A Little About Me
I feel the need to write a little introduction beyond the
“about the author” section.
My work History
I have provided Business Intelligence consultancy for some
of the world’s leading companies and am currently trying to
make the same service available to smaller businesses.
What I Have Learnt
One of the main things that has become apparent through my
consulting is that it does not really matter what the
business is, what the stated requirements are: it is all the
The actual skill-set varies very little whether the
business is selling paint or fighting terrorism. Data is
data and the abilities needed to manipulate it are the
Some databases are easier to access than others, some are
better documented than others or contain a better quality of
data. And these things can have a big impact on the ease of
which BI can be undertaken, but the skills used to build the
BI library do not differ.
Why A Blog?
I wrote a book.
Quite an important one in my opinion.
A book that teaches non-programmers how to build their
own formulas within Crystal Reports.
Outside of software houses, the majority of Crystal
Reports users are not programmers and so do not know about
arrays or variables etc. Unfortunately, this large customer
base is largely forgotten.
So I wrote a book.
I actually enjoyed the writing part it, but getting
published was painfully tedious.
I then wrote a few articles to advertise the book (it is
on Amazon) and my consulting firm, which I also enjoyed.
The book (Crystal Reports Formulas Explained) was/is
moderately successful, as is my consultancy.
So, I enjoy writing, but not publishing, and still have a
few nuggets of wisdom (I hope!) to share.
Here we are: a blog.
I intend to write about more Crystal Reports bits and
pieces and about Business Intelligence as a corporate tool
and other thoughts and musings. I may even write about the
hassle of getting a book printed.