August 2015 Meeting of Washington DC Business Objects User Group

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The August 2015 meeting of the Washington DC Business Objects User Group (WDCBOUG) is scheduled for August 27, 2015 at CGI Federal in Fairfax, VA.

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Date: Thursday, August 27, 2015
Time:  8:30 am – 2:00 pm
CGI Federal
Fairfax Room
12601 Fair Lakes Circle
Fairfax, VA 22033

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Overview – CGI Federal

About CGI Federal

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Since 1976, U.S. defense, civilian and intelligence agencies have partnered with CGI to support their mission-essential needs at every stage of program, product and business lifecycle. These partnerships fuel our deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing our clients and inform the development of solutions to help them improve outcomes and maximize results.

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Gartner Evaluates the “Big Four” BI Megavendors

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Although they’re not pure-play business intelligence vendors, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle Corp., and SAP Business Objects own two-thirds of the $6 billion business intelligence (BI) market because they have optimized their BI platforms to work well with their respective enterprise and information management applications, according to Gartner Inc. This integrated approach, as well as the fact that many enterprises already have these vendors’ ERP and information management applications in place, is swaying customers to standardize on one of their BI platforms. (source:

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Definition of Business Intelligence Center of Excellence (BI COE)

BI Center of Excellence (BI COE)

BI Center of Excellence (BI COE)

Business Intelligence Centers of Excellence (BI COE) enable the design, development, and implementation of strategic, enterprise, department, and tactical Business Intelligence solutions from one centrally managed team within a corporation or organization. In practice, the BI COE allows for a single or set of business intelligence products to become an enterprise standard, and the BI COE group becomes the primary team for conducting implementations, management, and support of BI solutions across an organization.

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Adam Getz – Creator/Author of

Adam Getz currently serves the role of Manager of Business Intelligence for CGI Federal in which he is leading a large project around the implementation of a number of business intelligence tools.

Adam is an accomplished leader in the field of information technology with specialized expertise in Business Intelligence and Data Warehouse project based work. He has significant experience and knowledge in leading systems integration, consulting,  and application support teams as well as conducting the development and growth of an technology capability. Adam has a long and successful track record of creating and leading highly talented, creative, technical teams and is capable of propelling an organization through growth periods. Adam is a forward and progressive minded professional that has a solid understanding of technology and a firm grasp of the business of technology implementations.

Welcome to is a website, portfolio, and blog that provides rich technical and functional content to Business Intelligence (BI) and Data Warehousing (DW) professionals in layman’s terms. This site is designed to be functional, to bring relevant information to all professionals in the BI / DW space, and bring keen insight into the highly advanced and emerging space of Business Intelligence (BI) and Data Warehousing (DW).  Please enjoy, contribute, and provide feedback to enhance the site.

Value of Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing

Business Intelligence and Data Warehouse application systems have become the principal source for managers, executives, and decision-makers to easily and rapidly access information to answer questions about their organizations.

Amtrak’s BI COE by Jim Hadley of Tiber Solutions

I worked with Adam at Amtrak to develop executive-level, critical dashboard applications, migrate and enhance legacy reports to Business Objects, and develop/roll out multiple BI applications to various Amtrak user communities. Additionally, I witnessed Adam establish and mature Amtrak’s Business Intelligence Center of Excellence. On all of these efforts, Adam was great to work with. Under his leadership, all of these efforts at Amtrak were successful and well received by user communities. Adam knows the EDW/BI space very well. His leadership and management style is a great asset to any EDW/BI effort.

Jim Hadley. President and Founder, Tiber Solutions, LLC
Not Easy to Impress

I had the opportunity to watch Adam up close after he started at Amtrak and had to tackle the duties of his job. I’m not easy to impress, but I was. What first struck me was Adam’s sincere love of railroads and the business of rail transportation. This was not affected – he brimmed with knowledge with which years of his fascination with the industry and its history had supplied him.

In the year that has passed, I’ve also watched the BI team, both development and support, coalesce around him and increasingly look to him for overall direction – both technical and tactical. He has been charged with the responsibility of maturing the BI Center of Excellence (BI COE) and he has employed his communication, writing, and presentation skills effectively to this end. His technical knowledge, in particular, was gained hands-on and is very much evident: I have observed his interactions with both team members and people external to the group it’s clear that they respect his technical abilities and background. His knowledge, skills, and abilities are a strong foundation for the further maturation and growth of BI and DW at Amtrak.

Steve Shaak, Project Manager, Amtrak
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