Sunday, May 22, 2011

IBI Announces Off-Site Event for Summit 2011

Information Builders kept the secret as long as they could. Their off-site event for Summit 2011 is a rodeo.

You should not be too impressed with my psychic abilities to predict this (see my earlier blog). The Summit is in Dallas, Texas; did you expect an Hawaiian luau?

On Tuesday evening, the 14th of June, you will want to get in line early at the Anatole Hilton's Chantilly entrance for a 7:30PM bus ride to the Resistol Arena to see the Mesquite Pro Rodeo.

IBI says to expect three and a half hours of rip-roaring rodeo recreation. In addition to partaking in food and drinks, you can ride on a mechanical bull and in a stagecoach (hopefully, "stagecoach" is not rodeo jargon for what we non-Texans would call an ambulance).

Now that you know the secret, be sure to pack your clothing and spurs accordingly. 

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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.