IBIS 2015 Presenter Profiles

Adam Lange, A. Lange Consulting LLC.

Adam Lange is a reporting and analytics consultant with a passion for data. He has worked mostly in higher education where he specializes in BusinessObjects solutions.

Allan Williams, Manitoba Public Insurance

Allan Williams has 13 years’ experience managing all aspects of SAP Business Objects implementations. (i.e. Universe Design, Administration and Report Development) and is currently employed at Manitoba Public Insurance as a Senior Analyst responsible for the Business Objects reporting infrastructure for the corporation.

Amy O’Neel, InfoSol Inc.

Amy is certified as a BusinessObjects Certified Professional.  In her 13 years with Infosol, Amy can often be found providing client installations and migrations, as well as universe, report and dashboard design. In addition to BusinessObjects products, she is well-versed in Version Manager, 360View/Plus/Eyes, Infoburst and other 3rd-party tools. Recently, Amy performed site use and performance audits at City of Calgary, WebCor, Loyolla Marymount University and Comdata, developed well-used dashboards for BP Alaska and McHenry College and trained users and administrators at Intel and BP Alaska. Amy admits her greatest passion is for process improvement in whatever form it may take and she loves to throw in extra value to every project.

Atul Chowdhury, Infolytik

Atul’s worked in the Business Intelligence space for over 15 years, having played critical roles in the planning and deployment of global, mission critical BI landscapes for a number of marquee organizations including SAP, Medidata Solutions, Credit Suisse and Pfizer. With a passion for simplifying complex tasks, he founded Infolytik in 2009 to help streamline data, people and processes.

Bryan Baca, InfoSol Inc.

Bryan Baca joined InfoSol in 2006. As InfoSol’s product support manager, Bryan works with InfoSol customers around the world providing BI solution support, education and project management.

Carrie Stengel,World Wildlife Fund

Carrie Stengel is a Data Visualization Specialist at the World Wildlife Fund who turns data into arguments for change. Prior to joining WWF Carrie worked on wildlife trade issues with the NGO TRAFFIC. Her background is in conservation, with a BA in Anthropology and a MSc in Primate Conservation that lead her into mapping and visualization. When she can get off her computer she goes for a hike with her dog Buster.

David Behr, United Surgical Partners International

David Behr is a BI leader with a diverse background spanning 15 years in BI Solution Development, Management Reporting, Project Management and Operational Analytics and is focused on bridging the gap between technical and business teams to solve business problems and build actionable BI solutions. He spent 10 years with Amerisource-Bergen, a Fortune 20 company and one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical services companies, building out their BI platform. Spent close to 3 years with Rent-A-Center, a Rent-to-own industry leader with of over 4,000 stores within the USA and Mexico, tearing down their current BI infrastructure and rebuilding a more efficient and effective platform. David currently works at United Surgical Partners, who own and operate more than 200 Acute Care Surgery facilities, building out Business Intelligence from the ground up.

Daylon Hunt, Mutual of Omaha

Daylon Hunt is a Financial Systems and Reporting Manager who has been with Mutual of Omaha Bank for almost 4 years.  With over 10 years experience working directly with data management and financial modeling, he now manages these processes for the Bank while overseeing the migration and implementation of Business Objects.  As a startup Bank, the initiative has been to sunset various legacy reporting tools from multiple different Bank acquisitions, and adopting in new processes and reporting applications using best practices.  With the increasing demand for compelling data visualization’s, Daylon has built several online Dashboards and is constantly striving towards delivering actionable and innovative reporting and avoiding the cursed DRIP (Data Rich Information Poor).

Don Collins, Connected BI Solutions, Inc.

Don Collins has been pursuing the limits of technology ever since he programmed his first video game on a Texas Intruments TI99/4A computer as a teenager.

His introduction to SAP BusinessObjects began twenty years ago with Crystal Reports, for which he provided strategic training, report and custom application development to the healtchare and finance industries. Since that time, he has overseen the development and implementation of several custom add-on solutions for Crystal, Web Intelligence and the BusinessObjects platform.  He presently serves as SAP BI Solutions Architect for Connected BI Solutions, Inc. which he founded in 2014, providing expert consulting for the full gamut of SAP Business Analytics technologies, including the new SAP RESTful SDK.

Don is an active speaker in the BusinessObject community. He still has not found the limits of technology and innovation but is having fun trying.

Doug Evans, InfoSol Inc.

Doug Evans is Technical Manager of Migrations and COBOL Solutions Support for InfoSol. During the last three decades (he started in the industry when he was 12 – well, not quite), Doug has served in several capacities including a computer operator, systems analyst and programming manager. He has been involved in many large scale mainframe migrations which required the use of specialized ETL and ODS tools. Most recently, Doug has developed and delivered a SQL Server Integration Services training course.

Ethan Durda, Ascension Business Intelligence

Recent successful projects have included full implementations and upgrades of SAP Business Objects software and platforms including SAP Business Objects 4.1.  Ethan has specific technical experience involving data warehouse design, advanced data analytics, data quality and master data management, report development, and system analysis. While primarily focused on the technology in the SAP Business Objects platform, Ethan has experience in managing and delivering SAS solutions and other tools and environments.

Evan Davies, Safeway Inc.

Evan joined InfoSol after spending 10 years at SAP BusinessObjects, where he had multiple roles including pre-sales support and management, consultancy and training.  With over 25 years’ experience in IT, Evan has extensive experience in implementing large, mission-critical systems, coupled with many years in development, training and sales support over a wide range of hardware/software platforms.  Evan’s specialties include Crystal Reports and the BusinessObjects XI infrastructure.  Evan recently ended his career with InfoSol to join the team at Safeway Inc. to be their Crystal Admin.

Frank Zhang, Onshore Partners

Frank Zhang has a very strong background finance and IT. Frank functional experience in building both operational and financial planning systems in BPC as well as Business Objects dashboards. Frank is one of the few consultants that has successfully built BO dashboards within the BPC on HANA platform. He is a senior level consultant at Onshore Partners a boutique consulting practice that specializes in BPC. Frank is fluent in Chinese and with honors from NYU.

Fred Walther, APOS Systems Inc.

Fred Walther, Solution Consulting Manager at APOS Systems Inc., has 20-plus years experience in BI, and has worked on the implementation, optimization and migration of hundreds of BI deployments. Fred’s voice will be familiar to many who have attended APOS Well Managed BI webinars over the years.

Greg Berns, InfoSol Inc.

Greg Berns has worked on the InfoBurst product team since 2008, starting out supporting InfoBurst 2.6. When InfoBurst Enterprise was first released, he headed up the support and testing of the new product. This lead to being the support expert in charge of the ‘really hard to figure out issues’. Over the years, Greg has moved into a development role, responsible for developing the DriveBetter dashboard, BI4 support, and the revamped Support System. In his spare time, Greg enjoys hiking, camping, and learning about new web technologies.

Geoff Scott America’s SAP Users Group

Geoff Scott is the Chief Executive Officer for the Americas’ SAP Users’ Group, the world’s largest community of SAP professionals. He has more than two decades of experience as a chief information officer and senior IT leader.
Prior to his selection as CEO of ASUG, Geoff served as the Chief Information Officer for TOMS Shoes. In this role, he held responsibility for global technology strategy, execution and operations. This included leading the implementation of SAP for TOMS in September of 2012, with a team of more than 100 people.

Jake Tully, InfoSol Inc.

Jake Tully started working for InfoSol as an intern in January of 2013, and has worked his way up to being a Technical Consultant after graduating from ASU with a CIS degree. He loves coding in HTML5, but loves CSS3 even more. Jake’s also been known to create a dashboard or two, and also helps demo a variety of products that InfoSol has to offer. Aside from being somewhat of a geek, Jake enjoys various outdoor activities such as wakeboarding, longboarding, snowboarding, hiking, riding motorcycles, and the list goes on.

Jean-Francois Cayron, Sagitta BI

Jean-François Cayron started his career in Belgium in 1981 as an IBM programmer and system engineer. He later moved on to become an expert in Business Objects in 1994. Ever since that day he has helped countless customers throughout the world with all aspects of their Business Intelligence deployments, covering architecture, training, technical assistance and overall strategy.

His expertise ranges from base system architecture to universe and report development, and includes custom solution development using the various Business Objects SDKs. After 14 years at InfoSol and a short foray into the corporate world, Jean-François founded his company, Sagitta BI, in 2015.

Jeremy Champe, InfoSol Inc.

Jeremy Champe started his career with InfoSol in 2012 and became immersed in the world of business intelligence and InfoBurst in particular. In the three years since, he has become the primary product support tech and trainer for InfoBurst on both the bursting and caching sides. He has rewritten many of the training documents for InfoBurst and has delivered over one hundred hours of training on the product. He looks forward to continuing his education in the field of business intelligence and improving the InfoSol training experience. Outside of work, he enjoys reading, playing video games, hanging with friends, and immersing himself in geek culture.

John Whight, Palo Alto Medical Foundation

John works as a Systems Developer at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). He has over 30 years experience in the field of software development and data analytics. Prior to joining PAMF he spent 14 years designing, developing and implementing software applications across a variety of industries. He moved to PAMF in 1997 and took advantage of the many opportunities to apply technology to healthcare, whether writing HL7 data interfaces, developing specialized software programs or using data analytics to help physicians improve their practice. John has had a busy last 3 years creating and deploying Business Objects dashboards in support of PAMF initiatives. Early in his career John placed a high value on the end-user experience and this has always been a priority for him in his software development. This has been apparent in his dashboard work where his team won at IBIS in 2013 and 2014. PAMF is part of the Peninsula Coastal Region of Sutter Health with over 1,000 physicians. It is one of California’s top rated medical groups.

John Wilcox, InfoSol Inc.

John Wilcox started his career in Information Technology in the UK in the mid-1980s and quickly developed a passion for creating innovative new software solutions, the first of which provided a way to integrate Honeywell Bull and IBM Mainframe applications with PC/Web Apps.John joined InfoSol in 2001 and was introduced to Business Intelligence tools for the first time and began to think about ways to create new software that could be used to help customers make the most of their BI – and the first version of InfoBurst was created in 2003 to provide a flexible report bursting solution for Deski. Since this time, InfoBurst has grown into a mature report bursting & publishing tool used by many sites to control their Deski, Webi, Crystal, Microsoft and YellowFin report delivery needs.

Today as CTO, John leads the InfoBurst product team and continues to innovate in areas such as high performance dashboards, HTML5 Apps and Mobile.

Kim Marshall, The Waldinger Corporation

Lori Wagner, Dana Holding Corporation

Lori Wagner is the manager of business analytics and decision support at Dana Holding Corporation. Lori has over 30 years of IT experience with the last 15+ years focused on Business Intelligence. During her career she has lead teams recognized for creating innovative business intelligence solutions receiving the 2010 Most Innovative Use of BusinessObjects Xcelsius Award from SAP and Innovation/Value Awards 2013, 2010, and 2009 from IBIS Annual Conference. Prior to Dana, she work at Bosch (8yrs) and Ford Motor Company (12yrs) guiding and growing their business intelligence vision. She is a frequent presenter and panel member at SAP and Industry conferences.

Mark Richardson, Rose-Richardson Enterprises, Inc.

Mark Richardson is a BI-focused Chief Technology Officer with 17+ years of experience on the Crystal Reports 7.0 through Business Objects Enterprise (4.1) platforms for various clients in the US and Canada. Most of his product focus on high-volume Operational and Transactional reporting solutions for Public and Private Sector clients. Mark is the Communication Chair for the ASUG Ontario chapter, and is active in the Open Data community.

Matt Duligall, InfoSol Ltd.

Matt Duligall is a Business Intelligence Consultant for InfoSol Ltd in Europe.  He has over 16 years of experience as a developer in the world of e-learning and electronic performance support. Since joining InfoSol Ltd. in 2014, Matt’s focus has been on creating intuitive and engaging HTML5 dashboards as well as developing new components and tools for the industry.

Mel Sheppard, InfoSol Ltd.

Mel Sheppard is a Business Intelligence Consultant for InfoSol Ltd, providing support and development services to clients across Europe. With over 12 years experience in Business Intelligence and data integration, Mel has implemented and supported large scale Business Objects deployments within the financial sector. Passionate about the visual communication of information, Mel has been working with SAP Business Objects since 2006. During this period she has gained expertise in administering enterprise deployments and using Dashboards (formerly Xcelsius) to develop intuitive, informative and insightful dashboards.

Michael Ward, Creative Technology & Training Solutions

Michael Ward has over 35 years providing technical high level consulting and training throughout North America.  He has been heavily involved with business intelligence since 1990, and has worked with a number of different business intelligence products.  He has over 18  years of BusinessObjects™ experience providing both consulting and training services.   He is recognized as one of the top BusinessObjects™ instructors in the county by a number of national training companies located in North America.  He is also involved in the development of BusinessObjects™ training for his company and for many of his clients.   He also provides high level consulting services.

Mike Reeves, Comdata

Minith Patel, InfoSol Inc.

Minith Patel is a Senior Business Intelligence Consultant for InfoSol Inc. He is adroit in Business objects system administration and is well-versed in Version Manager and 360View. He has Project Management experience and has worked on global design, implementation and development projects for business objects and has over 5 years of experience in SAP industry. In his free time he is known to be a Japanophile.

Noe Garcia, United Surgical Partners International

Noe Garcia has been immersed in the world of Business Intelligence since 2005. With an expertise in SAP Business Objects and InfoBurst, Noe has developed and implemented many different types of BI solutions for the Health Care, Retail, and Pharmaceutical industry. From creating award-winning dashboards to helping build BI departments from the ground up, Noe’s passion for BI continues to help companies thrive and succeed, one solution at a time.

Oliver Prucha, InfoSol Inc.

Oliver is a Business Intelligence Consultant for InfoSol who began his foray into Business Intelligence when he joined the company in 2012 shortly after graduating with a Computer Information Systems degree from Arizona State University. He is a SAP Certified Application Associate for both Web Intelligence and SAP Dashboards/Xcelsius, teaching courses and providing services for both tools. Striving to become a well-rounded Business Intelligence professional, Oliver continues to expand his BI skillset, having experience with also rendering services for Universe design, Crystal reporting, and IB Apps HTML5 Dashboards.

Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc.

Paul Grill started his career in Information Technology in the U.K. in 1978, as an Executive Data Processing Trainee for Honeywell. More than thirty years later, he still has a voracious appetite for learning as Information Technology continues to advance at an ever accelerating pace. He was first introduced to the world of Business Intelligence in 1991, in France, when he saw a demonstration of an early version of BusinessObjects on Windows 2.1. He returned to the U.S. to rave about this phenomenal product, but it was many years before BusinessObjects made it into the mainstream. Paul founded InfoSol in 1997, and made Business Intelligence one of the key solutions offered by the company. Today, InfoSol is a leading SAP BusinessObjects solutions partner, known for its expert consulting, education and innovative add-on solutions. Paul is well known within the SAP BusinessObjects community for his extensive knowledge of Business Intelligence, and he has lectured and written many articles on the subject. Paul enjoys writing, running and coaching kids soccer, and is passionate about Ancient Egyptology.

Paul White, Onshore Partners

Paul is a principal at Onshore Partners. Paul comes from a very strong functional base in accounting and finance including complex consolidations; driver based planning and full lifecycle S&OP (Sales and Operations Planning). After several years as a functional lead, Paul focused on purely technical roles that included complex SQL and procedural programming as well as complex ETL. In addition to running the day to day operations at Onshore, he still leads BPC design sessions.

Peter Warren, APOS Systems Inc.

Peter Warren, account manager at APOS Systems, has 15-plus years experience in data management and BI. In that time, he has worked with a diverse range of organizations, assisting them to develop progressive BI practices and achieve Well Managed BI environments.

Rajesh Ponnurangam, InfoSol Inc.

Rajesh Ponnurangam is a Senior Business Intelligence Consultant with Infosol. He is a SAP certified associate with extensive experience in design and development of Business Intelligence applications for apparel, retail, consumer goods and manufacturing industries. He specializes in Business Objects solutions, SAP HANA and BW data modeling. He has a proven track record in designing strategies for ETL, BI application development, implementation, rollout and support.

Rich Harvey, InfoSol Ltd.

Richard Harvey is a Business Intelligence Consultant for InfoSol Ltd in Europe. With more than a decade’ of experience in IT, he has worked in a variety of report and data management roles. Richard has been developing with SAP Dashboards (formally Xcelsius) since 2006 and, combined with his data management experience, has produced a number of innovative online and offline dashboards. Richard joined InfoSol Ltd from a leading UK financial services organisation where he had been heading up their Business Intelligence project team.

Rochelle Henry, Rural/Metro Corporation.

Rochelle Henry is a Business Intelligence Developer with expertise in SAP Web Intelligence, SAP Dashboards (Xcelsius), SAP Universe Design (UDT/IDT) and Infoburst. In her career she has implemented many new Business Intelligence reporting solutions leveraging multiple business units (including, but not limited to, Operations, Finance, Marketing, etc.) for the Pharmaceutical and Health Care industries. She has been recognized for creating valuable and best business metrics dashboards.

Roxanne Pittman, InfoSol Inc.

Roxanne is a Senior BI Consultant and has been with InfoSol for 9 years now. In addition to being a multi-certified instructor in reporting, universe and dashboard design, Roxanne has experience working with Fortune 500 companies as a consultant in the deployment of business intelligence solutions across the United States as well as in Europe, Australia and the Middle East. Roxanne’s passion for exciting data visualizations earned her the title of D-Va: Dashboard Visualization Artist, working with Xcelsius since 2006, Dashboards 4.x and most recently HTML5 dashboards using InfoBurst Apps. Roxanne shares Tech-Tips at http://infosolblog.com/

Ryan Goodman, Founder and CEO of Centigon Solutions

Ryan Goodman is Centigon Solutions CEO, author, global speaker, and expert in business intelligence. Ryan applies over 13 years of experience in designing business applications to his leadership role shaping Centigon Solutions strategy and innovation roadmap. Ryan currently leads a hand-picked team of experts at Centigon Solutions to deliver ground breaking desktop and mobile location intelligence solutions to SAP BusinessObjects customers worldwide.

Sebastien Goiffon, CEO of GB & Smith

Sebastien has been working on SAP BusinessObjects security management and implementation for the last 20 years. He is the CEO and founder of GB & SMITH. GB & SMITH streamlines and enhances software security. GB & SMITH goal is to ease the use of any application administration by providing effective, user-friendly and innovative Management Solutions.

Steve Thatcher, InfoSol Inc.

Steve is a Technical Consultant for InfoSol. He is a Certified Web Intelligence Application Associate and, in addition to teaching the SAP Web Intelligence report design courses offered at InfoSol, provides Web Intelligence services to customers. In addition to Web Intelligence, Steve is also a Certified SAP Dashboards/Xcelsius Application Associate, and continuously stays abreast of the many offerings of the SAP business intelligence solutions suite. Steve’s business intelligence background is complemented by his over 13 years in Corporate Finance gaining experience in financial modeling, reporting, and information system development.

Sumit Sarkar, Progress Software

Sumit Sarkar has been working in the data connectivity field for 10 years. His interests include performance tuning of the data access layer for which he has developed a patent pending technology for its analysis; business intelligence and data warehousing for SaaS platforms; and data connectivity for aPaaS environments – with a focus on standards such as ODBC, JDBC, ADO.NET, and ODATA.

He is an IBM Certified Consultant for IBM Cognos Business Intelligence and TDWI member.

Tammy Datri, Grane Healthcare

Tammy Datri has 30+ years working in the Information Technology fields in a wide array of capacities including Custom Application Development, Administration of Turn Key Systems, Project Management and IT Department Manager. Her experience has been primarily in the Manufacturing and Healthcare industries. She has 15+ years of BusinessObjects experience ranging from Administration to Universe Design and Report Writing. Tammy is currently the Applications Manager at Grane Healthcare and is responsible for the BusinessObjects EDGE and Data Services deployment as well as the ADP/Kronos timekeeping and payroll systems. She has served on various councils and influence committees with Business Objects (prior to SAP acquisition), ASUG and SAP. She was a member of the recent ASUG BusinessObjects Customer Advisory Board. Tammy is currently the Program Chair for the new ASUG BusinessObjects SIG which has been formed to address the specific needs of the SAP BusinessObjects customer accessing Non SAP ERP backend data sources, SAP BusinessObjects Users Conference Program Committee, Developer Wars Committee and coordinator of the Pittsburgh BusinessObjects Users group since its inception in 2002.

Taylor Packwood, InfoSol Inc.

A graduate of Arizona State University with a degree in Computer Information Systems, Taylor Packwood began working at InfoSol in fall of 2012. Using a combination of his creativitiy and technical skills, he has developed a skill and passion in developing dashboards, choosing to specialize specifically in both SAP Dashboards as well as IB Apps HTML5 Dashboards.

Yolande Grill, InfoSol Inc.Yolande Grill is the COO at InfoSol Inc. “I like to think of myself as the Chief Transformation Officer. My favorite quote to ponder is one from Trina Paulus: ‘How Exactly does one become a butterfly? You must want to fly so badly, that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar’. I love feeling inspired. I love how no matter what job we do, when we show up as who we truly are, we can make the choice to be the catalyst that brings about a positive change. Oh and I’ve worked in IT since the 80’s.”


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