• Tue

    Whos Modeling Data in Agile Anyway?

    8:30AM - 11:30AMNationwide Insurance, 1100 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309

    Agile and data. Sounds a lot like peanut butter and sardines, right? Ugh! Successful projects require an understanding, and analysis of multiple models including scope, process, interface, interaction and data, regardless of your approach; Waterfall, Agile, Wagile, Scrummerfall etc. The better the modeling, the better the chance of implementing a successful project. However, when it comes to Agile, I often see a lot of people running for the hills pretending everyone knows exactly what the data is used for leaving the developers to fend for themselves. Given the speed of Agile we need to look at modeling our data differently. In this dynamic and interactive workshop, you will learn and practice modern, tool agnostic, Agile approaches to capturing and modeling data

    Bob the BA

    Bob the BA provides badass business analysis training, consulting and mentoring services. Bob is passionate about helping you think, learn and work differently. Bob is CBAP® certified with 30+ years of experience in corporate America; with a background in managing BA centers of excellence, assessing and managing BA maturity, quality, and competency. Bob is an author and award-winning curriculum developer. Bob has presented numerous keynote, workshops, seminars, conferences, and training sessions across North America. Bob is a founding member and past President of the IIBA® MSP Chapter.

    Nationwide Insurance
    100 Locust St
    Des Moines, IA 50309

    Please bring a form of ID as it will be necessary to check in at the security desk.

    Please use the parking garage directly behind Nationwide (address is 1100 Walnut St). There are entrances to the parking garage from Walnut St, 12th St, and Mulberry St. After you park, take the elevators down to 3rd floor for the skywalk, and enter Nationwide from the east side of the garage. Bring your parking ticket to get validated by the security guard. All non-Nationwide associates must sign-in with the security guard to gain access.

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  • Tue

    Demystifying Cloud Data Warehousing

    8:30AM - 11:30AMPrincipal Financial Group, 711 High St, Des Moines, IA 50392

    We all know that data warehouses and best practices for them are changing dramatically today. As organizations build new data warehouses and modernize established ones, they are turning to cloud data warehousing in hopes of taking advantage of the performance, concurrency, simplicity, and lower cost of the cloud or simply to reduce their data center footprint (and the maintenance that goes with that). But what is a Cloud Data Warehouse really? How is it different from traditional on-premises data warehousing and big data platforms?

    In this talk to be discussed:
    • Demystify cloud data warehousing by defining it and its goals
    • Discuss the real-world benefits of cloud-native data warehousing
    • Discuss some of the coolest features as exemplified by the Snowflake Elastic Data Warehouse
    • Discuss the real-world benefits of a solution like Snowflake
    • Discuss some of the differences between Snowflake and other cloud data warehouse options

    . Kent Graziano

    Kent Graziano is a Senior Technical Evangelist for Snowflake Computing and an award winning author, speaker, and trainer, in the areas of data modeling, data architecture, and data warehousing. He is an Oracle ACE Director, member of the OakTable Network and DAMA-I, a certified Data Vault Master and Data Vault 2.0 Practitioner (CDVP2), expert data modeler and solution architect with more than 30 years of experience, including over two decades doing data warehousing and business intelligence (in multiple industries). He is an internationally recognized expert in Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler and Agile Data Warehousing. Mr. Graziano has developed and led many successful software and data warehouse implementation teams, including multiple agile DW/BI teams. He has written numerous articles, authored three Kindle book (available on, co-authored four books, and has given hundreds of presentations, nationally and internationally. He was a co-author on the first book on Data Vault, and the technical editor for Super Charge Your Data Warehouse. In 2014, he was voted one of the best presenters at OUGF14 in Helsinki, Finland. You can follow Kent on twitter @KentGraziano or on his blog The Data Warrior

    Principal Financial Group
    711 High Street
    Des Moines, IA 50309

    Hosted By: Principal Financial Group