The Successful BI Short-Order Cook with Jillian McRae

How do we serve real-world, hot-to-go requests for BI and Analytics (which is 80% of requests) without chopping off fingers, scorching eyebrows, or losing customers?

Often we miss the point and the opportunity in addressing the early curve in the Information Lifecycle for both our organization and our customers.

Tonight you'll learn how to put into practice scenarios, processes, and tools for successfully delivering the “Short-Order BI Meal”.

You'll learn how to:

  • Cut to the chase
  • Manage your customer
  • Build for sustainability
  • Successfully deliver
  • Say “NO”

Jillian McRae is with Aegis in Seattle, where she's a Senior Data & BI Platform Architect & Developer Team Lead.  Previously, she worked as a BI Learning Consultant with the Microsoft LEAP Program Team.

She has worked for both Microsoft’s World-Wide and EPG Partner Groups and was the Lead Architect and Developer for the global Partner Learning Plan Tool and its Analytics Platform. Jill is currently working in the Microsoft US Channel Marketing and US Partner Programs Group as the Senior Data & BI Platform Architect & Developer Team Lead.

She's a member of the Microsoft LEAP Team - Learning for Enterprise and Alliance Partners.  The LEAP team provides business, learning and technology expertise to the world’s largest enterprise partner organizations to develop their practices with the correct roles, capabilities and capacity and support joint go-to-market business initiatives.





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  • Peter Y.

    I found the talk was great for me. Yes, it migh be hard to capture everything she tried to conven but she esentially presented a guideline or protocol for a successful BI person in a corporate enviroment and more. I came away with a lot more respect for data analysts and BI folks...:) In addition, picked up few lingos that I wasn't aware of such FACT vs. DIM. This shows how shallow my knowledge in this area...:)

    July 12, 2013

  • Drew W.

    I found the presentations relevant to my work as a Business Analyst. Jillian is a veteran of the industry and shared some gold nuggets.

    July 12, 2013

  • Jeff K.

    Well, I admire Jill(?) for her knowledge, but it was a rambling presentation. Good points were kinda hidden. Small turnout...

    July 12, 2013

  • Michelle R.

    Sounds like what I need to know for my new role at Cisco.

    July 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forwards to seeing whats new

    July 10, 2013

  • Jill M.

    Some thoughts for Sunday - how bad is "bad", and how good is "good"? What does confidence have to do with "adhoc" and routine short-order deliveries? You may know the organizational (or, "your") data, but how much do you know about industry specific, task specific information? Is your consumer breaking new ground - and how does that affect the "Confidence" factor?

    What "natures", particular to different data sources (and commissary supplies ;) ), influence the outcome of your product?

    July 7, 2013

  • Jill M.

    The short-order menu is often the most profitable in the house (or on wheels). Why does the customer continue to return, to recommend others, to be the first to defend? With low to medium cost to the consumer, why does the fare seem so good, so satisfying? Be the consumer, take a stab at the answer (try not to stab me, mind you ;) )

    1 · July 5, 2013

  • Jill M.

    Happy 4th! Short order cooks are often dealing directly with the customer as opposed to being hidden deep in the kitchen, insulated by the dining staff (sometimes, however, their station is on the line – hidden in the kitchen). How often do we – as Information Technologists – interface directly with the business consumer? What is our perspective? Can we see things from their expertise without having to fall back on our technology expertise? Which perspective is more valid – and what delivers?

    July 4, 2013

  • Linda L.

    I have a couple of meetings Thursday afternoon. I'll try to wrap up my day as early as possible...

    July 3, 2013

  • Jill M.

    A large part of the Short-Order Cook’s repertoire is their prepared items. Their stock-in-trade is assembling and then cooking their short menu on request. What is the “prepared” list that a BI “cook” has access to? What needs to be prepared, and what is quickly accessible as already prepared?

    June 19, 2013

  • Suzy W.

    I'd like to know why BI is so famous. Tell me more!!!

    June 6, 2013

    • Jill M.

      Informed Decisions! Reduces risk - increases opportunity (and survivability). BI is a proven framework on acquisition, shaping, and management of information for provenant results. (thank you for asking, Suzy!)

      June 16, 2013

  • Jill M.

    What point do you find most often causes failure in delivering to immediate and short-term BI/Analytics request?

    May 30, 2013

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