440-4000


Applying Data Warehousing Principles

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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 – 1:30 p.m.

Presentation: Applying Data Warehouse Principles by Spencer Swindell / Think Data Insights


Many data analysts typically begin to work with data as a single flat table. While this works for small datasets, as the size of the data grows these naive methods do not scale. Processing records takes longer, queries become more complex, and introducing new datasets is inconsistent at best. In order to solve these problems, we must take into account the underlying architecture of our data and how it should be modeled. During this talk we will discuss key concepts, patterns, and techniques for designing a data model that is simple to query, scales with your data, and is extendable to new datasets..

1:30 – 1:45 p.m.

Break & Networking

1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

Presentation: Developing an ROI for Analytics by David Bernstein / Vertica (Microfocus)


In the technology world, we know that success in analytics is often defined by access to more data with less down-time, and delivering more accurate analytics at faster speeds. However, executives and business users need to understand the costs, benefits, and return on investment (ROI) before making an initial technology investment and hiring supporting staff and resources. They want the benefits of analytics in a language they will understand. A well-understood and clearly defined business case that can show tangible value makes it easier to get business buy-in. In turn, you can transform your analytics team into a trusted business partner and an essential resource in the organization, not just a cost center.
In this session, we will offer you advice on how to define and track ROI when delivering your new analytics project. By joining, you’ll learn specific metrics that you can track to show impact to three key areas: revenue, efficiency and compliance. David will also discuss the tips and tricks that he has learned from leading data-driven organizations teams who have successfully tracked ROI.

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.

Wrap-up & Drawings

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Bios of Presenters

Spencer Swindell
Spencer Swindell is a Senior Business Intelligence Architect with Think Data Insights, LLC. Think Data Insights a consulting group based out of Nashville, TN that works with companies to implement and maintain their Enterprise Data Platform. Since graduating from Tennessee Tech in 2011, he has built and delivered solutions for numerous organizations in the Nashville area utilizing SQL Server and the Microsoft BI Toolset. Spencer lives in Mount Juliet with his wife and son.

David Bernstein

David has 15+ years in Data Warehousing, Business Intelligence, Predictive Analytics and Big Data experience.  He cut his teeth as a Sybase DBA, then moved into BI where he was with Cognos for 7 years.  He then worked at Netezza in the start-up phase as they became one of the first DW appliance vendors. He then spent time at SAS working with Predictive Analytics and BI.  He was then with SAP for 5 years where he initially worked with the BOBJ BI suite, and then focused on the in-memory database SAP HANA, including leading the partner rollout.  In early 2013, he led the HP HANA Strategy in the HP SAP Americas Practice.  At Predixion Software he helped bring Predictive Analytics to the masses with Predixion Insight.  Currently David is helping Hadoop customers get value from their Big Data with Datameer.  His duties have ranged from pre-sales, partner enablement, business development and GTM.  He has experience in the complete DW/BI lifecycle from ETL/RDBMS to front-end BI/Analytical tools.  This includes Data Integration/Management (ETL), Data Quality, Business Intelligence, SAP Hana, Hadoop, Predictive and Statistical Analysis.  David’s specialties include Big Data, GTM, Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing, Pre-Sales, Data Mining/Predictive, Data Quality, Partner Enablement, Sales Enablement, Management, MPP, SAP Hana, Hadoop.

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