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.

  • December 12th, 2018: Tennessee Chapter of the TDWI Meeting - Nashville

    11/28/2018

    Connect. Share. Learn.

    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 December 12th, 2018 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, December 12th, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    Where:

     

    Tractor Supply Company
    5401 Virginia Way
    Brentwood, TN 37027
    (615) 440-4000

    Topic:

    Applying Data Warehousing Principles

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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 – 1:30 p.m.

    Presentation: Applying Data Warehouse Principles by Spencer Swindell / Think Data Insights

     

    Many data analysts typically begin to work with data as a single flat table. While this works for small datasets, as the size of the data grows these naive methods do not scale. Processing records takes longer, queries become more complex, and introducing new datasets is inconsistent at best. In order to solve these problems, we must take into account the underlying architecture of our data and how it should be modeled. During this talk we will discuss key concepts, patterns, and techniques for designing a data model that is simple to query, scales with your data, and is extendable to new datasets..

    1:30 – 1:45 p.m.

    Break & Networking

    1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

    Presentation: Developing an ROI for Analytics by David Bernstein / Vertica (Microfocus)

     

    In the technology world, we know that success in analytics is often defined by access to more data with less down-time, and delivering more accurate analytics at faster speeds. However, executives and business users need to understand the costs, benefits, and return on investment (ROI) before making an initial technology investment and hiring supporting staff and resources. They want the benefits of analytics in a language they will understand. A well-understood and clearly defined business case that can show tangible value makes it easier to get business buy-in. In turn, you can transform your analytics team into a trusted business partner and an essential resource in the organization, not just a cost center.
    In this session, we will offer you advice on how to define and track ROI when delivering your new analytics project. By joining, you’ll learn specific metrics that you can track to show impact to three key areas: revenue, efficiency and compliance. David will also discuss the tips and tricks that he has learned from leading data-driven organizations teams who have successfully tracked ROI.

    2:45 – 3:00 p.m.

    Wrap-up & Drawings

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    Bios of Presenters

    Spencer Swindell
    Spencer Swindell is a Senior Business Intelligence Architect with Think Data Insights, LLC. Think Data Insights a consulting group based out of Nashville, TN that works with companies to implement and maintain their Enterprise Data Platform. Since graduating from Tennessee Tech in 2011, he has built and delivered solutions for numerous organizations in the Nashville area utilizing SQL Server and the Microsoft BI Toolset. Spencer lives in Mount Juliet with his wife and son.

    David Bernstein

    David has 15+ years in Data Warehousing, Business Intelligence, Predictive Analytics and Big Data experience.  He cut his teeth as a Sybase DBA, then moved into BI where he was with Cognos for 7 years.  He then worked at Netezza in the start-up phase as they became one of the first DW appliance vendors. He then spent time at SAS working with Predictive Analytics and BI.  He was then with SAP for 5 years where he initially worked with the BOBJ BI suite, and then focused on the in-memory database SAP HANA, including leading the partner rollout.  In early 2013, he led the HP HANA Strategy in the HP SAP Americas Practice.  At Predixion Software he helped bring Predictive Analytics to the masses with Predixion Insight.  Currently David is helping Hadoop customers get value from their Big Data with Datameer.  His duties have ranged from pre-sales, partner enablement, business development and GTM.  He has experience in the complete DW/BI lifecycle from ETL/RDBMS to front-end BI/Analytical tools.  This includes Data Integration/Management (ETL), Data Quality, Business Intelligence, SAP Hana, Hadoop, Predictive and Statistical Analysis.  David’s specialties include Big Data, GTM, Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing, Pre-Sales, Data Mining/Predictive, Data Quality, Partner Enablement, Sales Enablement, Management, MPP, SAP Hana, Hadoop.

    Upcoming Meetings

     

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

  • June 21st, 2018: Tennessee Chapter of the TDWI Meeting - Nashville

    05/24/2018

    Connect. Share. Learn.

    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 June 21st, 2018 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:

    Thursday, June 21st, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    Where:

     

    Tractor Supply Company
    5401 Virginia Way
    Brentwood, TN 37027
    (615) 440-4000

    Topic:

    The current landscape of BI teams, BI skills in demand, and how to successfully promote yourself in today’s market and Back to the Basics with BI

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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 – 12:30 p.m.

    Presentation: The Current Landscape of BI Teams, BI Skills in Demand, and How to Successfully Promote Yourself in Today’s Market by Jeff Fowler / Rezult Group

     

    Business Intelligence resources are in high demand and the demand is getting higher and higher.  In this presentation, Jeff will discuss BI skill sets that are in demand in the Nashville market, what the current make-up of a BI team looks like, and what things can potential job seekers do to make themselves more marketable.

    12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

    Presentation: Cloud Data Patterns – navigating hybrid approaches by Dan Evans / SolidQ

     

    Data is all around us today and can be harnessed to provide actionable insights.  Many organizations are taking advantage of the cloud to work with information, but how to be successful in the space can be a challenge.   From traditional transactional systems to data warehouses and now Big Data and Internet of Things there are several options available to gain a better understanding of your business.  We will explore several options on how data in the cloud can be used and provide lessons learned and best practices to prepare for the journey.   Many benefits await those who can make the transition and embrace the opportunity by leveraging hybrid approaches for their organization.

    1:30 – 1:45 p.m.

    Break & Networking

    1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

    Presentation: Back to the Basics with BI by Chris Bowman /  Kroll

     

    While Business Intelligence has been in existence for many years there are still many around the technology community that are not familiar with “BI” or if they have heard of it, they think it’s a vast assortment of complex components that together comprise the Business Intelligence “system”.  While many may be on the complex side, BI solutions don’t have to be.  In this presentation we will sort through all of the smoke and make it simple.  We will look at the what, why, and how as it relates to Business Intelligence. 

    2:45 – 3:00 p.m.

    Wrap-up & Drawings

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    Space is limited so sign up early!

    For more information about TDWI Membership, contact chapters@tdwi.org.
    To contact a Chapter officer, click on name of the officer located on the top right hand column of this page.

    Bios of Presenters

    Jeff Fowler

    Jeff has been in the IT recruiting field since 1995.  He has held positions in recruiting, sales, operations, as well as major account management.  His tenure in recruiting has allowed him to work in some of the most competitive markets including Miami, Atlanta, and currently Nashville.  He has worked with all size companies including Fortune 100 companies all the way to the VC funded startups during the .com boom.  He has worked in such industries as Retail, Hospitality,  Banking, Finance,  Telecommunications and IT. 

    Dan Evans

    Dan Evans (BI) is the North America Business Analytics Practice Director for SolidQ with over 25 years’ experience in applying innovative solutions to business needs. His key focus areas are Advanced Analytics, Business Intelligence, Enterprise Performance Management and Data Strategy on the Microsoft Data Platform.  Dan works heavily in promoting technology across North America through involvement through user forums (.NET, PASS, Ignite) and industry-recognized organizations (TDWI, DAMA).  Specialties include business technology solutions, management consulting, business analytics, Big Data, Internet of Things, project management, technical strategic planning and new business development.>

    Chris Bowman

    Chris is the current president of the Tennessee TDWI chapter and a Sr. Business Intelligence Engineer on the Data Services team at Kroll in Nashville.  He has over 30 years’ experience in technology with the past 18 years in Business Intelligence.  His experience includes both traditional Data Warehousing, Operational BI, Analytics, and Visualization solutions.  His background includes extensive experience with architecture and design, development and QA, reporting, analytics, & visual solutions along with managing multiple teams.  His multi-faceted background includes experience in finance, utilities, marketing, fundraising, healthcare, and retail.  His passion with BI consists of the entire lifecycle development process concluding with deployed solutions that bring real life value to the business.

    Upcoming Meetings

     

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

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