Speaker

Cher Fox

Cher Fox

Fox Consulting

Denver, Colorado, United States

I'm a true data geek that's been solving the data puzzle for over 35 years. I advise organizations to define & optimize processes, quality & intelligence, to solve their most painful data insight issues. My 3+ decades of deep practitioner experience, in data, analytics, & business intelligence, designs & implements strategic analytics roadmaps for global companies' most complex financial data solutions. I also show senior data leaders how to be confident in leveraging the existing software they already own to save time & money solving their technology, data and business intelligence challenges.

I'm fluent in data delivery via SQL server tables, stored procedures, views, SSIS packages, SSAS tabular models, Oracle Toad, & SAP Universes. My specialties for BI delivery are SSRS, Power BI, Tableau, SAP Business Objects & Crystal Reports.

I serve as VP of Marketing on the Data Management Association - Rocky Mountain Chapter board & am formerly a board member for the Colorado Chapter of TDWI. I contribute to the SQL PASS community, Women Who Code, HMG Strategy, Women in Technology, Colorado Technology Association (CTA) & Society for Information Management (SIM) groups. I enjoy sharing my expertise via speaking engagements locally, nationally & internationally.

I've held the corporate positions of Interim CEO for a national marketing agency, Customer Services Manager for an international software development group, Interim IT Manager for a national risk management company, & Senior VP Operations for a regional construction firm.

Area of Expertise

  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Business & Management

Topics

  • Test Automation
  • Business Intelligence
  • Data Warehousing
  • Agile Transformation
  • Data Governance
  • Digital Transformation

LinkedIn Unleashed: Strategies for Building a Personal Brand and Expanding Your Network

In this technical talk, I explore the complexities of leveraging LinkedIn to strategically build a powerful personal brand and enhance professional networking. LinkedIn has evolved beyond being a platform for online resumes; it's now a dynamic space for professionals to showcase expertise, connect with industry peers, and foster meaningful relationships. The talk covers key strategies for optimizing your profile, crafting compelling content, and engaging with your network effectively.

I will explore the nuances of building a personal brand that resonates with your target audience and positions you as a thought leader in your field. The session provides insights into leveraging LinkedIn's features, such as groups and events, to expand your network and stay updated on industry trends. Whether you're a seasoned professional or just starting your career journey, this talk equips you with actionable tips to make the most out of LinkedIn. Ensure your online presence reflects your professional identity, opening doors to new opportunities.

Join me for a journey into the LinkedIn landscape, where we guide you in navigating beyond the profile. Discover the power of effective personal branding and networking, empowering your professional identity to stand out in a competitive environment. This talk promises to equip you with practical insights, transforming your LinkedIn experience from a mere resume showcase to a strategic tool for career growth.

In the ever-evolving world of professional networking, LinkedIn Unleashed is your compass for navigating beyond resumes. Gain a comprehensive understanding of how to strategically leverage LinkedIn's potential, unlocking opportunities for personal and professional advancement. Elevate your profile, expand your network, and excel in your career with the actionable insights provided in this session.

𝐊𝐞𝐲 𝐓𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐚𝐰𝐚𝐲𝐬:
* Strategically optimize your LinkedIn profile.
* Craft compelling content to showcase expertise.
* Engage effectively with your professional network.
* Explore nuances of building a resonant personal brand.
* Leverage LinkedIn features (groups, events) for networking.
*Whether seasoned or starting, gain actionable tips for maximizing LinkedIn.

Empowering New Data Stewards: Navigating Data Governance for Risk Management and Process Excellence

In this dynamic technical talk, we delve beyond overviews, offering concrete solutions for new data stewards to maximize their impact in a data governance program. Discover actionable strategies to navigate risk reduction, ensuring data security, and safeguarding privacy. Uncover the keys to achieving regulatory compliance, driving substantial data quality improvements, and mastering metadata management for enhanced transparency. Explore how to streamline development projects, reduce cycles, and elevate project outcomes with practical efficiency techniques. Learn the nuances of extending governance practices to external partners for effective vendor management. As a new data steward, I'll share my firsthand experience, providing insights into the challenges and victories in steering a successful data governance initiative. Join to gain not just guidelines, but tangible solutions that will empower you in making a significant impact as a data steward from day one.

𝐊𝐞𝐲 𝐓𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐚𝐰𝐚𝐲𝐬:
* Actionable strategies for impactful data governance
* Concrete solutions for risk reduction and compliance
* Practical efficiency techniques for streamlined projects
* Insights into vendor management for external partnerships
* Firsthand experience shared for real-world application

Maximizing Organizational Potential: The Essential Role of Data Strategy

Embark on a transformative journey in this session to understand the pivotal role of a comprehensive data strategy for business and data leaders. Learn how it forms the basis for crucial initiatives like artificial intelligence, data science, and machine learning strategies. Gain practical insights into ensuring high-quality data, effective data governance, and extracting maximum value. Acquire knowledge on reference data, data literacy, interoperability, integration, privacy, and compliance. Discover the impact of a robust data strategy on establishing a data catalog, metadata management, and compliance measures. Uncover ways to monetize data, implement test automation, integrate big data, and navigate change management adeptly. Elevate your leadership as you comprehend how a data strategy is the ultimate foundation, and dependency, for achieving your organization’s business goals and how an organization can’t have a data strategy without a business strategy first.

𝐊𝐞𝐲 𝐓𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐚𝐰𝐚𝐲𝐬:
* Learn the dependency strategic initiatives have on a data strategy
* Gain insights for informed and strategic decision-making processes
* Acquire knowledge on extracting maximum value from data resources
* Learn strategies for effective change management in data-centric initiatives
* Explore opportunities for organizational revenue and success

Data Quality Management Best Practices

This presentation examines the key practices for effective data quality management, and will provide a practical roadmap to enhance data quality practices. I will analyze the strategic definition of data quality standards, emphasizing various principles. The importance of proactive data profiling, coupled with regular assessments, is highlighted for identifying and addressing anomalies. The session reinforces the significance of a robust data governance framework, automated validation processes, and metadata management to ensure contextual insights.

Continuous monitoring, supported by alert systems, is discussed for tracking data quality metrics in real-time. Cultivating a data quality culture through user training and awareness is suggested as a vital component. The presentation also explores the utilization of data quality metrics and key performance indicators to benchmark and assess effectiveness. The commitment to continuous improvement concludes the discussion, emphasizing the importance of regularly reviewing and adapting practices to evolving business needs.

Strategic Decision-Making: CEO's Guide to Optimal Information Security

Businesses are witnessing a surge in cyber attacks targeting their IT frameworks. The growing risks, like data loss and ransomware, have become diverse and complex. Therefore, business executives and CEOs need to redefine the security vision of their organization's digital presence. They must adopt a practical and strategic decision-making approach regarding the company’s information security (IS). A wide range of IS initiatives need to be a part of the organization's security awareness culture under the direct supervision of the CEO. These undertakings should include – identifying vulnerabilities, assessing and quantifying risks, and implementing security standards and government policies. The current webinar aims to understand what role CEOs and executives play in executing information security initiatives. It aims to provide the participants with a comprehensive guide to risk assessments and making optimal strategic decisions to safeguard organizational assets.

EC-Council Cybertalk

Test Automation: Agile Enablement for Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence Teams

Regardless of whether your data warehousing (DW)/business intelligence (BI) team is dedicated to Scrum, a fan of Kanban, or focused on XP, “Agile” in any form calls for small increments of potentially deployable results – which means that QA is essential on a regular, frequent basis. As we develop these small increments, we need to not only test the new development, but also regression test what we’ve already built. Our test suite grows larger with each iteration, and manual testing quickly becomes infeasible. Agile requires that we automate our tests so that regression testing doesn’t become a development bottleneck.

Test automation is one of several key technical enablement practices that allows teams to be more successful in their agile journeys. While there are lots of test practices and automation tools out there for software development teams to leverage, very few are targeted to data-related development and testing. Agile analytics practitioner Lynn Winterboer and DW/BI architect and developer Cher Fox will share essential agile test foundations and data-focused test automation technologies to help data warehousing and business intelligence teams get a leg up on this important agile practice, including a demo of how this works!

Agenda:
Why is test automation important for agile DW/BI teams?
Why aren’t all DW/BI teams automating their tests today?
What is the path to data-focused test automation?
Where to start? What tests to automate first?
Demo of a simple test automation tool any DW/BI team could build and use
Learning Outcomes:
The intent of this presentation is to:
1) Educate DW/BI folks on why test automation is important to an agile journey;
2) Clarify that a solid foundation is needed in testing practices and principles before automation is useful;
3) Show that automation is easy to do, using simple DW/BI tools and coding languages.

Agile Test Automation for Data-Centric Applications

Test automation, one of several key technical enablement practices, allows teams to be more successful in their agile journeys. Although there are lots of test practices and automation tools available for software development teams to leverage, few are targeted to data-related development and testing. This lack of data-centric testing tools leaves Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence teams thinking they can't possibly automate their tests. Why is test automation important to agile data teams? Why aren’t they automating their tests today? What is the path to test automation? Cher answers these questions, bringing the concepts to life using small-group exercises and a short demo of how it works. Leave knowing that a lack of vendor-supported tools is NOT the issue, and that if you roll up your sleeves and develop good testing practices and procedures, you can easily start automating those practices and procedures using the tools and development languages that you already use.

BSC & ADC & DO/West 2017 Conference
Software Testing Conference 2017

Behavior-Driven Development & Test Automation: Agile Enablement for DW & BI Teams

Behavior-Driven Design (BDD) and test automation are key practices that allow data warehouse and business intelligence teams to be more successful in their agile journeys. While there are lots of test practices and automation tools out there for software development teams to leverage, very few are targeted to data-related development and testing. Agile analytics practitioner Lynn Winterboer and DW/BI architect Cher Fox will share essential agile test foundations, describe BDD, and identify data-focused test automation technologies to help data warehousing and business intelligence teams get a leg up on these important agile practices, including a BDD exercise and a test automation demo!

SQL Saturday #673
PASS Data Community Summit 2017

Navigating Digital Transformation: Unraveling Steps, Challenges, and Pitfalls

Embarking on a digital transformation journey is imperative for organizations in today's rapidly evolving landscape. In this 40-minute technical talk, I will delve into the intricacies of digital transformations, exploring the key steps necessary for a successful transition. From the initial strategic planning to the implementation phase, I will outline the critical milestones and considerations.

However, the path to digital transformation is fraught with challenges, and steering through them is crucial. My discussion will not only highlight common obstacles faced by organizations but also provide insights into effective strategies for overcoming these hurdles. Whether it's resistance to change, integration complexities, or data security concerns, I'll equip you with the knowledge to navigate these challenges seamlessly.

Moreover, no digital transformation journey is without its pitfalls. I will shed light on potential traps that organizations often fall into and offer practical guidance on avoiding them. From insufficient stakeholder engagement to underestimating the cultural shift required, my talk will empower you with the foresight to sidestep pitfalls and optimize the transformation process.

Join me for an insightful exploration of digital transformations, where I unravel the steps, address the challenges, and guide you in steering clear of potential pitfalls. By the end of this talk, you'll be well-equipped to lead your organization through a successful and efficient digital transformation.

Mastering the Data Governance Maze: From Risk Mitigation to Process Excellence

Join me for a 40-minute exploration into the world of data governance, where I'll unravel the intricacies of managing data assets for organizational success. This technical talk will spotlight the pivotal role of data governance in mitigating risks and enhancing processes.

The discussion kicks off with an examination of how a robust data governance framework contributes to general risk management, addressing concerns such as data breaches, unauthorized access, and data integrity. Emphasis will be placed on aligning data governance practices with industry standards and regulations to bolster data security and privacy.

Moving beyond risk reduction, I will delve into the transformative impact of data governance on organizational processes. Attendees will discover how a well-structured data governance program ensures regulatory compliance, uplifts data quality, and accelerates the efficiency of development projects. I'll also explore the vital role of metadata management in providing transparency and context for data, laying the foundation for effective governance.

I will conclude by spotlighting the essential characteristics of a successful data governance program—focusing on sustainability, embedding governance into organizational culture, and establishing measurable metrics for continual improvement. Participants will leave with actionable insights to craft and implement a robust data governance strategy that not only manages risks but also propels positive change within their organizations.

Rocky Mountain Information Security Conference (RMISC) Upcoming

LinkedIn Unleashed: Strategies for Building a Personal Brand and Expanding Your Network

June 2024 Denver, Colorado, United States

Data Governance & Information Quality (DGIQ) West Upcoming

Empowering New Data Stewards: Navigating Data Governance for Risk Management & Process Excellence

June 2024 San Diego, California, United States

DAMA Rocky Mountain Chapter Q2 Event Upcoming

Data Quality Management Best Practices

April 2024 Denver, Colorado, United States

EC Council Cybertalk Upcoming

Strategic Decision-Making: CEO's Guide to Optimal Information Security

April 2024

Women in Tech Global Conference Upcoming

Mastering the Data Governance Maze: From Risk Mitigation to Process Excellence

April 2024

Nova Scotia Women In Data (WiD) Webinar

Building Personal Brand in Data

April 2024

Women In Data (WiD) Denver/Houston Chapter Virtual Event

Join us for an exciting virtual panel event on the world of data engineering from a female perspective, where we delve into the topics of career trajectories, challenges, and triumphs. Featuring three diverse speakers, including Kanmani Thomas Xavier, a seasoned Senior Data Engineer with a Master's in Data Science and Data Engineering, Laura Lundell, whose inspiring journey from elementary school teaching to data analytics and engineering sheds light on diverse pathways into the field, and Cher Fox, a trailblazer with over 35 years of experience in data and founder of her own consulting company.

Our engaging discussion will explore the intricacies of getting started in data engineering, navigating industry landscapes, overcoming barriers, and fostering diversity and inclusion. Don't miss out on an enlightening exchange of insights and experiences that promise to ignite your passion and curiosity in the fascinating world of data engineering.

March 2024

Colorado Technology Sales Professionals

Linked In Branding and Sales Acceleration

March 2024 Denver, Colorado, United States

PASS Data Community Summit

Behavior-Driven Development & Test Automation: Agile Enablement for DW & BI Teams

October 2017 Seattle, Washington, United States

STARWEST Software Testing Conference

Agile Test Automation for Data-Centric Applications

October 2017 Anaheim, California, United States

SQL Saturday #673

Behavior-Driven Development & Test Automation: Agile Enablement for DW & BI Teams

September 2017 Denver, Colorado, United States

Software Quality Association of Denver (SQuAD)

Test Automation: Agile Enablement for Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence Teams

September 2017 Denver, Colorado, United States

BSC & ADC & DO/West 2017 Conference

Agile Test Automation for Data-Centric Applications

June 2017 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

Rocky Mountain Oracle Users Group (RMOUG)

Test Automation: Agile Enablement for Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence Teams

May 2017 Denver, Colorado, United States

SQL Saturday #584

Test Automation: Agile Enablement for Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence Teams

March 2017 Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States

SQL Saturday #596 BI Edition

Test Automation: Agile Enablement for Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence Teams

February 2017 Denver, Colorado, United States

Agile Testing Days 2016

Test Automation: Agile Enablement for Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence Teams

December 2016 Potsdam, Germany

SQL Server Users Group

Test Automation: Agile Enablement for Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence Teams

November 2016 Denver, Colorado, United States

Agile Testing and Test Automation Summit

Test Automation: Agile Enablement for Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence Teams

November 2016 Westminster, Colorado, United States

SQL Saturday #548

Test Automation: Agile Enablement for Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence Teams

September 2016 Kansas City, Missouri, United States

Agile Alliance 2016

Test Automation: Agile Enablement for Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence Teams

July 2016 Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Data Management Association - Rocky Mountain Chapter (DAMA-RMC)

Test Automation: Agile Enablement for Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence Teams

July 2016 Denver, Colorado, United States

Agile Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence Meetup

Test Automation: Agile Enablement for Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence Teams

June 2016 Denver, Colorado, United States

The Data Warehouse Institute (TDWI) - Colorado Chapter

Test Automation: Agile Enablement for Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence Teams

June 2016 Denver, Colorado, United States

Cher Fox

Fox Consulting

Denver, Colorado, United States