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John Boyer leads the business intelligence advisory team at the Nielsen Company. He lives in Chicago. Bill Frank has more than 25 years of experience in decision support and business intelligence and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). He lives in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Brian Green is manager of business intelligence and performance management at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee. He lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Tracy Harris is senior manager in business intelligence excellence at IBM and is responsible for chairing the BI Excellence Advisory board and managing the BI Excellence Program and Champion initiative at IBM. She lives in Ottawa, Ontario. Kay Van De Vanter is the enterprise BI architect and business intelligence competency center lead at the Boeing Company. She lives in Seattle.
John Boyer is Director, Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing, RCG Global Services. Previously, he led software development and enablement of custom BI software for The Nielsen Company. At Nielsen he was a key member of the BI COE where he managed the BI Advisory Team which oversaw adoption, enablement, and internal consulting for all things BI.
Before joining Nielsen, John spent several years as a BI architect and trusted advisor at IBM. After graduating from medical school, his aptitude, passion, and bedside manner took him first to a healthcare clinic, where he rose to Director of Finance and Information Systems. John has spent the past 17 years consulting in software development, business analytics, and data warehousing. John is past-chair of the Illinois Cognos User Group.
As an IBM Information Champion, he has been invited to speak and conduct workshops at a number of national events, including Information on Demand, Cognos Forum, Cognos User Groups and the Composite Software annual conference.
This book is short, succinct and doesnt repeat itself endlessly like the numerous other publications in this space. It provides a great framework for your strategy - based on the time-tested process/people/technology triad (the book calls it biz, org and tech alignment). I was able to apply it in my current job and get tremendous buy-in. That being said this is not a book targeted to non-managers. If you are looking for any form of technical architecture this is not for you. It is not targeted to analysts. It also wont get into the details of how your deliverable's should look like. You can safely take the title literally. Finally this might be a dated publication but I feel its more relevant than some of the more recent books.
One missing element - No guidance on how to proceed with the thorny issue of ROI. I was looking for specifics/templates.
Excellent starter book for laying out a strategic plan for your BICC. This book uses a lot of information referenced from the book "The Performance Manager" by Roland Mossiman, which I highly recommend purchasing.
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