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Resume of David Cohn, Business Objects Expert David Cohn Atlanta, GA 30338Email: [email protected] Cell: (314) 322-5968 PROFESSIONAL PROFILE Accomplished Senior IT professional with a background in business intelligence, reporting systems, data quality (including ETL), software design and full life-cycle development. Capable of managing numerous projects while leading cross-functional teams to meet and exceed overall IT initiatives.
Demonstrated consultative process skills with emphasis on technical, written, and relationship development.Top technologies: Business Objects Enterprise ETL (Data Services -- BODI / BODS, SSIS) Reporting (Web Intelligence, Xcelsius, Crystal Reports) Highlights of skills: Business Intelligence Data Warehousing Process Improvement Team Leadership & Effectiveness Strategic Planning & Analysis Reporting Systems Architecture Process Implementation Software Design & Development TECHNICAL EXPERTISE ToolsBusiness Objects 4, XI r3, r2, r1, 6.
DatabasesSQL Server 2012, 2008, 2005, 2000, 7.0, 6.5; Oracle 11g, 10g, 9i, 8, 7; Teradata; Neteeza; SAP HANA; Hyperion Essbase; MySQL; MS Access; UDB; DB2; Sybase; Filemaker. Business ApplicationsSAP ECC 4.7, 6.0; Salesforce; Oracle ERP. SAPMM, MDM, FICO, PI, PUR, COPA, CAPEX, MFG, SD, PP, QM, PM, MRP, UOM, WM, HCM, SCM, VM. Operating SystemsWindows Server 2012/2008/2003/7/Vista/XP/2000/NT/98/95/NT; Unix/Linux; Mac OS; Mainframe.
OtherOLTP, OLAP, ODBC, ADO, RDO, OLE DB, SOAP, SSL, SAP Bank Analyzer, Forecasting, Trend Analysis, Star and Snowflake Schemas, Executive Dashboards, CDC (change data capture), 3-Tier Programming, TCP / IP, FTP, HTTP, ISO, LDAP, SSO, RPC. MethodologiesAgile, Scrum, Waterfall, Inmon, Kimball, object oriented programming (OOD), rapid application development (RAD), Accelerated SAP (ASAP). IndustriesConsumer Products, Banking, Lumber, Legal, Logistics, Health Care, Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Dept.
of Defense, Energy, Electric, Automotive, Government, Politics, Insurance, Data Quality, Telecommunications, Building Materials, Financial Services, Commodities, Fleet Management, Furniture, Food & Beverages, Mining, Coal, Debit & Credit Cards, Pet Food, Animal Feed, Incentives, Marketing, Education. CertificationsTeradata Certified Professional, Teradata Certified SQL Specialist PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE BB&T, Greensboro, NC 05/2015-Present SAP Data Services and HANA Specialist Development of BODS objects supporting multiple change data capture styles that include thousands of mappings and over seventy SAP DSO destinations.
All information sourced from and writing to SAP HANA. Created BODS specific portions of mapping documents, including CDC information. Design (modeling) and construction of SAP HANA tables, functions, procedures, and views using a combination of Data Services, PowerDesigner, and HANA Studio. Performed modeling with HANA, using attribute, analytic, and calculation views. Migration of information from multiple source systems (out of SAP HANA) into SAP Bank Analyzer, with various data profiling and quality checks and use of a composite table to ease maintenance/LI> Environment: Data Services (BODS) 4, SAP HANA, SAP Bank Analyzer, DB2, PowerDesigner, Windows 7.
Chesapeake Utilities Corporation, Dover, DE 04/2015-09/2015 Dashboard Expert Creation of executive dashboard illustrating volumes, imbalances, accounting details, and customer information related to acquisition. Improvement of existing dashboards – organization and bug fixes. Ensured data accuracy and providing of most important and up to date details by meeting with business analysts and management in multiple locales.
Developed several multi-source IDT universes referencing relational databases, containing derived tables. Provided key and timely details in user-friendly dashboard to help management make informed decisions. Conversion of existing dashboards from Xcelsius to Lumira, for comparison purposes Environment: Xcelsius 4.1, SAP Lumira, IDT, MS Access 2012, SQL Server 2012, Windows 7. Georgia-Pacific, Roswell, GA 07/2014-02/2015 SAP Data Services Expert Successful and rapid conversion of multiple Ab Initio processes to Data Services, implementing methodologies to increase maintainability, including simplification, logging, and inline documentation.
Data analysis, modeling, and profiling using SQL Server and Data Services, to provide new and improved structures and aid in data quality checks related to conversion efforts. Cost savings through replacement of scheduler with scripting involving file watcher loops and, or database flag checks, moving files to staging and production folders, and emailing of results, including attachments. Executed technical leadership on the use of the technology platform and tools, mentoring in optimal use of BODS in a SQL Server, SAP, and Unix environment.
Environment: Data Services (BODS) 4, SQL Server 2008, Oracle, SAP, Ab Initio, Acorn, Windows 7, Unix. Kimberly-Clark, Roswell, GA 03/2012-05/2014 Data Services and Xcelsius Lead Developer Created and optimized executive summary and several linked dashboards, including hierarchical selectors, flash variables, and dynamic sales and marketing information based on live SAP BPC data. Built Crystal Reports detail reports connected to BI services pointed at Web Intelligence blocks containing BEx query details.
Reports launched by and received prompts from Xcelsius dashboard. Acted as go-to for the team for technical concerns and idea development. Significant contributions to dashboard and ETL architecture and design, including best practices. Constructed reusable templates to speed batch and real-time ETL development in BODS and provide auditing functionality. Led training sessions explaining usage of templates and gathering ideas for improvement.
Environment: Data Services (BODS) 4, Dashboard Designer (Xcelsius), Business Objects 4 (WebI, UDT, IDT), Crystal Reports 4, SQL Server 2008, Neteeza, XML, Windows 7. SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Remote 07/2013-10/2013 Business Objects Enterprise and Data Services Administrator Provided administrative assistance, including fixing of scheduling errors, performance tuning, permissions management, and migrating jobs between systems.
Creation of new repositories and configuration of existing ones. Environment: Data Services (BODS) 4, Oracle, Windows Server 2003, Windows 7. 3PD, Remote 07/2013-10/2013 Web Developer Constructed website to create, update, and delete batches of listings to eBay through XML using the eBay API and process related responses. Added code to send and process listing status checks to eBay. Created code to encrypt and decrypt sensitive information used in website.
Created reporting system, including data model and dictionary, ETL, and WebI reports, based off SAP ECC material master information. Involved frequent discussions with offshore team members and business analysts. Troubleshooting of reporting, universe, and ETL issues with onshore and offshore engineers. Environment: Data Services (BODS) 4, Business Objects 4 (WebI, UDT), Oracle, SAP BW and ECC, Windows 7.
US Navy (Contract), Atlanta, GA 10/2011-05/2012 Business Objects Admin / Architect Acted as systems/software engineer for system architecture planning, technical design, software development and test, and software, hardware, and interface integration. Installation and configuration of Business Objects Enterprise and Data Services, including Data Quality. Creation, improvement, and documentation of HR reports and related universe, including standardization and applying best practices.
Environment: Data Services XI r3.2, Business Objects XI r3.2, SQL Server 2008; Win Server 2008. UCB, Atlanta, GA 02/2011-11/2011 SAP Data Services Architect Engineered conversion projects, using a self-designed standardized process, for migrating information between SAP 4.7 and 6.0. Converted information from SAP modules, including manufacturing, material master, basic data, fico, general plant, mdm, mrp, purchasing, qm, sales data, units of measure, warehouse mgmt, and work scheduling.
Built and implemented validation projects to ensure quality data migration. Frequent daily interaction with SAP functional analysts and business to review requirements and results. Environment: Data Services XI r3.2, Oracle 9i; SQL Server 2008; SAP ECC 4.7, 6.0; Win XP. Westinghouse, Pittsburgh, PA 11/2010-02/2011 SAP Business Objects Specialist Converted and enhanced Cognos into WebI, Crystal, and Xcelsius reports with SAP data (HCM and SCM).
Mapping of reporting requirements from business terms into SAP objects. Creation and maintenance of OLAP universes sourced from BEx queries. Writing and editing of SAP BEx queries using Query Designer. Writing of test scripts for accuracy, formatting, and performance. Environment: Business Objects XI r3.2; SAP ECC 4.7 – HCM, SCM, SD; SQL Server 2008; Win XP. American Safety Insurance, Atlanta, GA 06/2010-01/2011 Business Objects Architect Guided and played key role in design document production, including ETL field mappings for 500+ fields in four systems (2000+ fields total), data dictionary, universe and report documents, and DDL scripts.
Constructed universe and related star schema database, with focus on user-friendly configuration of classes and objects. Universe automatically updated with self-created automation tool. Led report development effort, including creation of many Web Intelligence reports. Designed and implemented Business Objects architecture, including hardware and software requirements, CMS information, security, and migration from XIr2 to XIr3.
Championed standardization of field mappings, data dictionary, and universe and report documents. Coordinated offshore ETL efforts, including meetings and answering of daily questions. Environment: Business Objects XI r3.2; SQL Server 2008; Designer SDK; Crystal Enterprise SDK, Win XP. Convergence Consulting Group, Tampa, FL 07/2010-10/2011 Data Services Architect Designed, created, implemented, and tested dataflows, workflows, scripts, and jobs for multiple projects.
Troubleshooting and performance tuning which reduced several jobs from several hours to less than one. Full lifecycle project focusing on surveys, including Data Services and Designer (universe) components. Migrated dataflows, workflows, scripts, and jobs between repositories. Environment: Data Services XI r3.2, Business Objects XI r3.2; SQL Server 2008; Windows Server 2008, Windows XP. Black Watch Data, Atlanta, GA 01/2010-07/2010 Data Quality Expert with Focus on ETL and Dashboards Created and ran ETL jobs to load and manipulate Material Master and Vendor SAP information.
Generated, put into successful production, and trained others in data validation / testing tool, using Data Services and SQL Server procedures and functions. Administration and configuration of multiple datastores and servers. Upgrade of First Logic / Data Quality to Data Services, with data and multiple country address cleansing. Developed, published, and scheduled batch and real-time jobs. Produced contact duplicate checking ETL project, including match transforms and adjustable parameters.
Constructed dashboards to review data validation results. Environment: Data Services XI r3.1, 3.2; SQL Server 2005; SAP (extracts); Xcelsius 2008; Windows XP. AT&T, Atlanta, GA 2007-2009 Business Objects Technical Lead and Architect Directed and coordinated organizational strategies of employees responsible for conceptualizing, designing, constructing, testing and implementing business and technical solutions for telecommunications data.
Partnered with software and architectural teams to plan and build out new systems, understand scalability and constraints of software, and manage disaster recovery and business continuity planning. Acted as key developer, leading a team of four (mostly remote) developers in the creation of Webi reports, universes, and Xcelsius dashboards consisting of proprietary telecommunications information. Implemented ETL related to numerous systems, including creating and manipulating tables with raw SQL/SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) and conversion of SAS into packages and SQL.
Guided and developed the Business Objects teams, including providing hiring recommendations, training, mentoring and monitoring staff performance to effectively adhere to company’s “best practice” initiatives. Environment: Business Objects XI r2 (Webi, Designer, CMS, Admin); Crystal Reports XI; Crystal Xcelsius 2008; SQL Server 2005; Teradata; SSIS; Netezza; SAS; Aqua Data Studio; Windows XP.
Rho, Chapel Hill, NC 2008 Senior Business Objects Developer Responsible for creating Business Objects universes and reports to provide information on clinical trials. Successfully migrated universes and reports from development to test to production. Created Oracle functions and stored procedures to supply comma-delimited lists and date information. Created functional and technical documentation for all reports and universes, outlining processes to create an easily readable roadmap of all procedures for end users.
Environment: BusinessObjects XI r2; Oracle 9i; ARISg; Windows XP. Oldcastle, Atlanta, GA 01/2007-05/2007 Lead ETL Developer Led efforts in the successful extraction and transformation of information from Excel to SQL Server database, designing a database geared towards OLAP reporting and later Essbase loading. Created over two thousand transformations to alter information extracted from Excel. Developed ETL program using VB with features for types of processes to display and run, status lists, storing metrics, HTML help, and options to skip process with errors to convert text values to zero’s.
Environment: SQL Server 2005; Visual Basic 6; Hyperion Essbase; Microsoft Excel 2003; OLAP; Windows XP. Intercontinental Exchange, Atlanta, GA 03/2006-01/2007 Lead Developer and Administrator - Business Objects / Crystal Reports Responsible for gathering customer requirements, architecting prototypical solutions, acquiring customer acceptance, and managing software processes from initial design to final implementation and deployment.
Primarily responsible for migrating Sybase, Business Objects (6.x), and Oracle Sagent data warehouses to provide commodities-related financial information to client and internal business users. Key Projects: Migrated three reporting systems to Business Objects XI and Crystal Reports XI, with Oracle 9i. Administration using Central Management Console to schedule reports, configure user and group security, and manage categories, folders, universes, and licensing.
Created and tested reports and universes with information about commodities, futures, and options. Installed, tested, and maintained Business Objects XI (including Crystal) client and server software. Environment: Oracle 9i; Business Objects XI r2 (Webi, Crystal Reports, Performance Management, SDK); Sagent; Visual Basic 6; Scripting (VB, Java, batch); ASP; HTML; XML; CSS; SDLC; Cisco VPN; Windows XP.
IT Consultant 1995 to 2006 Key Clients: LeasePlan, Lockheed Martin, WPAFB (Air Force), Haworth, HPFS, AT&T, Travelers, CIT, Cigna, Anheuser-Busch, Peabody Group, MasterCard, Ralston Purina, Maritz, Davis Interactive Client: LeasePlan - Atlanta, GA, Business Objects Expert (2005 to 2006) Created a Business Objects data warehouse to provide leasing information to >100 key clients.
Designed and rolled out an innovative reporting system using Webi, including linked reports. Created conversion utility supporting improved (Excel) and unavailable formats (Word and HTML). Client: Lockheed Martin (US Navy) - New Orleans, LA, Business Objects Expert (2004 to 2005) Gained acceptance of a conversion of an Access reporting system into Business Objects. Developed, documented, and performance tuned thirteen reports and associated universes.
Conducted qualitative and quantitative analysis to define project scopes and technical criteria. Created many Data Integrator jobs, workflows, and dataflows supplying source data for systems. Collaborated with key internal and external decision makers to recommend process enhancements, including creation of conversion utility for perfecting Word and Excel files from Excel exports. Recipient of the “Lockheed Martin Outstanding Performer” Award (2004).
Client: WPAFB (US Air Force) - Dayton, OH, Business Objects Technical Support Analyst (2005 to 2006) Provided expert analysis and assistance for the Air Force Knowledge System application, supporting over 450 tickets arising from over 300 users. Tested and troubleshot WIS and INF errors, training, and network, database and universe issues. Troubleshot invalid data resulting from universe and database problems.
Client: Haworth - Holland, MI, Data Integrator Developer (2005 to 2006) Gathered specifications and developed, tested, and rolled out transformations and universes for AP, PO, and FA segments of Oracle Financials using Business Objects Data Integrator and Designer. Client: HPFS - Murray Hill, NJ, Business Objects Expert (2003) Served as financial reporting analyst, balancing data related to a conversion of a loan system.
Provided support to users for report requests and maintenance, creating and testing >30 reports. Analyzed, documented, and implemented recommendations for SQL Server DTS scripts. Client: AT&T - Bedminster, NJ, Business Objects Expert (2003) Reporting analyst/administrator for a data warehousing project targeted to analyze and improve call center performance and processes.
Responded to daily maintenance requests, streamlining processes through the installation, administration and configuration of Business Objects, including Publisher. Client: Travelers - Hartford, CT, Business Analyst (2002 to 2003) Main point of contact in a Focus mainframe, SAS to client-server (Business Objects, Crystal Reports) migration and conversion of the Annuity Reporting System.
Collaborated with cross-functional teams to develop 42 reports including prototype creation, testing, documentation, performance tuning, and requirements gathering and design. Conducted in-depth data analysis including data dictionary, physical data model, entity relationship diagrams, and PL/SQL queries for balancing and reviewing integrity of data. Client: CIT Group - Livingston, NJ, Business Objects Expert (2002) Served as lead financial reporting analyst in a Citation mainframe to client-server (ALS) Business Objects implementation of a data warehouse (Oracle, Sybase) for leasing.
Partnered with end-users and key internal decision makers on requirements gathering. Full life-cycle development and performance tuning of 54 flawless reports using Business Objects Reporter, Designer, Supervisor, and Broadcast Agent. Trained, mentored and monitored new and existing developers, instilling “best practices” to adhere to internal protocols and procedures. Client: Cigna - Hartford, CT, Data Warehousing Consultant - Genio / Brio (2001 to 2002) Responsible for the enhancement and maintenance of a customized Brio data warehouse reporting application for investment data, including transforming source data (Genio).
Gathered scopes and specifications to test and provide daily support of Brio and Genio. Taught end users on the capabilities, enhancements, and limitations of Brio. Client: Anheuser-Busch, Inc. - St. Louis, MO, Senior Business Objects Developer (1999 to 2001) Implemented full lifecycle design of a 60 report data warehouse for pricing and promotions, that aided retailer sales tracking and marketing applications.
Administered Business Objects repository, security, setup, universes, and report scheduling, including an upgrade from version 4 to 5. Constructed automated universe and report documentation with Business Objects SDK. Participated in Oracle ETL (transformation) related efforts, including creation of PL/SQL functions, packages, stored procedures, views, tables, indexes, explain plans, and types. Client: Peabody Group - St.
Louis, MO, Business Objects Developer (1999) Production included report creation, design, and prototyping security, universe maintenance and origination, data definition and manipulation, testing and layout. Client: MasterCard - St. Louis, MO, Consultant (1998 to 1999) Accountable for the conception of financial reporting system and associated graphical user interface, generating financial reports using Crystal Reports, VB, and Oracle.
Client: Davis Interactive (Interchange Technologies) - St. Louis, MO, Consultant (1995 to 1999) Responsible for design and support of multimedia projects with Macromedia Director and VB. Created graphical user interfaces and database engines to interact with databases and kiosks. Maritz Performance Improvement Company, St. Louis, MO 1997-1998 Programmer/Analyst Assembled software for reusable client incentive system (CIMS for Windows).
Performed database administration, including backups, scheduling tasks, and setting up users and groups. Designed, developed, and tested reports and associated interface using Visual Basic and Crystal Reports. Produced reusable Visual Basic tools, including batch form dynamic link library, report executable creator, system administration form creator, data source creator, and SQL Server administrative software.
Environment: Visual Basic 6; Crystal Reports; SQL Server 6.5; Filemaker; Windows NT. EDUCATIONMARYVILLE UNIVERSITY, St. Louis, MO B.S. Accounting; Minor: Business Management, December 1996Recipient of Academic ScholarshipTutor: General Statistics, 1995-97NUMEROUS PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOPS & SEMINARSCERTIFICATIONSTeradata Certified Professional; Teradata Certified SQL SpecialistAWARDSEmployee of the Quarter (Quarter 4, 2007)Lockheed Martin Outstanding Performer - 2004 DOWNLOADS