Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Information Builders Blogs

Information Builders, the software vendor of the enterprise BI product WebFOCUS, has started to blog.  You can read articles from their corporate bloggers on their IBI website.

So far, their featured blogger is Jake Freivald who has posted several articles this year. One of Jake's topics was the "revolution" of mobile BI applications such as those on smartphones (such as Android and Apple iPhone) and tablets (such as the Apple iPad).

You will need to read this yourself to decide if Jake is taking a "for" or "against" stance on mobile BI. He seems to post a warning about software vendors not learning lessons from past mistakes.

I heard a rumor that Information Builders might even have some type of iPad BI application to release yet this year. We will have to keep our eyes on the IBI BI blogs.

Also, if you are interested in Information Builders and their BI product, be sure to read my other blog dedicated to WebFOCUS. IBI was nice enough to include me as a featured blogger in their blog-roll.

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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.