Data & Intelligence


Poolside on the 4th of July (in between tossing the football and taking diving lessons from my daughter Paige), I read an interesting article written by Dr. Jeff Focht, vice president for academic affairs at the community college I first attended before going on to Penn State. In his article, “at the end of the day, what really matters in leadership?” Dr. Focht relates how on a recent walk through the business section of Barnes & Nobel he noticed how he was inundated with a wide array of “keen chapter titles, eye-catching book covers and prominent leaders of credentialed business scholars”. “Equally captivating” he says, “were the newly realized leadership maxims and creeds filling the pages of the bestsellers”.

Given this wealth of information and advice, Dr. Focht asks, “Have the leadership principles really changed that much overtime?” and he tells that his mentor once told him, “At the end of the day, what matters most in leadership is your integrity.”

It made me feel good to read this particular article on July 4th, such an important day in the history of my country, while spending time with the most important people in my life – my wife and daughters -because,


I believe that Dr. Focht got it exactly right:

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“What does integrity require of us? Integrity asks that we value the contributions of each and every individual in an organization as often as we can, for all people matter. It demands that we are honest with ourselves and others in all situations. It requires authenticity in the most challenging circumstances. It calls for a delicate balance between high expectations of self and others with a high threshold for forgiveness. It insists that we serve others in the greatest capacity possible while keeping our pride in check, since power is merely loaned to us as leaders and requires great responsibility. It wills our priorities to be in order and the wisdom to realign them when we lose focus.  It expects competency in our job duties. It beckons us to embrace the deep purpose within our lives and to empower others to seek their own potential. Ultimately, when a leader practices integrity daily, it’s amazing how most things fall into place”.




Hope everyone had some time off this week and Happy Birthday America!



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Mr. Miller is an IBM certified and accomplished Senior Project Leader and Application/System Architect-Developer with over 30 years of extensive applications and system design and development experience. His current role is National FPM Practice Leader. His experience includes BI, Web architecture & design, systems analysis, GUI design and testing, Database modeling and systems analysis, design, and development of Client/Server, Web and Mainframe applications and systems utilizing: Applix TM1 (including TM1 rules, TI, TM1Web and Planning Manager), dynaSight - ArcPlan, ASP, DHTML, XML, IIS, MS Visual Basic and VBA, Visual Studio, PERL, Websuite, MS SQL Server, ORACLE, SYBASE SQL Server, etc. His Responsibilities have included all aspects of Windows and SQL solution development and design including: analysis; GUI (and Web site) design; data modeling; table, screen/form and script development; SQL (and remote stored procedures and triggers) development and testing; test preparation and management and training of programming staff. Other experience includes development of ETL infrastructure such as data transfer automation between mainframe (DB2, Lawson, Great Plains, etc.) systems and client/server SQL server and Web based applications and integration of enterprise applications and data sources. In addition, Mr. Miller has acted as Internet Applications Development Manager responsible for the design, development, QA and delivery of multiple Web Sites including online trading applications, warehouse process control and scheduling systems and administrative and control applications. Mr. Miller also was responsible for the design, development and administration of a Web based financial reporting system for a 450 million dollar organization, reporting directly to the CFO and his executive team. Mr. Miller has also been responsible for managing and directing multiple resources in various management roles including project and team leader, lead developer and applications development director. Specialties Include: Cognos/TM1 Design and Development, Cognos Planning, IBM SPSS and Modeler, OLAP, Visual Basic, SQL Server, Forecasting and Planning; International Application Development, Business Intelligence, Project Development. IBM Certified Developer - Cognos TM1 (perfect score 100% on exam) IBM Certified Business Analyst - Cognos TM1

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