Conferences that solve current IT challenges

Business Intelligence / Big Data Analytics

Strategies to help leverage full value from your design and implementation of an effective Business Intelligence framework

November 30, 2017


7 CPE / 0.7 CEU / CISSP / 7 PDU Credits Awarded



Conference location: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Rosemont (O'Hare) Illinois


As organizations prepare for the recovery it is crucial that they have a well designed business intelligence framework to provide them with the necessary insight so they can capitalize on new opportunities.

This one day conference will help attendees design and leverage a solid BI framework to make the decisions necessary for the economic recovery.

What You Will Learn

In this one day conference attendees will learn:

  • Strategic Roadmap for BI and Analytics
  • Capitalizing on Big Data Disruption
  • Access Granted: The Impact of Consumer Technology on Analytics
  • 15 Tips to Maximize the Value of Your Analytics
  • The Data & Analytics Journey – Why it’s more attainable for your company than ever before
  • What Challenges Business Faces on the Road to Big Data & Analytics
  • Using Machine Learning to Increase Customer Engagement
  • KPIs, Performance & Execution: Building and Sustaining an Effective Data and Analytics Strategy

Conference Program

8:00am - 8:30am - Registration and Continental Breakfast



Strategic Roadmap for BI and Analytics

Bernie O'Connor, Director - Information Technology, Anixter Inc.

Learn to create a Strategy and Roadmap for Business Intelligence (BI), the Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW, and Analytics through the vehicle of Anixter’s own narrative. The emphasis is on BI and Reporting, with distinctions for different Stakeholders. Included in the discussion will be external research among leading Analyst firms and Peer Groups, internal research and needs analysis, implications of the evolution of technology for real-time BI and for improved visualization and embedded capability. Strengths of a variety of vendor offerings will be included. Although this is a narrative and will have the strength of a story, it will also be generalized for the use of participants in this session.

What you will learn:

  • Determining Stakeholders, from Finance to Shadow IT
  • Assessing the Current State of a Company’s Business Intelligence
  • Assessment of Current and Future Needs
  • BI Marketplace Assessment working with Vendors, Customers and Peers
  • Trends from key Analysts
  • Determining the Company’s Ability to Execute
  • Implications for Mobility
  • Getting to the cloud
  • Governance
  • Vendor selection – many good options, including blended solutions
  • Creating a Strategy, and a Roadmap




Capitalizing on Big Data Disruption

Jeff Healey, Director of Product Marketing, Vertica

As Big Data grows, your enterprise faces both challenges and market-disrupting opportunities to explore and manage larger data volumes for business value. But with seemingly endless commercial, open source, and “as-a-service” offerings hitting the market each week, how do you choose the right mix of technologies and avoid creating an accidental architecture that will limit you from future innovation? How are organizations actually achieving true bottom-line benefits from their Big Data initiatives? Join Vertica to understand how your organization can adopt an effective and agile approach to Big Data analytics, while focusing on the analytical use cases that will deliver a bottom-line and competitive impact.


10:10am -10:40am - Refreshment Break



Access Granted: The Impact of Consumer Technology on Analytics

Rick DeMare, Evangelist, ThoughtSpot

Everyone agrees data is a precious resource. But is it better to lock it up or set it free? Rick DeMare wants to convince you of the latter. As the data boom evolves and the consumerization of technology within organizations increases, DeMare argues that it’s essential for the modern enterprise to focus on speed, choice and easy adoption – just like common consumer technologies. Flip the script on how you think about access and analytics in your own data-driven organization.



15 Tips to Maximize the Value of Your Analytics

Sal Stangarone, President, Michael’s, Ross & Cole, Ltd. (MRC)

The Business Intelligence Analytics playing field has leveled over the past few years. Software tools have advanced to the point where anyone can take advantage of BI in their organization. Small and medium-size businesses can now use the same tools as the industry giants.

But, while the playing field is now level, different companies still see drastically different results from their BI efforts. Some use BI as a competitive advantage. It improves their decision-making. It drives their business. For others, BI is no more than charts on a screen. It provides data, but doesn’t deliver the value that other organizations receive from BI.

In this session, we explore actionable tips that your business can apply to improve the value and effectiveness of your BI. You will learn:

  • Common reasons why Analytics projects fail
  • Best practices for creating actionable dashboards
  • How to deliver data analytics that improves decision-making

12:20pm - 1:05pm Luncheon

1:05pm - 1:55pm


The Data & Analytics Journey – Why It’s More Attainable For Your Company Than Ever Before

John Head, Chief Evangelist, PSC Group

The typical perception of Big Data, Analytics, and Predicative/AI is that only the big companies can reap the benefits. Many believe they need a data warehouse, expensive reporting software, and an army of data scientists to get any value out of effort and cost. This session will explore and debunk that myth and showcase how companies of any size can participate in the journey. While there are many maturity models and journey maps available, most are not designed to be practical guides to solving common business problems. Because of the explosion in availability in cloud services, the barrier to entry has eroded significantly. During this session, we will look at some practical steps to access these capabilities and provide examples to where market-leading and growth companies have seen large benefits. Attendees will walk away with broader understanding of what’s possible to move their company through the journey in 2017.



What Challenges Business Faces on the Road to Big Data & Analytics

Sridhar Ramaswamy, PhD, Analytics Advisor, Information Analytics, Caterpillar Inc.

Every organization thrives to reap success through data-driven business decisions. Today enterprise efficiency improvements and organizational changes are taking place rapidly in every company to achieve their business goals using data analytics to beat the competition. But do we know how data analytics stirs an enterprise currently, with all its demands and buzz words? We discuss in depth the various challenges of big data governance and how organizations are trying to manage to stay afloat through the modern era of analytics advancements.

2:45pm - 3:15pm - Refreshment Break



Using Machine Learning to Increase Customer Engagement

David Wilmer, Solution Architect/Technical Marketing Manager, Talend

Lenovo recently made customer centricity as its key strategy on its march towards growing its market share as No.1 PC manufacturer. This paved way for Voice of Customer management platform which captures customer comments, analyze them algorithmically using Natural language processing in real time. This presentation talks about how data integration is pivotal in capturing the customer journey, identifying their top pain points using a neural network powered NLP engine and finally closing the loop with the customer, thus improving their experience.






KPIs, Performance & Execution: Building and Sustaining an Effective Data and Analytics Strategy

Taimur Baig, BI Solution Architect, FlexManage
Bob Fitzgerald, Director, Business Intelligence, Akorn
Bruce Woerner, Manager, APLT – Business Office Metrics, Allstate Insurance
Jeffrey Siegrist, Senior Manager, Business Intelligence, Life Fitness
and other BI/Analytics leaders from enterprise organizations

In this panel discussion, attendees will learn from seasoned BI/Analytics leaders as to how they are executing and proving the value of their BI/Analytics strategies.

Conference price: $289 per person.

Each attendee will receive a certificate awarding 7 CPE credits for CISSP continuing education, in addition to 0.7 CEUs and 7 PDUs. CISSP is a registered certification mark of (ISC)², Inc.


As is always the case at CAMP IT Conferences events, the talks will not include product presentations.  During the continental breakfast, coffee breaks, and the luncheon break you will have the opportunity to informally meet representatives from the following sponsoring companies, who have solutions in the area of the conference.