Thursday, September 13, 2012

Gerry Cohen talks of Starting Information Builders

In a recent interview, Gerry Cohen talked about the driving force for starting Information Builders in 1975.

Basically, he and his co-founders saw a business need to enable non-programmers to build BI reporting applications without the assistance of IT professionals.

Three decades ago, that was the FOCUS 4GL, where the 4GL was to be a replacement for 3GL programming languages such as COBOL. Today, the BI product for non-programmers is WebFOCUS.

That makes me wonder, is that why Information Builders is changing the name of their WebFOCUS IDE "Developer Studio" to become "Application Studio?" Do they want to get rid of the inference that "developers" are needed to build WebFOCUS BI solutions?

Having worked with IBI since 1983, I see a natural progression to have their intelligence products become more and more friendly to the power user community and less of an offering to IT professionals.

IBI may have been one of the first vendors to recognize that BI is in a strange boundary region situated somewhere between IT and business. People who specialize in Business Intelligence have to straddle the regions of technology and business, with no real place to call home.

To read the entire article, click here.

No comments:

About Me

My photo

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.