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CTA: CIO Forum “BI - Creation to Results in Less Than a Year”
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When: Thursday, January 27, 2011
3:00pm - 6:30pm
Where: The Wine Cellar at Hotel Teatro Restaurant Kevin Taylor
1100 Fourteenth Street
Denver, CO  80202
Contact: Aimee Charlton

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BI - Creation to Results in Less Than a Year

EchoStar solved one of the largest challenges facing CIOs today: How can I provide instant, easy-to-use information to every business unit across the globe?  Today, every level of EchoStar's organization has intuitive, self-service access to real time information without ever having to contact IT. Users now have complex questions answered in seconds instead of days or weeks. Through the success of this initiative, EchoStar worked through a wide variety of challenges and learned many lessons that they will share with you in this session.

The technology behind this solution is a state of the art Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) system, leap-frogging the organization beyond their competitors.  EchoStar's EDW is comprised of the best that the technology industry has to offer in 2011.
EchoStar was able to operationalize the EDW system within 180 days while showing uncommon results for business partners in 90 days. By creating a mixed team of internal business and technology professionals and employing a rapid delivery approach, EchoStar was able to greatly minimize common project risks associate with big data projects.  The discovery this implementation approach led to fundamental changes in the way projects are conducted in the organization.

In this program you’ll learn:
  • How and why this mixed team was so successful
  • Tips for making your project’s delivery in less time
  • How to minimize significant risks associated with large business intelligence initiatives

3:00pm - 3:30pm Registration
3:30pm – 5:30pm Case Study Presentation
5:30pm – 6:30pm Cocktail Reception and Hors d’oeuvres 

Ticket Information: 
Space is limited, and due to the transparency of information and ideas, these series of programs are by invitation only.  However, member or not, if you are CIO, VP of IT, or Technology Director, and are interested in attending this forum, please contact Michelle Marek (303-592-4070) for more information.

Glenn Iwata, Director of Global IT Systems Integration and Application Development
Glenn Iwata is the Global Director of IT Systems Integration and Application Development for EchoStar Corporation: an Englewood Colorado based Fortune 500 Company that provides fixed satellite service and digital set top box solutions worldwide.  Glenn is responsible for numerous systems servicing the corporation on a global scale such as; enterprise data warehousing, Oracle eBusiness Suites ERP, International Billing and Subscriber management system, external and internal Web sites inclusive of retail sales, and BEA WebLogic SOA Bus.  He has 20 plus years of management experience and an extensive background in software development, Project and Program Management including Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.

Glenn Iwata has served in numerous Director and Manager roles in a variety of industries.  At Hughes Aircraft Company in the Aerospace industry, he implemented the largest successful subsidiary separation which included a government contractor specific ERP system.  Built out the very first EPA testing laboratory for BMW of North America compliant with California Air Resources Board’s standards.  Glenn established a competitively driven IT organization that led PrimeStar Corporation to becoming the second largest digital satellite provider in the United States during the 1990’s.  Developed revolutionary Web based solutions that provided an innovative competitive edge.  PrimeStar was eventually acquired by DirecTV.   During Glenn’s consulting days, he enjoyed implementing OSS solutions across Europe which allowed him to work in his original native language, German.  

In his current role at the EchoStar Corporation, he has successfully created and directed activities for four departments: application development; functional and analysis; implementation and delivery; and operations.  He oversees project budgets over twenty million dollars and has delivered over thirty three million dollars in cost savings via negotiations with vendors such as Oracle, Convergys, SUN Microsystems, HP, Microsoft, Informatica and many others for IT systems required for daily operations.  In 2010 he directed the largest successful Active Directory (AD) migration in North America.

Glenn Iwata has earned several awards and recognition throughout his career for innovative cost saving solutions, achieving goals, exceeding expectations, and leadership.  He is a graduate from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology and has earned his MBA from the University of Denver.  He lives in the city of Centennial and is a proud parent of his son and daughter who attend a local parochial school.  Both children are very successful competing in swimming, Taekwondo at nationals and Destination Imagination (DI) at a global level.  

Outside interests include semi-pro photography, pursuing automotive interests, and spending time with his wife and children.

Brad Cowdrey, Executive Advisor, Enterprise Business Intelligence and Data Driven Solutions
Brad draws from nearly two decades of leading strategic solutions including complex marketing, finance, operations, and technology challenges. Over his career, his depth of knowledge and c-suite experience has delivered hundreds of millions of dollars to the bottom line. 

In addition to his management expertise, Brad has deep technical expertise in the areas of advanced data warehouse systems, reporting analytics, campaign management, executive portals, and enterprise metadata management in addition to ERP, CRM, and OSS data integration. His technical experience includes knowledge of today’s leading database management systems, data warehouse appliances, reporting analytics, extract transform and load, data virtualization, data mining systems and data integration with enterprise-class systems. He complements his technical knowledge of major software and systems with solid vendor relationships. Consequently, Brad is highly sought after for his negotiation skills. He is a valuable negotiator who helps save tens of thousands to millions of dollars on multi-year vendor contracts.

Brad’s success, advisory abilities and technical experience have positioned him as an authority on business intelligence practices and implementation. As a result, he writes and speaks regularly on the topics of building, managing, toolset usages and the tactical implementations of business intelligence.

Brad's passion for helping people solve business challenges through technology began as a teenager. In his first job, he sold computer systems and advised organizations ranging from small medical offices to major corporations on system, network, and security strategies. He continued that work while completing his bachelor's degrees in Computer Science and Business from the University of Northern Colorado.

Brad lives in the Denver area with his wife and three children. Contact Brad by phone at (720) 339-7069. 

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