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Friday May 6th, 2016 Michael Scofield - Dangerous Assumptions about your Data Josh Good - Balancing Governance & Self Service without Compromise

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Dear TDWI Vancouver BI/DW and Analytics Professionals,
We cordially invite you to attend our upcoming TDWI Vancouver Chapter meeting on Friday May 6th.  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.


Friday May 6th, 2016 – 8:40am to Noon



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


Michael Scofield-Dangerous Assumptions about your Data
Josh Good-Balancing Governance & Self Service without Compromise

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Networking and Registration


Introductions and Chapter Business


Dangerous Assumptions About Data
Michael Scofield-Asst. Professor-Loma Linda University, CA


      When approaching a new dataset (either from inside your organization, or newly-imported from some external source) the tabular structure of much of the data we see deludes us into making all kinds of assumptions about the structure, quality, and meaning of the data.  Some of those assumptions may be unwarranted.
      This presentation goes through about 30 common assumptions about data quality, consistency, meaning, and structure and how to test those assumptions.  Assumptions include the lack of duplicate records (really?) which requires we define what we mean by “duplicate”.
       These tool-neutral techniques can be performed with your in-house query languages or even in spreadsheet software.  The point is to recognize the assumptions you are making, and test them.
        We then go through a newly-developed taxonomy of data behavior and quality to organize our observations.  We name specific characteristics of data at the cell, column, row, table, database level as well as characteristics of aggregated, normalized, and integrated information, and finally qualities of information delivery.

Background info:


Draw for exciting door prizes (thanks to Qlik and TDWI)
Break and Networking


Balancing Governance and Self Service without Compromise
Josh Good – Director of Product Marketing, Qlik


All too often governance and self-service are talked about as two opposing forces with IT focused on governance and the business focused on self-service. This traditional thinking is being modernized due to visual analytics platforms. Through a combination of technologies and new perspectives, businesses are becoming the champions of governance and IT are becoming the champions of self-service. Learn why this is happening and what it takes to make the change to have governed self-service without compromise.


Draw for an Amazon gift card (thanks to Qlik and TDWI).
Break and Networking


Q&A and Wrap-up

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The meeting is free but space is limited so sign up early!

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Biographies of Presenters

Michael Scofield   Asst. Professor Healthcare Informatics, Loma Linda University
Michael Scofield is an Assistant Professor of Health Information Management at Loma Linda University.   He also does independent consulting in data management, data quality, and semantic data integration.   He is the recipient of the 2008 DAMA International Community Award presented in San Diego, March, 2008.  He was also a 2007 nominee for the DAMA (Data Mgmt. Assn.) Award for Professional Achievement.
Mr. Scofield is a popular speaker in topics of data management, data quality, data warehouse design, as well as satellite imagery interpretation and emergency communications.  His articles appear in DM Review, the B-Eye Newsletter, InformationWeek magazine, the IBI Systems Journal, and other professional journals.  He has spoken to over 300 professional audiences for organizations such as Data Management Assn chapters (27), European Metadata Conferences (4), information quality conferences (3), TDWI (6), Oracle User Groups (9), Institute of Internal Auditors, Assn. of Government Accountants, Quality Assurance Association chapters (9) and other professional and civic audiences.  He has humor published in the L.A. Times and other journals.
Josh Good  Director of Project Marketing at Qlik
In his role as Director of Product Marketing at Qlik, Josh is responsible for product marketing, messaging and go-to-market strategies for Qlik’s cloud and freemium offerings. Josh has spent over 8 years in the BI and analystics space, as a customer, seller and marketer. In his 5 years’ at Qlik, Josh has held positions in presales and most recently Product Marketing. As a presales consultant he was a key member of innovating Qlik's go-to-market through inside sales.  
Prior to Qlik, Josh led business intelligence and analytics projects at a premium outdoor clothing company. He also has experience in government acquisitions and biomechanical research. Josh holds a Bachelor's of Applied Science and a Master's of Science from Queen's University. He currently resides in Vancouver, Canada.

Upcoming Meetings

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

  • Sept 9th – one or more bake-offs of discovery and predictive analytics platform vendors (lunch)
  • Nov 18th –? SQL & Hadoop,  Internet of Things, Cryptocurrency, meta data, homage to Kimball
  • We will probably have at least one more TechTalk, vendor specific re their tool capabilities.
  • 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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