Thursday, August 21, 2008

Welcome!

There is a lot of activity in the world of Business Intelligence software. This is a personal blog that will serve as a way to reflect on the industry in general as well as on specific BI happenings of the day.

I have worked in the BI marketspace for many years (see my LinkedIn profile for more information) and am excited about the future. On a Friday the 13th after 13 years with a leading BI software vendor, I left to lead a professional services organization specializing in BI. It has been over a year now, and I am still extremely happy about my career decision.

I would love to talk to you about the industry. Feel free to connect up with me on LinkedIn.

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About Me

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I am a project-based consultant, helping data-intensive firms use agile methods and automation tools to replace legacy reporting and bring in modern BI/Analytics to leverage Social, Cloud, Mobile, Big Data, Visualizations, and Predictive Analytics. For several world-class vendors, I led services teams specializing in providing software implementation and custom application development. Based on scores of successful engagements, I have assembled proven methodologies and automated software tools.

During twenty years of technical consulting, I have been blessed to work with smart people from some of the world's most respected organizations, including: FedEx, Procter & Gamble, Nationwide, The Wendy's Company, The Kroger Co., JPMorgan Chase, MasterCard, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Siemens, American Express, and others.

I was educated at Valparaiso University and the University of Cincinnati, graduating summa cum laude. In 1990, I joined Information Builders, the vendor of WebFOCUS BI and iWay enterprise integration products, and for over a dozen years served in branch leadership roles. For several years, I also led technical teams within Cincom Systems' ERP software product group and the custom software services arm of Xerox.

Since 2007, I have provided enterprise BI services such as: strategic advice; architecture, design, and software application development of intelligence systems (interactive dashboards and mobile); data warehousing; and automated modernization of legacy reporting.