april, 2014

thu17apr5:00 pm7:30 pmBI User Group Meeting "Using Qlikview for 'Business Discovery' at Unum"5:00 pm - 7:30 pm Business Development Center, 100 Cherokee Boulevard, Chattanooga, TN 37405

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“Using QlikView for ‘Business Discovery’ at Unum”

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5:30 – 6:00 – Networking, Food, Drinks, Snacks

6:00 – 6:15 – Introduction of Sponsors and Speaker

6:15 – 7:00 – Speaker Presentation

7:00 – 7:15 – Q&A, Handouts, Giveaways


Unum recently established a Business Intelligence Center of Excellence within its Data and Information Services organization to administer the company’s BI program and to address existing capability gaps.  One of those gaps was the empowerment of business users to make data-based decisions quickly and confidently, without a dependence on technical resources and the lag time of the ‘IT bottleneck’.  After a tools evaluation and multiple on-site ‘proof of concept’ exercises, Unum selected QlikView to tackle its gap in business user self-service capabilities.  QlikView is a ‘business discovery’ tool that allows users to interact with data in real time and to discover patterns, outliers, trends, and comparisons that might otherwise remain hidden.  Using a patented ‘associative’ technology, QlikView applications require no pre-modeling of ‘dimensions’ or ‘measures’ so that users can surf and analyze data without limitation or constraint.  Due to QlikView’s in-memory architecture (all application data is loaded into RAM on backend servers), millions of rows of data can be analyzed with near-instantaneous response time.  Unum will demonstrate QlikView and share how IT is using the technology to develop Enterprise-level analytics while also enabling Business partners to be self-sufficient in answering business questions and developing department-level analytics.


David Skelton, Systems Consultant – Data and Information Services – Unum


David has been with Unum for 25 years and working in the company’s Data and Information Services organization for the past 15 years supporting delivery of information from its enterprise Data Warehouse. David was responsible for the design, development, and implementation of a custom reporting environment named ‘Slice’ as one component of Unum’s BI capabilities. Slice extends the basic capabilities of SQL Server Reporting Services through a custom C#/.Net user interface, a custom middleware Data Extension optimized for Unum’s Teradata DW platform, and a custom WCF web service-based architecture. In his current role, David is working as a charter member of Unum’s new ‘Business Intelligence Center of Excellence’ to augment Unum’s overall BI program with more sophisticated data visualization and dashboarding capabilities using QlikView.  He is responsible for the establishment of the QlikView infrastructure and architecture as well as developing and institutionalizing design best practices, user interface standards, reusable code and templates, and optimized processes and procedures for rapid delivery of business solutions.

Prior to his involvement in Unum’s BI organization, David was a founding member of a small team that pioneered PC-based application development at Unum (then Provident) and implemented the company’s first non-mainframe application, a comprehensive and fully-integrated system to administer its line of Employee Benefits products.  Before joining Unum, David worked with Sunshine Biscuits in Columbus, GA. in an HP3000 environment coding in RPG, COBOL, and Cognos tools.

David graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee.




(Thursday) 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Business Development Center

100 Cherokee Boulevard, Chattanooga, TN 37405

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