EPM Conversations — Episode 6, A Conversation With Mike Nader, EPM’s Very Own Data Analytics Polymath

Hah!  EPM doesn’t get a lot of polymaths, does it.  Yet Mike is exactly one of those.

A polymath is, “a person of great and varied learning” although Mike is too modest to agree with that description. If you but listen to this conversation, you (and he) will see that it is a fair characterization.

NB – The above graphic isn’t for n00bs but instead for veteran EPM practitioners who recognize the graphical genius of the long-gone and much-lamented Arbor Software’s training decks. Mike has several ties to this as you’ll hear.

But wait, there’s more

In addition to Yr. Obt. Svt., this conversation also has Natalie Delemar as our guest host and regular John Booth. This varying cast of characters is what I hope is the (or at least a) future of EPM Conversations. Tim, Celvin, John, and I are wonderful (ahem) hosts but there’s much, much, much more to EPM than us, cf. our guests and Natalie.

I’ve known (at least I was at the same conference although as I really and truly worked 100 hours that week in addition to presenting and working a booth so if I did meet Mike I have no recollection of it) Mike since Kscope 2009 in Carmel.

What I didn’t know was how much Mike has done: Atari 600xl owner, COMPUTE! magazine subscriber, English school teacher, roofing product computer operator/developer, operations management, Hyperion course writer, Essbase consultant, Planning consultant, Essbase PM, Big 4 consultant, startup analytics evangelist, Big 4 (but a different one) leader, and I’m sure a few more roles I’ve missed. What is crucial to understand and what is central to what Mike does and cares about is making sense of data, i.e. analytics.

Hear the conversation

Start – 2:55 Introduction

02:55 – 14:56 How Mike Started with Analytics and EPM

14:56 – 25:41 EPM vs Analytics

25:41 – 28:05 Adoption of Tools in Different Organizational Functions

28:05 – 36:04 Tools That Can Merge Financial and Operational Datasets

36:04 – 43:44 What EPM Technologists Should Know About Analytics

43:44 – 53:30 The Medium Term Future of Analytics

53:30 – End Outroduction

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