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Thursday November 17th – 2 Topics<br><br>1. Is Data Analytics a Silver Bullet for Organizations?<br>2. Practical Application of Big Data (in Customer-level Analytics Solutions)

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Dear Toronto Chapter  BI/DW and Analytics Professionals,
We cordially invite you to attend our upcoming TDWI  Toronto/GTA Chapter  meeting on THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH. 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.


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH 2016,  8:30 am – 12 Noon



CBC Broadcasting Centre
250 Front Street West, Ground Floor (South West Corner of Main Atrium)
(Enter via Front Street or Wellington Street)
Toronto, ON



Is Data Analytics a Silver Bullet for Organizations?


2. Practical Application of Big Data (in Customer-level Analytics Solutions)


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8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Networking and Registration

9:00– 9:15 a.m.

Introductions and Chapter Business & Sponsor #1

9:15 – 10:00 a.m.

Presentation: Topic #1 Is Data Analytics a Silver Bullet for Organizations?
BY: Dr. Khaled Hassanein, DeGroote School of Business McMaster University


Recently, there has been a surge of interest in using data analytics to help organizations take advantage of “Big Data”. Indeed, the potential value that could be created through the use of data analytics is one of the key motivations for why firms are making significant investments in these technologies. However, there is largely a lack of understanding of how such tools can improve organizational performance and the mechanisms that drive this association. Following a brief introduction to this area, Dr. Hassanein, will present the results of a recent study involving 215 CIOs which investigated the importance of the fit between data analytics tools and key relevant firm elements in impacting firm agility and organizational performance gains.

10:00 – 10:25 a.m.

Break and Networking  &  Sponsor #2

10:25 - 11:30 a.m.

Presentation: Topic #2  Practical Application of Big Data (in Customer-level Analytics Solutions), Larry Filler is a Senior Vice President of the Boire Filler Division at Environics Analytics & Jim Anderson is a Senior Consultant, Data Management


One of the most significant business buzz terms of the past few decades, Big Data has now settled in as everyday terminology for some organizations and is ‘on the cusp’ for others.  But what does this mean for the data manager, analytics practitioner and business strategists?  Does all of this Big Data translate to business value?
Join Larry Filler, Senior Vice President and Jim Anderson, Senior Consultant, both of Environics Analytics.  Larry and Jim will speak about how Big Data affects the teams that work with consumer/customer-level data and walk through some case studies that have leveraged new types of data to provide insight and value.

11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Q&A and Wrap-up

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Bios of Presenters

Dr. Khaled Hassanein is a Professor of Information Systems at the DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University. His research focuses on technology adoption; human-computer interaction; decision-support systems; data analytics; and Neuro-Information Systems. His research activities have resulted in over 100 peer-reviewed articles in academic journals, conference proceedings, books and patents to date. Since joining DeGroote, Dr. Hassanein has taught courses on Management Information Systems, eBusiness Strategies, and Decision Support Systems in the MBA and EMBA programs. Prior to joining McMaster, Dr. Hassanein was a Senior Research Associate with NCR's Payments Solutions division in Waterloo, Ontario. There he led several advanced development projects related to the automated processing of financial documents and the data warehousing and mining of financial transaction. He is a joint holder of several U.S. patents, a senior member of the IEEE and a designated Professional Engineer in Ontario.
 Larry Filler
As a Senior Vice President of the Boire Filler Division at Environics Analytics, Larry Filler helps organizations realize value by developing and implementing data-based strategies. He has over 25 years of experience in relationship and database marketing, assisting clients in many industry sectors, including technology, financial services, retail, automotive, packaged goods, loyalty, travel and not-for-profit. Larry is a co-founder the Boire Filler Group, an analytics consulting practice that focused on predictive analytics, data management, business intelligence reporting and customer value management. He began his career at American Express and later worked at the Loyalty Management Group and MacLaren McCann Relationship Marketing. A frequent speaker at industry conferences, Larry holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA in Marketing from York University.
Jim Anderson
As Senior Consultant, Data Management, Jim Anderson leads the Data Management Services practice at Environics Analytics.  Jim has over 20 years of experience advising on and implementing data-driven solutions that support analytical capability, delivering both on-premise and fully hosted/managed services.  He plays a senior leadership role with clients across various industries.  Jim excels at bridging the gap between technical and business stakeholders and articulating the concepts and benefits of various technologies and methodologies.  Jim also plays a lead role in managing matters involving data governance, security and privacy, as well as driving research and development in emerging technologies and innovation.  Jim has been a guest lecturer at George Brown College and the University of Toronto and holds the CBIP designation from TDWI.

Upcoming Meetings


NEW** October 19, 2016 Hamilton Location
November 17, 2016 – CBC Usual Location
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