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Whether you’re an executive, a business user, a data scientist, a technical expert, a new customer or still deciding which analytics path to take, there’s a place for you at IBM Analytics University 2018.

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Learn from more than 100 sessions across six distinct tracks:

  1. Unite: Combine solutions to drive innovation
    Recommended for executives, managers and analytics leaders
  2. Plan & Report: Enable continuous and agile planning
    Recommended for finance professionals, business users and IT administrators
  3. Explore & Visualize: Build dashboards, reports and data visualizations
    Recommended for business analysts, business users and IT/BI administrators
  4. Predict & Optimize: Explore, model and deploy
    Recommended for data science managers, data analysts, business users and business analysts
  5. Manage: Manage and access your data
    Recommended for data architects and IT professionals
  6. Trust: Establish a trusted analytics foundation
    Recommended for Chief Data Officers, Chief Analytics Officers, Chief Marketing Officers, data architects and data engineers

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October 2–5, 2018
InterContinental Miami Hotel
Miami, Florida


Make sure to add these sessions to your Agenda!

Streamlining Analytics Delivery at Sonic Drive-In with IBM Cognos Analytics 11

October 3, 2018 | 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Rex Washburn Practice Lead Analytics, eCapital Advisors

Fred Pepmiller Senior Software Developer, Sonic Industries (Sonic Drive-In)

Sonic implemented IBM Cognos Analytics 11 to consolidate over 10 BI tools into a single enterprise analytics platform. Crystal Reports, 1010Data, Report2Web, MicroStrategy, and Tableau are just some of the platforms consolidated into Cognos Analytics as a result of the new architecture. This session will discuss the process and the benefits of leveraging Cognos Analytics at Sonic, the architecture put in place to serve both the business and franchise partners, the process of consolidating a complex ecosystem and more. Join us as we discuss the journey at Sonic of fully embracing the power of Cognos Analytics.

Move Data Faster than Ever with Multi-Threaded Processing

October 3, 2018 | 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Joe Thomas Senior Business Systems Analysts, Basin Electric Power Cooperative

Levi Kom Senior Business Systems Analyst, Basin Electric Power Cooperative

Learn how Basin Electric Power Cooperative created a multi-threaded Turbo Integrator process workload dispatcher that parses, distributes, and manages large data loads utilizing RunTI programs. With this session, learn how to implement RUNTI programs into your TM1 environment to maximize the capabilities of you server hardware by splitting workloads across server resources. Learn how Basin Electric avoids data contention, how the process scales as additional resources are allocated, and how this technology uses multi-threads simultaneously to improve TM1 copy runtimes over 400%.

Handling a $5 Billion Merger with IBM Planning Analytics

October 4, 2018 | 10:00 am – 10:45 am

Mitch Dorhout Consultant, eCapital Advisors

Elie Sturino Senior Financial Analyst FP&A, BrandSafway 

Russell Gleisner VP FP&A, BrandSafway

IBM Planning Analytics has long been used as a financial reporting and consolidation tool for financial planning and analysis (FP&A) teams. At this session you۪’ll hear from Safway Group۪s current FP&A team, which recently underwent a merger to combine into a $5 billion company and how they handled it using IBM Planning Analytics. Also, listen in on how Safway Group uses IBM Planning Analytics to do all their consolidation, financial reporting, budgeting, forecasting, pipeline, and more, and the challenges faced with a growing company in high M&A activity.

Deploying Predictive ROI-based Analytics to Reduce Voluntary Employee Attrition

October 4, 2018 | 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm

Chris Engstrom Director, Data Science Practice, eCapital Advisors

Most executives would agree that employees are their organization’s most valuable asset. Unfortunately, few organizations take the time to calculate the true Cost of Attrition (COA). Research suggests that the COA can be as much as 1.5-2 times an employee’s salary. But, as part of a powerful Employee Lifecycle Predictive Analytics Framework, predictive modeling can be applied to identify which high-impact employees are most at risk BEFORE they leave your organization. At this session, you’ll learn how model results can be applied at the individual level to enable custom interventions to retain at-risk employees. Hear how this enables you to marginally reduce voluntary employee attrition and provide a measurable ROI based on COA.

IBM Planning Analytics in the Big 10: Michigan State University

October 5, 2018 | 9:30 am – 10:15 am

Shayan Ashtiani TM1/Planning Analytics Consultant, eCapital Advisors

Brent Johnston University Budget Officer, Michigan State University

Michigan State had been using Enterprise Planning to build, manage, and report for their yearly budgets. As one of the largest universities in the nation, their budgeting process was complex, to say the least. With the help of eCapital Advisors and the MSU Planning and Budgeting team, MSU built out a whole new budgeting system in Planning Analytics. This project not only took what they were already doing in Enterprise Planning, but the team also build major enhancements and re-engineered several processes to be more efficient and user-friendly. This project serves as a testament to what can be done with a robust planning and analytics tool and will serve as a major success story in the Higher Education space.


  • Date: 10/02/2018 8:00 am - 10/05/2018 5:00 pm
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