Friday, June 12, 2009

Information Builders' Summit 2009

Information Builders' annual users' group for 2009 is over. As a sponsor of the event, I can say that that it was a great week in Nashville with several hundred customers attending. Speakers from a variety of companies did an outstanding job explaining how they are using Business Intelligence software to improve their organizations.

USTRANSCOM told how BI has enabled them to better transport wounded soldiers while reducing the number of beds and other medical needs. Ford Motor Company lowered operating costs by making warranty costs openly available on the web to their automobile dealers. Nationwide Insurance built an urban school portal to address student proficiency -- while Nationwide would not take credit, the city increased graduation rates from less than 50% to 75% and is on its way to a goal of 90% graduation rate.

You can read more about Summit 2009 on my WebFOCUS BI blog.

While there, I presented case studies on automating BI application development and consolidation tasks. For those of you who could not be at my sessions, I made a copy available on the web.

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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.