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RESEARCH & RESOURCES

What Do Modern Analysts Want?

Webinar Speaker: Fern Halper, TDWI VP Research, Senior Research Director for Advanced Analytics

Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Time: 9:00 a.m. PT, 12:00 p.m. ET

Organizations are looking to modernize their analytics in order to compete in today’s rapidly changing world. Modern analytics requires new tools that help organizations democratize analytics and become more proactive with how they use insights. Self-service tools (that empower business users to interact with data in a natural way), machine learning, and predictive analytics are all technologies paving the way for modern analytics.

However, as part of the move to modern analytics, a new breed of analyst must also emerge: the modern analyst. This analyst understands the business and is empowered to proactively solve business problems using analytics, utilize new tooling to drive strategic insights for the company, and increase data fluency for their business counterparts. These are not business users who may use tools to generate insights—data, after all, is now part of everyone’s job. Instead, these modern analysts are the next generation of business analysts, acting as powerful insights optimizers and analytics coaches to bring data-driven transformation to the entire organization.

Join this TDWI webinar to learn more about this emerging role and its importance to your organization. Utilizing results from a recent TDWI survey, Fern Halper, TDWI’s VP of Research, and experts from ThoughtSpot and Chick-Fil-A will discuss this valuable role.

Attendees will learn about:

  • The role of the modern analyst
  • Career paths the modern analyst might take
  • Requirements for the modern analyst role
  • Challenges the modern analyst might face and how to overcome them

Guest Speakers:

Cindi Howson, Chief Data Strategy Officer, ThoughtSpot
Cindi is an analytics and BI expert with 20-plus years’ experience and a flair for bridging business needs with technology. Cindi was previously a Gartner Vice President in data and analytics, lead author of the Analytics and BI Magic Quadrant, data and analytics maturity model, as well as research in data and AI for good, NLP/BI Search, and augmented analytics. She introduced the BI bake-offs and innovation panels at Gartner events globally and is a popular keynote speaker. Prior to this, she was founder of BI Scorecard, a resource for in-depth product reviews based on exclusive hands-on testing, contributor to Information Week, and the author of several books on Business Intelligence. She served as a TDWI faculty member for more than a decade.

Callie Cobbs, Sr. Lead Analyst in Enterprise Analytics, Chick-fil-A
Callie Cobbs has been at Chick-fil-A for a year and a half, helping to establish the go-forward strategy for front-end analytics technology. She is also responsible for providing the Community of Practicing Analysts (COPA) with the right tools to be successful in their roles. Prior to joining Chick-fil-A, she was at HP and the subsequent spin-off companies leading an analytics technology team through the separations to ensure each company had the tools necessary for success.

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