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Bragging Rights

Last week I received an email from the father of a girl who I used to coach on my soccer team. The email was entitled “Bragging Rights and Thank You” and he explained how his daughter had just been selected for the High School All Regions First Team. She is only a sophomore and helped her high school varsity team to win the State Championship in their division.

Coach Paul with the Desert Elite

I first coached her at our soccer club when she was 10 years old and she transitioned with me from recreational to competitive soccer. She was fast and fearless and it was not difficult to see that she had natural talent on the soccer field. During the 5 years I coached her, I encouraged her simply to do what she loved most which was to play well, be creative and have fun. I just watched from the sidelines and cheered as she improved and dazzled us all with new skills with each game.

Anyway, her father was justifiably proud and the “bragging rights” were in order.

So the day after, I receive an email from a customer who has been troubleshooting an Xcelsius dashboard issue with the help of one of our consultants, Roxanne.

Roxanne had suggested to the customer to create a copy of the dashboard and create new queries and XML cache’s with new names.  The customer was emailing to say that since doing this, he has been unable to recreate his original problem and is happy it is working.  He added a postscript that said,

 I have to mention I used your name in naming the queries, xml caches etc while recreating. This must have had a positive effect”

 So it appears by naming the dashboard queries and XML caches “Roxanne” something, his problem is solved and his dashboard is running great! Well, I could not let this pass without both sharing it and bragging about it.

Roxanne is one of InfoSol’s top consultants and a true Xcelsius guru. Unlike my soccer player, she was a little more than 10 years-old when she learned BusinessObjects and Xcelsius but , just like my soccer player,  I simply encouraged her to do what she loved most which was to be creative and have fun. The result is a Business Intelligence Superstar whose mere name causes queries to behave and run better!!

If you want to determine if my bragging rights are justified, you can attend the Xcelsius  Master Hands-on Bootcamp at this year’s IBIS2011  which will be taught by Roxanne and witness first hand her amazing talents or you could just rename your dashboard queries after her!

About Paul

Paul Grill, Co-Founder and CEO of Infosol Inc., is an information technology guru with more than 40 years’ experience in the IT industry. Recognized as an industry expert, Paul’s vision is to collaborate and develop long-term global relationships, resulting in the successful implementation of business intelligence solutions. Paul believes a company’s success with Business Intelligence is a combination of data and people’s insights and actions. He believes in the coexistence of technologies. With a strong portfolio of clients ranging from fortune 50 companies, start-ups, and middle market, Paul takes pride in his ability to deliver positive transformations impacting company’s productivity and profitability through the application of business intelligence. He is often heard saying that “data holds amazing nuggets that can be used to create limitless BI solutions that make a difference in people’s lives”. Throughout Paul’s career, he has been a speaker, lecturer, and writer sharing his passion for Information Technology and Business Intelligence. On a personal note, Paul is an avid runner, Tai Chi practitioner, and youth soccer coach. Paul’s curiosity for knowledge expands beyond technology with a passion for Ancient Egyptology and Gorillas.

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