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Introductions

Welcome to my Business Intelligence blog. I’ve been working in BI for quite a number of years now, delivering some successful and some not so successful projects and thought I should share my experience with other BI practitioners. The focus of this blog is to be primarily on the delivery and running of BI projects. There’s a wealth of technical information on the web on BI and BI products but not so much on how to deliver a BI project, for example, best practices when testing reports. I hope to add articles and information in this area that you will find useful and will bring benefit to your project. But first a little background to myself.

My first exposure to BI came back in 1995 when I was working for General Electric Aircraft Engines. I started with them as a graduate and joined the IT department of an aircraft engine overhaul facility. We were a small team and our work was quite varied. After a couple of years I was asked to work with the Data Warehouse team who were setting up a Data Warehouse covering all the aircraft engine overhaul sites. This was my first exposure to BI and BusinessObjects version 3.

After GE I worked for Business Objects and most of the technical articles here will be specific to or based on the BusinessObjects product line but I will also endeavour to include articles on other BI Tools.

For the last five years I have been working for a consultancy firm, specialising in designing and implementing BI solutions in a wide range of industries including retail, utilities and government projects. Having successfully delivered many projects I have built up a wealth of experience in understanding the challenges posed by delivering a BI projectand how to ensure a successful delivery that exceeds the clients expectation.

I hope this blog will be of interest and of use and will gladly receive any comments or thoughts you may have

regards

Al Gulland

This article was published on June 29, 2008 by Al Gulland.