Events

  • Thu
    19
    Feb
    2015

    February 2015 DAMA Iowa Monthly Meeting

    8:30 AM to 11:30 AM CSTWells Fargo Financial

    PRESENTATION DOC LINKS:
    February's Main Presentation Document
    Reference Doc for Data Modeling - from NoSQL World conference 2014

    DESCRIPTION:
    NoSQL and Hadoop are new database architectures (software and hardware) that handle the large and growing velocity, volume and variety of data that is quickly becoming the new normal for many company's data needs. This session will speak to what these are about, how they fit with technology already used today, and where we see these expanding in use over the next few years.

    PRESENTERS:
    Roni Schuling - After leading several technology teams, setting strategic data direction for one area of the Principal and leading many other project efforts through the years, Roni's most recent position is as the company's Enterprise Data Architect.

    Tom Scroggins - His current role is the Domain Architect for Principal's Data Services. This role includes BI, Analytics, Database, and technology that would be labeled "Big Data."

  • Wed
    18
    Mar
    2015

    Data Security: Protecting Data within an Organization

    8:30 AM to 11:30 AMJohn Deere Financial - Johnston

    PRESENTATION DOC LINKS:
    March's Main Presentation Document

    DESCRIPTION:
    This presentation will look at threats and against data at rest and in motion within a typical organization.  We will discuss a couple of example data breaches and talk about methods to mitigate data loss under this new threat environment.

    PRESENTERS:
    Doug JacobsenA University Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University. He is currently the director the Iowa State University Information Assurance Center. He teaches network security and information warfare and has written a textbook on network security. For a non-technical audience he co-authored a book on security literacy and has given numerous talks on security. He has given over 100 presentations in the area of computer security and has testified in front of the U.S. Senate committee of the Judiciary on security issues associated with peer-to-peer networking.

  • Tue
    21
    Apr
    2015

    Agile Data Practices - Database Management Techniques

    8:30 AM - 11:00 AMNationwide, 1100 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309

    PRESENTATION DOC LINKS:
    Agile Data Practices - Database Management Techniques.pdf (10 MB)

    DESCRIPTION:
    As software development teams ramp up on agile practices, dealing with the database is often ignored. Software developers tend to accept the fact that databases must be shared, are hard to change, and they must wait on someone else to make those changes. It doesn't have to be this way! This session will identify the pain points and anti-patterns associated with traditional database management and cover specific techniques and tools to improve the workflow for embracing database changes.

    PRESENTER:
    Tim Anderson- Tim has worked in software development in several industries including financial, fundraising, insurance, and telecommunications. He has played several roles including Agile Coach, Tech Lead, Software Developer, Database Administrator, and Business Analyst. His real passion is to work with people to understand their context and help them introduce incremental improvements to get better at software development. Tim is currently an Embedded XP Coach for Lean TECHniques, Inc. and is consulting with Principal Financial Group.

  • Mon
    21
    Sep
    2015

    The Agile Mindset

    8:30AM - 11:30AMJohn Deere Financial

    PRESENTATION DOC LINKS:
    The Agile Mindset - Agile for the Rest of Us.pdf (1.67 MB)

    DESCRIPTION:
    As a Data Professional, you are intimately involved in developing solutions to business problems. Find out more about the agile mindset and how you can use it to adjust your approach to changes, improve your relationships with developers, and become the MVP (most valuable player) in creating the best solutions to the business problems of your clients.

    PRESENTER:
    Michele Cresmen-Block - Michele comes from Pillar Technology has over 25 years IT industry experience. Michele is passionate about guiding teams toward continuous improvement through the application of individual mastery and team building principles. She is an accomplished agile coach, mentor, and ScrumMaster. Michele is PMP certified, a Certified ScrumMaster, and a Certified SAFe Program Consultant.

  • Wed
    04
    Nov
    2015

    Data Warehousing: The Sins of Denormalization (Sponsored by Principal Financial Group)

    8:30AM - 11:30AMVoya Financial, 909 Locust Street Des Moines, Iowa 50309

    DESCIRPTION:
    We need your input! Stephen is willing and able to speak about many topics. Please take our short survey to help choose what topic is chosen for this meeting (The survey is only open until the end of 10/16/2015).

    LOCATION DETAILS:
    Voya Financial, 909 Locust Street Des Moines, Iowa 50309
    First Floor, Room 1S360

    PRESENTATION DOC LINKS:
    With presenter's approval, presentation content will be added after the event has been held.

    PRESENTER:
    Stephen Brobst - Stephen is the Managing Partner for Sampo Technologies & Systems (STS). He also serves as Chief Technology Officer for Teradata Corporation. Stephen performed his graduate work in Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where his Masters and PhD research focused on high-performance parallel processing. He also completed an MBA with joint course and thesis work at the Harvard Business School and the MIT Sloan School of Management. Stephen is a TDWI Fellow and has been on the faculty of The Data Warehousing Institute since 1996. During Barack Obama's first term he was also appointed to the Presidential Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) in the working group on Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD). He was recently ranked by ExecRank as the #4 CTO in the United States (behind the CTOs from Amazon.com, Tesla Motors, and Intel) out of a pool of 10,000+ CTOs.

  • Thu
    17
    Dec
    2015

    Big Data Practice (Sponsored by Principal Financial Group - Presented by EMC)

    8:30AM - 11:30AMVoya Financial, 909 Locust Street Des Moines, Iowa 50309

    DESCRIPTION:
    The benefits to thinking like a Data ScientistData Silos as the biggest cultural threat to realizing big data valueWhy you need a data lake.

    LOCATION DETAILS:
    Voya Financial, 909 Locust Street Des Moines, Iowa 50309
    First Floor, Room 1S360

    PRESENTATION DOC LINKS:
    With presenter's approval, presentation content will be added soon after the event has been held.

    PRESENTER:
    Bill Schmarzo, author of “Big Data: Understanding How Data Powers Big Business” and the forthcoming (December, 2015 release) “Big Data MBA: Driving Business Strategies with Data Science”, is responsible for setting the strategy and defining the Big Data service offerings and capabilities for EMC Global Services Big Data Practice.  As the CTO for the Big Data Practice, he is responsible for working with organizations to help them identify where and how to start their big data journeys.  He’s written several white papers, is an avid blogger and is a frequent speaker on the use of Big Data and data science to power the organization’s key business initiatives.  He is a University of San Francisco School of Management (SOM) Fellow where he teaches the “Big Data MBA” course.

    Bill has over three decades of experience in data warehousing, BI and analytics.  Bill authored EMC’s Vision Workshop methodology that links an organization’s strategic business initiatives with their supporting data and analytic requirements, and co-authored with Ralph Kimball a series of articles on analytic applications. Bill has served on The Data Warehouse Institute’s faculty as the head of the analytic applications curriculum.

    Previously, Bill was the vice president of Analytics at Yahoo where he was responsible for the development of Yahoo’s Advertiser and Website analytics products, including the delivery of “actionable insights” through a holistic user experience.  Before that, Bill oversaw the Analytic Applications business unit at Business Objects, including the development, marketing and sales of their industry-defining analytic applications.

    Bill holds a masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, Computer Science and Business Administration from Coe College.

    Recent blogs can be found at:  http://infocus.emc.com/author/william_schmarzo/

    You can also follow Bill on twitter @schmarzo and LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/in/schmarzo