Wednesday, November 16, 2011

WebFOCUS Testing

Somewhere in India, people appear to be taking a Business Intelligence test that involves questions about Information Builders and WebFOCUS.

Over a period of eight hours, I saw a bunch of blog hits from people in Pune, Hyderabad, and Mumbai who were all searching for the name of the vendor who owned WebFOCUS.

One person even cut and pasted into their Google query what looks like a test question (or some type of online exercise):
1. Identify the software vendor for the Business Intelligence tool "WebFocus"

If you are taking a BI test, you must have gotten that question right (and, hopefully, using Google to find answers is not frowned upon). If you come across other tough ones, I am here to help.

Bonus Points: If you want to impress your testers, be sure to point out that the actual mixed-case spelling of the product is officially "WebFOCUS."

1 comment:

Gene Gauthier said...

Whew, I almost got that one wrong, I was going to say Hyperion.

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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.