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TDWI CHAPTERS

Local Education and Networking

The purpose of TDWI Chapters is to enable local Business Intelligence/Data Warehousing professionals to:

  • Meet regularly with each other on a regional basis
  • Share best practices in a small group setting
  • Establish a strong network of peers
  • Gain technical advice and career direction

Everyone is welcome. We encourage you to join TDWI, but you do not need to be a member to attend.

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Tennessee Chapter

The purpose of the Tennessee Chapter is to enable local BI/DW professionals to:

  • Meet regularly with each other on a regional basis
  • Share best practices in a small group setting
  • Establish a strong network of peers
  • Gain technical advice and career direction

Everyone is welcome. We encourage you to join TDWI, but you do not need to be a member to attend.

  • March 25th, 2020: Tennessee Chapter of the TDWI Meeting - Nashville

    02/26/2020

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    ATTENTION ALL BI/DW AND ANALYTICS PROFESSIONALS
    Dear Tennessee BI/DW and Analytics Professionals,
    Dear TDWI Tennessee BI/DW and Analytics Professionals, 
    We cordially invite you to attend our upcoming TDWI Tennessee meeting on March 25th, 2020 in Nashville. 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. Please see our detailed meeting agenda below.

    When:

    Wednesday, March 25h, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    Where:

     

    LBMC Building
    201 Franklin Road
    Brentwood, TN 37027
    (615) 440-4000
    Parking:  For the ease of parking and lobby elevator access, please enter the Hill Center LBMC property from the (east side) Franklin Toad.
    As you approach the area, enter BETWEEN Uncle Julio’s Restaurant and SunTrust and take an immediate RIGHT to go into the covered garage. THIS is where you will park and gain access to the lobby. Please park in the parking garage on the 2nd floor level or higher. Once in the building, take either elevator to the 3rd floor, and you’ll find the entrance to the Multi-Purpose Rooms.

    Topic:

    Implementing Scrum with Data & Analytics and Twitter Insights Through Azure.

    DON'T MISS THIS EVENT! Please RSVP below
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    Agenda:

    11:00 – 11:15 a.m.

    Welcome and Opening Remarks

    11:15 – 11:30 a.m.

    Introductions and Chapter Business

    11:30 – 12:15 p.m.

    Lunch and Networking

    12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

    Presentation: Implementing Scrum with Data & Analytics by Sharon Asmus / LBMC Data Insights

     

    As a growing consulting firm, LBMC Data Insights needed a way to ensure they could continue to rapidly bring high quality value to clients. Scrum offers a simple set of principles & practices to help deliver products in short cycles, enables fast feedback, provides continual improvement and allows for rapid adaptation to change. Scrum is not just for software development, but can also help data & analytics teams succeed too. Please join Sharon Asmus, with LBMC Data Insights, as she presents an overview of the LBMC Data Insights’ scrum implementation project.

    1:15 – 1:30 p.m.

    Break & Networking

    1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

    Presentation: Twitter Insights Through Azure by Brian Ciampa / CGI

     

    Every organization needs to be aware of customer sentiment.  While there are several paths to this insight, one of them involves social media.  Microsoft Azure offers the tools needed to quickly and easily tap into Twitter and analyze those insights.  This presentation will show one way to accomplish this on the Microsoft framework.

    2:30 – 2:45 p.m

    Wrap Up & Drawings

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    Space is limited so sign up early!

    For more information about TDWI Membership, contact [email protected].
    To contact a Chapter officer, click on name of the officer located on the top right hand column of this page.

    Bios of Presenters

    Sharon Asmus

    While Sharon Asmus has been in the data & analytics space for the majority of her 25+ year career, her professional passion is forming and guiding agile, high-performing teams.  Sharon become a Certified Scrum Master in 2008 while working at a Business Intelligence Architect for a transportation and logistics company.  They went from a loose waterfall project management process to using scrum.  It was a hard transition, but it was great front line exposure to the transition process.  This is where she fell in love with scrum.  Other scrum implementations that she led include converted an ERP cross-functional team from waterfall to scrum in addition to converting an entire IT organization to align with DevSecOps practices.  Most recently, Sharon completed the Pragmatic Institute Product Manager training, where she’s been focused on tweaking the agile scrum process to improve planning activities to align with product management.  That is, shifting from a project focus to a PRODUCT focus.

    Brian Ciampa

    Brian Ciampa has been working with technology for 15 years and with data/analytics for 12. His interests and experience include the entire spectrum, including modeling, ETL, and presentation. While being born and raised in Middle Tennessee, Brian studied information systems at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He currently works for CGI as a BI Developer/Architect.

     

    Upcoming Meetings

     

    Look for future TDWI Tennessee Chapter meetings in both Memphis and Nashville coming soon.

  • August 7th, 2019: Tennessee Chapter of the TDWI Meeting - Nashville

    07/10/2019

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    ATTENTION ALL BI/DW AND ANALYTICS PROFESSIONALS
    Dear Tennessee BI/DW and Analytics Professionals,
    Dear TDWI Tennessee BI/DW and Analytics Professionals, 
    We cordially invite you to attend our upcoming TDWI Tennessee meeting on August 7th, 2019 in Nashville. 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. Please see our detailed meeting agenda below.

    When:

    Wednesday, August 7th, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    Where:

     

    Tractor Supply Company
    5401 Virginia Way
    Brentwood, TN 37027
    (615) 440-4000
    Note:  Please park in the back parking lot and enter at the back of the meeting room.

    Topic:

    Using BI for Talent Supply analysis, Cognitive Services and Key Influencers with Power BI, and Modern Cloud Architectures.

    DON'T MISS THIS EVENT! Please RSVP below
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    Agenda:

    11:00 – 11:15 a.m.

    Welcome and Opening Remarks

    11:15 – 11:30 a.m.

    Introductions and Chapter Business

    11:30 – 12:00 p.m.

    Lunch and Networking

    12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

    Presentation: Tech Talent Supply and Demand in Middle Tennessee by Dr. Amy Harris / MTSU

     

    If you travel in tech circles, then you already know that the talent shortage is a popular topic of conversation. But, what does that shortage really look like in Middle Tennessee? In this talk, we’ll take a look at the jobs data for three tech occupations: Software Application Developers, Computer Systems Analysts, and Database Administrators. For each of these occupations, we’ll examine the supply of existing jobs, the demographic makeup of the workforce, and growth trends. We’ll also examine the current job market through an analysis of recent job postings to identify the top job titles and hard skills associated with these occupations.
    The research presented during this talk is part of the “Middle Tennessee Tech” research program. Established in 2018, this program is a partnership between the MTSU Department of Information Systems and Analytics and the Greater Nashville Technology Council. Its purpose is to provide, industry, economic development, and academic audiences with data on the current state of the local technology workforce.

    1:00 – 1:15 p.m.

    Break & Networking

    1:15 – 2:00 p.m.

    Presentation: Using Cognitive Services and Key Influencers with Power BI by Antone Christianson-Galina / Think Data Insights

     

    Microsoft Cognitive Services is a set of pre-built machine learning tools hosted on Azure, which Microsoft is now integrating with Power BI. In this presentation, Antone will provide a brief overview of the emerging space of embedded analytics, and how vendors like Microsoft are creating real value using Cognitive Services within existing analytics tools. He will then demonstrate how to integrate the Text Analytics Cognitive Service with Power BI. Finally, Antone will show the new Key Influencers visual in Power BI, with a walk-through how the feature works and what its limitations are.
    Following the presentation, Antone will be field ideas and questions from the meeting attendees on the state of predictive analytics in modern analytics platforms.

    2:00 – 2:15 p.m.

    Break & Networking

    2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

    Presentation: Modern Cloud Architectures for Data Processing  Data Lakes and the Future of Server-Less Computing in the Data Processing Space by Roy Wells & Scott Golden / Protiviti

     

    As the cloud landscape evolves and new tools and solutions come to market we need to consider the effects on our Data Processing Architectures and how we might alter long held assumptions about best practices and design of Data Warehouses.  Low cost storage and SaaS solutions for ETL and data warehouses enable new ways of approaching classic data warehouse solutions.  New tools also come with their own challenges, and designers need to consider the total cost of their solutions in terms of People and Technology to fully realize the benefits of the cloud.  We will examine these market place trends and where we see things moving in the future.

    3:15 – 3:30 p.m

    Wrap Up & Drawings

    DON'T MISS THIS EVENT! Please RSVP below
    Click here to register for the next upcoming event

     

    Space is limited so sign up early!

    For more information about TDWI Membership, contact [email protected].
    To contact a Chapter officer, click on name of the officer located on the top right hand column of this page.

    Bios of Presenters

    Dr. Amy Harris

    Dr. Harris is an associate professor of information systems and analytics in the Jennings A. Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University. There, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in business intelligence and analytics. She is active in the Nashville IT community, serving on the steering committee for the Nashville Analytics Summit, as a board member for Women in Technology Tennessee, and as a member of the Greater Nashville Technology Council’s diversity committee. In 2019, she was recognized as the Nashville Technology Council’s “Champion of the Year” and awarded the E.W. “Wink” Midgett Distinguished Service Award by the Jones College of Business.

    Antone Christianson-Galina

    Antone is a consultant at Think Data Insights on the BI/Analytics team, telling meaningful stories with data through Microsoft technologies such as Power BI. He is informed by my background in behavioral science, where he learned how to model behavior from experiments and datasets. Outside of work, he enjoys fencing, archery, and reading very old books.

    Roy Wells

    Roy Wells is an Information Technology professional with 20+ years of experience in a variety of industries and technologies.  His proven abilities to design, implement and lead enterprise solutions in analytics, data warehousing, and custom software development have helped clients realize significant value.  A strong background in business in addition to technology allows him to work well across organizational boundaries bringing together teams that provide superior solutions to clients.  Prior to joining Protiviti, Roy worked in the field of Commercial Software Development for several different startups where he learned to take an entrepreneurial approach to business and technology.  There he lead teams of Software Engineers, Designers and Field Consultants in the development and support of Enterprise Software for the HR / Human Capital Management, Healthcare, and Analytics industries for clients such as SAP, Accenture, GM, and Ford. 

    Scott Golden

    Scott is a Managing Director in the Data and Analytics practice at Protiviti.  Scott joined Protiviti via the acquisition of Decision First Technologies in November 2015.  Scott was the co-founder of Decision First where he ran the entire services organization overseeing the data warehousing & analytics practices.  Under Scott’s leadership, DFT was named SAP Analytics Partner of the Year 7 times.  Scott has spoken at a number of conferences, podcasts, and webinars including SAP’s biggest conference – Sapphire, on a number of BI topics including real-time warehousing and deploying BI via the cloud.  Prior to DFT, Scott consulted for and managed teams for a BI technology company and ran operations for a manufacturing plant.

    Upcoming Meetings

     

    Look for future TDWI Tennessee Chapter meetings in both Memphis and Nashville coming soon.

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