Thursday, December 29, 2011

New WebFOCUS Newsletter

Information Builders, the software vendor of the WebFOCUS BI product, has just published the January/February 2012 newsletter that you can read by clicking here.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Information Builders Discloses Summit 2012

Information Builders, the software vendor of WebFOCUS and iWay Software, recently disclosed the location of the 2012 annual users group meeting.

IBI will once again hold the Summit conference in Orlando, Florida; or more accurately, in Kissimmee at the Gaylord Palms.

The five-day event starts on Sunday, June 3rd, and lasts through Thursday, June 7.

Online registration is already open. Click here to register.

Don't take me wrong, but I am excited most about the probably offsite event (I'm guessing IBI will once again rent out the Streets of New York section of Universal Studios).


Not that the other parts of the Summit are not good--education sessions, meeting with experts, networking, food, drinks, etc.--but who can compete with some great 3-D reality rides?

On the other hand, I am disappointed to learn the Universal Studios recently shut down the Jimmy Neutron Nicktoon Blast ride. Hopefully, Universal Studios will have the "Despicable Me" replacement open before the Summit attendees show up in June 2012.

And when you are at the Summit 2012 event, be sure to stop by the Partner Intelligence booth. While I do not have the details worked out yet, Partner Intelligence should be presenting one of the educational sessions. Stay tuned for more information. 

Monday, December 19, 2011

Wireframe Mockups for WebFOCUS Dashboards

If you are looking for a way to collaboratively design your WebFOCUS BI dashboards, there is an excellent tool on the market. Software vendor Balsamiq offers a low-cost low-fidelity software application for creating user interfaces mockups.

See my general BI blog for more information. 

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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.