Event Debrief – March 2018


Event Debrief – March 2018

by Morgan Edwards

Our Monthly Event Debriefs summarize our involvement in data and IT events that take place all over the world.

March wrapped up in a blink of an eye and we have tons to share about our events that happened last month. Throughout the nation, we hosted events both small and large to audiences interested in IT and data. The InterWorks team’s representation did not disappoint!

IT Transformation – Lawton

At the beginning of March, we had InterWorks Account Executive Russell Parker speak to the small town of Lawton, Oklahoma, about IT transformation and a way to turn IT into a competitive advantage.

IT Transformation Event with Dell EMC - Lawton, OK

Above: Russell Parker speaking at the Lawton IT transformation event.

OSU Big Data Conference – OKC

In the middle of March, Data Practice Lead Brian Bickell joined a panel covering issues and lessons learned in setting up an analytics infrastructure in an organization at the one-day OSU Big Data Analytics Conference in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

“The audience was a mix of local industry and of MBA students from OSU. As for value the audience got – hopefully, they took away some points to think about when developing analytics systems in their own companies.”

– Brian Bickell, Data Practice Lead, InterWorks

Tulsa Area Schools Technology Symposium (TASTS)

The OSU Big Data Analytics Conference wasn’t the only conference InterWorks participated in last month. InterWorks Solutions Architect Ideen Jahanshahi hosted a discussion around optimizing backups to ensure instant recovery and minimal data loss in the event of an outage at the sixth annual TASTS in Tulsa.

InterWorks Account Executive Andrew Wooten also attended the event and shared his perspective on how being a part of conferences like TASTS adds value and helps InterWorks tell our story.  

“We connect with the audience by sharing our experience working with clients in similar situations. We explain the approach we take and the technologies we support. The value for InterWorks is the ability to reach a broad audience and showcase our expertise as a partner.”

– Andrew Wooten, Account Executive, InterWorks

TASTS Event in Tulsa - Veeam Presentation

Above: Ideen Jahanshahi speaking at TASTS about Veeam.

While this seems like a ton of events already, we aren’t even halfway finished with the events that happened in March!

Data For Breakfast with Snowflake – Portland

InterWorks Global BI Practice Director James Wright spoke to an audience of early risers in Portland, Oregon, about the latest data warehousing technology from Snowflake. InterWorks Account Executive Matthew Mendelsohn attended the breakfast and shares his insight on the event.

“Events like this one give the audience a chance to interact with others going through a similar data journey. It also gives them the ability to have non-biased conversations with peers.”

– Matthew Mendelsohn, Account Executive, InterWorks

InterWorks + Snowflake Data for Breakfast in Portland

Above: James Wright speaking at the Data for Breakfast event.

Tableau + InterWorks Happy Hour – Montreal

As the data community gathered in Montreal to attend Datavore on March 20, Tableau and InterWorks invited attendees to join them for a happy hour event at Hotel 10 in downtown Montreal.

“While many participants knew of InterWorks, thanks to our strong online presence, the event gave us the opportunity to introduce ourselves on an individual level and explain the wide range of services we offer. In addition, we had a chance to address the participants in both English and French – an additional local connection very important in that community.”

Martin Plourde, Analytics Consultant, InterWorks

According to Martin, it was interesting to hear simultaneous conversations in French and English, with everybody talking about data as well as the similar opportunities and challenges they all share. 

IT Spring Lunch and Learn Series – OKC, Tulsa

In February, we kicked off our first part of this event series on infrastructure, and the second part of this event was just as successful as we had Jorge Motoshige from Dell EMC speak to our groups of 60 + in both Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

“Events like the Spring Series are some of the best ways we stay engaged with our partners. These events help them keep us at the front of their minds when they think of the best utilization of technology.”

David Burch, Account Executive, InterWorks

InterWorks + Dell EMC Big Data event in Tulsa

Above: Jorge Motoshige speaking at the Tulsa lunch and learn.

Interested in what’s been going on on the Europe side of events with InterWorks? Well, look no further, because the Events Team has been just as busy with their lineup!

BME – Düsseldorf

The BME eLösungstage is the largest event for procurement and eSourcing in German-speaking countries. At this year’s event, attendees had the tools and guidance they needed to get their purchasing and supply chain management right for their digital future. InterWorks provided practical examples of how to make digital transformation their companies agile and directly out of purchasing, with and without IT.

InterWorks at DME Dusseldorf

Above: InterWorks EU’s European Business Developer, Markus Müller (right), at BME.

Data Discovery Day – Köln

We hosted yet another free Data Discovery Workshop in Köln. Interactively, we showed a full audience how to improve data analysis and data visualization in their businesses. Our trainers showed the most important features of Tableau Desktop through a series of example tasks and familiarized attendees with the operation of the software.

Data Discovery Day in Köln

Above: A full Data Discovery workshop in Köln.

Tomorrow’s Analytics Today – London

Snowflake and InterWorks joined forces on Tuesday, March 27, for a breakfast seminar on “Tomorrow’s Analytics Today.” As data volumes grow and demand for analytics expands, many organizations are wondering how the cloud can help them to plan for a more scalable future. The cloud data warehouse is one of the most important components of any cloud data strategy, but matching technology to needs can be difficult.

At this event, attendees heard all about Snowflake – the data warehouse built for the cloud – and how InterWorks can help them achieve their goals using Tableau and Snowflake in conjunction.

Tomorrow's Analytics Today - London

Above: InterWorks EU’s Director of Enterprise Solutions, Kevin Pemberton, speaking in London.

After all these successful events, you would think the next month might slow down; however, April might be even busier than March when it comes to events! We can’t wait to share what we have coming your way with events this month, so stay tuned!

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