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Clinton Ages
President
Keith Warrick
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4th Tuesday of each month

6:30 PM Networking
7:00 PM Announcements
7:20 PM Speaker
8:20 PM Job Announcements
8:30 PM Closing

COST:  Members - FREE; Non-Members - $10.00

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Matrix Resources
General Meeting
Northpark Town Center
Building 400
3rd Floor
1000 Abernathy Road,
Sandy Springs, GA 30328

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Premier/Special Events
55 Glenlake Parkway NE
Sandy Springs, GA 30328

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Welcome to the Greater Atlanta Chapter

Our chapter was chartered in August, 2005 and since then, we have been dedicated to advancing the business analysis profession both locally and nationwide. We pride ourselves to be the chapter where business analysts can grow their skills, knowledge and professional network.

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 TOPIC:  How the Business Analyst Adds Value to the Project - or NOT!

Karen Mann

SPEAKER:  Karen Mann, Program Director, Intercontinental Hotels Group

ABOUT THE TOPIC:  

Every technology leader knows that the business analyst plays a critical position on the project team.  From project managers, to program directors, to vice presidents, and CIOs, there is clear understanding that the business analyst can contribute enormously to the project.  For example, bridging the communication gap between business subject matter experts and the other IT team members is one of the first key activities for the business analyst.  Filling multiple roles, the business analyst provides significant benefit to the project team, to the project’s solution, and to the organizations expecting to receive value at the end of the project.  

Of course, not all things happen perfectly.  No, it is most certainly not always the fault of the business analyst.  However, we will discuss the various consequences that can result if the business analyst misses a role, doesn’t connect with team members as needed, or does not execute the process thoroughly.  Hard conversations?  Perhaps, but that is how we improve ourselves, step it up a notch, take it to the next level.

Through interactive sessions, we will discuss several perspectives of the business analyst’s contributions and share those items with each other.  Join us to learn why project managers often believe the business analyst can make or break the project’s success.

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: 

Karen Mann is a successful director of multiple development and support initiatives, ensuring delivery is on time, within budget, meeting business requirements, and according to IT standards.  She has fulfilled both project and program management roles for multi-year initiatives as large as 150 resources and $27 million.  

Previously employed by GTE/Verizon, The Coca-Cola Company, and SunTrust Bank, Karen’s current role at InterContinental Hotels Group is to lead the IT PMO team for a business critical program.  While often assuming leadership of an existing team, Karen has had the pleasure of selecting her project team members and that process always includes solid business analysts.

 

RSVP by November 13th

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CPP Skills Workshop 1st Qtr. 2015

TOPIC: Business Intelligence Skills for today’s Business Analyst - Hands on Workshop for experiencing and understanding Business intelligence (BI)

Eugene Burns

FACILITATOR:  Eugene Burns, Business Intelligence Solutions Architect, Eagles Landing Diabetes and Endocrinology Group

 

ABOUT THE TOPIC:

This workshop will present the participants with the challenge of producing a set of germane business requirements from only a Wal-Mart sales receipt to be used in the creation of a business intelligence solution.  

There will be no other informational data input available.   Participants will be first confronted with the challenge of determining if this possible.  The next challenge will be to determine how to undertake the task of developing a set of reporting requirements with such a spartan piece of information.  The end result of this exercise is to ensure the participants are well grounded in the fundamental concepts of a BI project and to be able to think multi-dimensionality in ANY business environment.
This workshop will present the participants with the challenge of producing a set of germane business requirements from only a Wal-Mart sales receipt to be used in the creation of a business intelligence solution.  There will be no other informational data input available.   

Participants will be first confronted with the challenge of determining if this possible.  The next challenge will be to determine how to undertake the task of developing a set of reporting requirements with such a spartan piece of information.  The end result of this exercise is to ensure the participants are well grounded in the fundamental concepts of a BI project and to be able to think multi-dimensionality in ANY business environment.

Business intelligence analysis, one of the fast growing specialties in the Business Analysis Profession, engages BI BAs to use data to figure out market and business trends for companies to increase profits and efficiency.  BI is the set of techniques and tools for the transformation of raw data into meaningful and useful information for business analysis purposes. 


Workshop Breakdown


First half will be comprised primarily of lecture designed to “level-set” the participants on key terms and concepts that is vital to the task of successfully creating a set of reporting requirements derived from the sales receipt.
Second half will be highly interactive,” more hands on” focusing on the human elements of a BI SLDC and the creation of a LDM as well as a data dictionary.


Learning Objectives


Hands on discussion of a BI project from the BA’s perspective. 
Understanding the distinction between Functional Design Documents and Technical Design Documents
Understanding which BA tools works best in a BI project
Complete understanding of your audience
Discussion around the “human element” of a BI project
Discussion around why most BI projects fail 

 

Key Terms:

OLTP LDM
OLAP MOLAP
ROLAP HOLAP
CUBE Data Profiling
DATAMARTS ETL
 

 

ABOUT THE FACILITATOR:


Eugene Burns currently is employed as a Business Intelligence Solutions Architect at Eages Landing Diabetes and Endocrinology Group where he has been for the past five years.  His career has encompassed several roles from business analysis, finance analysis to his current position.

He currently holds the following certifications:
CBIP – Certified Business Intelligence Professional, Villanova University
CPD – Certified Project Designer, Microstrategy 9.3
CRD – Certified Report Developer, Microstrategy 9.3
CDMD – Certified Dashboard and Mobile Designer, Microstrategy 9.4.1
CPHIMS – Certified Professional Healthcare Information Management Systems

 

 

 COST:  FREE for GAC IIBA Members

 

Non-Member Cost: $30.00 

RSVP by January 7th 

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