Think Data Insights | Turning Your Data Into Business Insight. Think Data Insights
Our clients know their business. They plan. They strategize. They understand how their industry operates. Business knowledge combined with technical expertise is a powerful formula for success.
We are inundated with data – Operational, Financial, Industry Benchmark, Social Media. The challenge is not the shortage of data. Rather, it is knowing what to do with it. Leverage data as an asset.
The result of data analytics and information delivery ought not to be just pretty charts and reports, but rather insights. Insights drive business change.
Our firm was built out of the enjoyment of seeing data insights create huge impacts on organizations. We have worked with companies who have a team of business intelligence (BI) developers as well as those who are looking to grow their team’s skills in these areas.
What we do.
We work with companies who are updating or implementing an Enterprise Data Platform strategy, providing project planning and design through development and execution, utilizing the top brands and technologies available in the market. We have delivered high impact data platform and business intelligence solutions for the largest organizations in healthcare, manufacturing, retail, media and finance.
We also have BI developers who work with small and midsize businesses enabling value and insights using tools already at hand in their corporate Microsoft licensing plans. We have worked with franchise chain owners, small colleges, and private physician groups.
A client of ours experiences a high touch and interactive approach from their Think Data Insights consultant as we use collaborative and iterative methodology on each project we take on. The Agile methodology we apply to your project means shorter intervals of delivery where usable product adds value to you now.
Ken Raetz is a husband of 20 years, with 4 children ages 7 to 16. A Tennessee resident for almost 30 years and a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Ken has always enjoyed finding creative ways to solve business challenges through the use of the appropriate technology.
During Ken’s 16 years with LBMC Technologies, he worked as a programmer designing Visual Basic/SQL Server applications, became a certified Cognos consultant specializing in reporting and analytics using the Cognos ReportNet and Version 8 platforms, and eventually began working with the Microsoft SQL Server Business Intelligence solution in 2005. As manager of the Business Intelligence practice, Ken has designed complex enterprise data warehouse solutions with SQL Server (including Integration Services), architected enterprise reporting solutions using SQL Server Reporting Services, and has been a promoter of best practices in business intelligence and enterprise information technology organizational excellence.
With over 20 years of professional consulting in data analytics, business intelligence, and enterprise data architecture experience, Ken’s desire is to pursue a greater emphasis on helping organizations leverage data as an asset through implementation of self-service business intelligence, data analytics, and big data solutions.
Originally from Minnesota, Aaron has his undergrad degree in finance. During his first job at a financial services firm, he quickly found his knack for presenting data visually through metrics dashboards using Excel.
Putting his dashboard development aspirations on hold, he and his wife moved to Guatemala to work on the mission field. Aaron co-founded a microfinance institution and led the program to financial and operational sustainability, eventually passing it off to local leadership. During his tenure, he designed and implemented the organizational database including the general ledger. In addition, if you’re ever thinking about buying a piglet and 25 chickens to raise to slaughter, Aaron can provide you a business plan guaranteed for success.
After a five-year term in Guatemala, Aaron and his family moved to Nashville where he took a job as an operations analyst at Tractor Supply Company. As the owner of reporting and analytics for the department, he developed numerous dashboards, visualizations and reports powered by SAP Business Objects bringing new visibility and insights into several areas of the business. In addition, he developed the model for the customer-facing shipping rate calculator for tractorsupply.com.
Dave has spent 20 years applying technology solutions to complex business problems, mainly within the enterprise space, selling to large commercial and government organizations. Prior to Think Data Insights, a majority of his time was with clients in the healthcare industry. He’s opened numerous markets to innovative software solutions, and exceeded customer acquisition and retention goals in each.
In 1998 Dave joined a small software startup where he worked in the basement with two of the owners and a black labrador retriever. The company was acquired by Quest Software, which was later acquired, effectively becoming Dell Software. Desiring additional experience Dave also spent time at IBM Software Group’s DOD division and enjoyed working directly with some of the amazing people in our military. From business trips to beautiful locations to simply dropping cargo out of the back of a plane at 10,000 feet with the customer, they were great experiences.
A native of the Washington, D.C. metro area, Dave moved with his wife and 5 girls to Tennessee in 2012 and the family has fallen in love with the Nashville area.
Information Technology was the first but not the only career path for Bernie Joyner. Following college, Bernie’s first job was in Marketing for an ISP (Internet Service Provider) based out of Wichita, KS. Shortly after, he returned to FL where he would meet his wife and pursue a career in both Pharmaceutical and Financial Sales.
Following, a move to middle Tennessee, Bernie began work for a company providing consulting work for the country’s most utilized Funeral Home and Cemetery management software. There was a need for a technical resource and in order to pay the bills, and he was asked to begin writing reports. When told he was going to have a brief tutorial on SQL by one of them main developers at the software firm, he replied “What’s SQL?”. By the end of the week, he’d written his first report and has been in Business Intelligence ever since using a variety of tools and platforms.
In the past several years, he’s provided consulting services to various companies within the middle Tennessee area and without. Since Ken Raetz approached him about the opportunity to join Think Data Insights as a full-time consultant to provide timely analytics and insights, he’s enjoyed being part of the rising success of the company and looks forward to a long relationship.
Chris Dunn is a Marketing graduate and North Carolina native who initially landed in General Aviation upon graduating from Lipscomb University in 1990. A few years after earning several pilot licenses/ratings in Oklahoma, he went to California as a commercial pilot to take on a role in aircraft finance at Cessna Finance Corporation. While in California as a Senior Credit Analyst he spent many hours flying throughout California working with winery owners, televangelists, and movies stars. During this time, he also became the ‘resident computer expert’ in the branch office of the company.
Chris made the best of a generous training program offered by Cessna to learn all that he could about software applications, web development, and database technologies. When Cessna decided to close all of the branch offices, Chris decided not to move to Wichita for a ‘crunch numbers in a dark room’ job, and made the leap into Information Technology as a Technical Trainer with Executrain.
While serving Val Verde Unified School District in Perris, CA, as a client, he became more involved in solving the districts pressing data issues. He brought Microsoft SQL Server 2000 into the organization, and lead several Microsoft Access front end / SQL Server back end style projects. One of those projects resulted in the first ever integration of California state testing standards results with student’s academic grades, and a reporting feature that could generate quarterly student report cards in english or spanish. Chris also worked with a third party to create a C# inventory tracking system for the district’s maintenance and operations group.
After several years in California with the school district, Chris returned to Nashville where his focus has remained on solving problems using Microsoft Business Intelligence technologies. The projects have included enterprise level ETL system upgrades, enterprise level reporting systems, extensive database application development, and team lead roles for domestic and offshore teams.
Chris brings 16 years of experience of helping clients implement and enjoy the value of self service business intelligence.
When not hard at work making clients happy, Chris enjoys an enormously full life with his family.
Rob Bramblett – Healthcare Consulting Practice Lead
Rob has been an entrepreneur all of his life. As far back as 1990 he could be found mowing lawns, doing yard work, and building porch swings for neighbors. More recently he built a service-based business in the TN area and sold it profitably in 2010. In 2011 Rob changed his direction to healthcare and started a consulting business around Electronic Health Records (EHR) and the adoption of Meaningful Use. During this time he helped develop and market a software platform that boasts thousands of doctors in use of it today. Rob’s subject matter expertise in clinical workflow has been instrumental in creating Think Data Insights sister company Visualize Health. Rob leads our team when our consulting work is within the healthcare space.
Bill has been a life long programming enthusiast beginning when his dad bought him his first home computer (a TRS-80 64k “Color” computer) back in 1983. While other kids were out playing in the neighborhood, Bill was learning BASIC! Today, Bill shares his passion in the world of Business Intelligence and simply continues to enjoy his hobby (a.k.a. “job”). His primary focus areas are data warehousing, extract-transform-load processes, data analytics and applying common sense architectural principles that stand the test of time. Bill’s motto is “do it right the first time,” and save time and money down the road.
Will Harvey’s favorite subject in school was always math; however, he did not have an interest in technology until he joined the workforce. He first learned Microsoft Excel in college in Econ 150 at Vanderbilt University, where he was a business major. His love for technology began when he first got a MacBook in 2003. He was impressed with how productive and organized it made him (or at least he felt like he was).
Will was able to combine his love for math and technology in his first real job as a business analyst for a data warehouse at a healthcare company. He learned a lot about the technology and how business users use information. He used several data tools, but grew to love Excel and SQL Server for their user friendliness, popularity, and abundance of free learning resources. He spent the later part of his career specializing in Excel, SQL Server, and SharePoint BI.
Through his career, Will progressed from a Business Analyst, to BI Developer, to Consultant. He really enjoys the consulting role, because it gives him an opportunity to make clients’ lives better. He enjoys seeing clients succeed with data.
As a kid, Jeff showed an aptitude for two things: numbers and music. After graduating from Belmont University with a degree in Music Business, he pursued a career in worship leadership and songwriting. He spent almost 14 years leading at a local congregation in Brentwood, TN, serving as their Director of Worship & Communications and writing songs for the church and the Christian market.
But the numbers were still in his blood. After a short foray into web development at the end of 2015, Jeff dove headfirst into all things data. Spending hours creating aggregate functions and building reports in Excel and Power BI was reminiscent of the hours he spent as a 10-year-old coming up with die-based algorithms to simulate a Major League Baseball game. Loving every second of it, his new career path was set. He enthusiastically joined the Think Data Insights team in September 2016.
In his free time, Jeff enjoys loving on his wife and three kids, playing fantasy football (more numbers), and listening to the newest music he can find.
Kayte began her professional career working for nearly 10 years at Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) – a growing software company outside of Philadelphia that creates COTS software for the aerospace & defense industries. She worked her way through college, and stayed long after getting her degree in Business Administration & Management from Delaware Valley University. It was at AGI that she worked with real-life ‘rocket scientists’, managing their CRM database as well as the international training program.
The most recent 10 years she has spent at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, in roles ranging from Assistant Director of Visitor Services to Business Analyst & Senior Project Manager in the Information Technology department. In all of these positions, she was responsible for CRM systems and Point of Sale databases, along with system integrations, BI reporting, and various data capture initiatives. Organizing, strategic planning, and improving operational logistics continue to be among her specialties, with a passion for providing impeccable customer service.
Outside of work, Kayte enjoys time with her husband, two children and many… many pets. Between baseball, horseback riding, Scouting activities, and spending as much time as possible on the lake, it’s a blessing that organizing comes naturally!
Spencer, a Nashville native, found his calling early growing up around computers, and first learned to program on a TI-83+ calculator. It wasn’t much longer that Spencer graduated from Tennessee Tech University with a degree in Computer Science. After being introduced to SQL Server Analysis Services early on in his career, Spencer has been hooked on to the world of data warehousing and business intelligence ever since. Now he likes to spend all the time he can learning all about the newest technologies in the industry.
Over the course of Spencer’s career he has helped to provide solutions for a number of organizations that turn their data into a valuable asset. Most recently building a data warehouse from the ground up in a company that grew from less than 100 employees to over 500 in the span of two years. Spencer is very excited to join the team at Think Data Insights and provide high quality solutions for our clients.
Our experts develop solutions accommodating very large and complex data environments when traditional solutions do not address the needs. Whether the need is data warehousing, self-serve data mart solutions, or other ad-hoc reporting or visualization capabilities, we have the experience to exceed your goals.
Data Integration | Conversion | Migration
Best practices in moving data requires skill at understanding the data set and the data preparation process. You need someone who can understand your data and business rules, translate requirements into the right approach, and ensure the desired outcome.
Dashboarding and Visualizations
Gain visibility into the complex relationships of your business data, with interactive graphs and charts that drill deeper into detail.
Corporate Performance Management Solutions
Many companies use Excel as a tool to manage their business’ budget and cash flow analysis, but end up with a complex system of workbooks that need management as well. We help our clients by building a solution that allows them to more easily track and distribute the budget to the right stakeholders, and simplify the process they use throughout the year to drive growth, decrease expenses, and manage other business objectives.
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