Executive Breakfast Session

Becoming Data Driven in the New Analytics

Tuesday, November 7 | Vancouver Art Gallery

Cost: Complimentary

The analytical process starts with data. For data to yield valuable insights on demand, it must be transformed into information that is accurate, complete and readily accessible.

The data preparation phase of an analytics lifecycle takes 80% of your analyst’s time… so let’s change that. Data from operational and data warehouse systems are a canvas to create your analytics masterpiece.  The process of exploring data for analytics, uncovers inconsistencies in data that would never be found using traditional processes.

From this session, you will see the art and the science of data management for analytics. We will cover the people, process and technology elements needed to get unprecedented value from your data. Experts from SAS will cover all aspects realizing value from all data, including the Economic Impact Framework developed by SAS to measure the economic impact of these inconsistencies uncovered through the analytic lifecycle.  Strategies for using this economic insight include substantiating business cases, funding for governance activities, and establishing service levels and appropriate charge back models within an organization.

Join us on Tuesday, November 7, and learn how your organization can become data driven and stay relevant in the new analytics economy.

Kimberly Nevala, "The Governance Guru"
Director of Business Strategies, Business Intelligence/Analytics, Data Governance/EIM 

Kimberly Nevala is the Director of Business Strategies for SAS Best Practices. Kimberly brings 19 years of on-the-ground experience advising clients worldwide to help organizations maximize their data potential. She is responsible for market analysis, industry education, emerging best practices and strategies in the areas of business intelligence and analytics, data governance and management. A speaker and author, Kimberly is often consulted on the topic of strategic enablement and organizational dynamics. Her work has been featured on Information Week, CIO Asia, Knowledge World and TDWI. Kimberly is the author of the Anatomy of an Analytic Enterprise, Sustainable Data Governance and Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid When Launching a Data Governance Program.

Dan Finerty
Solutions Lead for Information Management, SAS Canada

Dan Finerty is a 30 year veteran in the Information Management discipline. In his current role, Dan is SAS Canada’s solutions lead for information management. In this role he is currently responsible for providing guidance to customers on ways to maximize their return on investment in Advanced Analytics through the strategic deployment Data Management capabilities.

Dan started his career at IBM as a System Engineer where he developed his expertise in application and data management.  This experience was further augmented in several roles throughout sales, marketing and professional services consulting. After his tenure at IBM, Dan continued his career at Progress Software as a thought leader in mainframe application and data integration and held various other roles at Data Direct Technologies, Informatica and GT Software before coming to SAS.

Dan holds a degree in electrical engineering from The University of Waterloo.


8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.mRegistration & Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - 9:05 a.m.Welcome
9:05 a.m. - 9:35 a.m.Curating a Data-Driven Culture
Kim Nevala
9:35 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.Break
9:50 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.The Art & Science of Data Management & Measuring the Economic Impact
Dan Finerty
10:35 a.m. - 10:55 a.m.Q&A
10:55 a.m. - 11:00 a.mClosing

 Vancouver Art Gallery

Courtroom 301
750 Hornby St,
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7

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