Thursday, August 21, 2008

Welcome!

This is my personal blog to share my thoughts on, knowledge of, and experience with WebFOCUS, one of the leading business intelligence products in the market. Information Builders, the maker of WebFOCUS, is one of the industry's oldest and largest privately-held software vendors. Almost all Fortune 500 firms and US government agencies use IB's products.

On a Friday the 13th after 13 years as an employee, I left IB to lead a professional services organization specializing in business intelligence software. It has been over a year now, and I am still extremely happy about my career decision.

I would love to talk to you about the industry and WebFOCUS in particular. Feel free to connect up with me on LinkedIn.

Be sure to also see my more general industry blog on Business Intelligence Software.

About Me

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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.