Sunday, July 28, 2013

Seeking BI Consultants with WebFOCUS Skills

We are seeking Business Intelligence Consultants to join our team. If you are looking for a rewarding career with like-minded passionate individuals where you can maximize your learning experiences and build a strong BI reputation, consider Kencura Systems.

About Us
As the leading Midwest provider of WebFOCUS business intelligence talent, we continue to grow. We specialize in critical BI initiatives such as strategic advice; dashboard application development; and automated legacy reporting modernizations using the BI Modernization Workbench from Kencura Systems.

Since 2007, we have served over thirty clients and performed successful BI projects. Because our reputation is so important to us, we make sure each and every engagement is organized to win; our consultants have a full support team behind them.

Because of our strong reputation, the WebFOCUS software vendor Information Builders chose us to augment their Professional Services organization. In addition to working on vendor engagements, we also provides services directly to regional clients.

While we work in a variety of industries, we are seeing strong demand within financial services, healthcare providers, and insurance firms. 

Information Builders also named us an elite Solution Partner, providing the ability to resell the WebFOCUS BI product as part of our services engagements. As a formal partner, we have access to WebFOCUS software, technical support, documentation, training, and other resources. For many years, we have been a premium sponsor of the vendor's annual Summit week-long users' conference.

We have immediate opportunities for experienced BI professionals to join our team and participate in exciting client projects. We offer competitive benefits, tremendous learning opportunities, a strong social network, and a fun time.

Position
Being a Business Intelligence Consultant provides excellent career opportunities. Well-known firms come to us for the complex BI initiatives they cannot do themselves nor find expertise elsewhere (even the BI software vendor turns to us). We specialize in the WebFOCUS enterprise BI product but our consultants may get involved with a variety of complementary products, such as the R statistical programming language, Tableau Software, Big Data, and others).

As a BI Consultant with us, you will be involved with the entire SDLC and project management of BI applications. Some of our projects are team-based and others are independent, solo engagements. The right candidate must truly be a consultant, able to explain to clients what needs to be done (our clients do not hire us as contractors nor tell us what to do; we rarely perform support or maintenance functions).

Responsibilities
A BI Consultant will be responsible for the following:

  • Display professional behavior
  • Have a sense of urgency and strong self-management
  • Be driven to be the best BI consultant possible and help build the best team of associates
  • Perform entire SDLC work on BI projects, including project management, requirements gathering, analysis, design, coding, testing, training, and transitional support
  • Lead small-to-medium sized project teams
  • Display thorough knowledge of the BI industry, products, and related technologies
  • Acquire and maintain knowledge of emerging technologies within the BI industry (e.g., columnar database, Big Data, predictive analytics, etc.)
  • Be willing and able to travel as needed
  • Work with our management to maintain and continuously improve practice

Education
The BI Consultant will need the following level of education:

  • Bachelors Degree in an appropriate technical or business discipline
  • Or equivalent work-related combination of training and experience

Experience
The BI Consultant will need the following levels of experience:

  • 5-10 years of business analysis and SDLC
  • 3-5 years of WebFOCUS BI product
  • 1-3 years of GUI user interface development
  • 1-3 years of database management technologies
  • 1-3 years of enterprise security technologies
  • 1-3 years as consultant within a Professional Services firm (software vendor experience a plus)

Skills
Our BI Consultants need the following skills:

  • Strong interpersonal communications (verbal, written, presentation, etc.)
  • Abilities to perform all SDLC tasks
  • Abilities to perform within a wide variety of environments (different industries, working cultures, operating systems, security models, storage structures, etc.)
  • WebFOCUS releases 7 and 8
  • WebFOCUS Client Tier (configuration, administration, named-user security, etc.)
  • WebFOCUS Reporting Server (configuration, administration, metadata, adapters, security, etc.)
  • WebFOCUS 8 App Studio (HTML Composer, Report Painter, etc.)
    • WebFOCUS 7 Developer Studio
  • WebFOCUS InfoAssist (end-user Report Painter, Graph Assistant, etc.)
  • WebFOCUS 4GL (Dialogue Manager, core language, etc.)
  • Related web technologies (web servers, Java app servers, HTML, JavaScript, CSS, etc.)
  • Variety of database technologies (SQL, MDX, etc.)


(If you want to read about the right skills for a truly great WebFOCUS BI Consultant, read this article.)

Contact Us
If you are interested, please contact me.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

WebFOCUS BI Summit 2013 Update

If you had planned to meet up with me at Summit 2013 in Orlando, I apologize.

Trying to juggle several BI projects in the US and Europe, I decided to cancel my conference trip and work instead. 

Somebody else will take my place at the joint presentation for Hercules Tires, where they will show how they used WebFOCUS dashboards to enable dynamic BI for their mobile sales force. 

I cancelled my other presentation on BI buzzwords, however, although Information Builders has asked me to convert it into a webinar and run it as soon as possible. 

Eric Bulmahn, General Manager of Partner Intelligence, will be there along with several WebFOCUS consultants so please stop by the booth and say hello. Eric plans to give away an iPad Mini. 

Contact me if you have an important topic that you still want to discuss. 

Monday, March 25, 2013

Partner Intelligence has Split!

When you think of BI, think of PI!
Partner Intelligence recently split from its previous owners, a local staffing and recruiting firm. We wish them the best after their decision to focus on Healthcare IT.

In the process of leaving the original parent organization, Partner Intelligence itself split.

I now operate Kencura Systems, which owns and maintains the software products and methodologies used within our large BI engagements. For example, we utilize the BI Modernization Workbench suite of software to automate the conversion of legacy reporting tools into web-based BI products. Kencura Systems is a formal provider of software and services to Partner Intelligence.

Eric Bulmahn, who joined me in 2009, now runs the Partner Intelligence services group. He provides our clients with a team of great people to perform complex BI engagements such as: strategic advice, dashboard application development, and automated legacy modernizations.

I should mention one other change. The Partner Intelligence e-mails had used the domain name of the staffing firm, so we needed to get new addresses. You can now reach Eric at EBulmahn at PIforBI dot com. You can reach me at DLautzenheiser at Kencura dot com.

If you are one of our thirty-plus happy Partner Intelligence clients, this split should not be of any concern to you. Other than a new corporate address and e-mail addresses, not much has changed. What is important to you has stayed the same: we are still here to provide you with quality BI services at a fair Midwest price.

About Me

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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.