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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.

  • 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
    Click here to register for the next upcoming event

    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

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    Space is limited so sign up early!

    For more information about TDWI Membership, contact chapters@tdwi.org.
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    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.

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

    11/28/2018

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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 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

    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 – 1:30 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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    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

    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.

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