Speaker Spotlight Column: Patricia Klauer on Business Intelligence

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edw2013-speaker-spotlightby Charles Roe

In an effort to leverage the knowledge of several of the top minds in the Data Management industry, DATAVERSITY™ has been conducting a series of interviews on some of the most relevant topics in the field today. Recently, we interviewed Patricia Klauer, the Founder & Enterprise Information Architect of Eclipse Data Systems.

Patricia will be giving a presentation at the Enterprise Data World 2013 Conference in San Diego, CA from April 28-May 2, 2013. The presentation is titled “Front End First: A Fresh Approach to Building BI Solutions.”

The Speaker Spotlight Column (and its parallel venture the Sponsor Spotlight Column) is an ongoing project that focuses on highlighting several of the central issues represented at the many Data Management conferences produced by DATAVERSITY.

The primary emphasis of the interview was to question Patricia Klauer on her work and history within the industry, with particular importance on her presentation at the upcoming conference:

DATAVERSITY (DV): Please tell us a little about yourself and your history in the industry e.g role at company (as opposed to job title), past experience and how you got started in the data profession?

Patricia Klauer (PK): I was a chiropractor, phobic about computers and had never typed. I moved to Boston in 1985, 2 years after graduating and getting my California state license. I had to qualify for Massachusetts by taking another exam. In the meantime all my friends were in to computers and programming. I took a class out of curiosity and learned to program. I naively answered an ad in the paper for a system programmer at MIT (without knowing what it meant). They hired me! So began my computer career. I was given responsibility to monitor all backups and a few small projects to work on. One project entailed learning how to install and load a relational database (DB2) and how to write queries. This changed my life forever. Still, never intending for this to be my career, I took jobs at major companies just to pay my bills and student loans, increasing my database knowledge. I wound up in NYC working on large DB2 project implementations for the financial industry in the late 80’s.  Bill Inmon was still talking about OLTP back then. I took jobs as a data modeler and eventually gave up my chiropractic career. I grew proficient while working with large companies in North America and Europe. In 1997 I co-authored ‘Building Data Warehouses for Decision Support’. Since then I have continued to build many data warehouse environments.

DV: What’s the focus of the work do you currently do within your organization?

PK: Currently I provide strategic assessments, architecture, roadmaps and implement projects as an Information Architect as well as support organizations as a Strategic Advisor for BI Initiatives.

DV: What is the biggest change going on in your particular area of the industry at this time?

PK: I believe new data discovery technologies using compression and in memory strategies enable us to approach data warehousing in a completely different way.

DV: How does such a change affect your job?

PK: Traditional data warehouse architecture and methodology can be augmented to take advantage of new technologies for data discovery and integrating Big Data.  I like to work with clients to understand their business needs and develop an architecture and methodology that is responsive to business, facilitates collaboration and ensures more effective use of their data warehouse and BI environment.

DV: What are you going to discuss during your session at Enterprise Data World and what will the audience gain from attending your talk? (Please be specific about one or two issues you’ll be addressing, and the benefits the audience will obtain).

PK: I am going to make the case for a new approach to development in the BI environment that takes advantage of data discovery tools. Adding a ‘Discovery’ stream into the process methodology, enabling business users to have early access to data facilitates collaboration, identifies data quality issues upfront, uncovers business rules and process issues reduces rework. This makes for much happier business users and a more effective BI environment.

DV: How has your job, and/or the work you’re doing at your organization, changed in the past 12 months?  How do you expect it to change in the next 1-2 years?

PK: Business users are more engaged in the process rather than being the recipients of the final product they are taking ownership.  This is an exciting opportunity to create a collaborative, vital, competitive, responsive BI environment that pays for the company’s investment over and over again.

DV: More broadly speaking, what do you believe is the most significant change happening in Enterprise Data at this time?

PK: Data Discovery capabilities and bringing together structured and unstructured data.

DV: How is Big Data going to affect your job (in your organization) in future?

PK: The business need to parse and take action on unstructured data will present another capability to include the right tools and methods into the organization.

DV: What is something noteworthy about yourself that you would like to tell the conference attendees and our readers that they may not know?

PK: I teach a course on focused awareness and mindfulness called ‘Walk in the World’ to professionals and entrepreneurs through my company Alpha-i.


If you are interested in attending Patricia’s presentation at EDW2013, please see the conference schedule at: http://edw2013.dataversity.net/agenda.cfm?confid=72&scheduleDay=PRINT

The presentation is on Wednesday, May 1, at 11:30am.

About Enterprise Data World:

Enterprise Data World is the business world’s most comprehensive educational event about data and information management. Over five days, EDW presents a diverse schedule of programming that addresses every level of proficiency, including keynotes, workshops, tutorials, case studies, and discussions.

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