Mar

20-21

Business Analytics (Mar 20-21)

Utilities find themselves inundated with a huge diversity of data across all lines of their business. Business analytics professionals are a critical link to analyze and interpret information to improve systems and operations, maintain organizational health and ultimately improve the bottom line. These professionals gather semi-annually to discuss asset management, business intelligence, call center metrics and dashboard insights, enterprise risk management, key metrics, pricing and rate strategies for leveraging smart grid investments, and project management best practices.

General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Camille Visnansky, Salt River Project

    • Program Location
    • Salt River Project
    • 1511 N. Project DriveTempe, AZ 85281
    • Who Should Attend
    • Professionals responsible for data mining, data warehouse, enterprise reporting, data analytics and developing metrics for their utility. Depending on the organizational structure, these professionals come from areas including finance, operations, business planning and customer service.

  • Registration Options
  • Member: $399 USD

    This ticket allows you access to all Business Analytics agenda items as well as sessions offered in conjunction with Corporate Performance Management. Registration includes a networking dinner Monday night, catered breakfast, lunch and light snacks at the meeting, and all meeting materials.

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • Due to contractual obligations, cancellations received 15 business days prior to the program will receive a full refund. Cancellations received 6 to 14 business days prior to the event will receive a refund, less a $100 administrative fee. No shows and last minute cancellations, 5 business days prior to the event or less, will be responsible for the full registration fee. Substitutions from your organization for the same event are always welcome.
  • Participation Policy
  • Western Energy Institute programs and events are open to energy companies (including gas production and electric generation, gas and electric transmission and gas and electric distribution utilities). Select programs and events are open to energy industry product and service suppliers. Programs and events are closed to all media representatives and to the general public.
  • For more information contact Kara Wolfe, Program Manager at (503) 688-2794.

Agenda

Monday, March 20, 2017

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Registration + Networking

Arrive early to network with other Business Analytics attendees as well as Corporate Performance Management attendees. Light refreshments provided.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Welcome + Introductions
Facilitator(s): Camille Visnansky, Manager, Business Solutions, Salt River Project
Speaker(s): Mark Bonsall, General Manager & Chief Executive Officer, Salt River Project

Salt River Project will provide a welcome followed by attendee introductions. Come prepared to share a recent win or current challenge.

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Networking Break

We will break for 15 minutes.

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

State of Data Governance Programs
Facilitator(s): Camille Visnansky, Manager, Business Solutions, Salt River Project
Panelist(s): Michael Champ, Manager, Enterprise Performance, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Archie Ewers, Financial Analyst, Portland General Electric, John Sohl, Senior Manager, Business Analytics, NW Natural, Paul Gose, Manager, Data Management, Salt River Project

This session follows a panel of four utilities as they share where they are at on the road map toward data governance. Listen in as our panelists bring us up-to-speed on their current efforts, and come prepared to compare and contrast their route with your own organization’s data governance direction. Participants are encouraged to bring a visual of their analytics org structure.

3:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Networking Break

We will break for 15 minutes.

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Data Analytics: Up Close and Professional
Facilitator(s): Joshua Wrobleski, Team Lead, Business Operations, ENMAX Corporation
Speaker(s): Kelly Strader, Sr. Business Analyst, Salt River Project, Cesar Ancheta, Acting Assistant General Manager/Electrical Distribution, Burbank Water and Power

Join this session to hear two distinct utility analytics use cases. First, Salt River Project will share a deep-dive demo of their procure-to-pay process. Then, Burbank Water and Power will explain how they have taken advantage of AMI data to manage and monitor their system, leading to improved reliability and enhanced customer experience.

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Networking Dinner

Join for a hosted networking dinner at Culinary Dropout:

Culinary Dropout
149 S Farmer Ave
Tempe, AZ 85281

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Networking Breakfast

Continental breakfast will be provided onsite.

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Building a Data Culture in Mid-Management
Facilitator(s): Michael Champ, Manager, Enterprise Performance, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Building a data-driven culture is more than just hiring people and installing tools. It requires a fundamental shift in how the organization operates, and that means behavior changes in mid-management to ensure people are asking the right questions and taking action on the results. In this session, we will break into small groups to discuss what we are doing to create this change in our organizations. We will explore how managers currently use data, what questions they ask, and how they work with other parts of the organization to make data-driven decisions. We will also discuss where organizational competency gaps exist, and what we are doing to bridge those gaps.

9:45 AM - 10:00 AM

Networking Break

We will break for 15 minutes.

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Executive Q&A
Facilitator(s): Jacob MacIntyre, Janette Cruz, Enterprise Performance Planning Coordinator, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Speaker(s): Dean Duncan, Senior Director, Strategic Planning, Salt River Project

This is a joint session, combining Corporate Performance Management and Business Analytics, and offers the opportunity to engage a senior utility executive first hand on how the commitment to the success of these functions contributes to the success of the entire company.

11:30 AM - 12:45 PM

Networking Lunch

Enjoy lunch onsite.

12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

So You Got a New Tool…
Facilitator(s): John Sohl, Senior Manager, Business Analytics, NW Natural
Speaker(s): Andrew Dang, Business Analyst, NW Natural, Jess Borrevik, Enterprise Solutions Architect, NW Natural, Jason Wilhite, Manager, Enterprise Analytics, Salt River Project

There exist many tools to help you achieve your analytics needs. However, once you have selected a tool, how do you ensure it actually works for your organization? At the end of the day, seemingly administrative decisions can prove to be true road blocks. Moreover, important decisions on how users are trained can make-or-break a tool’s usefulness. Join this multi-speaker session to learn how others evaluate tools, and how they put them into action at their organization as part of a larger business intelligence strategy.

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Wrap-up

Join for a discussion on fall 2017.

Hotel + Travel

  • This upscale business hotel is a 4-minute walk from the Mill Avenue District and Mill Ave/3rd Street light rail transit station, and 3.5 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Warm, modern rooms have WiFi, flatscreens, minifridges and coffeemakers. Suites add rainfall showerheads and pull-out sofas. The roof has an outdoor pool and a tennis court, and there's a fitness center. A restaurant serves Southwestern-inspired fare, and a lounge and a poolside cafe are all on-site. There's a business center and 30,000 sq ft of meeting space. A hospitality fee covers airport shuttle service, WiFi, valet parking and fitness center access.
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Meet The Speakers

Andrew Dang

NW Natural

Business Analyst

Kelly Strader

Salt River Project

Sr. Business Analyst
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Kelly works in Corporate Operations Services at SRP, providing analytic services. Kelly participated as the analyst in a Procure to Pay program at SRP. She’s here to show us how these metrics help drive business decisions and how metrics and reporting is a critical piece of operational excellence.

Cesar Ancheta

Burbank Water and Power

Acting Assistant General Manager/Electrical Distribution
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Cesar Ancheta, Acting Assistant General Manager/Electrical Distribution, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the California State University, Sacramento and an Executive Management Certificate from the University of California, Riverside as well as registered as a Professional Electrical Engineer. He has been involved in the power industry for over 28 years having worked for utilities such as Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Merced Irrigation District and Riverside Public Utilities. Mr. Ancheta’s previous experience involved managing electrical engineering design and standards, technology implementation as well as business development. Mr. Ancheta joined Burbank Water and Power on April 2, 2012.

Camille Visnansky

Salt River Project

Manager, Business Solutions

Michael Champ

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Manager, Enterprise Performance

Archie Ewers

Portland General Electric

Financial Analyst
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Archie Ewers is with Portland General Electric and has been with PGE for 4 years. He is currently filling the role of Business Intelligence (BI) project manager. PGE’s BI project has been ongoing since 2014.

Joshua Wrobleski

ENMAX Corporation

Team Lead, Business Operations

Michael Champ

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Manager, Enterprise Performance

John Sohl

NW Natural

Senior Manager, Business Analytics
Learn More

John Sohl is an accomplished professional manager with strategic planning, budget, finance, and business analytics experience in the utility and power industries. He has a proven record of expediting change through process re-engineering. John holds an MBA from Penn State University where he was an adjunct faculty member for 4 years. He currently serves on the Accounting Advisory Board at Portland State University.

Camille Visnansky

Salt River Project

Manager, Business Solutions

John Sohl

NW Natural

Senior Manager, Business Analytics
Learn More

John Sohl is an accomplished professional manager with strategic planning, budget, finance, and business analytics experience in the utility and power industries. He has a proven record of expediting change through process re-engineering. John holds an MBA from Penn State University where he was an adjunct faculty member for 4 years. He currently serves on the Accounting Advisory Board at Portland State University.

Mark Bonsall

Salt River Project

General Manager & Chief Executive Officer
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Mark B. Bonsall was named SRP’s CEO and General Manager in April 2011. Based in Tempe, Arizona, SRP is one of the nation’s largest publicly owned electric and water utilities. Since joining SRP in 1977, Bonsall has served in a variety of positions including Treasurer, and Chief Financial Executive.

Bonsall is a former member of the Phoenix Metro YMCA Board of Directors, where he served as Chairman. He is a past board member of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce. He is past chair of the Board of Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and is past chair of the Board of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. He is currently a member and past chair of the Board of Trustees for the Heard Museum, and a member of the Greater Phoenix Leadership Board of Directors.

Bonsall is an industry leader, having served as a member of the Task Force on Electric System Reliability, by invitation of the Secretary of Energy. Bonsall is a former board member and Chairman of the Western Systems Coordinating Council, and former member of the Board of Trustees of the North American Electric Reliability Council. He also serves on the Board of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), and currently Chairs the Board of the Large Public Power Council (LPPC). Bonsall also served on the Issuer Advisory Board of the Municipal Securities Rules Making Board.

Bonsall earned his baccalaureate degree in engineering from Arizona State University. He earned a Master’s of Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Born in Phoenix in 1952, Bonsall and his wife Mary have three children: Benjamin, Jonathan, and Molly.

Paul Gose

Salt River Project

Manager, Data Management

Jess Borrevik

NW Natural

Enterprise Solutions Architect
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Jess is an Enterprise Solutions Architect on Enterprise Architecture team at NW Natural. In this role Jess helps the enterprise advance strategically with new technology. Prior to this role his career was mostly focused on geospatial applications and analytics.

Jason Wilhite

Salt River Project

Manager, Enterprise Analytics
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Jason is the Manager of the Analytics Center of Excellence for the Salt River Project. His responsibilities include formulating strategy, roadmaps, dynamic business engagement models, data science and emerging technologies associated with analytics across the enterprise.