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Putting Predictive Analytics to Work

Description:
It’s time to consider predictive analytics in new, innovative ways. CATCH Intelligence will share use cases and the impact predictive insight has had on several organizations. In this session, you will learn how others use predictive analytics to solve today’s business challenges: Recruiting and Retention, Machine Uptime and more.

Presenter:

Jared Ellwein, CTO, CATCH Intelligence

Jared brings more than 20 years of technical expertise to his role as Chief Technology Officer at CATCH Intelligence. He leads technology innovation surrounding business intelligence, predictive analytics and data management services for the company. He is an experienced business intelligence and data professional as well as an IT leader.

In early 2002, when Jared joined CATCH Intelligence, the company tasked him with building the blueprint of what has become our flagship product offering. Since that time, he has continued to expand the software functionality. He holds more than five Business Intelligence Certifications.

Jared’s strong communication skills combined with his consultative approach to every client engagement translate into success on every project.

 

Location Details:
The Forge
1420 Locust St, Suite 200
Des Moines, IA, 50309

Time:

Registration: 8:30-9:00
Presentation: 9:00-11:00
Networking: 11:00-11:30

Hosted by: Pillar Technology

http://www.pillartechnology.com

 

The Quest for Master Data Management

Description:
Finding Master Data Management success might be slightly more challenging than finding the Holy Grail.  Come listen to and interact with a panel of local Master Data Management practitioners as they describe their real-world experiences chasing after the “golden record of truth” and achieving it.  Topics covered will include technology options, master data domain choices, business problems solved, lessons learned, getting business buy-in, and more.  Bring your own questions for what will prove to be a very informative and relevant discussion.

Presenter:

Panelists
Paul Aasmundstad / Athene
Ken Crider / Arag Legal
Daniel Goodwin / INTL FCStone
Greg Mehrl / Principal
Moderator
Cort Pahl / Principal

 

Paul Aasmundstad is Data Governance Director at Athene where he is responsible for targeting and raising data management maturity levels.  Paul is an experienced data professional and IT leader, with 25+ years’ experience across a range of industries and company size. Prior to joining Athene, Paul served as Data Governance IT Audit Manager at Wells Fargo, where he was technical subject matter expert for Wells Fargo Audit Services and influenced audit strategy for data governance.  Previously, Paul spent eight years in data architecture and IT management at Emerson Process Management, where he led the design, build, and operations of global data systems.

Paul received his BA from the University of Iowa, and MS Data Analytics and MBA Business Intelligence from Southern New Hampshire University, where he was named Outstanding Student in both programs.  He is contemplating whether to continue the journey to a PhD.

Ken Crider is the Manager of Data Architecture at ARAG legal, a legal insurance company.  Ken is responsible for driving consistent and scalable data architecture throughout the organization.  He oversees ARAG’s data governance and data management functions.  Prior to his current role, he was a data architect at Wellmark supporting their MDM and reference data management initiatives.  Ken graduated from Faith Baptist Bible College and received his MBA in Technology and Information Management from Iowa State University.

Daniel Goodwin is the Director of Strategic Data at INTL FCStone Inc, a diversified financial services firm. He oversees FCStone’s Master Data Management, Data Governance and Referential Data enterprise initiatives. Prior to his current role, he led the firm’s Global Regulatory Reporting practices under Dodd-Frank, EMIR and Canadian Provincial listed and bilateral derivative reporting. Daniel’s professional background has been primarily around Business Analysis in the insurance and financial industries. Daniel was a former licensed Property & Casualty agent in the state of Iowa and graduated with a degree in theology.

Greg Mehrl is a Software Architect in the Marketer Services department at Principal Financial Group.  In his current role his is the lead architect on the implementation of PFG’s Master Data Management solution where they are replacing a home grown MDM with Informatica’s MDM.  He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a major in Mathematics and Computer Science.

Cort Pahl has worked at Principal Financial Group for 29 years, working in various data management related roles.  His experience includes data warehouse solutions, OLAP, ETL, and data modeling over many years of his career.  More recently, he has worked in the role as data architect, focusing on Master Data Management solutions, among other things.

 

Location Details:
John Deere Financial
6400 NW 86th St
Johnston, IA 50131

Hosted by: John Deere Financial

https://www.deere.com/en/finance/financing/contact-john-deere-financial/

 

Data vs. Information: New and More Precise Ways to Categorize Data

Description:
This presentation first looks at the gap between raw data and information which helps decision-making.  Most of the industry chatter about data quality focuses upon raw, granular data describing discrete events and entities inside the enterprise and around it. However, a single fact (or “cell”) of data without context is not very meaningful.  Hence, we assemble many facts, aggregate them, calculate ratios and trends, often in the context of a data warehouse.   It is information (data assembled and placed in proper context) which is more meaningful to the decision-maker.

We will look at numerous examples between raw data and derived data (“information”) which show us trends, patterns, etc.  Examples come from astronomy, military intelligence, and criminology.

As an enterprise is inundated with more data (raw, intermediate, and advanced information) the designing and population of good metadata becomes even more important.  We will look at nine distinct kinds of metadata.  Not all kinds are of equal importance, but we will show the purpose and value of each.  The larger the organization, and the more diverse the “institutional memory”, the more important it is to properly document the data asset for broader exploitation of its value.  Ignorance of institutional memory can be disastrous.

Presenter:
 Michael Scofield
Michael Scofield, M.B.A. is an Assistant Professor at Loma Linda University.  He is a frequent speaker and author in topics of data management, data quality, data visualization, and data warehousing.  He has spoken in over 27 states, Canada, Australia, and the U.K.

Audiences have included 24 DAMA chapters, 5 TDWI chapters, 14 ASQ chapters (American Society for Quality), and many accounting professional organizations.  He also guest lectures at several universities.

His career experience includes some time with a CPA firm, developing an accounting and general ledger system for a major California bank, as well as experience in government, manufacturing, finance, and software development.  Now semi-retired, he still does pro bono data mining and data quality analysis for non-profit organizations.   His greatest interest currently is data visualization, data quality assessment, and using graphic techniques to reveal business and economic behavior.   He also has humor published in the Los Angeles Times, and other journals.


https://home.llu.edu

Location Details:
Principal Financial
Room 750-1A18
750 Park Ave
Des Moines, IA 50309

Parking:
Guests can park on the 5th floor of the new 701 Grand Parking Garage.  (Press the Call button and say you are with the DAMA event.)   Visitors can enter on 1st or 3rd floor (Skywalk) of 711 High Street.

Hosted by: Principal

https://principal.com 

 

Confessions of an Analytics Consultant

DESCRIPTION:
After years of working across many industries and technologies, I want to cut to the chase to the value of BI. Through many stories of the ups and downs of traveling the country, this presentation will talk about the lessons learned from standing up a BI organization to being too technology heavy in our strategy.

PRESENTER:
 Jason Greer

Jason Greer owns a consulting firm in central Iowa and works with organizations to create real value and profit for his customers. With 19 years of experience in IT, and 14 years as a of Six Sigma practitioner, he travels the country to help organizations see the true value that internal and external data can provide.  With experience in continuous improvement and business intelligence, Jason works with organizations to measure past success and predict future trends.  For the past 7 years, Jason’s focus is to show how data tells a story and how that story can be used to better understand your customers, your processes, and your competition.

For 14 years, Jason has used Continuous Improvement techniques such as Six Sigma, Lean and Theory of Constraints to improve processes within many different industries including Construction, Service, Manufacturing, Education, Distribution, and Financial. Jason specializes in process improvement and process design, business intelligence design, financial modeling, business metrics design, and data governance.

 

LOCATION DETAILS:
Nationwide Insurance
W266-268, 2nd Floor Conference Room
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.

Parking:
Please use the parking garage directly behind Nationwide (if you use a GPS app, the address for the parking garage is 1100 Walnut St). There are entrances to the parking garage from Walnut St, 12th St, and Mulberry St (See screenshot).

After you park, get on the 3rd floor of the garage to access the skywalk, and enter Nationwide from the east side of the garage. A security guard should be sitting at a desk in front of the doors. 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. Photo ID required.

Hosted By: Nationwide Insurance
nationwide

http://www.nationwide.com

Leveraging AI within Kingland’s Software Platform for Precision Data Extraction from Mutual Fund Prospectus Documentation

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Time
Registration 8:30 – 9:00
Presentation: 9:00 – 11:30

DESCRIPTION:

Over 200 Mutual Fund Families in the United States file – with the Securities and Exchange Commission – thousands upon thousands of pages of required prospectus documentation collectively on over 27,000 total Mutual Fund investment securities.  This documentation contains hundreds of data attributes relevant to the Mutual Funds detailed within, and the Broker Dealers that trade these Mutual Funds depend on the integrity and accuracy of the Funds’ data attributes.  Kingland built an AI-powered solution – deployed to Production in June 2017 – to enable collaboration between Mutual Fund industry users, by automating the extraction of data attributes from documentation for further workflow-based management and dissemination to consumers.  In this presentation, an overview of Kingland and their Software Platform will be provided, as well as additional solution details and a demo of the AI-powered Mutual Fund solution.

PRESENTER:
Matt Good
Matt Good is responsible for Kingland Platform evangelism, architecture, and strategic technologies, including enterprise data management, big data, AI, and cloud computing.  Over the past 20 years, Mr. Good has gained a variety of experiences at Kingland, IBM and SPSS in architecting and engineering software solutions and leading teams focused on compliance, risk management, predictive analytics, AI-based enterprise data management automation, and brokerage web and reporting applications.  Additionally, Mr. Good has provided his expertise to numerous executives within multi-national enterprises.  He has also provided overall leadership within Kingland’s partnership with Iowa State University, advancing Computer Science research within key data management initiatives.  Mr. Good has achieved certifications related to Java, master data management development, and IBM technologies and has been a speaker at technical conferences.  Mr. Good holds degrees from Iowa State University in Computer Science and Music.

LOCATION DETAILS:
7001 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, IA 50266

Parking:
WF Des Moines HQ Map

Hosted By: Wells Fargo

https://www.wellsfargo.com/

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DAMA Day 2018

Time
Registration 8:30 – 9:00
Event 8:30 – 4:15

DESCRIPTION:
Are you trying to help your organization become more data-driven? Do you want to learn
more about data topics? Would connecting with other data professionals be beneficial to
you? DAMA Day 2018 will deliver an exciting set of topics to inform, educate and
connect central Iowa data professionals via educational presentations, case studies, and
panel discussions. Topics include Governance with Self-Service Data, Women in Data
Panel, Best Practices for Implementing and Adopting an Analytics Platform, and Enabling
Insights with Data Centric Security, and Data Driven Customer Experience.

Registration:
http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=ebgbvycab&oeidk=a07ef9n5g7ff3a84da5

Parking:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dama-day-at-drake-tickets-44878856869

8:00–8:30 Registration/breakfast
8:30–8:45 Kickoff – DAMA Introduction
8:45–9:45 Governed Self-Service Data: Better Together – Zaloni
9:45–10:00 Break
10:00–11:30 Women in Data Panel – Avolyn Fisher, Kim Martorano, Lisa Berke, Maria Joseph-King, Tammy Armstrong, Roni Schuling
11:30-12:30 Lunch
12:30-1:30 Enabling Insights with Data Centric Security – MicroFocus
1:30-1:45 Break
1:45-2:45 Best Practices for Implementing an Analytics Platform – CoEnterprise/Tableau
2:45-3:00 Break & Snacks
3:00-4:00 Data-Driven Customer Experience– Cloudera
4:00-4:15 Closing & Networking

Sponsored by:

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https://www.cloudera.com  ||  http://www.tableau.com  ||  https://www.coenterprise.com  ||  https://www.microfocus.com

LOCATION DETAILS:

Drake University
Aliber Hall, Room 101
2903 University Ave
Des Moines, IA 50311

Hosted By: Drake University

https://www.Drake.edu/

2018 DAMA Save the Date

Data Profiling at Principal

DESCRIPTION:
In this session, IT and business data professionals from Principal will share their perspectives and experiences with data profiling. They will share what it is, why it’s important, and the different areas and disciplines that perform profiling. They will describe the relationship between data profiling and data quality. In addition, they’ll show different tools and methods they’ve used to profile data. This will include everything from basic tools available to everyone (think SQL and Excel) to analytical/BI tools to dedicated Data Quality tools.

PRESENTER:
Various Principal Employees

LOCATION DETAILS:
John and Mary Pappajohn Education Center
1200 Grand Ave, Room 201
Des Moines, IA 50309

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

Hosted By: John and Mary Pappajohn Education Center
https://uiowa.edu/jmpec/

Governed Self-Service Data: Better Together

Time
Registration 8:30 – 9:00
Presentation: 9:00 – 11:30

DESCRIPTION:
Obtaining immediate, actionable insights from your data is a necessity for today’s businesses. A fully governed and operationalized data lake can provide these insights but what about data privacy, security, and lineage? Scott Gidley answers those questions and gives real-world lessons and best practices to get you started.

PRESENTER:
Scott Gidley, Zaloni
Scott Gidley is Vice President of Product for Zaloni, where he is responsible for the strategy and roadmap of existing and future products within the Zaloni portfolio. Scott is a 20 year veteran of the data management software and services market. Prior to joining Zaloni, Scott served as senior director of product management at SAS and was previously CTO and cofounder of DataFlux Corporation. He received his BS in Computer Science from University of Pittsburgh. Scott is also the coauthor of Understanding Metadata.

LOCATION DETAILS:

Wells Fargo Mortgage
7001 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, IA 50266

Parking:
WF Des Moines HQ Map

Hosted By: Wells Fargo

https://www.wellsfargo.com/

Nationwide Predictive Modeling Panel

DESCRIPTION:
Have you seen the changes in predictive modeling in your company? What tools are methods do you use? Participate in a discussion with a panel of Nationwide associates with different levels of experience and expertise. The panel will share their experiences on a wide range of topics within the predictive modeling area.

PRESENTER:
 Shakeed Syed

Shakeeb Syed is a Specialist in the Research & Analytics dept. at Nationwide. In the past three years, in his current role, he has done Predictive Modeling with Tweedie, Poisson, and Gama distributions for the Motorcycle Product. He graduated from Drake University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Actuarial Science.

Cevriye Horn

Cevriye Horn has been with Nationwide for 13 years. She’s spent half her career at Nationwide in the Research department working on customer value management/lifetime value (LTV) models, as well as Personal and Commercial Lines segmentation models. Prior to her work at Research, she was a member of the Personal Lines Homeowners Pricing team and helped implement by-peril pricing in many states. Cevriye has a Master’s degree in Statistics and an MBA, and she recently completed a Data Mining and Applications Graduate certificate program from Stanford University.

Mat Weber

Matt Weber has worked at Nationwide for 12 years.  He has been in his current role as a data scientist for the last 5 years, working mostly with the Marketing group on experiment design, A/B testing and building predictive models.  He graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering.

LOCATION DETAILS:
Nationwide Insurance
W266, 2nd Floor Conference Room
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.

Parking:
Please use the parking garage directly behind Nationwide (if you use a GPS app, the address for the parking garage is 1100 Walnut St). There are entrances to the parking garage from Walnut St, 12th St, and Mulberry St (See screenshot).

After you park, get on the 3rd floor of the garage to access the skywalk, and enter Nationwide from the east side of the garage. A security guard should be sitting at a desk in front of the doors. 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. Photo ID required.

Hosted By: Nationwide Insurance
nationwide

http://www.nationwide.com

Intentionally Changing Organizational Culture

DESCRIPTION:

Culture is an organization’s basic personality, the essence of how its people behave, interact, and work. Changing culture is a daunting task but, for an organization to be effective, leaders must align their cultures to the organization’s mission and goals. Join Drake University Chief Information Technology Officer, Chris Gill, on a journey through his experiences shaping culture at two higher education institutions and learn about his ten steps to changing organization culture (with a heavy emphasis on using data to ensure accountability).

PRESENTER:

Chris Gill, Chief Information Technology Officer, Drake University

LOCATION DETAILS:
Farm Bureau Financial Services
5400 University Ave
West Des Moines, IA 50265

Parking:
From the North: Take I- 35 South to I- 80, Turn west on I- 80/35. Take I- 80/35 to exit 124 (University Avenue). Turn right on University (100 yards). Turn left at the first traffic light.
From the Northwest: Take Highway 141 to Southbound 1- 80/35. Take exit 124 (University Avenue). Turn right on University (100 yards). Turn left at the first traffic light.
From the East: Take I- 80 westbound to the west side of Des Moines. Take exit 124 (University Avenue). Turn right on University (100 yards). Turn left at the first traffic light.
From the South: Take I- 35 to exit 124 (University Avenue). Turn left (west) on University Avenue. Turn left at the second traffic light.
From the West: Take I- 80 eastbound, as I- 80 starts to go north, take exit 124 (University Avenue). Turn left (west) on University Avenue. Turn left at the second traffic light.
Park in the Visitor Parking areas north and east of the main entrance. Enter the buildings at the main entrance (by the United States flag and Farm Bureau flag). Report to the security station for directions to the meeting room.

 

Hosted By: Farm Bureau Financial Services

https://www.fbfs.com