Learn, Challenge Yourself, and Don’t Be Complacent

John Bowman, Director of Decision Science at Conversant What was your first job in the industry and what was the learning curve?My first job was in BI consulting at OpenBI (now Inquidia). It can be a big leap. When I applied for that job, I had never heard of “business intelligence”. I had some coding experience, but I studied pure math (representation theory). I didn’t use a computer for a single result in my thesis. Steve Miller, the president of OpenBI, has a statistics degree from UW-Madison, where I was a PhD student. He liked my math background and took a chance that I could learn on the job. “Data warehouse” was a new concept to me at the time. In that first job, I often worked remotely. I don’t recommend that for someone new to the…


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