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November 18: Nashville – Rapid and Effective BI Delivery

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Dear Tennessee (Nashville) BI/DW and Analytics Professionals,

We cordially invite you to attend our upcoming TDWI Tennessee Chapter meeting in Nashville on November 18, 2014. 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 architects sharing some incredible ideas on delivering effective BI solutions in the short time we often have to deliver the solutions. Please see our detailed meeting agenda below.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm


Tractor Supply Company
Main Entrance – Check-in at front desk
5401 Virginia Way
Brentwood, TN 37027


Keeping the “I” in IT”, by LeRoy Broughton, Ingram Content Group

“Building an Awesome Business Intelligence Discipline Using Lean Start-up Principles”, by Daniel Bullington, Asurion


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11:00-11:15 am


11:15 – 11:50 am

Lunch and Networking

11:50 – 12:00 pm

TDWI Introduction

12:00 – 12:45 pm

Presentation: Keeping the “I” in IT by LeRoy Broughton, Ingram Content Group

It’s easy in our line of work to get caught up in the Technology hype...but Information must come first in IT. An engaging discussion of how to keep the focus on delivering the right information to the data consumers, while navigating the technical and data-related challenges we face every day.

12:45 – 1:00 pm


1:00 – 1:45 pm

Presentation: Building an Awesome Business Intelligence Discipline Using Lean Start-up Principles by Daniel Bullington, Asurion

“Relentless execution without knowing what to execute is a crime.”

– Steve Blank / The Startup Owner’s Manual

Business Intelligence is the transformation of a company’s operational data into actionable information for business stakeholders to make informed decisions. Gartner estimates that the majority (upwards of 80%) of Business Intelligence projects fail to reach the intended result and return on investment. A “combination of poor communication between IT and the business, the failure to ask the right questions or to think about the real needs of the business, means most business intelligence (BI) projects fail to deliver”, the firm says. In addition, more often than not, these BI projects are initiated and executed using waterfall-inspired process frameworks. Compounding this with the inherent linear nature of database software engineering practices, inspired by the typical ETL/batch pipeline architectural pattern, you converge on a recipe for disaster.

This presentation examines these challenges in depth and proffers a realistic Agile/Lean approach to BI, inspired by west coast technology Lean start-up principles (Steve Blank school of thought). In the final analysis, the goal is to build the right thing for the right people for the right reasons – all the while encouraging pivot or proceed moments along the way.

1:45 – 2:00 pm

Wrap-up; Q&A


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Bios of Presenters

LeRoy Broughton
LeRoy Broughton has nearly 30 yrs of IT experience with the past 17+ years focused on Data Management. He spent 8 years with The Home Depot as a Data Modeler and Data Architect before migrating to South Florida to build out a Data Management team at Dycom Industries. LeRoy relocated to Nashville last year to join Ingram Content Group as an Information Architect. LeRoy also had stints with the US-Army, KnowledgeWare, BCBS-FL and Teradata.

Daniel Bullington
Father, Husband, Starbucks / iTunes addict.

World class software engineer, enterprise architect/strategist, servant people leader, Agile/Lean snob, value proposition-driven ally to business stakeholders.

Currently Sr. Manager IT/Business Intelligence at Asurion in Nashville, TN.

15 years in software development in a variety of roles (engineer, architect, manager), foci (web/mobile, SOA/EAI, database/BI), and industries (financial services, healthcare, consulting, SaaS/startup, etc.).

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