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(a) Effective communication

4a2 Paper on Data Warehousing presented at the SCT Summit 99 User Conference

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Present a paper on Data Warehousing at SCT Summit 99.  Coordinate with key members of the Andrews University Data Warehouse Steering Committee. Describe the issues involved in identifying important areas to include, and in setting priorities for the use of time.  Include the SCT Summit 99 presentation and attendee response forms.

In March 1999, I presented a report at the annual international user conference for customers of SCT's administrative software for higher education, Banner.   The conference was called SCT Summit 1999.  Shortly after the 1998 conference, SCT sent invitations for presenters at the 1999 conference, and I took the bold step of committing to give a presentation on Data Warehousing at Andrews University.  So one of the biggest issues I faced in giving this paper had to do with timing.  At the stage of submitting the proposal, the Andrews University data warehouse was little more than a wish.  Although I was counting on having some practical experiences to talk about by 1999, we had accomplished very little by then, so my talk dealt mostly with how we were planning to do it.  Identifying and prioritizing subject areas came later.

Early in the process, I was required to submit a proposal to SCT to satisfy the conference organizers that I had something to say that was worth hearing, and to provide copy for the conference agenda.  My proposal was accepted, and in due course, I was emailed of copy of the PowerPoint template to use for my presentation.  I had to submit a draft of my presentation, which was edited by SCT staff and returned to me.  I continued working on it in the meantime, and I ended up with quite a number of changes to request.  The process SCT wanted us to follow was to document the edits that had to be made in the original rather than send our revised file.  This was rather tedious and seemed a waste of time, but that is how they wanted it.  I sent a fax of all the edits I wanted made, and also sent the revised PowerPoint file as an email attachment.

My session was the last one of the conference, straight after lunch, on a nice sunny March day in Orlando, but in spite of all that, it was well attended, and I had an appreciative audience.  I have included the presentation script I used, as well as the PowerPoint file itself.

Following the presentation, I gave a brief demonstration using one of the interactive data analysis and visualization tools available commercially (PowerPlay from Cognos).  I also showed how we were starting to using our first datamart to deliver monthly operating financials online.

For evidence, I have scanned the form thank you letter from SCT, the attendee evaluation results, and my Presenter badge.  (I just noticed as I was writing this that the Evaluation Results document says the conference was in San Diego! That was in 1998, not 1999! You can just make out "orlando" on my presenter's badge.)

I made notes on strategies for success which I shared with those who wanted to continue the discussion after the session ended.  A number of attendees stayed around to ask questions or to listen to the discussion.  I exchanged business cards with several, and one person told me sincerely that my presentation was the best she had heard in the whole conference!

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