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University of Washington Data Visualization Course special lecture/industry showcase

I must admit i was pretty honored when asked to host the last semester of the Data Visualization Course for the University of Washington.   In addition to meeting some really cool people I will be the first to admit I probably learned more from the experience than the students in preparing for the lectures!   (For instance i now know a lot about multi variate charting, how memory encoding impacts data visualization, when the first "choose your chart" flow chart was created etc etc etc).

Taking advantage of the Business Applications Summit being in town next week I have very cool lecture for the students next week...An industry showcase of how some of the leading Data Visualization people are using these tools at the companies they are working at:

  1. Phil Seamark explains how 70% of all Trademe employees, the largest etailer in New Zealand is using BI Tools (That is the highest % I have seen)
  2. Treb Gatte will walk through how Pandora makes their data actionable with BI Tools
  3. Luc Labelle How the National Bank of Canada rolled out BI Tools to their branches
  4. How Vivek Patel and the AECON Group is using Supply Chain Data Analytics to Drive Performance with Power BI
  5. Kelly Kaye will walk through how Microsoft Finance uses BI Tools to keep track of our assets and make sure business practices are being followed


Kelly Kaye, a senior finance manager, is passionate about Power BI. Kelly is the founder and a monthly co-host of the Power BI Geeks user group.  She actively participates the Power BI design process and one of the most active contributors in the Microsoft Power BI Yammer Group​

Philip Seamark

Phil is an author, Microsoft Data Platform MVP and an experienced database and business intelligence (BI) professional with a deep knowledge of the Microsoft B.I. stack along with extensive knowledge of data warehouse (DW) methodologies and enterprise data modelling.  He has 25+ years experience in this field and an active member of Power BI community.  Super User with 1,945 answers with 590 kudos on the community website 

Treb Gatte

Treb Gatte

Treb Gatte is the Managing Partner at, where using his techniques, he's helped well-known companies like Wells Fargo and Starbucks achieve project management and business intelligence success.

He is an internationally recognized project management expert, author, speaker and a Microsoft MVP. He's used his Project and SharePoint expertise to author two books on the software. He has a B.S. from Louisiana State University and an M.B.A. from Wake Forest University.

Treb's personal interests include hiking, softball and a passion for coffee. He is a former Starbucks Certified Coffee Master. Treb also loves to sing, sometimes well, and is always open to trying new Karaoke venues.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Treb Gatte and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

Luc Labelle

Luc Labelle has been working in IT for the past 15 years. With close to a decade of experience as a consultant, playing different roles, he's been involved in countless SharePoint and office 365 projects. The context of intervention he has worked in has allowed him to recognize how to avoid pitfalls when it comes down to deploying SharePoint from both business and technical perspectives. Passionate about his work, Luc founded his own consulting firm in 2014, Kabesa. He tries to stay as implicated as possible in the SharePoint and Office 365 community by attending and speaking different events. He also contributes in the promotion of the SharePoint user groups of Montreal by helping with the organization of local events.

Vivek Patel

SAP Implementation, Business Application Integration, Big data analytics, Business analytics · Business intelligence, Computer programming, Cortana, Data analytics, Data integration, Data mining, Data modeling, Data quality, Data scientist, Data visualization, Machine learning, Advance application development using Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Power BI, Microsoft SharePoint, Natural language query, Predictive analytics, Project management, Public speaking, SAP Business Objects, SAP ERP, Supply chain management, Technical Presentation

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University of Washington Data Visualization Course special lecture/industry showcase


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