Monday, January 25, 2010

InformationWeek's 2010 Top 10 for CIOs (with a BI twist)

In the 2010 January 8th edition of InformationWeek, Bob Evans listed the top items of concern on CIO's minds in this new year. They include:
  1. The cloud imperative
  2. The 80/20 spending trap
  3. CIO-led revenue growth and customer engagement
  4. Mastering end-to-end business processes
  5. Business Intelligence and Predictive Analytics
  6. External information versus internal information
  7. CIO priorities, CIO compensation, CIO evaluation
  8. Vendor consolidation, with radical exceptions
  9. The mobile enterprise
  10. The transformation quotient


While Bob explicitly lists Business Intelligence as his number 5 item, I can see that BI can play a role in each of his topics.

If CIOs were to draw up New Year's resolutions specifically for their Business Intelligence initiatives, I would suggest:
  • Reduce software license and support costs by retiring legacy reporting tools (e.g., FOCUS, RAMIS, NOMAD, QMF/SQL, DYL280, and Crystal Reports)  
  • Implement and socialize a formal BI strategy that identifies your official BI Team, BI Policies and Procedures, BI Infrastructure, and BI Project Roadmap
  • Choose and enforce a standard BI technology (e.g., IBM Cognos, SAP Business Objects, Oracle, Microsoft, Microstrategy, Actuate, Information Builders' WebFOCUS, or open source)
  • Implement web-based BI that provides users with on-demand, self-service access to information (replace IT report development with easy-to-use browser parameterized user applications)
  • Ensure that web-based BI applications are developed to work seamlessly on mobile devices such as the iPhone
  • Implement an automated information delivery mechanism ("push" BI to internal and external users through e-mail, printers, intranet sites, report libraries, etc.)


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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.