Monday, April 30, 2012

Take a Flat Friend to IBI Summit 2012 (Flat Gerry, that is)

Information Builders doesn't limit innovation and creativity to just producing software products like WebFOCUS.

No, they even apply it to their annual users' group conferences.

Jake Freivald, VP of Marketing, announced today a special "Flat Gerry" theme in preparation to IBI sending each Summit attendee a special gift in the mail. 

If you are attending the iWay and WebFOCUS annual event in June, you probably got this message from Jake: 
Flat Stanley, Jeff Brown’s popular children’s book is about a young boy who is flattened by a bulletin board. But he discovers some real advantages to being flat: he can slide under doors, fit between sidewalk grates, and be mailed anywhere in the world for an exciting adventure.
"Not-So Flat Gerry"Well, there’s a new flat guy in town – Flat Gerry, a paper cutout of our CEO Gerry Cohen. And he’s coming to visit you soon in the US Mail.
While he’s your guest, we’d like you to produce a short video featuring Flat Gerry. 
You can show Flat Gerry learning about your organization and how you use our products. You can invite him to sit in on a team meeting. Heck, maybe he'd like to see the sights in your city!  All we ask is that you have fun and be creative. With permission, a selection of videos will be shown during the Summit 2012 keynote presentation.

Get your crayons and cameras ready!

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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.