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SPARK! Los Angeles | October 15 - 16, 2013



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SPARK! Events are designed to deliver the most current and relevant topics in the BI and Analytics industry through interactive experiences for BI professionals. These regional events offer the opportunity to engage with industry thought-leaders, analysts, and vendor-sponsors on an ongoing, community building basis.

Modern Data Platforms from Radiant Advisors enables companies to leverage significant advancements in data management technologies, computing hardware, and BI capabilities to evolve BI architectures. The sessions delivered in this event introduce the framework and methodologies for modernizing data warehouses into data platforms that combine the latest data integration and analytic databases.

Featured Plenary Sessions 

The Journey to Rediscovering BI

John O'Brien | Founder and CEO, Radiant Advisors


With over twenty-five years of experience delivering value through data warehousing and business intelligence programs, John O’Brien's unique perspective comes from the combination of his roles as a practitioner, consultant, and vendor CTO in the BI industry. As a globally recognized business intelligence thought-leader, John has been publishing articles and presenting at conferences in North America and Europe for the past ten years. His knowledge in designing, building, and growing enterprise BI systems and teams brings real world insights to each role and phase within a BI program. Today, through Radiant Advisors, John provides research, strategic advisory services and mentoring that guide companies in meeting the demands of next generation information management, architecture, and emerging technologies.

The New Art and Practice of Business unIntelligence

Dr. Barry Devlin | Founder and Principal, 9sight Consulting 

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Dr. Barry Devlin is among the foremost authorities on business insight and one of the founders of data warehousing, having published the first architectural paper on the topic in 1988.  With over 30 years of IT experience he is a widely respected analyst, consultant, lecturer and author of the seminal book, “Data Warehouse—from Architecture to Implementation” and numerous White Papers.  His new book “Business unIntelligence” is published this year by Technics Publications. He specializes in the human, organizational and IT implications of deep business insight solutions that combine operational, informational and collaborative environments. He specializes in the human, organizational and IT implications of deep business insight solutions that combine operational, informational and collaborative environments.


Plenary Sessions

The Journey to Rediscovering BI | John O'Brien | 15 October

Today's data warehousing and business intelligence (BI) landscape is reinventing itself faster and with more innovation than ever before, challenging every aspect of BI programs to adapt and keep up. Companies are adopting emerging technologies -- like big data, advanced analytics, and visualization -- to deliver even more business value through mobile BI, self-service, and discovery. These new information business models are challenging BI programs to abandon old paradigms and to rediscover a new definition of BI.

The New Art and Practice of Business unIntelligence | Dr. Barry Devlin | 16 October

Big data has topped the hype curve. Analytics is the new rising star. Business and decision-making at every level is being reinvented. It’s time to look beyond data warehousing/BI and ask: “What is needed to support decision making in the next decade?”

We are witnessing the growth of a new “biz-tech ecosystem,” where business and IT are symbiotic and integrated, collaborative behavior is the norm. This demands a new vision of how information is delivered and how decision makers really make decisions. This session introduces “Business unIntelligence”—a comprehensive approach that starts from BI and reinvents the information, process, and people supports for today’s decision making.

Day One

Session One  |  Adopting the Modern Data Platform for BI

The Radiant Advisors Modern Data Platform (MDP) framework balances flexibility with stability and optimizes to meet the analytic needs of the organization in the ways only a data platform can do: through the use of optimized data stores and ubiquitous access via virtualization and services.

Session Two  |  Benefiting from Analytics Databases

There are clear advantages to understanding how columnar, in-memory, and massively parallel processing (MPP) databases far exceed what traditional, row-based relational databases can deliver for data warehouses.

Session Three  |  Essential Service-Level Requirements

Meeting the requirements of service-levels of high-performance, high-availability, real-time, retention, and more directly affects how BI architectures must be more than logical data architectures.

Session Four |  Agile Architecture for Evolution

Priorities, capabilities, growth, consistency, manageability, and more influence how BI architectures evolve with mature within organizations. Understanding and leveraging these will allow BI architects to guide roadmaps and visions.

Day Two

Session One  |  The Key Role of Data Virtualization and Services

The balance between transformations that persist data and context with more agile virtualizing of data has considerations that must be fully understood in order to maintain and optimize an environment.

Session Two  |  Critical Semantic Context Governance

Managing information and context is no longer contained within database schemas for users as new forms of data abstraction, virtualization, and services require a new approach to information and analytics governance.

Session Three  |  Understanding the Role of Hadoop and Big Data

Hadoop and Big Data have been the big trend in BI for several years, and understanding how Hadoop key-value stores and real documents enable new analytic capabilities while complementing and integrating with data warehouses via MDP is key.

Session Four  |  Key NoSQL Databases for Analytics

Moving beyond Big Data, key NoSQL databases specialized for graph relationship analytics and text analytics are becoming a more important part of the MDP framework for organizations.


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Who Should Attend

BI professionals who are involved directly with, or responsible for, architecture, technology, and strategy are most likely to leverage this knowledge directly.

Technology and BI leaders will benefit from understanding how to approach decision-making based upon business drivers and requirements that maximize return on BI program investments.

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Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza

Radiant Advisors has reserved a block of rooms at reduced rates for SPARK! attendees. Rate is $229.00 plus tax for single or double occupancy and is available through September 13, 2013.

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