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Friday March 4th - Agile Data Warehouse Development author Ralph Hughes: Panel with VCH and ICBC

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Dear TDWI VancouverBI/DW and Analytics Professionals,

We cordially invite you to attend our upcoming TDWI VancouverChapter meeting on Friday March 4th. 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.

Download the presentations from the meeting here:

Ralph Hughes Presentation.pdf

Prezi: Zero to Sixty

ICBCs slide deck on Agile DW Requirements and Testing.pdf


Friday March 4th, 2016 – 8:40am to Noon



26th Floor (Learning Centre), Bentall Four
1055 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver


Agile Data Warehouse Development author Ralph Hughes: Panel with VCH and ICBC

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8:40 am

Networking and Registration

9:00 am

Introductions and Chapter Business

9:10 am

Beyond Fast Coding: Tripling Speed-to-Market Again with Adaptive Data Modeling
Ralph Hughes -  Chief Systems Architect for Ceregenics


The fragility of standard Inmon/Kimball data models demand that waiting to begin coding ETL until the data models are carefully thought out and documented, greatly delays the delivery of business intelligence services and later making EDWs very hard to update.  Luckily, our profession now has four new data paradigms that allow agile teams to pursue incremental design and construction, so we can start delivering value the minute data is available.  They also make EDWs far easier to update, greatly lowering the risk that these large, data-driven applications used to represent.

This presentation by the world’s leading authority on agile data warehousing will introduce attendees to the concepts of “progressive surface solutions” using NoSQL, big data, and hyper-modeling techniques. Properly employed, these technologies will allow DW/BI departments to triple their delivery speeds again over the original 3X acceleration that Agile’s fast coding methods have already provided.

Background info:

  • A YouTube introduction to one of the hyper modeling techniques that Ralph's teams use on EDWs. These new data modeling patterns have solved one of the most vexing problems of data warehousing and business intelligence—how to get application development started quickly and still not suffer from any oversights made during requirements gathering or during the design of the database schema.
  • TDAN's Data Vault Overview
  • Anchor Modeling

10:15 am

Draw for a NEST Camera (thanks to Keboola)

Break and Networking

10:30 am

VCH: Zero to Sixty in 12 Months: From Traditional to Agile DW/BI.



Patricia Chung, Director and TarynMacario, Project Advisor at Vancouver Coastal Health will describe the nuances of converting a traditional EDW development program to agile philosophies and techniques in a large healthcare organization.

11:00 am

Draw for an Amazon gift card as well as an Internet of Things book.

Break and Networking

11:10 am

So the New Operational System Is Going to Destroy All Your Existing Reporting: How Agile Thinking Allows ICBC to Fill a Mission-Critical BI Need.



Richard Tench, INFO Technical Prime for ICBC, will describe the challenges and agile solutions to performing scope management and quality assurance for very large business intelligence development efforts.

11:40 am

Q&A and Wrap-up

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Bios of Presenters

Ralph Hughes

Ralph Hughes serves as Chief Systems Architect for Ceregenics, a Denver data analytics consulting firm.  He has been building data warehouses since the mid-1980s, starting with mainframe computers, and has led numerous BI programs and projects for Fortune 500 companies in aerospace, telecom, government, and life sciences.  He authored the industry's first book agile data management, and his third book, "Agile Data Warehousing for the Enterprise," was just released in October 2015.  He is a faculty member at TDWI, a certified Scrum Master, PMI Project Management Professional, and has coached or trained over 1,500 BI professionals worldwide in the discipline of incremental and iterative delivery of large data management systems. He holds BA and MA degrees from Stanford University in computer modeling and econometric forecasting.  He can be contacts at [email protected] or 303.274.9101.

Upcoming Meetings
Please also consider holding the following dates open for these upcoming meetings:

  • May 6th
  • Sept 9th
  • Nov 18th
  • Somewhere in 2016 we will also have at least one TechTalk: tentative so far Qlik.
  • Please send us a note if you would like to see any particular topic covered, or a TechTalk by a specific Vendor or Expert.

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