Thursday, May 27, 2010

Information Builders Summit 2010 Offsite Event - Universal Studios

It is official! 

As part of their Summit 2010 User Conference, Information Builders will host an offsite event at Universal Orlando.  On Monday, the 7th of June, shuttles begin leaving the Gaylord Resort at 7PM.

In past years, Information Builders has rented out Universal's New York section (which is quite appropriate for this Manhattan-based software vendor).  They typically serve a nice buffet meal at Finnegan's Bar and Grill and then turn the guests free to wander the park.

Only the Information Builders group will be at the park -- with the smaller crowd, it is easy to go from ride to ride with no waiting in line.  

If Information Builders picks the same spot, be sure to try the Revenge of the Mummy rollercoaster.  Other great rides include Back to the Future, ET, Shrek 4D, and Jimmy Neutron (my personal favorite).  You can also see live-action attractions such as "Twister...Ride it Out."

If I don't see you there, don't forget to get your picture taken with the Great White from Jaws!  And don't miss the last shuttle back to the hotel at 11:45PM.

June 2010 Update:

Yes, it was back to Universal Orlando's New York section for Information Builders!   This year, Summit attendees enjoyed a new rollercoaster attraction. 

But, alas, it is no longer possible to ride in Doc Brown's Delorean and travel Back to the Future.  Universal has remodeled the infamous car into a virtual rollercoaster through KrustyLand with The Simpsons.

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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.