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When:  September 12, 2008
Location:  Microsoft Office
Time:  1pm - 4:30pm

Meeting Details
*note the new meeting date of September 12 and the time is 1:00pm at Microsoft

Session 1:  Spreadmart to Data Mart Conversion by Dan English, Magenic
Session 2:  Business Intelligence Requirements:  How Business Analysis should be conducted to Ensure a Successful BI

Spreadmart to Data Mart Conversion

Everybody probably has spreadmarts somewhere in their organization.  They start out small and quickly grow and become mission critical.  This presentation will be talking about taking an Excel spreadmart reporting solution and migrating it into a data mart solution.  Both sides of the project with be discussed, business and technical.  The first portion will talk about the history of the solution, discuss working with the business users, requirements gathering, challenges faced and then we will go into the technical details.  We will compare spreadmarts vs data marts, discuss how the solution was architected, options that were explored, technologies used, and challenges that had to be overcome.

Presenter Bios

Dan English - a Senior Consultant with Magenic, a national Microsoft Gold Certified partner, focusing on Business Intelligence.  Has been working with Microsoft technologies for over 10 years and doing data warehousing for over 5 years.  Dan started up a blog this past year at posts screencasts on YouTube and MSN videos in regards to SQL Server 2008 new features - search keyword ‘Magenic'.  Dan has a strong passion for Microsoft technologies and is a MCITP Business Intelligence Developer with knowledge in all aspects of the Microsoft BI Platform.

Joe Beeck - a Principal Developer/Team Lead at GfK Custom Research North America.  Joe has been working with Microsoft technologies for over 10 years.  His current role is primarily focused working with the business users to gather requirements to provide to the project team and manage the projects.  He has previous experience working as a technical lead and is familiar with all phases of the application development lifecycle and database design.

Second presentation:

Business Intelligence Requirements: How Business Analysis Should be Conducted to Ensure a Successful BI Initiative

The quality of business analysis is a critical determinant of how successful a BI initiative will be.  If the business' needs and solution requirements are not thoroughly understood, analyzed, documented, communicated and maintained, then whatever BI solution is developed will have little prospect of being meeting the business' exceptions.

Come to this presentation and you'll learn from two experienced practitioners some real world tips that can be put to immediate use on a BI project.   

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn a business analysis framework that can be used in any BI project
  • Understand the Business Analyst role.  What they should be doing and what you can (and should) expect from them on your project
  • Learn how to elicit, analyze, and document BI Requirements yourself

Presenter Bios

Trent Seashore, MBA
Senior Consultant
BI & Data Mgt Services Practice Director
SafeNet Consulting

Trent has more than 20 years of Information Technology experience in both business and systems roles.  Prior to joining SafeNet Consulting, Trent was most recently at GMAC-RFC as Director, Enterprise Business Intelligence and prior to that held leadership positions at Ingenix, UnitedHealthcare and Express Scripts.  Trent has a unique blend of technical and business expertise along with a successful track record of designing, implementing and supporting BI solutions through technologies such as Business Objects, Cognos, Crystal, SAS Hyperion and others.

Dean Larson, CBAP, MBA
Enterprise Business Analyst
SafeNet Consulting

Dean is a Certified Business Analysis Professional with 7 years of practical business analysis experience. He has led requirements planning, elicitation, and documentation efforts at Xcel Energy, GMAC-RFC, Allianz Life, and the National Arbitration Forum.  Dean is the Vice President of Marketing for the Twin Cities' local Internal Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) chapter and he also has an MBA from the University of St. Thomas.



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