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 software consultant, specializing in automating transitions from legacy reporting applications into modern BI/Analytics to leverage Social, Cloud, Mobile, Big Data, Visualizations, and Predictive Analytics using Information Builders' WebFOCUS. Based on scores of successful engagements, I have assembled proven Best Practice methodologies, software tools, and templates.

I have been blessed to work with innovators from firms such as: Ford, 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, where I graduated summa cum laude. In 1990, I joined Information Builders and for over a dozen years served in regional pre- and post-sales technical leadership roles. Also, for several years I led the US technical services teams within Cincom Systems' ERP software product group and the Midwest 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. My experience with BI products include WebFOCUS (vendor certified expert), R, SAP Business Objects (WebI, Crystal Reports), Tableau, and others.