2019 Great Lakes BI Summit Agenda 

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Hands-On Workshops

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New in 2018, we are offering 90-minute hands-on workshop sessions that provide real-life experience solving a hypothetical business problem using the latest business analytics tools. 

If you are interested in attending a workshop session, registration for specific workshop sessions is REQUIRED and is first-come, first-served. Space is limited, but a wait-list is available. The wait-list will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis the day of the conference. 



Morning Workshop Sessions: 10:30 am - 12:15 pm 


Informatica Workshop

Hosted by: Alejandro Moreno, Digital Transformation Architect at Informatica

Join us as we delve into the world of Next Generation Analytics that is helping to transform many of the world’s largest companies. This will be an overview of architecture and strategy followed by a hands on workshop of some exciting new areas of Informatica’s AI-powered Intelligent Data Platform to help you gain key insights and help accelerate your BI initiatives.

Why you should attend?

During this unique 90-minute instructor led session you will get hands-on experience using Informatica’s new collaborative self-service discovery platform where you will learn how a data catalog can help your organization take inventory of all data assets across your enterprise and help you democratize data with the right balance of governance and flexibility.

Attendees should have:

  • Basic understanding of emerging technology such as Hadoop, MapReduce, Hive, Spark, Kafka, Redshift, Elasticsearch recommended

  • High-level understanding of future data architecture

Attendees are required to bring their personal laptop that can Remote desktop into a Windows machine running on Amazon Cloud. Internet connectivity will be provided. No software installation is required on your laptop.



Qlik Workshop

Hosted by: Jim Smith, Sales Enablement Manager at Qlik  

Join us for a crash course workshop in Qlik Sense and experience first-hand how you can build visualizations seamlessly from multiple data sources to quickly see how Qlik Sense automatically relates data for the fasted time to insight in this space.

Why you should attend?

This 90-minute interactive workshop is designed for anyone looking to learn more about Qlik’s unique features and how to maximize this data discovery platform. Qlik's associative engine lets you see answers to questions you didn't ask, spotlights data quality issues immediately, and makes exploring your data FUN!

Attendees should have:

  • Basic understanding of data visualization, reporting, and analytics

Attendees are required to bring their personal laptop with current version of Internet Explorer or Google Chrome. No software installation is required and internet connectivity will be provided. 


Afternoon Workshop Sessions: 1:30 pm - 3:15 pm


Alteryx Workshop

Hosted by Albert Pardilla, Solutions Consultant at Alteryx

We invite you to join Alteryx experts for this hands-on workshop where you will see first-hand how the Alteryx Analytics Platform allows data scientists and citizen users alike to break the barriers to insight by eliminating manual and mundane data prep and blending processes.

Why should you attend?

Our analytic experts will show you how our drag-and-drop platform can address your data challenges in a matter of minutes, code free or code friendly, leaving you more time to ask additional questions and gain greater insights into your business. Reserve your spot for our 90-minute session and learn how you can take advantage of the Alteryx Analytics Platform to:

  • Connect and cleanse data from the various sources of your enterprise

  • Prep and Blend your data in an easy to use, repeatable workflow

  • Build predictive models in a code free and code-friendly environment

  • Operationalize your workflows and models to the enterprise

Attendees should have:

  • Basic understanding of data preparation with basic tools like Excel and Access

  • No coding experience required

Attendees are required to bring your laptop to the Workshop and download the free 14-day Trial of Alteryx Designer prior to attending. You can download the Alteryx Trial here.



Tableau Workshop:

Hosted by Kevin Immink, Sales Consultant at Tableau

Join us for our “Intro to Tableau” hands-on workshop to learn the ins and outs of Tableau’s analytics capabilities, and leave knowing how to drag and drop your way to visualizations that will help you answer your business questions.

Why you should attend?

This workshop is geared for any Business or IT professionals who have always wanted to get hands-on with Tableau but never had the chance. There are no pre-requisites or skills required to participate, just bring your laptop and we will provide an online portal, sample business data, and, of course an internet connection. Tableau will provide an overview of the platform, a brief tutorial of the interface, and a series of hands-on examples during the workshop. The exercises will showcase the power of visual analytics in real world scenarios and provide a jumping-off point to evaluate Tableau Desktop for your business case.

Attendees should have:

  • Little or no prior Tableau experience; this session is an introduction to the product

Attendees are required to bring their personal laptop with current version of Internet Explorer or Google Chrome. No software installation is required and internet connectivity will be provided. 

Case Study Sessions

From Data to Decision - Meritor's Analytics Journey

Presented by Khuzema Tikiwala, Meritor

As true with any other manufacturing company, Meritor also spends lot of time in collecting the data but very little time to use the data for meaningful insights and decision making. This journey is about reversing that trend and give business the data insights which help them in making better and informed decision. This session is about how Meritor’s analytics journey started and what the road blocks were on the way and how we overcame those. We will talk about how we are using agile methodology to deliver quick data insights. We also talk about how we are going to empower our business users to make them self-sufficient in their data needs.

Successful Data Management - It’s About Storytelling: Presented by Steve Brennan, Carhartt

In an era where “big data” has become household lingo, it’s important as data management professionals we don’t just get caught up in the buzz words or ride the wave for the sake of the wave, but can speak to the value a capability provides and methodically apply it, even when it’s not the most exciting aspect of data management. Steve will share some of his recent successes in driving change and focus on an all-encompassing data management strategy at Carhartt, which includes advanced analytics, governance, and master data management.