Derek Strauss Founder and non-executive Chairman, Gavroshe USA Inc.
Derek Strauss is the Founder and non-executive Chairman of Gavroshe USA Inc. He has 25 years of IT industry experience, 16 years of which were in the Information Resource Management (IRM) field. He established Data Resource Management, Architecture and IRM Functions in several large Corporations using the Zachman Framework as a basis and participated in several Application Development Projects from beginning to end of the Systems Life Cycle. Derek established and managed numerous enterprise programs and initiatives in the domains of Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing, Data Quality Improvement and IRM. Bill Inmon’s Corporate Information Factory and John Zachman’s Enterprise Architecture Framework have been the foundational cornerstones of his work. He is an active member of DAMA (The Data Management Association) and TDWI (The Data Warehouse Institute) and is currently serving as VP of Programs for DAMA SW Ohio. Derek is specialized in IT Systems Reverse Engineering and Re-engineering Methods, Tools and Techniques, and their inter-relationship with Business Process Re-engineering and Corporate Repositioning Method-sets. He uses most of the popular Methods (including Tetrarch, Method/1, IEM, Spiral Methodologies) and CASE Tools (Plan/1, Design/1, IEW, IEF, ADW, PM/SS, MSP Family Products, ERWin, BPWin, Designer). Derek is a Specialist Workshop Facilitator for all levels (clerical to Board-level) of workshops. Has spoken at several local and international conferences on IRM-related issues, including a seminar series on Data Warehouse in Eastern Europe (Prague, Budapest, Warsaw, Vienna). Derek is certified by Bill Inmon as a Government Information Factory Architect. Derek is also the co-author of the book “DW2.0: The Architecture for the Next Generation of Data Warehousing (Morgan Kaufman Series in Data Management Systems) His education and training includes: BSc (Honors), University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Zachman Framework for Enterprise Architecture, John Zachman. Certified Government Information Factory Architect, Bill Inmon.
Rajiv Vipani Director Data Warehouse, Safeway
Rajiv Vipani is currently in charge of the Data Warehouse at Safeway. As Director of Data Warehouse he has architected and managed the end-to-end lifecycle of the analytical eco-system at Safeway. Most of his experience has been with MPP platforms and several Integration technologies. Purpose built appliances are a new addition to the Safeway analytical eco-system and these are leveraged for targeted marketing and particularly for the Just-For-You program at
Jody Brockman Manager of Enterprise Intelligence, Catholic Health Initiatives
Jody Brockman is a Manager of Enterprise Intelligence for Catholic Health Initiatives responsible for deployments, configuration, monitoring and maintenance of our Enterprise Data Warehouse and reporting tools. She previously managed a Business Intelligence team at Cricket Communications for several years. Prior to that, Jody had been a Business Intelligence tool administrator, DBA, and manager of several other support teams at Navigant International, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, JD Edwards, and Sykes Enterprises Inc. Jody has worked with many different databases and reporting tools to include Business Objects, Crystal, Hyperion, OBIEE, DB2, Oracle, SQL, etc.
George Vigil Manager BI Systems & Analytics, Comcast Cable
George Vigil, Manager BI Systems & Analytics, is a BI professional at Comcast Cable, the largest cable provider in the United States and headquartered in Philadelphia. Comcast has 100,000 employees with more than $55 billion in annual revenues. George has more than 14 years of IT experience in Fortune 500 companies. Additionally, he has five years of sales and marketing experience and possesses an MBA in Business Administration and BA in Management Information Systems. He is experienced in deploying analytic solutions leveraging Oracle OBIEE, Oracle Essbase, GIS, and Teradata solutions. He has worked extensively in the telecommunications and cable industries. Prior to working at Comcast, George worked at Leap Wireless, Dish Network, and Qwest Communications. His main responsibilities include strategy, design, deployment, and maintenance of the company’s enterprise BI solutions that enable actionable insight.

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