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The Charlotte BI Group, or CBIG as we like to call ourselves, is a technical user group focused on business intelligence, analytics, data warehousing, and big data.

Our meetings will approach learning in a casual, fun and social way.  Join us to learn and get to know fellow professionals in the area.


December 2018 CBIG Meeting: Getting Started with Hadoop

Meeting Date:  Tuesday, December 11, 2018

5:30 pm:  Dinner and mingling with fellow CBIG members 

6:00 pm:  Introductions and Spotlight Sponsor presentation from SentryOne

6:15 pm: Power BI Tips with Michele Hart

6:20 pm:  Main Presentation with Moyo Lawal

Topic: Getting Started with Hadoop

Session Description: Getting started with Hadoop with no prior knowledge of Unix, Linux or Java can be challenging. Considering big data and AI and their use in today’s everyday business, Hadoop is consistently a necessary skill to have. In this session, you will learn what Hadoop is, why it is relevant in the big data world, and how to use it. The session will get you started on your Hadoop journey.

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Presenter: Moyo Lawal is a Data Science Consultant at Syntelli Solutions with several years of experience working with data for Software Testing, Quality Assurance, Business Analysis, Data Mining and Reporting. She specializes on helping businesses harness the power of data to achieve business goals. Moyo has a Master’s degree in Data Science and Business Analytics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and enjoys event planning and catering.

Meeting Location: Microsoft Office, 8055 Microsoft Way, Charlotte, NC 28273. We're in the AP1/1002 Redwood Conference Room in the left building - the 2nd door, farthest from the entrance.

RSVP:  December CBIG Meeting


January 2019 CBIG Meeting: Predicting Risk of Crisis Among Members on Antipsychotic Medication

Meeting Date:  Tuesday, January 8, 2019

5:30 pm:  Dinner and mingling with fellow CBIG members 

6:00 pm:  Introductions

6:10 pm: Power BI Tips with Michele Hart

6:15 pm:  Main Presentation with Kartik Niyogi

Topic: Predicting Risk of Crisis Among Members on Antipsychotic Medication

Session Description:  Cardinal Innovations is a payer organization that manages NC state’s Medicaid fund. It operates primarily in behavior health space and its member profile includes members with severe mental health disorders (MH), substance use disorders (SUD), and intellectual & developmental disorders (IDD). The aim of the antipsychotic medication model is to identify members on an antipsychotic who are at a risk of crisis. The model takes into consideration behavior health (BH), physical health (PH), and pharmacy details to obtain a holistic view of a member. The BH includes data on members with schizophrenia, bipolar, other psychosis and substance use disorders. PH data includes physical disorders (e.g. nervous, circulatory, history of self-violence). The pharmacy data provides information on their antipsychotic medication adherence.

Initial descriptive statistics and factor analysis are performed to identify the right variables. Multiple predictive models like logistic regression, decision tree, random forest, and XGBoost model are employed to predict the risk of crisis among member population and correct model is chosen based on model performance. A risk score is assigned to each member based on the risk factors. Multiple stakeholders can now filter for members managed by their department to provide right care and thereby improve member outcome.

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Presenter: Kartik Niyogi is data science & business analytics professional with a focus on healthcare analytics. He has more than eight years of experience with financial planning (FP&A), business analysis, and programming. In his current role as data scientist, Kartik engages with multiple stakeholders in understanding their business problems and translating them into analytic solutions. His healthcare analytics project involved improving member outcomes by developing a predictive model for identifying members at higher risk of mental health crisis or opioid use disorder. Other analytics projects revolved around improving business operations, such as text mining member progress notes and member forecasting for Finance. Kartik graduated from University of North Carolina Charlotte in Dec. 2017 with MS Data Science and Business Analytics.

Meeting Location: Microsoft Office, 8055 Microsoft Way, Charlotte, NC 28273. We're in the AP1/1002 Redwood Conference Room in the left building - the 2nd door, farthest from the entrance.

RSVP:  <link coming soon>


Upcoming CBIG Meeting Dates

February 5, 2019

March 5, 2019

April 2, 2019

May 7, 2019

We typically meet on the 1st Tuesday of every month (sometimes the 2nd Tuesday if there's a holiday near the date, or a conflict with the meeting room).   

If you would like to present at CBIG, we'd love to have you! Please e-mail us at:  CharlotteBIGroup at Outlook.com

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