Thursday, April 29, 2010

Excellent User Interface for Online Magazine

The people at Contemporary Media have done a great job publishing an online version of its magazines, such as the Memphis Business Quarterly.  The print edition is classy, but the online version is,!

See the latest Spring 2010 version in your browser -- switch to the full screen and flip through the pages with your mouse.  From the Layout option, you can change to either Magazine, Presentation, or Paper view.  Using the Index option, you can visually see the entire magazine and quickly jump to any particular page.

In the cover of this issue of MBQ is Bill Rhodes, the CEO of AutoZone.  It is obvious from the article that Memphis loves AutoZone, which employs 1,300 people there.  AutoZone has grown into the leading auto parts supplier in the world with 60,000 employees overall and 4,400 stores throughout the U.S. and Mexico.  In the last five years, their stock price has doubled to $166.

For Business Intelligence, AutoZone is using BI tools such as WebFOCUS, SAS, and Actuate.  Focused mostly on Memphis, the MBQ article does not dig into any BI questions.  However, Bill does mention the importance of historical information in making decisions.

Take a look at how a simple web browser can be used as a high-quality magazine reader.

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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.