Friday, July 30, 2010

Partner Intelligence Announces Plans for IBM Cognos

In the Third Quarter 2010 TDWI Best Practices Report, director of research Wayne Eckerson released the results of a survey showing how companies are changing their Business Intelligence habits to cut costs. TDWI asked companies about the BI vendor strategies they had employed in the recent past and those they intend to use in the near future.

TDWI found that 22% of the companies surveyed had switched BI vendors in the past three years. Another 27% intended to switch BI vendors within the next three years.

Wow -- if this is indicative of U.S. companies in general, then almost half are getting rid of their current BI tools.

A quarter of the surveyed individuals said their companies had reduced the number of BI tools that they owned, consolidating them to a BI standard.  Another 40% said they intended to consolidate in the next three years. 

Bigger Wow -- that is almost three-quarters of the companies surveyed!

Partner Intelligence has helped well-known organizations replace legacy reporting tools quickly and cost-effectively.  To date, however, we have been limited in which BI tools we helped companies implement. 

I am happy to announce Partner Intelligence's intention to enhance our current BI Consolidator software suite to support the automated conversion of legacy tools into the IBM Cognos product.

We plan to focus on legacy mainframe reporting tools such as 1970s fourth generation languages such as FOCUS, RAMIS, and NOMAD, replacing them with IBM Cognos on the Series z platform.  (See my "Big Blue Cognos" blog from September 2008.)

We are also preparing for the automated replacement of BI implementations written in SAP Business Objects's Crystal Reports.

(See my "Leave a Legacy" blog from October 2008 for reasons why your company's applications should not be written in thirty year old 4GL software. 

See my "DAPPER" blog from October 2009 for more information on how we approach these legacy converstions with a formal methodology and automated software suite.)

If you are part of the majority of companies ditching their current BI vendors and products, I would like to talk about how we can work together to simplify your replacement process.

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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.