SCMA Alberta Conference and Gala Dinner 2017 starts with Pre-Conference Workshops on Day 1, Friday September 22nd. We have two options of workshops lined up for this year. Ian Gonzalez, Senior Consultant and Supply Chain Specialist, backed by his 13 years of experience in Supply Chain, will walk you through one of the latest tools for data visualization - Microsoft Power BI. Brian Dumsday, Manager Trade & Investment Team with Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC), backed by his 30 years of experience in Supply Chain, will take you through the Fundamentals of Business logistics Management. 

Fundamentals of Business Logistics

Instructor: Brian W. Dumsday P. Eng., P. Log.

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Successful business logistics management provides a competitive edge to any organization. During this half-day session, participants will discuss the objectives of business logistics management in planning, organizing and controlling the supply chain.

The session will also include key trends that will impact supply chain management and logistics over the next few years and how existing businesses can take advantage of these trends and become more competitive in the global marketplace.

Learning Objectives

  • Awareness of the trends that will impact the way we do business in the future
  • Recognition that these trends will be disruptive to day-to-day activities
  • Understanding that, although disruptive, these trends present opportunities to grow
  • Embracing change and coping with disruptive environments
About the Instructor
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P. Eng., P. Log.

As Manager Trade & Investment Team with Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC), Brian’s specific focus is to assist local businesses to expand beyond the Edmonton Metro Region through International Trade and to attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) that will contribute to the growth of existing businesses in the Region.

Prior to joining EEDC, Brian spent over 30 years as a management consultant focused on supply chain and logistics management as well as helping businesses in a wide range of industries improve their operational efficiency and effectiveness. Over the past five years, Brian has instructed for the Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA), Alberta Chapter. Prior to that, Brian spent five years as a part-time instructor at MacEwan University in their International Business and Supply Chain Management program.

Dashboarding with BI

Instructor: Ian Gonzalez, MBA

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Peter Drucker once said “you can’t manage what you don’t measure.” Today, SCM organizations are all about metrics with dashboarding being the fastest-growing trend. Technology is speeding up the way we do business in every step of the value chain, and leaders increasingly rely on dashboards that can deliver accurate information and insights in real time. The game has changed…so why are you still using Excel and PowerPoint to create dashboards?

There is a better way, folks. Enter Microsoft Power BI, a suite of business analytics tools that specialize in data visualization. Users can create professional-looking and interactive dashboards…all without having to depend on any IT staff or database administrators. It’s an official product of Microsoft, so it’s fully-integrated into the Office Suite and has comprehensive online and offline support. Best of all – it’s FREE!
This is the future of SCM reporting. Aside from the benefits of creating dashboards with ease, Power BI comes with some powerful features such as: publishing dashboards on the cloud and sharing it with others in your organization, extracting data from multiple sources like Excel, Access, SAP, and Oracle, and the capability of viewing the dashboard on any mobile device.

Main Topics:

  • Dashboarding basics
  • Getting data in Power BI
  • Creating dashboards
  • Publishing and sharing dashboards
  • Viewing dashboards on mobile
About the Instructor
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Ian Gonzalez, MBA is a Senior Consultant and Supply Chain Specialist with 13 years of experience in the aviation and oil and gas industries. He’s worked with companies such as Lufthansa, Shell, Suncor and Cenovus and has developed and implemented ground-breaking SCM and Finance solutions using Excel and VBA. He has a passion for teaching and does so from the perspective of an SCM professional, engineer, and computer programmer.