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Denver, CO 80204

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Second Tuesday each month September - May
3:00 PM - Registration
3:30 - Presentation

May 10, 2016
Joost Bakker

Business Intelligence

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Steve Kosten
Security Vulnerabilities
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October 8
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Marc Beacom

November 12
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January 12
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January 28
Corporate Politics

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February 9
 Entrepreneurship, and turning ideas into reality
John Seville

March 8 2016
Think Fast, Act Faster
Steve Wille

April 12, 2016
Joe Slater
Improving How Teams Improve

Register for the Tuesday May 10, 2016 SIM-Next Meetup

SIM-Next Meetup

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
3:00 pm - Registration and networking
3:30 - 4:15 Presentation
Beer or other Beverage and Appetizer included

Original Brooklyn's at Mile High
2644 West Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO

Business Intelligence
Strategies to get to meaningful reporting in complex project environments
Joost Bakker, Principal at SCI & Better Practice

Many Business Intelligence efforts start with a lot enthusiasm and energy.

  • Everyone will be self serving and user will no longer need help from IT to create reports.

  • All the information you ever need, will be at your fingertips.

  • We will move from data to real information.

These are just a few statements heard many times over the years.  However, when the project or program is finally completed, the optimism has been replaced by skepticism, the lofty goals adjusted downwards, and users are tired and settle for the minimally needed reports to get by. The days where people got excited about the new possibilities seem long gone.

Why does that seem to happen way too often? Can we do anything to prevent that from happening?  Project environments have become more complicated; long gone are the days of building systems from scratch, on-premise with a co-located dedicated team. When teams and projects become a mix of permanent staff, third party vendors & contractors, who are sometimes even half the world away, or may not be dedicated to the project full time, more diligent action is required for project success. This presentation highlights common pitfalls and how to avoid them when it comes to Business Intelligence projects. It provides tools and pointers to set teams up for success and on a path to meaningful and helpful reporting.

Joost Bakker is a principal at SCI & Better Practice, a consulting and team development firm whose mission is to improve success rates and ROI for team based efforts.
Joost is a PMP (Project Management Professional), a certified Birkman Consultant and has a history of success in developing and implementing large and small Business Intelligence solutions for private sector and government entities.

Register for the Tuesday May 10, 2016 SIM-Next Meetup

SIM Next is the premier organization on the Front Range that has a clear focus on vital topics for emerging information technology leaders.

  • Monthly Meetup and Presentation - From September to May, we offer monthly meetup events that give you access to experts who give you the tools you need to get promoted and succeed in your role as an IT manager.
  • Professional Development - Topics focus specifically on IT management issues and you get the chance to discuss ideas with IT managers from other companies.
  • IT Community - As an IT manager, it pays to be active in your community. Networking with SIM Next members at our outside events gives you the relationships you need to benefit from the experience of your colleagues in other industries.
  • Education - SIM Next is forward-thinking. We are aware that schools are not graduating students in IT as fast as IT professionals are retiring. Were are one of the few organizations thatís doing something about it. Through our Student Ambassador Program, we are reaching out to top students and we are partnering with the best colleges and universities in the area.

If you want to drive change in your organization, motivate your people, and get projects done on-time and on-budget, SIM Next is a great resource for you.

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RMIMA was founded in 1982 and is well established as the leading local professional association for managers and practitioners in the field of Information Systems. We meet monthly, except June-August. Lunch meetings include topical speakers and allow time for networking among professionals who are interested in learning more about the rapidly changing field of Information Systems and Information Management.  Our mission is to foster information systems education and the continued advancement of information management.


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