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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Summary:

With over 20 years of industry experience, Doug Lautzenheiser has provided business intelligence services for well-known organizations such as Procter & Gamble, JPMorgan Chase, Omnicare, Wendy’s International, the State of Indiana, and the State of Oklahoma. ComputerWorld recognized one of Doug's projects with honors for innovative use of technology.  Doug is a featured blogger on BI software at Smart Data Collective.

With his broad knowledge of technologies, business processes, and industry best practices, Doug provides client value by performing strategic advisory services; leading tactical BI application development projects; and enabling dramatic reductions in time, cost, and risks through his unique automated BI consolidation application.

Doug has hands-on experience with a variety of enterprise applications. He is degreed summa cum laude in Information Systems from the University of Cincinnati. An experienced trainer and mentor, Doug has provided educational services to organizations such as National Semiconductor, Ford Motor Company, Northwest Airlines, Principal Financial Group, and Target Stores. Doug is the General Manager of Partner Intelligence.

Talk to Doug before manually performing a large BI initiative. Doug will show you how other smart companies saved time and money by following proven methodologies and automating BI processes instead of letting somebody "wing it" with a manual approach.

Specialties:

B2B software vendor leadership. BI implementations, standardization, and consolidation; data warehousing; WebFOCUS; iWay; BI vendors (Cognos, Business Objects/Crystal Reports, Microstrategy, Actuate, Hyperion/Brio, SAS); ERP; and full SDLC.