Buffalo Business Intelligence (BI) Work Group

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Come join other "Boots on the Ground" Analytics, Business Intelligence, and Data Science Professionals as we meet to candidly discuss topics

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#BuffaloBusinessIntelligence / Buffalo BI



The Buffalo Business Intelligence Work Group formed in December 2017 to unite all “boots on the ground” data analytics, business intelligence, and data scientists of Buffalo regardless of the skill level or industry in an inclusive, vendor neutral, cost-effective setting. Data is data no matter the industry or tool and it takes a wide range of skill sets in order to leverage technology to achieve favorable outcomes in WNY. The peers you meet here will “tell you like it is”, celebrate your failures, inspire future wins, and will be there to support you throughout your analytics journey, no matter your skill level, industry, or employer.

If you have a curiosity that cannot be quenched, a passion for problem solving, a love of learning, enjoy tinkering with tools, are thrilled to share skills, or are eager to connect with your local tech-community, you belong at our events.


We gather together 2x a year. The first Wednesday of June and December. Our December work group is where we meet to discuss the skills, tools, and problems and solutions we have identified over the past year. Our June work group is focused on delivering the needs identified in our December work group. Next meeting: Wednesday December 1st, 2021 Location: TBD 5:30-7:30 PM.


What is BI?

Business Intelligence (BI) is an umbrella term that includes the applications, infrastructure and tools, and best practices that enable access to and analysis of information to improve and optimize decisions and performance. (Gartner, 2017)

Why should I attend?

  • Vendor Nuetral
  • Non-Industry Specific. Data is data, no matter the industry.
  • Opportunity to connect with other BI & Data Scientist Specialists in the area
  • Open to ALL learning levels
  • Safe Place to Discuss Barriers
  • No Fee to Attend
  • Snacks Generously Provided by SPONSOR
  • Chance to develop vendor specific OR industry specific workgroups
  • Only those who attend in person gain access to materials developed during the workshop

What is on the Agenda*?


Snacks & Networking


Topic Introduction: How to use data mashups and location information to tell a unique data story In ANY industry.


Special joint presentation by TBD! Group Table Discussions regarding data mash-ups led by featured speakers to follow presentation.


 Group Discussions - Identifying barriers and solutions to Buffalo's toughest data challenges.

7:20pm-7:30pm Snacks and Networking

*Agenda subject to change.

What would I leave with?

  • Connections to the Buffalo BI & Data Scientist community
  • Understanding of BI & Data Science’s role and value in all industries
  • Fresh perspective on Business Analytics & various Data Science Toolkits available
  • Valuable insights you did not know prior to this workgroup
  • Resources to help you enhance your career



Why is a vendor neutral environment important?

In a world where many different data sources must come together to aggregate information in a way that is accurate, timely, and efficient, it is important for groups like this to keep an open mind when evaluating various types of software. The best BI software for one company may be completely different than what is needed for another organization. Buffalo BI is thankful to our host to ensure the main group maintains its vendor-neutral status.

Why is this event non-industry specific?

If you are looking at this event and asking yourself, why would a healthcare provider want to attend a meeting with professionals in another industry such as finance or banking? A few reasons. First and foremost, data is data no matter the industry. We all have or have had issues with identity management, fuzzy matching, or other data preparation pitfalls. Many industries such as sales or finance have been using BI software for longer than others industries (like healthcare). Second, As healthcare strives to move more into Value Based Purchasing, we could probably use a few tips from those in the finance and sales industries to select Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that will help our companies succeed in the future. This same logic can be applied to other industries as well.

Why do I need to connect with other industry professionals?

Networking is not about selling. It’s about creating a safety net of individuals who will support you in the event that you fall. Of course, falling fast and cheap is always preferable, but having a network of connections can help you from falling in the first place when you have others to “bounce ideas off of”. Talking with others from other industries can inspire you to build new dashboards or evaluate data in a way you’ve never thought possible.

This event is open to ALL learning levels. Should I attend if I’m just a beginner?

YES. Anyone who recognizes the impact data will have on organizations in the future is welcome to attend. This is a great place to learn about BI and its potential impact on WNY.

This event is open to ALL learning levels. Should I attend if I’m a BI or Data Scientist Expert?

YES. We need you to attend to help others, and help yourself. This is an opportunity to encourage those who might otherwise be afraid of stepping up into the STEAM community to use data to better WNY. Who knows, you might just find that perfect intern that reminds you of yourself. Or you might meet a colleague that inspires you to rethink the way you look at your dashboards. Data and software are constantly changing. Do you think you can afford NOT to keep a pulse on what your local BI community is doing?

How is this a safe place to discuss BI barriers?

No matter how “easy” a BI vendor promises it is to create your first graph, those in the know understand nothing is “as simple as that” when it comes to accurate data analysis and visualization. I promise you, everyone present will have failed to some degree when it comes to creating a SQL query, to making a bar chart in Excel. We all have to start somewhere. This BI workgroup is a place where we can start together.

Is there really No Fee to attend? What’s the catch? What’s being sold?

There is no fee, other than parking depending on the venue. The intent of this workgroup was to connect the fragmented BI users in the WNY area, so we could all help each other. Your only true fee is your time you choose to spend with us. Buffalo BI workgroup choose to work with sponsors who are aware we don't "SELL" so you would NOT be pitched or sold anything. The purpose of this group is merely to facilitate the exchange of ideas, contacts, and information. We work hard to make this as low cost/no cost to attendees as much as possible.

I heard there will be snacks. What kind of snacks?

Our SPONSOR is generously sponsoring snacks. At our last events attendees enjoyed subs, chips, cookies and coffee! 

You say you are vendor neutral and industry neutral, why is this an opportunity to form other subgroups?

This is our ninth group meeting. We are bringing everyone together to determine how we can meet the needs identified at the first meetings to keep moving forward. Since our work group has started, 3 other subgroups have formed between Buffalo, NY and Niagara Falls, Canada! We can’t cater to everyone’s highly specific needs, but by coming to this group you can learn about other members from other groups we’ve collaborated with including: Buffalo Tableau User Group, Code for Buffalo, Health 2.0, Python Buffalo, Buffalo State Data and Analytics across Disciplines (DAAD), and Buffalo Info Sharing Collective (BISC).

What are these Group Discussions / Breakout Sessions?

Group Discussions or Breakout Sessions serve a dual purpose. The first is to get you talking with your peers, to form connections and have meaningful discussions around a suggested topic. The second function of the group discussions is to find out what the Buffalo BI community is interested in learning about, or what barriers collectively we have encountered.

Where will the event be held?

TBD Specific Event Directions and Information will be emailed to  those who registered via Eventbright 48 hours prior to the event.

What time is the event?

The event is 2 hours long from 5:30pm-7:30pm. If you get out of work at 6pm, please still plan on attending so you can participate in group discussions and enjoy networking after the event.

Where do I park?

Specific Parking information and directions will be emailed to those who registered via Eventbrite 48 hours prior to the event.

I want to attend but can’t go because of blah, blah, blah.

Our time is something we actively choose to give to others. We make time for those things that are truly important to us. When we are too busy to learn, we are too busy to advance our careers and grow as individuals. 

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Organizer Kimberly Herrington, MHA

Organizer of Buffalo Business Intelligence (BI) Work Group

Moving healthcare innovation forward in Western New York.

Creator of #buffalobusinessintelligence where we turn: 

Activists into Analysts
Event Planners into Product Managers
CPAs & QA professionals into Data Scientists, and
Business Intelligence Professionals into Data Storytellers.

Anyone can work with data & analytics if they have passion, limitless curiosity, and are not afraid to fail.

The #buffalobusinessintelligence work group was founded in 2017 to create a supportive community for BI, Analytics, Data Science professionals that is FREE, vendor and employer neutral. This allows participants to have open dialogue about the topics that are important to them. Our meetings are always the first Wednesday in June and December. Search Eventbrite for more details!

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