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Tuesday – Oct. 16, 2012

Third Annual NKU IT Business Intelligence Summit a Success

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky.The third annual Business Intelligence Summit hosted by the Northern Kentucky University Office of Information Technology last week brought together higher education administrators and partners from across the country to collaborate on business intelligence and discuss issues ranging from data governance and predictive analytics to implementation of best practices.

More than 150 people attended the summit, which was held Oct. 9-10 at the NKU METS Center for Corporate Learning. They took part in more than 20 information sessions.

“As higher education continues to navigate a fast-pace and dynamic world, business intelligence is critical to improve administrative effectiveness and optimize operations,” said NKU Chief Information Officer Tim Ferguson. “Colleges and universities must transform their vast amounts of data into insightful information for agile decision making.”

Representatives from several universities, educational organizations and private technology concerns explored topics such as data warehousing, data mining, user adoption, mobility and a wide range of business intelligence solutions such as SAP High Performance Analytic Engine (HANA), BusinessObjects and Sybase. The conference also included an interactive demo room and hands-on product exhibits.

“I found the Business Intelligence Summit 2012 to be informative, educational and a great opportunity to find out what my colleagues are doing to address our shared issues and problems,” said Michael Sharpe, senior IT analyst at Duke University.

“I enjoy attending the BI Summit each year and NKU does a fantastic job of hosting the event,” said Geoffrey Corb, senior director of IT at Johns Hopkins University. “It is a small and intimate event that provides a unique opportunity to share and learn from colleagues at other institutions. Since we often find ourselves facing the same challenges and opportunities, the BI Summit is a great place to share ideas, outcomes and experiences. The vendors that participate do so in ways that add value.”

Maria Villar, global vice president of data governance and management for SAP, delivered the keynote address. She discussed the role information governance plays in her responsibility for SAP’s worldwide data management strategy. SAP is the industry leader in business software and the implementation tool for the myNKU management systems.

The summit also conducted a special session with collaborative audience participation that centered on student retention and featured guest panelists Stephen Burr and Adam Recktenwald (University of Kentucky), Carlos Sánchez (University of Pittsburgh) and Dr. Heidi Hiemstra (Kentucky Council of Postsecondary Education).

“As in previous years, our goal is to bring together institutions of varying size and business intelligence maturity for a few days to share and network with one another and build collaborative relationships that can extend beyond the conference,” Ferguson said. “Hopefully, we can leverage this new knowledge to support our institutions’ own strategic goals.”

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