Saturday, May 23, 2015

Must-See Sessions at IB's WebFOCUS Summit 2015

Information Builders' Summit 2015 is just two weeks ago. When you are there in Kissimmee, Florida, there are several things you must do. 




Here are the general events everybody should attend: 


Day
General Events
Start
End
Sunday, May 31st
Welcome Dinner
19:00
21:00
Monday, June 1st
Birds of a Feather Breakfast
07:30
08:30
Monday, June 1st
Keynote Session
08:45
12:00
Monday, June 1st
WebFOCUS Roadmap
13:30
14:30
Monday, June 1st
Cocktail Reception
17:15
19:00
Tuesday, June 2nd
WebFOCUS Roadmap (repeat)
08:30
09:30
Tuesday, June 2nd
Offsite Event (Universal Studios)
18:45
23:45
Wednesday, June 3rd
Birds of a Feather Lunch
12:15
13:15
Wednesday, June 3rd
Ask Gerry (Q&A)
17:45
19:30


You also don't want to miss any of the presentations by the BI industry analysts:

Industry Analyst Session
Analyst
Day
Start
Systems of Insight: A New Approach to BI to Make Your Big Data Actionable
Boris Evelson
Monday
13:30
In the Age of Analytics, Where Does BI Fit?
Wayne Eckerson
Monday
14:45
What Direction Is the BI Market Heading?
Howard Dresner
Monday
16:00
Data Monetization: From Data as a Service to Value-Added Content
Dan Vesset
Tuesday
08:30
Make a Bigger Impact With Better Metrics
Cindi Howson
Tuesday
09:45
The Big Deal in Big Data and Internet of Things is Analytics and BI
Mark Smith
Tuesday
11:00
Five Best Practices for BI
Lyndsay Wise
Tuesday
13:30


For more information, see Information Builders' Summit 2015 webpage.

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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.