Conferences that solve current IT challenges

Business Intelligence / Big Data / Analytics Strategies

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

December 13, 2012


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 with a focus on governance, data quality and analytics to make the decisions necessary for the economic recovery.

What You Will Learn

In this one day conference attendees will learn:

  • How to Establish a Data and Business Intelligence Governance Discipline

  • How to Implement a Comprehensive Data Integration Approach Aligned to Business Needs

  • Structuring the Unstructured: How to Design the Data Architecture to Make BI More Actionable

  • How to Leverage Analytics to Turn Data Into Insight

  • How Enterprises are Using Analytics to Stay Ahead of the Competition (panel discussion)

  • How to Design and/or Modify Your Business Intelligence Strategy to Tackle Big Data

  • Big Data Trends and Technologies: What Are They and How Can They Help You?

  • Testing Big Data Applications: How to Devise a Scalable Approach to Assuring Quality in Big Data Solutions

  • How to Partner with the Business to Best Leverage Big Data for Operational Benefit

Conference Program

8:00am - 9:00am - Registration and Continental Breakfast



Moving Beyond Business Intelligence – Incorporating Big Data & Analytics into Your BI & Data Strategy

Richard Skriletz, Global Managing Principal, Business Intelligence & Data Delivery, RCG Global Services

The traditional BI strategy has focused on collecting, managing, and reporting on the data we understand. With the advent of Big Data, organizations have access to new tools, techniques, and infrastructure that allow the analysis of data from sources previously considered "inaccessible" or "unusable" to gain new insight and new understanding.

As a result, Big Data changes the way organizations think about data. And, organizations will need to consider how they will incorporate Big Data into their BI strategy. This session focuses on the emerging best practices successful organizations have followed to incorporate Big Data into their BI strategy and to leverage this new way of thinking about data.

In this session attendees will learn how to:

    • What is Big Data and why it is different
    • How Big Data changes the approach to analytics
    • How Big Data can affect your BI strategy
    • Best practices for absorbing Big Data in your BI strategy


10:00am -10:30am - Refreshment Break



Business Intelligence Culture: How to Build the Right Framework within Your Organization

Rob Fosnaugh, Manager - Business Intelligence, Brotherhood Mutual Insurance

Business Intelligence is a phrase used to describe many aspects of reporting technologies used within an organization. Dashboards, scorecards, electronic reports, paper reports, email alerts, and so on are being volleyed at business users each day, but is it effective? This session will explore building a culture of business intelligence into your organization that takes an IT driven reporting mindset and explodes it to one of actionable information through user created solutions.



Big Data – More Than Just the Latest Buzzword?

Shane Legleiter, Practice Director, Analytics8; Former Director, Business Intelligence, CNA Insurance

“Big Data” may be the biggest buzzword in BI today. With promises of increasing ROI, decreasing TCO, and accelerating business performance, it is easy to understand the hype. The problem is that nobody seems to agree on what it is and when/how to use it.

In this session attendees will learn about the evolution of big data solutions and how they are being put into action. Topics that will be covered include:

  • The 64K question – What exactly is “Big Data”
  • Big data solutions defined – MapReduce, Hadoop, columnar databases, In-Memory, etc.
  • Use cases for big data solutions – You need to make sure you have one
  • How will big data solutions change your existing IT landscape


12:30pm - 1:30pm Luncheon



Tackling a Big Data Project: Big Data Analytics is All About Style, Not Architecture

Daniel O’Connell, Sr. Technical Marketing Manager – Actuate: "The BIRT Company®”

Tackling a big data project requires an understanding of the types of Big Data that will be analyzed and processed. This understanding—What you will analyze and why—are significantly more important than what architecture you use. In fact, in most cases the former dictates the latter. This session will discuss the variety of big data and why this is the most important.

2:30pm - 3:00pm - Refreshment Break



BI Quality Assurance and Testing: How do you measure quality in the Business Intelligence world?

Mike Dickenson, CEO, Ironbridge Software Inc.

BI by its nature is open-ended and unpredictable. QA requires different techniques from standard IT practices in these areas: Data Accuracy, Standards, Stability, Performance, Availability. Mike Dickenson will discuss how to build-in and test-in quality in systems that must manage Big Data and provide open-ended Analytical capabilities.





How to Partner with the Business to Best Leverage Business Intelligence for Operational Benefit (panel discussion)

Grant Vankerk, Senior Solutions Consulting Manager, Hitachi Data Systems
Parthiv Sheth, Director, Business Intelligence, Hyatt Hotels
Jerry Pancini, Manager, Enterprise Architecture, Stericycle
Rob Fosnaugh, Manager - Business Intelligence, Brotherhood Mutual Insurance
Scott Fournier, Manager Enterprise Information Management, Lawson Products
and other professionals from IT/BI departments

IT's role is changing considerably. They are both trying to reduce costs and at the same time help drive new business models for the enterprise. Many IT leaders now feel that business intelligence and analytics will help their organizations become more competitive.

In this session attendees will learn from several IT BI executives as to how they are executing on their missions to help drive the business forward.

Conference Price: $259.00 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.