TUTORIAL: Teradata University Network and SAS Visual Analytics for Educators

Date and Time: June 11 or 12, 2016, Half-Day Event, Room(TBA)


Dursun Delen, PhD. (Okahoma State University, USA)
Thilini Ariyachandra (Xavier University, USA)
David Douglas (University of Arkansas, USA)


The goal of this tutorial is to introduce instructors to Teradata Univeristy Network (TUN) resources for Analytics education. TUN is a consortium of analytics companies brought together to provide a rich collection of resources for analytics education (e.g., integrated data warehousing, business intelligence, business analytics, and database management systems) to educational institutions (educators and students) all over the world completely free-of-charge. It essentially is a Web portal (a cloud-based analytics platform) that includes not only leading edge analytics software like SAS Visual Analytics, Microstrategy, Tableau, but also variety of teaching resources that include application cases, homework assignments, while papers, articles, videos, presentations, and other teaching material. It is a premier academic resource for teaching and learning analytics. The idea behind the establishment of TUN was to build an international community whose members share their ideas, experiences, and resources to educate the next generation of analytics professionals. TUN now is a truly global community with more than 3000 registered faculty members and more than 50000 students in 106 countries. The main goal of TUN is to develop curriculum and associated teaching and learning materials and resources for a variety of degrees ranging from MIS to Business Analytics, Marketing to Computer Science and thereby help produce graduates who are fully prepared to tackle the world of big data and analytics.

The attendees can/will participate in the hands-on exercises and demonstration using their own computers/laptops and the high-speed internet connection in the room.

Biographical Sketches for the Tutorial Organizers/Presenters

Dr. Dursun Delen is the holder of Spears and Patterson Endowed Chairs in Business Analytics, Director of Research for the Center for Health Systems Innovation, and Professor of Management Science and Information Systems in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. Prior to his academic tenure, Dr. Delen worked for a privately-owned research and consultancy company in Texas, as a Research Scientist for five years, during which he led a number of decision support, information systems and advanced analytics related research projects funded by federal agencies, including DoD, NASA, NIST and DOE. In addition to his academic endeavors, Dr. Delen also teaches technical training courses and consults with companies on analytics related topics and projects. Dr Delen authored/co-authored more than 50 peered-reviewed journal articles and more than 30 conference proceeding articles. In the last eight years, he authored/co-authored seven books/textbooks in the areas of Business Intelligence, Business Analytics, Decision Support Systems and Data/Text Mining. He is often invited to national and international conferences and workshops for keynote addresses on topics related to Data/Text Mining, Business Intelligence, Decision Support Systems, Business Analytics and Knowledge Management. Dr. Delen serves on the editorial boards of 12 reputable journals, and regularly organizes tracks and mini-tracks at international conferences.


Dr. Thilini Ariyachandra is an Associate Professor of Management Information Systems in the Williams College of Business at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. She received her Ph.D. from the Terry School of Business at the University of Georgia. Her research is focused on business intelligence, Big Data, and business analytics implementation and success. She has published in journals such as Decision Support Systems, Communications of the AIS, Communications of the ACM, the Business Intelligence Journal, and the International Journal of Business Intelligence Research and various conferences. She collaborates extensively with industry to improve business intelligence curriculum and pedagogy.  She serves on advisory boards of academic alliances such as the Teradata University Network, Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance and Center for Consumer Analytics in Cincinnati. The impacts of her pedagogical research in BI has been featured in popular trade publications such as the Forbes, Computerworld, and Information Week as well as been part of the Best of BI in the Business Intelligence Journal. She also serves as the Vice Chair for the Special Interest Group for Decision Support Systems for the Association for Information Systems. Thilini also serves as a subject area expert and advisor for state government and private organizations.


Dr. David Douglas is a University Professor and the founding Co-Director of the Institute for Advanced Data Analytics and Director of Enterprise Systems at the University of Arkansas. He received his PhD in Industrial Engineering from the University of Arkansas.  He teaches in a wide variety of information systems areas with emphasis on data analytics, data mining, business intelligence, enterprise systems, and global IT.  He has taught in several countries and presents workshops world-wide.  He has received a number of honors and awards including International Educator of the year (IACIS), 2010 MajdiNajm Outstanding Service Award (SAP University Alliances), IBM International Professor of the month, two IBM faculty awards and NSF co-principal investigator for Enterprise Computing Community. In addition to the Co-Director and Director positions at the University of Arkansas, Douglas serves on the Executive Committee of the Information Technology Research Institute as well as serving on the Teradata University Network Board, the SAP University Alliances Board and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Global Communications.  His work with industry partners' results in hardware/software gifts valued at more than $20 million dollars annually. Publications have appeared in various journals including Communications of the ACM, Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, the Journal of Computer Information Systems, the Journal of Business Ethics, the Journal of Organizational and End User Computing, Information and Management, and the Journal of Management Information Systems, as well as international, national and regional Proceedings of various Conferences.