Exploration of the Intersection of Location & BI

October 3, 2011. Dallas, TX. On Wednesday, November 9, 2011, Cogent, along with its guests, faculty, and other members of Center for Decision and Information Technology (“CDIT”), will attend and participate in a session lead by Gartner Research Vice President Jeff Vining on the Current State and Trends of Geographical Information Systems (“GIS”) and Business Intelligence (“BI.”) One of the fastest developing areas today affecting IT and Decision Analysis is the convergence of GIS and BI systems for improved visual data exploration and analysis. This type of analysis has been driven forward by efforts in BI and GIS in developing more real-time information aggregation. GIS has always been a necessary part of BI for power and local government, but it has become a hot topic among many different kinds of businesses from restaurant and retail to insurance and financial services as location data has become more available and the tools to manipulate the data have become less expensive.

Cogent Company is pleased to continue its relationship with the CDIT in the College of Business at University of North Texas (“UNT.”) For many years, Cogent has been an active member of the CDIT, not only contributing to guidance and direction, but also participating on panel discussions around business intelligence and security. Recently, Jerry Dake, UNT Senior Lecturer Decision Sciences and Executive Director of the CDIT, announced the 2011 seminar series on Geospatial Data Analysis.Jeff’s session will focus on Gartner’s research in this area and cover where we have come from and where this type of analysis is going. The agenda for the day is as follows:

  • Sign In and Continental Breakfast (8:00 — 8:45am)
  • Session I (8:45 – 10:00 am): History and objectives of GIS
  • Break and Networking (10:00 – 10:20 am)
  • Session II (10:20 – 11:20 am): Current research and future directions in GIS

The speaker for the day, Jeff Vining, is a research vice president in Gartner Research, where he covers GIS, homeland security, and law enforcement. He has been with Garner Research for approximately 8 years. Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Vining was the executive director of a federal government-sponsored advisory council tasked with identifying emerging technologies for public safety applications. Before this, Mr. Vining served as an attorney advising the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of the U.S. Navy, and the Arkansas State Police. Mr. Vining previously served on the International Association of Chiefs of Police Highway Safety Subcommittee and currently serves on the GOVSEC/USLaw advisory boards, participates in a local community emergency response team, and serves on a local government emergency preparedness committee, as well as the advisory board to the Salvation Army.

Todd Turman, Cogent Vice President and head of Cogent’s Information Management Practice, said, “Technology advancements have allowed our clients to more affordably implement geospatial and other sophisticated visualizations into their solutions. This year’s CDIT topic on the intersection of GIS and BI is timely given that we are seeing a dramatic increase in our client’s ability to adopt these types of solutions.”

Marc Hoppers, Co-Founder, President and CEO of Cogent and member of the Advisory Board for the UNT College of Business Information Technology and Decision Sciences department, said, “We’ve had a long relationship with Jerry and CDIT, and we always benefit from the great discussions.”

Cogent invites its clients, prospective clients, and friends of the firm to join us in Denton on Wednesday, November 9, 2011. For more information on registering, contact our office through Memory Bobbitt at mb@cogentcompany.com.