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Episode Summary

Welcome to Limitless B.I., a show that interviews real world, innovative business leaders who strive to see beyond the data to produce tangible results in their organizations using business intelligence.

In this episode, expert in business intelligence and VP of Technology for Holman Strategic Ventures, Harvey Smith joins the show to discuss his background in information technology and B.I. Specifically, Harvey speaks to the work he does in the development of disruptive technologies that impact the automotive industry. Harvey shares his opinions on predictive and A.I. solutions as well as the enormous impact Covid-19 has had on his industry.

Highlights

00:37 – Introducing today’s guest, Harvey Smith, who speaks to his background in information technology and business intelligence

05:38 – Harvey expounds on the work he’s done at Holman Strategic Ventures, including their latest app, LYNKD and their shared vehicle subscription concept, Flexdrive

17:24 – Harvey speaks to the resounding impact that Covid-19 has had on his organization and their clients’ businesses

21:13 – Harvey’s thoughts on how the shift towards a gig economy is impacting business intelligence

24:37 – The work Harvey has done with predictive and artificial intelligence (A.I.) solutions

30:01 – The process of hiring talented developers, programmers and other subject matter experts

32:48 – Harvey speculates on what the future of B.I. applications will look like

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Welcome to Limitless B.I., a show that interviews real world, innovative business leaders who strive to see beyond the data to produce tangible results in their organizations using business intelligence.

In this episode, B.I. entrepreneur and Chief Strategy Officer at Squirrel365, Donald MacCormick joins the show to talk about his background and experience working in enterprise and desktop software. Donald provides his thoughts on self-service B.I., the cycle of business intelligence and what the future holds for the industry.

Highlights

00:37 – Introducing today’s guest, Donald MacCormick, who speaks to his background in business intelligence and highlights from his illustrious career

07:10 – Donald breaks down the cycle of business intelligence, technology and IT

12:47 – Donald speaks to why self-service B.I. means different things to different people

17:13 – Acquisitions in the B.I. industry

19:50 – Donald speculates on the future of B.I.

24:29 – Why Excel remains so pervasive and popular

30:19 – Donald provides his thoughts on enterprise reporting systems and the numerous other ways B.I. can be utilized

39:31 – Donald gives his opinion on Covid-19 and the future impact it may have on our world

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Welcome to Limitless B.I., a show that interviews real world, innovative business leaders who strive to see beyond the data to produce tangible results in their organizations using business intelligence.

In this episode, Managing Director and Founder of Red Olive, Jefferson Lynch joins the show to talk about his experience with predictive artificial intelligence and using data to help businesses and organizations unlock value. Jefferson speaks to the impact Covid-19 has had on his business, the importance of data analytics and the future of business intelligence.

Highlights

00:42 – Introducing today’s guest, Jefferson Lynch, who speaks to his background in business intelligence and some of the projects he’s been working on with predictive A.I.

08:40 – Trends Jefferson has observed in predictive A.I. and where he sees A.I. fitting into the business intelligence equation

18:38 – Jefferson makes the case for utilizing intelligence automation over artificial intelligence and provides specific examples

21:45 – Where Jefferson sees B.I. going in the next five years

24:58 – Jefferson speaks to the impact Covid-19 has had on his company and how they have pivoted in these difficult economic times

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Welcome to Limitless B.I., a show that interviews real world, innovative business leaders who strive to see beyond the data to produce tangible results in their organizations using business intelligence.

In this episode, VP of Augmented B.I. for SAP Analytics Cloud, Kate Wright joins the show to talk about her experience with Enterprise Analytics. Kate comments on trends and changes in business intelligence over the past decade, SAP’s vision and strategy for their cloud-based analytics platform and what the future holds for intelligence enterprise.

Highlights

00:42 – Introducing today’s guest, Kate Wright, who speaks to her background in business intelligence and how Covid-19 has transformed her work with SAP Analytics Cloud

08:44 – Kate shares SAP’s vision for business intelligence and the future of the intelligence enterprise

13:09 – Kate explains SAP’s aggressive strategy in business intelligence, specifically developing a cloud-based analytics platform

16:27 – Trends and changes Kate has observed in business intelligence

19:11 – Kate provides her thoughts on the role of IT in augmented B.I., the emergence of predictive A.I. and where she sees B.I. going in the next five years

24:29 – Kate looks back on what SAP could have done differently with their business intelligence strategy and what the future of augmented B.I. holds

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In this episode, Paul Grill, CEO of Infosol, previews he second season of Limitless BI. He discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has caused many businesses to dramatically adjust their planning and how they are being forced to take a fresh look at their business intelligence reporting. Many CEOs are having to make tough decisions and realizing that the reporting they were using was not sufficient to meet these new reporting challenges.

Paul previews the guests that will be appearing in future episodes.

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Welcome to Limitless B.I., a show that interviews real world, innovative business leaders who strive to see beyond the data to produce tangible results in their organizations using business intelligence. In this episode, Chris Sinkwitz joins the show to talk about his experience integrating business intelligence dashboards into the home building industry. Chris discusses how his firm utilizes business intelligence for land acquisition, marketing, and recovery from financial disasters like the 2008 housing crisis. Finally, Chris shares his planned initiatives for his new company as well as his thoughts on the future of business intelligence.

Highlights

01:12 – Introducing today’s guest, Chris Sinkwitz

01:35 – Chris’ background in the home building industry

04:31 – What business intelligence means to Chris

05:39 – Unique challenges that the home building industry faces

07:35 – Utilizing B.I. for land acquisition

09:44 – Chris discusses the fallout from the housing crisis of 2008

12:45 – The role B.I. played in helping the home building industry recover from the housing crisis

15:23 – How Chris’ organization is utilizing B.I.

17:09 – Lessons learned from the 2008 financial crisis

18:50 – Chris speaks to how the housing industry is better prepared today as opposed to 2008

20:14 – Chris talks about the successful marketing B.I. dashboard solution he oversaw

23:50 – Interesting takeaways from this dashboard solution

25:34 – Other B.I. solutions Chris has collaborated on

29:12 – How the usage of B.I. has changed in the home building industry over the past five years

31:53 – Chris discusses starting his own business

33:42 – New B.I. initiatives that Chris is focusing on currently

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Welcome to Limitless B.I., a show that interviews real world, innovative business leaders who strive to see beyond the data to produce tangible results in their organizations using business intelligence. In this episode, Dr. Leslie Warden joins the show to talk about her unique role as an Egyptologist and the impact business intelligence has had on her archeological excavations. Leslie speaks to the vast data her and her colleague collect, document, and analyze every time they excavate a site. Finally, Leslie praises the business intelligence dashboard that has allowed her and her team to classify and input data seamlessly.

Highlights

00:59 – Introducing today’s guest, Leslie Warden

01:36 – The moment Leslie knew she wanted to become an Egyptologist

04:03 – Leslie speaks to some of the excavations she’s participated in

08:21 – A non-glamorized look at archeology

10:53 – The primary goal of archeologists

12:26 – How archeologists piece together the past from broken objects

15:32 – Collecting, documenting and analyzing data

18:57 – The incredibly vast amount of data that Leslie and her colleagues collect

20:39 – How business intelligence can help in the collection, classification, and analysis of this data

22:34 – Challenges Leslie has faced incorporating business intelligence into her excavations

30:18 – Modifying the business intelligence dashboard to include classification and input functions

33:32 – Other benefits Leslie has experienced with the dashboard

35:27 – Leslie speaks to the reaction other specialists have had to the dashboard

38:19 – Next steps for Leslie’s use of business intelligence in archaeology

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Welcome to Limitless B.I., a show that interviews real world, innovative business leaders who strive to see beyond the data to produce tangible results in their organizations using business intelligence. In this episode, Shaun Taylor joins the show to talk about his experience integrating business intelligence dashboards into the educational system. As a former CIO at Tacoma Public Schools, Shaun speaks to the important role that data and metrics have played in the increased graduation rate in his district. Finally, Shaun shares his thoughts on the state of education and the challenges that must be overcome to make a positive change in this human-intensive industry.

Highlights

01:02 – Introducing today’s guest, Shaun Taylor

01:22 – Shaun’s background with business intelligence and technology

02:37 – Shifting into a second career in education

03:01 – The changes Shaun has seen in the CIO role throughout the years

04:23 – What business intelligence means to Shaun

05:33 – How new business intelligence technologies shape out decision-making

06:47 – How Shaun got involved in business intelligence

07:54 – The multiple challenges Shaun faced as CIO of the Tacoma Public Schools

09:50 – The data challenge

11:10 – The challenges that public school systems face

13:27 – The importance of metrics

15:32 – How long it took to extract business intelligence metrics from the public school system

17:18 – Developing business intelligence dashboards

20:26 – Key factors that drove the actions that led to such a dramatic increase in graduation rates

22:07 – How the outside community impacted the success of Shaun’s business intelligence dashboards

23:15 – How the community, school board, and faculty reacted to this data

25:16 – Shaun speaks to the ripple effect this dashboard has had on other school districts

26:31 – Next steps for the Tacoma School District

29:25 – Next steps for Shaun in his consulting business

31:47 – The challenge to change the education system itself

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Welcome to Limitless B.I., a show that interviews real world, innovative business leaders who strive to see beyond the data to produce tangible results in their organizations using business intelligence. In this episode, Don Woods joins the show to talk about his experience integrating business intelligence dashboards and creating efficiencies as VP of Client Information Systems at ARI. Don speaks to the rapid growth of the telematics space and explains how ARI is leveraging the power of data to reach new levels of efficiency and value. He talks about the importance of analytics and meeting customer needs. Finally, Don shares his thoughts on the future of business intelligence and the ways to differentiate new technologies within this space.

Highlights

00:47 – Introducing today’s guest, Don Woods

01:04 – Don speaks to his role at ARI

02:34 – Telematics explained

05:50 – What business intelligence means to Don

07:19 – How business intelligence has evolved at ARI over the years

09:48 – Don speaks to the vendor management dashboard solution that ARI created

14:48 – Meeting customer needs

15:30 – Measuring the results of this business intelligence dashboard solution

16:23 – Challenges ARI has faced while doing business in Germany

18:28 – The role of analytics

19:11 – The Fleet Health Card

23:19 – How Don and ARI built the algorithm necessary to build their predictive model

25:25 – Customer reactions to the new data tools that ARI is developing

26:47 – The prescriptive and human element of business intelligence

31:28 – Other ways to differentiate through vertical markets

33:25 – Future plans for telematics

36:31 – Remarketing

37:42 – What Don believes the ultimate goal for business intelligence will be

41:54 – Don speaks to other technologies such as artificial intelligence

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Welcome to Limitless B.I., a show that interviews real world, innovative business leaders who strive to see beyond the data to produce tangible results in their organizations using business intelligence. In this episode, David Behr joins the show to talk about his experience integrating business intelligence into organizational and clinical segments as VP at United Surgical Partners International (USPI). David expounds on some of the most successful BI dashboards he’s helped develop, as well as other projects he’s working on, including a partnership with the Frisco Independent School District in Texas. Finally, David shares his vision to leverage artificial intelligence interactive queries, and predictive analysis to enhance business intelligence.

Highlights

00:46 – Introducing today’s guest, David Behr

00:57 – David speaks to his role at USPI

01:38 – David’s background in business intelligence

04:19 – What business intelligence means to David

05:13 – David’s first successful integration of business intelligence

08:50 – The value of business intelligence and survey dashboards

11:22 – The Greenfield Business Intelligence Account

14:56 – How the surgery centers at USPI operate

16:47 – Quick wins for David

21:09 – Constantly moving on to new projects

23:13 – The decision to focus on the clinical side of business intelligence

25:59 – Other factors that influence individual clinical cases

27:13 – How David was able to track results from facilities who used the dashboard

27:53 – Feedback from physicians who have utilized the dashboard

29:25 – The behavioral response to business intelligence

30:41 – David’s recent collaboration with high school athletes

33:23 – The next phases of business intelligence

37:09 – David’s ultimate goal for business intelligence

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