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New England Cognos User Group

Sep 22nd 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tufts Health Plan - 705 Mount Auburn Street, Watertown MA 02472

New England Cognos User Group meeting, sponsored by LPA




9:00 – 9:30 am Registration 

9:30 am – 9:45 am Welcome and Introduction

9:45 – 10:30 am Bimodal BI and Cognos Personal Data Sets

Presenter(s): Rich Chester, Director of BI for LPA Software Solutions

The Gartner Group recently formulated the concept of Bimodal BI to describe the future of Business Intelligence where agility and reliability coexist together providing both a single version of the truth, but at the same time empowerment for end-users to explore data in a self-directed manner. Personal data sets are one such manner of this end-user empowerment.

During this session Rich will demonstrate how you can create and share business intelligence reports, analyses and dashboards using your own personal sources of data, such as Excel or raw data files like TXT/CSV, without the involvement of the IT department. 

10:30 – 11:15 Predicting the likelihood of readmissions at Martin’s Point Health Care

Presenter(s): Robert Lavallee, BI Reporting Analyst and Ben Dawson, Analytics Lead, Creative Computing Inc. 

Robert is one of 6 BI Reporting Analysts for Martin’s Point Healthcare in Portland Maine where he has been a valued member for 15 months. Before transitioning to the Healthcare Industry, Robert spent 8 years in the Boston Area working for State Street Corporation supporting Cognos and all internal BI & reporting efforts. When not at work Robert can be found on the soccer field or hiking one of many beautiful mountains that Maine has to offer.

11:15 am Break 

11:25 am New England Systems

Forward Looking Business Intelligence is an IBM Business Analytics software designed to progress your organization up the analytics maturity curve from Descriptive Analytics to Diagnostic Analytics to Predictive Analytics, enabling decision makers to drive better business outcomes. 

Topics covered include:

  • What is Forward Looking Business Intelligence(FLBI)?
  • Best Practices in the presentation of quantitative data with easy to use, self-service dashboards
  • Business Analytics Maturity Concepts
  • How to use the Past and Present to Predict Future Outcomes

You’ll also learn how to integrate this Advanced Analytics content into a meaningful dashboard that “tells a better dashboard story” and encourages rapid analysis by users through an interactive, self-service experience.

12:15 pm Lunch Networking

1:00 – 1:45 pm Topic to be determined

1:45 – 2:30 pm Watson Analytics 

Presenter(s): Jason Deveau, Team Lead – Technical Specialists IBM Business Analytics

Hear an overview of Watson Analytics along with a Product Demonstration. Experience hands on learning with Watson Analytics doing Data Refinery, Data Exploration and Visualizations, Predictions and Assembling Interactive Reports from your findings. If there is time, we will do Q&A and Product Roadmap discussion.

2:30-3:00 pm “Ask The Experts” Round Table

Moderated by Carl Richardson MassHousing

3:00 pm Closing Remarks