Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Big BI Event in Texas

Things are big down here in Texas at the Information Builders' Summit 2011 event.

So when we called a shuttle to take us to a nearby restaurant, we should not have been surprised at the size of the ride. I told those with me that I think we were the oldest folks to be inside our tricked-out stretch Hummer, as it was obviously designed for teenagers on prom night.

When we arrived, the restaurant was wonderful. The concierge at the Hilton Anatole had recommended Truluck's on McKinney Avenue and what a wonderful suggestion that was. The great people at Truluck's did everything exactly right. 

However, if you do drive your own Hummer over to Truluck's, be sure to go the speed limit. As we ate dinner, we observed one of Dallas' finest perform an ongoing stop-and-ticket campaign one right after another. And you never know, these might be big Texan traffic fines. 

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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.