Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Why not WebFOCUS 8 on 8/8?

I have to tell you that I am disappointed today. I was truly excited to see an early-morning Information Builders press release about WebFOCUS 8 being made available to the general public on August 8th.

You know, the 8th version of WebFOCUS announced on the 8th month and 8th day at the 8th hour?

I fully expected such cleverness. But it did not happen.

Instead, we are evidently waiting until the end of August (or perhaps even September) for WebFOCUS 8 to be released. Currently, it is still in beta testing with a select few customers.

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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.