Conferences that solve current IT challenges

Business Intelligence / Analytics / Big Data Strategies

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

December 5, 2013


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


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


Data is the lifeblood of every business, but to empower the organization, it needs to be used carefully and strategically. How can IT leverage BI initiatives to become a stronger partner and ally to business units? What pitfalls should be avoided?

What You Will Learn

In this one day conference attendees will learn:

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

  • Implementing Data Governance in your BI Strategy

  • Making Sense of Business Intelligence in 2014– Tools, Techniques and Disruption

  • How to Design Your BI Architecture to Support Big Data & Analytics

  • From Data to Insights: Applying Lean User Experience (UX) Techniques to Derive Insight and Drive Business Decisions from Big Data

  • How to Partner with the Business to Best Leverage Big Data and Analytics for Operational Benefit (panel discussion)

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, RCG Global Services

Traditional BI strategy has focused on collecting, managing, and reporting on data we understand. With new advances in technology, organizations have access to stronger tools, better techniques, and an infrastructure that allows relevant and valuable analysis of data from sources previously considered "inaccessible" or "unusable." As a result, organizations are changing their approach to data and how it impacts business creating measurable value and relevancy. Successful organizations need to transform current business intelligence strategies, often driven by the IT group, into analytics, driven by business questions and powered by business results.

In this session attendees will learn:

  • The difference between business intelligence and analytics
  • Steps to establishing an Analytics Center of Excellence
  • Best practices to leverage and pitfalls to watch for
  • How analytics can add value to their company

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



Implementing Data Governance in your BI Strategy

Steve Sarsfield, Product Marketing Manager, HP Vertica, Author, The Data Governance Imperative

Cloud computing, data streaming, unstructured data, and the Internet of things are changing the fundamentals of data management. The dynamic nature of these information sources will change how to approach data quality, advanced analytics, data governance, and master data management.
Topics that will be covered include:

  • Where to start with Big Data
  • How to determine the level of Big Data that is appropriate for your organization’s specific needs
  • How to develop an enterprise standard for Big Data consistent with your existing data management policies
  • How to involve stakeholders and align them for success with all data, “big” and “small”, and useful analytics
  • Creating dynamic governance for dynamic data from external sources




Making Sense of Business Intelligence in 2014– Tools, Techniques and Disruption

Benjamin Taub, CEO, Dataspace

There are a lot of buzzwords in BI today, but what do they mean and who is using which technology? How do you make sense of what is right for your organization? How do you leverage these technologies to deliver specific business value?

In this session we'll attack the topic from three angles: Technology, business use case, and IT administration to help you stay up to date and navigate this complex arena.

Topics that will be covered include:

  • The technical underpinnings of BI and how the major vendors compare
  • Business intelligence: Matching the tool to the user
  • Managing BI in a world of big data and cloud offerings

Ben has over 20 years of experience in the business intelligence and data warehousing space so come prepared with your questions for after his presentation.

12:30pm - 1:30pm Luncheon



Big Data or Big Hype? How to Use Lean Startup Techniques to Get the Most from Big Data, Analytics, and Data Science

Aaron Erickson, Analytics Champion, ThoughtWorks

Time to take a deep breath and ignore the sensationalist headlines.

Big data is important. But the emphasis on bigness leads us astray.

In this session, we will focus on models for iterative, business driven discovery and learning using Big Data, advanced analytics, and data science. We will present a science driven method for gaining insights not just from big well organized data, but from the diversity of messy data, data in non-traditional stores, sensors, natural language, and many others places more traditional big data initiatives overlook. And doing so without having to spend millions building a platform before you see any return on investment.

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



How to Design Your BI Architecture to Support Big Data & Analytics

Ramu Kalvakuntla, Senior-level Program Manager/ Enterprise Architect, RCG Global Services

There are great benefits to be found by the BI organizations that embrace analytics and big data. But how do you accomplish this?

In this session attendees will learn:

  • What a master data repository is and how to leverage it for your BI projects
  • Where to address the challenges of data quality and data transformation
  • How to manage cross-references
  • How to reuse the master data definitions from the enterprise information
  • How to migrate the solution of data transformation and quality challenges from a BI environment to BI/Analytics environment







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

Sean Riley, Director, Supply Chain Innovation, Software AG
Patrick Pitre, Technical Solutions Architect - Enterprise Information (DW/BI/Big Data), Large Retailer
Venu C. Nair, Director, GTS Global BI, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
David Robledo, Director of Data Analytics and Information, Purdue University
Brian Kumfer, Director, Business Intelligence, General Growth Properties (GGP)
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 working closely with the business to achieve the desired BI/PM results.

Conference Price: $269.00 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)˛, 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.