Monday, September 29, 2008

Summit 2008

Have you ever wondered how other WebFOCUS clients are using their BI software?

Now you can see BI applications that were recently showcased at Information Builders' 2008 Summit annual users group in Nashville, Tennessee, by Greater Cincinnati organizations such as Henny Penny, Nationwide Insurance, TriHealth, and The Hillman Group, and Omnicare. Just click on the links in the session titles below to download the associated Powerpoint presentation.

If you would like to discuss how your company can utilize WebFOCUS to its fullest, just let me know.

Henny Penny Provides Enterprise BI to a Global Operation
Doug Lautzenheiser, Partner Intelligence
Don Garland, Henny Penny Corporation


The next time you eat french fries at the quick-service restaurant or get rotisserie chicken from the grocery store, think of Henny Penny, the Ohio-based manufacturer that probably supplied the equipment for your meal. See how this 50-year old privately-held company uses Information Builders products to support their global operations across the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia, and communicate with distributors in over a hundred countries. Henny Penny will describe how WebFOCUS enables online access and automated information delivery, as well as how iWay Software automatically processes e-mailed orders. You will hear how a WebFOCUS dashboard provides employees and external partners around the world with real-time access to ERP data. Henny Penny's environment consists of Windows and iSeries platforms, with JDEdwards ERP.

This Time It's Personal: BI's Influence on 50,000 Students
William Cooper, Nationwide

Learn how WebFOCUS is influencing 50,000 students in the Columbus City School District. WebFOCUS business intelligence helped develop a series of cascading structures as well as a dashboard with drill-downs to the building, grade, subject, student, and curriculum levels, which assists with formative intervention to enhance academic achievement.
Enterprise Reporting Solution With MRE Dashboard, Metadata-Driven SROs and ReportCaster
Mufaddal Frosh, TriHealth
Deborah Heile, TriHealth


The TriHealth Data Warehouse team has developed a platform to deliver parameter-driven standard reports, custom reports for specific users, ad hoc functionality for analysts, and event-driven reports using BID, metadata-driven reporting objects and ReportCaster.
BI in the Real World
Kirk Townsley, The Hillman Group
Al Kolb, The Hillman Group


Hillman Group will demonstrate how they manage operational and strategic objectives using WebFOCUS.
Dynamically Loop Through Database Connections With DataMigrator
Lori Pieper, Information Builders
Kathy Getz, Omnicare


Omnicare has the same set of tables in many different databases. The table names and column names are the same, but the database is different. Learn how we wrote one data flow and looped through 70 databases, versus writing a data flow for each database. We'll also touch on how to send parameters to the data flow so the selection criteria is also specific to the database to which we are connecting.

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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.