Data-Driven Insights

Utilities find themselves inundated with a diversity of data across all lines of business. This track will explore how companies are using data as an asset to improve systems and operations, enhance the customer experience, and ultimately improve the bottom line.

Meet the Data-Driven Insights Program Development Team.

March 10, 2020

10:15 AM – 11:45 AM
In the Beginning…There was Data
Speakers: Brandon Fatica, Team Lead, Analytics Center of Excellence, Salt River Project
Martin Kaestner, Managing Director, KPMG LLP
Using data for strategic decision making is no new concept, and many companies already have a robust data infrastructure. However, creating an environment where this data can be efficiently and effectively utilized can still prove to be a daunting task. In this session, we will uncover some best practices in how to foster a data analytics mindset in your organization as well as hear from two analytics experts and their challenges and successes in implementing effective data strategies within their businesses.

1:30 PM – 2:45 PM
Treat Your Data Like an Asset
Speakers: Kelly Safino, Sr. Business Systems Analyst, San Diego Gas & Electric Company
Will Spencer, Manager Information Technology (M2), Puget Sound Energy
Of the many challenges faced by utilities, at the forefront is the management and protection of assets. What about data? How can utilities be in the mindset of treating data as an asset? This session will explore the strategies of data quality, security, metadata management, data life cycle management, and recognizing the value of data in your organization.

3:15 PM – 4:30 PM
Storytelling with Data
All analytics work begins and ends with a story. Storytelling with data is a required skillset for any analytics professional to deliver key data insights to executives, management and other stakeholders. This session will provide examples of how others in a variety of industries have accomplished transforming their corporate cultures and operating environments to adopt and adapt to the new discipline of leveraging data to achieve insights and enable value-driven decisions.

March 11, 2020

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM
Bigfoot, Unicorns, and Self-Service Analytics: Reality or Myth?
Speakers: Kim Boynton, Data Analyst, Avista Utilities
Lori Hermanson, Senior Business Analyst – Data Science, Avista Utilities
Self-Service analytics can be as elusive as creatures of mythology. In this presentation, Avista will present the realities encountered enabling Self-Service Analytics across their enterprise. With a focus on the fundamental building blocks of Understanding, Access, and Proficiency, Avista will present the successes and failures experienced and provide insight into the tools and processes utilized.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Risk Management: 3rd Party + Data Interactions
Speakers: Britt Bachtel-Browning, Senior Counsel, Avista Corp.
Jason Jones, Consultant Enterprise Risk Management, NorthWestern Energy
This session focuses on internal and external cyber and data threats, and how to identify and mitigate these threats, thereby enabling your company to successfully develop a robust risk-management program.