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  • Share best practices in a small group setting
  • Establish a strong network of peers
  • Gain technical advice and career direction

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September 30, 2014: Evaluating Dashboards & Visual Discovery Tools -- and Bake Off !

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Dear TDWI NYC Tri-State Chapter BI/DW and Analytics Professionals,
We cordially invite you to attend our upcoming TDWI NYC Tri-State Area Chapter meeting on Tuesday, September 30th, beginning promptly at 9:00 am. Come meet other local professionals, swap business cards, share ideas, and exchange career advice while engaging a superb, high- quality keynote presentation and Technology Demonstration & Bake Off, in a vendor-neutral setting, which is the hallmark of TDWI education. Please see our detailed meeting agenda below.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014
9:00 am (prompt) – 12:00 pm


Information Builders
Two Penn Plaza (7th Ave & W.32nd St)
New York, NY 10121


Evaluating Dashboards & Visual Discovery Tools - and Bake Off !
with Keynote and Vendor Panel moderator, Cindi Howson, founder of BI Scorecard.

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8:15 am

Registration, Light Breakfast & Peer Networking

9:00 am

Call to Order & Introductions

9:15 am

Keynote Presentation:
Evaluating Dashboards & Visual Discovery Tools, presented by Cindi Howson, BI Scorecard


Dashboards are an important Business Intelligence (BI) module to align workers to the metrics that matter most.  Visual Data Discovery is one of the hottest segments in BI, providing self-service, agility, and user-assembled Dashboards.  Yet these tools are still emerging with significant differences in capabilities and integration with the BI platform. Should you buy a specialty product or the module from your platform vendor?  
The seminar will begin with a presentation by our Keynote and Moderator, Ms. Cindi Howson, a dynamic, well-known and respected TDWI faculty member and founder of the BI Scorecard.  In her keynote presentation, Cindi will discuss BI tools, trends, key issues and best practices.  This will set the stage for the Vendor Panel discussion to follow, which she will moderate, comparing BI vendors Tableau, Information Builders and MicroStrategy.  The seminar covers:
•          BI market overview and trends
•          Dashboard and Visual Discovery use cases
•          Key differences to consider in products
•          IT-developed versus user-assembled Dashboards
•          Differences b/w Dashboards and Visual Data Discovery tools
•          Considerations for mobile
•          Strengths and weaknesses of leading products
•          Demonstration Bake Off

10:00 am

Networking Break & Light Refreshments

10:30 am

Demonstration and Bake Off:

  • Tableau
  • Information Builders
  • MicroStrategy

moderated by Cindi Howson, BI Scorecard

11:45 am

Door Prize Drawings



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Bios of Presenters

Cindi Howson
Cindi Howson is the founder of BI Scorecard, a resource for in-depth BI tool evaluations based on exclusive hands-on testing. A TDWI faculty member and frequent contributor to Information Week, Cindi is the author of several BI books including Successful Business Intelligence: Unlock the Value of BI & Big Data, SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0: The Complete Reference. She is a frequent speaker at BI industry events around the world and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, and Forbes. As a consultant, she advises clients on BI strategies and tool selections. Prior to founding BI Scorecard, Cindi was a manager at Deloitte & Touche and a BI standards leader for a Fortune 500 company. She has an MBA from Rice University.

Vendor Expert Panelists

Expert Panelist



Vihao Pham

Sales Engineer


Peter O’Grady

Director, Product Marketing

Information Builders

Michael Kravec

Leader, Enterprise Consulting

Tableau Software



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