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.

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).

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

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

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)

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.

About Me

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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.