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 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.