About Dallas Marks

My name is Dallas Marks, a business intelligence professional with experience primarily (but not exclusively) using analytics and business intelligence products from SAP. Currently a Principal Technical Architect with EV Technologies, ASUG volunteer, and SAP Mentor, I help organizations of all sizes create actionable insights from their corporate data. This blog is devoted to helping organizations get the most from their business intelligence investment, providing analysis of business intelligence trends, tips and tricks, book reviews, and sometimes random thoughts. I prefer piano keyboards instead of computer keyboards when not blogging or tweeting about business intelligence.

I am a co-author of SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence: The Comprehensive Guide (3rd Edition) from SAP Press and a contributor for the Diversified Semantic Layer podcast. I am a SAP Certified Application Associate for SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence and the BI Platform. I am an active ASUG volunteer, currently serving as program committee chair for the ASUG Kentucky chapter. I’m an authorized trainer for Web Intelligence, Universe Design, Dashboards (formerly Xcelsius), and SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence administration. I was chairman of the Southern Ohio/Northern Kentucky BusinessObjects User Group (SONKBOUG) from its re-launch in 2005 through 2007 and currently serve as Program Chair for the ASUG Kentucky chapter. I’ve spoken at many SAP BusinessObjects user groups and conferences, including ASUG and SAP Insider.

In 2015, I was nominated and accepted into the SAP Community Network Mentor program. SAP Mentors “are the top community influencers of the SAP Ecosystem. Most mentors work for customers or partners of SAP. All of them are hands-on experts of an SAP product or service, as well as excellent champions for product roll-in and roll-out. They have been nominated by their peers on the basis of their passion for the community and their willingness to contribute and share as well as motivate others.”

If you’re an author or publisher interested in sending me a review copy of your book, please email me at dallas AT dallasmarks DOT com. I enjoy writing book reviews for business intelligence and related subjects such as dashboards and analytics, data modeling, system architecture, public speaking and presentations, social media, and technology’s impact on society.

If you are considering me for consulting engagements, training, or public speaking, I’d be honored to speak with you. Please send a message to dallas AT dallasmarks DOT com. You can learn more about my professional background from my LinkedIn profile and follow me on Facebook and Twitter.

This blog is the personal blog of Dallas Marks and only contains my personal views, thoughts and opinions. It is not endorsed by EV Technologies nor does it constitute any official communication of EV Technologies. Additionally, this blog is neither affiliated nor endorsed by SAP.

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links on this web site above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. Also, some of the books I review were received as review copies and I’ve given my best effort to accurately disclose that information as part of the review. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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