Thursday, June 16, 2011

Summit 2011 Best Customer Presentation

Last night, Gerry Cohen of Information Builders announced the best customer presentation out of the entire five-day event. The award went to Chris Byrne of Paycor, a well-known Cincinnati-based payroll processing firm.

A fairly new IBI customer, Paycor created a unique web reporting solution. Using web services, Chris and the Paycor team were able to get to the underlying nuts and bolts of WebFOCUS, expose them to an ASP.NET web application, and craft an impressive ad-hoc reporting application.

Thrilled, the audience gave Chris the highest votes of all the customer-led sessions. Congratulations, Chris!

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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.