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December 10th: Target’s Hadoop Journey

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Dear Minneapolis BI/DW and Analytics Professionals,

We cordially invite you to attend our upcoming TDWI Minneapolis Chapter meeting on 12/10/14. James Vollmer and Janine Mechelke will be presenting their experiences at Target on their Journey to Hadoop. James is a Technical Architect and brings with him 25+ years focused on business intelligence, data warehousing and analytical applications. Janine is also a Technical Architect focused on enabling Guest Analytics and Marketing BI.

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.


Wednesday, December 10th, 2014
8:00 am – 11:30 am


Target Corporation
Target Northern Campus
Room NCB-2400
7000 Target Parkway North
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445


Our Hadoop Journey @ Target” by James Vollmer and Janine Mechelke, Target Corporation

Please note: Everyone will need to pre-register so that Target has their name and email for Security.

Location Info:

The room is in building B. Visitors can park in any spot that is not designated for something specific, like carpool, United Way, etc. Based on the Google Map below, they probably would do well to park closer to Building B (e.g., parking ramps 1 and 2).

Click here for map: Target Northern Campus


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8:00 – 8:30 am

Networking and Registration

8:30 – 8:45 am

Introductions and Chapter Business

8:45 – 9:30 am

Presentation: "Our Hadoop Journey @ Target” by James Vollmer and Janine Mechelke, Target Corporation

James and Janine will be giving an overview of their journey to Hadoop including boots on the ground detail. Target has been working on introducing Hadoop into their production ecosystem and James and Janine have been on the frontline of this effort.

9:30 – 10:00 am

Break and Networking

10:00 – 11:00 am

Presentation Continued: "Our Hadoop Journey @ Target”

11:00 – 11:30 am

Q&A and Wrap-up


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Space is limited so sign up early!

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Bios of Presenters

James Vollmer

James Vollmer is a Technical Architect Consultant and current resident of Hadoop Island @ Target. As evidenced by the amount of gray hair, James is an IT veteran with 25+ years focused primarily on business intelligence, enterprise data warehousing and analytical applications in industries ranging from consumer packaged goods, manufacturing, distribution, retail and marketing. James has a BS from the University of North Dakota in Industrial Technology and a Computer Science minor (yes, we did have computers back then). While an architect in title, he still loves to get into coding for therapeutic and educational reasons.

Janine Mechelke

Janine Mechelke is a Technical Architect Consultant at Target, focused on enabling Guest Analytics and Marketing BI. She is new-ish to BI – only being in the space for a little over a year – and spent her first 6+ years at Target focusing on Merchandising application development. Before that, she worked at Ameriprise Financial supporting 401k, insurance and annuities applications in various technical roles. Janine has a BA from the University of St. Thomas in Quantitative Methods & Computer Science and Mathematics. She prides herself on being a rapid knowledge absorber and puzzle decoder. So…she asks *a lot* of questions. And she believes that everyone should be empowered to make awesome things happen on a daily basis, and have fun while they do it.

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