Tracy Harris is Senior Manager, Business Analytics Excellence, at IBM. She is responsible for chairing the BA Excellence Advisory Board and managing the Business Analytics Excellence Program and Champion initiative at IBM. These programs are designed to help organizations achieve success, business value, and excellence in their BA and performance management initiatives and are defined through the sharing of best practices, research, and guidance from industry leaders and subject-matter experts. Tracy has worked with Fortune 500 organizations and government organizations around the globe to gather and research best practices in achieving excellence, and she shares this research through workshops and speaking engagements worldwide on the topic.
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, John was a key member of the BI COE, where he managed the BI Advisory Team that 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. He 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.
Bill Frank is Manager, ITGF BI Practice, at Johnson & Johnson. He has more than 25 years of experience in information technology. Bill is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Certified Business Intelligence Professional (CBIP). He has held positions of varying responsibility in the DSS/BI space at major companies, including AT&T, Verizon, Time Warner AOL, and Johnson & Johnson. At J&J, Bill has played key roles in the development of BI solutions, technology selection and standardization, organizational models, proven practices, and evangelizing BI across the enterprise. Bill is a founding member of the J&J BI Community of Practice and leads this 200+ member internal group focused on leverage, communication, and sharing practices and strategies.Bill played critical roles in efforts at J&J that led to the creation of the IBM Cognos Enterprise Agreement, Shared BI Environments, and an Enterprise DW strategy. These initiatives are key to supporting J&J’s standardization, rationalization, and consolidation efforts. Currently, Bill is developing strategies for the Enterprise DW at J&J with a focus on a CPM solution for the Office of Finance. He is a member of the IBM BI Excellence Advisory Board. Bill lives in New Jersey and has four children. His interests include playing guitar, golf, and cooking.
Brian Green is Manager of Business Intelligence and Performance Management at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. He has more than 30 years of information management and system development experience in the insurance industry, with expertise in process improvement and organizational development to align delivery of solutions with business strategy. Brian is also working with local business and academic leaders to build an Information Management and Business Analytics curriculum with the goal of developing the Business Intelligence leaders of tomorrow.
Kay Van De Vanter is the enterprise BI architect for The Boeing Company, with more than 12 years of experience in IT and business intelligence areas. For the past several years, she has led Boeing’s Business Intelligence Competency Center team and has worked with several other key information management teams to drive the standardization and alignment of BI initiatives at Boeing. Kay has also collaborated with industry BI professionals, user groups, and teams to help drive innovation and quality in the BI tools used by Boeing. She is currently partnering with others to develop an enterprise BI and technology strategy in support of Boeing’s business goals. Kay is a member of IBM’s BI Excellence Advisory Board and BI Customer Advisory Board, co-chair of the Seattle Cognos User Group as well as other external groups focused on BI technologies and best practices.
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