Business Intelligence / Analytics / Big Data Strategies: Chicago


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


April 12, 2018




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:

  • Digital Business: Using Transformative Analytics to Drive Value
  • CIO, the Information Alchemist: Turning Big Data and AI Into Better Decisions For the C-Suite
  • Analytic Blueprint: The Keys to Succeeding with BI and Analytics
  • Migration: How to Evolve Your BI and Analytics Architecture
  • Self-Service Analytics: Managing the Foundation for Success
  • How to Partner with the Business to Best Leverage Business Intelligence for Operational Benefit (panel discussion)

Conference Program

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

9:00am-10:00am: Digital Business: Using Transformative Analytics to Drive Value


Rick Skriletz, Global Managing Principal, RCG Global Services


Digital business and digital transformation are ‘top of mind’ in C-suites today. Customers’ engage with businesses digitally and physically, which creates rapidly changing customer behaviors and expectations. Businesses need to respond quickly when customer expectations change in order to remain competitive. Sensing changes in business circumstances, establishing new courses of action, and driving better outcomes is the new business cycle. Transformative analytics are those that operate in this environment and successfully drive business value.


In this session, Rick Skriletz, Global Managing Principal of RCG Global Services, will describe the challenges faced when undertaking a digital business transformation, what must be done to be successful, the essential role of automation, and how to develop transformative analytics to drive business value.



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

10:30am-11:30am: How to Develop an ROI for Business Intelligence and Analytics Projects


Steve Sarsfield, Director, Product Marketing, Vertica


In the technology world, we know that success in analytics is often defined by access to more data with less down-time, and delivering more accurate analytics at faster speeds. However, executives and business users need to understand the costs, benefits, and return on investment (ROI) before making an initial technology investment and hiring supporting staff and resources. They want the benefits of analytics in a language they will understand. A well-understood and clearly defined business case that can show tangible value makes it easier to get business buy-in. In turn, you can transform your analytics team into a trusted business partner and an essential resource in the organization, not just a cost center.

In this session, Steve Sarsfield, author of the Data Governance Imperative and key lead of the Vertica product team, will offer you advice on how to define and track ROI when delivering your new analytics project. By joining, you’ll learn specific metrics that you can track to show impact to three key areas: revenue, efficiency and compliance. Steve will also discuss the tips and tricks that he has learned from leading data-driven organizations teams who have successfully tracked ROI.




11:30am-12:30pm: Analytic Blueprint: The Keys to Succeeding with BI and Analytics



How do you bridge the worlds of business and IT? How do you leverage big data analytics for business value? The session will cover balancing the people, politics and technologies to create a sustainable analytics program.


12:30pm – 1:30pm Luncheon

1:30pm-2:30pm: Migration: How to Evolve Your BI and Analytics Architecture  



New technologies are everywhere but your current architecture still holds tremendous value. The key is to determine how new technologies should be implemented in your existing architecture.


In this session, content that will be covered includes:

  • Disruptive trends for BI/Analyics/Big Data
  • What a modern extended architecture looks like
  • How the pieces fit together
  • What your organization can gain in the real world


2:30pm – 3:00pm: Refreshment Break

3:00pm-4:00pm: Self-Service Analytics: Managing the Foundation for Success



Big data and self-service analytics tools turn the industry on its head. Business units, in many cases are now taking ownership of building and deploying reporting and analytics capabilities.


To stay relevant BI leaders need a new framework for how to engage and support the enterprise.


In this session, content that will be covered includes:

  • How to overcome the conflicts between business and IT
  • How to create an effective business analytics center of excellence
  • How to turn the BI organization into a service/value provider to the business
  • How to map users to analytics and data tools
  • How to provide seamless delivery of reports
  • How to create a data architecture that supports self-service data access


4:00pm-5:00pm: How to Partner with the Business to Best Leverage Business Intelligence for Operational Benefit (panel discussion)


Tom Nolan,  Account Executive, NxtTeam
Mike Jennings, Senior Director, Global Data Architecture, Global Enterprise Architecture, Walgreens Boots Alliance
Satya Yenugula, Senior Director of Business Intelligence & Data Management, Enlivant
Alonso Arteaga King, Director IT- Information Services, Global Information Technology, Chamberlain Group
Don Fleschut, Chief Data Officer, Ryerson

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 results.


Jennings     Yenugula     Arteaga King     Fleschut     Nolan


Conference Price: $289.00 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.