Alan Cartner started his career as a Toolmaker in the North east of England and soon moved on to an educational role with the training of engineering apprentices. It was at this point when he was first introduced to computers and began his career in teaching both apprentices and management staff in the use of Computerised Numerically Controlled Machine Tools (CNC) and also Computer Aided Design (CAD). Following on from this other courses were created on the Unix Operating System for both users and Administrators.

In the mid 90's Alan worked as a Systems Trainer and became involved with the integration of several software packages, covering; HR, Finance, Payroll, Engineering, Project Software and the educational aspect that covered all products. It was at this point that he was first introduced to an early version of the Cognos product suite.

In the late 90's Alan began work as a technical trainer on a Financial Software package and developed/delivered several courses, covering Unix Systems, SQL, System Architecture and a Data Integration/Report Authoring tool.

Throughout 2000-2012 Alan gained vast experience with the Cognos Toolset, mainly in a consultancy role (implementing BI solutions for both the Public and Private Sector), however training courses were constantly developed and updated throughout this time. Bespoke materials as well as standard materials were developed and courses delivered. The Cognos Tools included; Cognos Impromptu; for Users and Administrators, Using Powerplay, IWR Reporting, using Upfront, ReportNet, Cognos 8 & 10 (Report Studio, Query Studio, Cognos Connection, Analysis Studioand Framework Manager).
More recently Alan acted as the Cognos Team Lead on a major BI Datwarehousing solution on a multi-million pound contract. The role encompassed working through and agreeing with the customer their BI requirements and then scheduling the cognos resources to fullfill those requirements.

Alan has the technical background to call upon to make the BI training delivery as relevant as can be, which will cover specific individual goals as well as the goals of the Business. In addition to relevant consultancy experience in the BI field Alan has the practical experience of delivering technical training both in the UK and abroad to a multitude of customers, this is backed up with formal qualifications such as BEng in Engineering Technology, Certificate in Training Practice and Certificate in Education (Cert Ed).

In March 2012 Alan began his venture into freelance training and consultancy, in a time of recession, was this a wise move??.....

Time will tell as they say, the one big thing in Alan's favour is his commitment to succeed and urge to produce quality training and consultancy, with the added benefit of being able to create a value for money service that a small company can offer.

The BI courses available were built up during 2013, and have been delivered for a number of customers through IBM partners.

aBItac is here for you, if you are interested in any of the training on offer please get in touch.