Special report: The Pacific Northwest BI Summit 2010

Get expert insight without leaving your desk by virtually following the Pacific Northwest BI Summit 2010. Find out what trends and best practices are shaping the future of BI.

Get valuable insight for your business intelligence and data warehousing strategy without leaving your desk.

Editors from SearchBusinessAnalytics.com and the BeyeNetwork attended the Pacific Northwest BI Summit 2010 – a business intelligence and data warehousing event where industry experts and strategists discussed the latest trends, technologies and best practices – to moderate panels and report on the key insights that were uncovered during the discussions.

The Pacific Northwest BI Summit was held in Grants Pass, Ore., from July 29 to Aug. 2 and was headlined by four leading BI and data warehousing experts:

  • Jill Dyche, partner and co-founder of Baseline Consulting
  • Dr. Claudia Imhoff, president and founder of Intelligent Solutions
  • William McKnight, president of McKnight Consulting Group
  • Colin White, president and founder of BI Research

Readers, both at the event and at their desks, also got involved in the discussions by emailing and tweeting questions for the moderators to ask the panel of experts. Below, you'll find podcasts and news articles from the summit; check them out to get valuable BI tips and to learn about emerging BI and data warehousing trends, successful BI strategies and issues that other BI professionals are running into on projects.

SearchBusinessAnalytics.com’s coverage of the Pacific Northwest BI Summit
Bookmark this page and keep checking back for exclusive content related to the summit. We have lots of material from the event that will be published on the site soon.

BeyeNetwork’s coverage of the Pacific Northwest BI Summit
Information Worker in the 21st Century: The Collaborator. In the first of a series of podcasts recorded at the summit, Claudia Imhoff reviews the way that information workers consume data and focuses the discussion on the collaborative aspects of modern communications.

BI on the Road: iPad and All Things Mobile. Colin White leads a discussion on mobile BI applications.

It’s Baaaack! A Fresh Look at CRM. Jill Dyche looks at three approaches to the current state of customer relationship management (CRM). She discusses the voice of the customer, the intersection of master data management and customer data integration, and the data quality focus – all of which can lead to critical enterprise change.

Columnar DBMS: Data Does the Twist and Analytics Shout. William McKnight describes columnar databases and the best places to apply that technology and data-storage methodology. In addition, he extols a mix-and-match approach to analytics that can work for any size organization.

SaaS: The Hottest Trend in Business Intelligence. Shawn Rogers, vice president of research for BI and data warehousing at consulting firm Enterprise Management Associates, talks about BI and cloud computing, including definitions, service and deployment models, drivers and expectations, and barriers to success. He also shares research results about future trends.

BI and data warehousing expert blogs and Q&As:
Find even more expert advice and insight by reading the panel’s blogs on the BeyeNetwork website (see links below), plus Ask The Expert Q&As with BI and data warehousing analysts on SearchBusinessAnalytics.com and SearchDataManagement.com. And if you have a question that has yet to be answered, email the editors at SearchBusinessAnalytics.com and they’ll forward it to one of the members of our panel of experts.

Jill Dyche, partner and co-founder of Baseline Consulting
Jill is an internationally recognized author, speaker and business consultant. She is a partner and co-founder of Baseline Consulting, a professional services firm that focuses on enterprise data issues. She is responsible for key client strategies and industry analysis in the areas of data governance, BI, master data management and CRM at Baseline.
BeyeNETWORK blog | BI strategy tips| MDM tips | Ask Jill a personalized question

William McKnight, president of McKnight Consulting Group
William McKnight is the president of McKnight Consulting Group LLC. MCG services span strategy through implementation and beyond for turning information into the asset it needs to be for your organization. MCG strategizes, designs and deploys in the disciplines of master data management, data warehousing and BI.
BeyeNETWORK blog | Data warehousing strategy tips | Ask William a personalized question

Dr. Claudia Imhoff, president and founder of Intelligent Solutions
Claudia is the president and founder of Intelligent Solutions Inc., consultancy group covering data warehousing and BI technologies and strategies. She is a popular speaker and internationally recognized expert, and serves as an advisor to many corporations, universities and leading technology companies on these topics.
BeyeNETWORK blog


Colin White, president and founder of BI Research
Colin is the founder and president of BI Research. He is well known for his in-depth knowledge of BI, data management and data integration technologies and how they can be used to support smart and agile decision making. With 40 years of IT experience, he has consulted for dozens of companies throughout the world and is a frequent speaker at leading IT events.
BeyeNETWORK blog

This was first published in July 2010
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