Hi, I’m Warren.

What I do: I am an independent Business Intelligence consultant, specialising in Business Intelligence (BI) & Visual Analytics using the IBM Cognos suite of BI reporting tools and Tableau. Basically, I’m a “Reporting & Analytics” guy, and I’ve been involved in the business intelligence field since 1998 in a variety of roles including report developer, manager, team leader and consultant. I have experience in both large and small companies, creating reporting and analytical solutions for my customers.

My Background: I have a Bachelors degree in Commerce (B.Comm), majoring in Accounting which I earned at Western Sydney University and I have also completed several courses on Targeted selection interviewing, Leadership development and Problem solving (Kepner Tregoe). I’ve worked in a number of industries such as Banking and Finance, Utilities, Construction, Consulting, Education, Broadcasting and Truck Retail and Servicing. I believe in the importance of listening and understanding my customers needs as well as the value of building solid reporting frameworks for current and future reporting needs.

Years involved in the Business Intelligence Industry

Years as a Freelancer

Happy Reporting Guy

Software Skills

  • Cognos Analytics 10.x, 11
  • Report Studio
  • Framework Manager
  • Transformer
  • Cognos Administration
  • Tableau Desktop
  • Data Preparation
  • Data Visualisation
  • Dashboard Design
  • Power BI
  • Power BI Desktop
  • Data Preparation
  • Data Visualisation
  • Dashboard Design
  • Office 2016/365
  • Visio 2016/365
  • Publisher 2016/365
  • VBA for Office
  • Mind Manager 2017
  • Photoshop CC
  • Lightroom CC
  • Illustrator CS6
  • Premiere Pro CS6
  • WordPress development
  • Website redesign
  • Elegant Themes Divi Builder
  • MailChimp
  • SQL Server 2012+
  • Oracle
  • Amazon Redshift
  • IBM DB2
  • CPA Australia – Associate member
  • Justice of the Peace (NSW)

Experience

Business Intelligence Consultant

2009 to Present

  • Working for numerous clients since 2009
  • Report Development using Cognos Analytics
  • Delivering solutions using Cognos, Tableau and other related tools
  • Working with business users to understand, define and create reporting and analytics that work

Team Leader

2007 – 2009

  • Managing a team of 5 developers to provide business intelligence services to our internal customers.
  • Manage relationships with software vendors for licensing and compliance

Operational Reporting Manager

2003-2007

  • Liaise with Business stakeholders to gather and define reporting requirements.
  • Design, Develop Business Intelligence Reports using IBM Cognos reporting tools.
  • Provide an Interface point to Boral Shared Business Services to get the right things done at the  right time.

MIS Manager

2001 – 2003

  • Design, Develop and Maintain Cognos Impromptu & Powerplay Reports.
  • Design & build metadata for Impromptu catalogues and PowerPlay Transformer cubes.
  • Consult with business stakeholders to determine analytic and reporting requirements.
  • Maintain the day-to-day operation of the reporting system and its overnight runs.
  • Develop processes and procedures for smooth operation of the reporting infrastructure.

Education

Bachelor of Commerce

Majoring in Accounting
Parramatta NSW
1993 to 1999 (Part Time)

Accounting Certificate

Certificate in the Credit Grade
Petersham, NSW
1983 to 1986 (Part Time)

Other things I do: In my spare time I study the martial arts of Tae Kwon Do and Haidong Gumdo. I currently hold the belt rank of 2nd Dan Black Belt (Kukkiwon Certified) in Tae Kwon Do and 1st Dan Black Belt (World Haidong Gumdo Certified).

In 2011, I qualified to become a Tae Kwon Do Instructor with Nepean Wolves Martial Arts, which is a member of the Wolves Martial Arts group of clubs that are based in the Western Sydney, Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury districts of Sydney NSW Australia. I currently teach one night a week in St Clair, New South Wales.