Monday, March 19, 2012

Midwest WebFOCUS Presenters at Summit 2012

Information Builders just finalized their agenda for the annual users group coming up in Orlando in June 2012.

Like in years past, the Midwest market is well represented (kind of like Ohio in the NCAA Sweet 16!). Eight of the speakers are coming from Indiana, Ohio, or Kentucky.

When you attend Summit, mark your calendar with these "must-see" sessions:

Considerations for Building a Secure, Scalable, Fault-Tolerant Architecture for WebFOCUS within a Multi-Tiered Environment

Jeremy Bordelon, Allegis Group
Tech Level:  | Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of WebFOCUS administration and network architecture.
Monday 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Allegis Group chose WebFOCUS as its standard multi-tiered, fault-tolerant reporting solution across headquarters and its operating companies. This presentation will cover how Allegis Group created a scalable enterprise reporting solution using WebFOCUS, and discuss important post-install technical considerations. Attendees will see how the company's environment evolved, the hurdles it overcame, the resulting architecture, code management strategies for managing multiple development teams, and successes. This session is recommended for anyone with requirements for a secure, scalable, fault-tolerant architecture, as well as newer customers getting started, or those looking to improve their existing environment.

Business Intelligence: Teach a Man to Fish

Rob Fosnaugh, Brotherhood Mutual Insurance
Tech Level:  
Wednesday 9:45AM - 10:45AM
Business intelligence is used to describe many aspects of reporting within an organization. Dashboards, scorecards, electronic reports, paper reports, and e-mail alerts are being volleyed at business users each day. But are they effective? Explore how to build a culture of intelligence in your organization by teaching your users how to fish.

Customizing ReportCaster: Achieving Greater Than 99 Percent Accuracy on 20,000 Customer Reports

Steve Buczkowski, Brightpoint North America
Subbarao Desu, Brightpoint North America
Tech Level:  
Monday 2:45PM - 3:45PM
With some creative enhancements to ReportCaster, BrightPoint has been able to achieve 99 percent accuracy and timeliness in sending close to 20,000 externally facing reports on a monthly basis.

From "Green Screen" to Dashboard: One Company's Story

Jarrod Johnson, Mike-sell's Snack Food Co.
Tech Level:  
Wednesday 4:00PM - 5:00PM
This session will outline one company's steps in moving from static, unfriendly reporting to a dynamic, interactive, and user-friendly reporting dashboard environment. You'll also get to peer behind the scenes, from GUI programming to WebFOCUS language coding.

Streamlining Dashboard Performance and Expanding the User Base

Matt Chapin, Wendys International
Tech Level:  | Prerequisite: WebFOCUS Admin Skills, SQL, WebFOCUS Developer Skills
Tuesday 9:45AM - 10:45AM
Business intelligence (BI) dashboards are vital to Wendy's success. Over the past three years, the company has continuously improved these dashboards to maximize performance and securely address the needs of a broader user base. In this session, attendees will learn how dashboards, databases, and other aspects of the environment were assessed, and what techniques and tools were employed to optimize performance. Today, Wendy's BI dashboards have evolved to include more than 400 different reports, accessed by over 3,000 users, including internal staff and franchise employees.

Becoming Smarter: Architecting BI and Enterprise Data Warehouse Success

Mark Shrum, Senior Health Insurance Company of Pennsylvania
Tech Level:  
Sunday 3:15PM - 4:15PM
Senior Health Insurance Company of Pennsylvania (SHIP) provides long-term care insurance services. A year ago, SHIP partnered with Information Builders and Teradata to improve analytics, enhance fraud detection, and create an environment for faster and more informed decision-making. A richly envisioned plan with line-of-business support now has happy customers and created a potential SaaS offering for other LTC insurance providers. Success, however, has many supporters and detractors. Attend to learn how you can increase the odds of making your business intelligence and enterprise data warehouse projects exceed expectations.

Active Technology Reports and Ad Hoc Reporting

Chris Byrne, Paycor
Ryan Kolatalo, Paycor
Tech Level:  | Prerequisite: Knowledge of WebFOCUS
Wednesday 9:45AM - 10:45AM
You want to build an external interface to interact with WebFOCUS but you don't want to reinvent the wheel. At Paycor, we have developed an ASP.NET solution with ad hoc active reporting. This presentation will discuss how the technologies interact with each other and discuss the out-of-the-box features of Active Technology Reports that require minimal developmental effort!

Data Migrator Repeating Data Flows: That Was Then, This Is Now

Kathy Getz, Omnicare
Lori Pieper, Information Builders
Tech Level:  | Prerequisite: General knowledge of DataMigrator
Tuesday 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Prior to verson 7.7 of DataMigrator, if you wanted to repeat the same data flow multiple times, but simply point to a different table or connection, you had to manually code that logic to repeatedly loop through the data flow. This can be difficult to maintain and troubleshoot. In DataMigrator 7.7, there are out-of-the-box facilities that make this process easy. We'll walk you through an example of what our flows looked like before 7.7 and we'll show you details of how to easily set this up today.

Avoiding Big BI Blunders: How to Run a Successful WebFOCUS Dashboard Project

Doug Lautzenheiser, Partner Intelligence
Tech Level:  
Monday 2:45PM - 3:45PM
Executives, project managers, and technical developers will discover how to avoid common blunders involving WebFOCUS business intelligence (BI) dashboards. Core foundations required before a BI initiative is initiated will be identified, and the key ingredient to "clarity" will be explained. Personal experience with tools such as low-fidelity mock-ups will be shared, and concepts such as the Magic Triangle, the Planning Fallacy, and the Versioned Release Schedule will be discussed.

You can see the entire agenda on the IBI Summit 2012 webpage.

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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.