We hosted the Barrachd User Group on 14 November in Edinburgh, with a host of guest speakers sharing everything from the very latest in analytics technology to the stories behind their real life data projects… This year we were also joined by our data science team, helping unlock a whole new layer of discovery and value.

With guest speakers from FSCS, Gleneagles, University of Northumbria and IBM, there was loads of useful and interesting takeaways for everyone.

Cognos User Group Agenda

A new User Group

Responding to feedback, we revamped the format of our User Group, allowing everyone to attend the full spectrum of talks and presentations. This meant starting a little earlier than usual. However, sticking to traditions, we also served up a delicious lunch for all our delegates; and a dedicated networking session post-event.

The format

The morning had a decidedly Cognos Analytics slant, with guest speakers including Gleneagles, as well as IBM’s Cognos Analytics experts. 

After lunch, we arranged for some interesting chats from our Data Science team! Data Science might be one of the sexiest jobs of the century, and Doug Brown, Capita’s chief data scientist didn’t disappoint, as he explored the successful, real world applications of AI and Data Science to show how easily/quickly data science could add value for your business.

The afternoon sessions focussed more on IBM’s Planning Analytics (Cognos TM1) with guest speakers including users from the University of Northumbria sharing their story, while IBM’s experts again shared the very latest technology and thinking, running a live demo to show the enterprise wide possibilities!

We will be uploading all the customer presentations shortly, to allow you to revisit the insights. Check back again soon for the link!

The venue

Barrachd Cognos User Group

The User Group was held in the stunning surrounds of the Scotsman Hotel. Just a stone’s throw from Waverley Station, it offered a fantastic setting – combining the grandeur and glory days of printed news with modern elegance.

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