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August Meeting

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Dear Carolinas Area BI/DW Professionals, we cordially invite you to attend out upcoming TDWI Carolinas Chapter meeting on August 21, 2014 from 2:45 pm – 6:15pm. 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. We have three exciting presentations on the topic of Data Visualization and Analytics and a panel discussion with your questions! Agenda:

2:45 – 3:15

Registration and Networking

3:15 – 3:20

Meeting Kickoff by Patty Hoth, Chapter President

3:25 – 4:00

Session 1: “What's the difference between visualization and visual analytics?” by Rachael Brady

Presentation Abstract:

The term visualization is used in mediation, art and humanities fields, social sciences, marketing, scientific fields, and business fields. Computer-based visualization usually refers to the mapping of data to graphical elements for the purpose of providing humans greater understanding and communication mechanisms. This talk will illustrate the difference between scientific visualization, information visualization, and visual analytics.

4:05 – 4:35

Session 2: “Building and Supporting an Enterprise Data Visualization Practice and User Community” by Chris Schultz

Presentation Abstract: This session will cover BCBSNC’s journey building an enterprise data visualization practice, detailing the challenges and milestones as it grew from a single team of users to an enterprise-wide data visualization server deployment that is now central to BCBSNC’s analytics strategy. Using Tableau for data visualization has literally changed the way BCBSNC analysts work – blending storytelling and data analysis to make their work more fun and less of a grind. This session will cover many tips and recommendations on deploying Tableau and other data visualization tools across the enterprise including strategies for developing and supporting analysts, establishing a data management practice for data viz, and building a culture and community around data and visual analytics. Session attendees will also learn how to overcome barriers to implementing data visualization tools when other BI tools already exist, how to prepare for the rapid growth of usage, and how to use a variety of tools and methods to support the user community.

4:35 –5:10

Session 3: Visual Analytics: A conversation and demo about the application of visual analytics, by Kevin Taylor

Presentation Abstract: While the concepts and technologies for reporting and dashboards have been around for some time, analytics is a bit less mature. With the data revolution we are living in, the need to be able to effectively analyze the data has become paramount. Not everyone can be a data scientist, nor can every organization afford to hire one. Kevin will talk briefly about visual analytics followed by a live demonstration illustrating how visualization can help explore your data to find the right answers and to help ask new questions.

5:10 – 5:20

Break & During this time, panel questions to be collected by TDWI Chapter representatives

5:20 – 5:50 Panel Discussion, facilitated by Alex Meadows

5:50 – 6:15

Meeting wrap-up followed by networking

Bios of Presenters

Chris Schultz, Business Intelligence Architect at Blue Cross, Blue Shield NC. Member of Wake Tech Business Analytics Program’s Advisory Council. As BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina's BI Architect, Chris has established himself as an innovator and disrupter in the area of visual analytics, wearing several hats including but not limited to server admin, solutions architect, data analyst, and developer. Chris has used a combination of creativity and lessons learned from more established Tableau practices to deliver big changes in an industry that has traditionally lagged others in terms of IT innovation and adoption. In addition to his experience using Tableau, he has over 10 years’ enterprise BI implementation experience with IBM Cognos, Microsoft, Oracle, and SAP BusinessObjects.

Kevin Taylor, Data Visualization Specialist at Cisco Systems. Kevin has more than 15 years’ experience in Business Intelligence having used Tableau, SAP Business Objects, MicroStrategy and other tools. His current position has him working in the Analytics Center of Excellence at Cisco. He is a speaker for Triangle Area Analytics Group, Data Matters 2014 and Business Objects User Groups. Kevin is extremely passionate about the use of visualization for better understanding and communication of insight.

Rachael Brady, Engineer at Cisco Systems and Research Scholar at Duke University: At Cisco Systems, Rachael is a Technical Lead in Engineering. She has been actively involved in the visualization community for 20 years and is currently the vice chair of the IEEE technical committee on visualization and graphics. From[masked], Brady was the founder and director of the Visualization Technology Group at Duke University where she built the DiVE (Duke immersive Virtual Environment) facility, established the Visualization Friday Forum seminar series, and co-directed the Visual Studies Initiative. Her expertise is statistics, data analysis, and data representation.