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 Diane B. Diane Blackwood


PROFILE:  Analytical Applications Architect experienced in successful management and team building with diverse groups of people with in-depth understanding of emerging technologies and their practical applications.  Architect business intelligence in interaction with multiple systems and software applications.


Extensive experience in multiple industries and can lead businesses in the following:


Apr 2017 to present - BendixKing
IT Project Manager

Business Intelligence, data warehouse and reporting. 

        Building data warehouse and data marts with MySQL.

        Report creation leveraging Tableau and Excel, SharePoint and Salesforce

        Report creation leveraging Tableau and Excel, SharePoint and Salesforce


May 2008 to Apr 2017 - Strafford Technology LLC.
Project Manager/Senior Business Performance Management Consultant/Senior Business Intelligence Consultant

Full cycle project management specializing in Business Intelligence implementations completing projects on time and within budget. Process engineering with JAD principles and Agile project management.


Aug 2005 to May 2008 - RSM McGladrey Inc, Division of H&R Block
Manager, CFO Advisory Services - National Consulting Practice

Full cycle project management specializing in Corporate Performance Management Consolidation and Reporting implementations for industries ranging from micro-electronics to heavy equipment manufacturing, insurance, medical & health care, legal, and retail sales industries. Lead teams from planning to implementation of business applications.

Oct 1999 to Aug 2005 - Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Chicago, Illinois
Applications Development Specialist 
Business Systems Analyst, Integration Specialist and Programmer/Analyst


  • While working fulltime at the U.S. Postal Service, matriculated at the University of North Dakota for a Master's degree in Sociology where as a work-study graduate student, created research designs and drafted proposals and grants. Performed computerized data analysis, focus group interviews, phone interviews and follow-ups.  Outlined class requirements, structured lesson plans and quizzes, delivered lectures, and guided small group lab work and essays. 

  • Conducted Corporate and Partnership accounting. Developed a computerized double-entry bookkeeping system for automated accounting before any were commercially available for a cleaning service business with 200 employees and branch offices in three cities.  Prepared financial reports, balance sheets, and partnership tax filings. For one small corporation, filed three years of amended tax returns securing $12,000 in tax refunds.

  •  Directed the Publications and Publicity Division of a 501(c)(3) corporation with an all volunteer staff and over six thousand members. Division's profit in advertising sales enabled the corporation to pay to bring more speakers to the annual conference and pass on funds for following years conferences.  



 Languages: RPG400, RPG-ILE, Assembler (mainframe), AS/400 CL, Basic, C/C++/C#, COBOL, FORTRAN, HTML, IBM 370 JCL, Java, MDX, Pascal, Perl, PL/I, R, SAS, SQL (Microsoft, Oracle and IBM), Visual Basic.

Software: Analysis Services (Microsoft OLAP);  Access (95-2010); Application Studio; ASP;  BPA 10; BPC (SAP); Cognos (9,10); Cognos Planning 9; Crystal Reports; DBU; DTS; Excel (95- 2016); FDC (GEAC; Comshare); FrontPage; GEAC Infor MPC V4.5 through 10.4 (BPA, PM10); Hyperion Financial Management; J.D. Edwards; KBSQL; LMS IV & V; Microsoft Dynamics/Financials (Great Plains); MPC (Infor GEAC Comshare) V4.5- 10.4; MS Office; Microsoft BI Suite;  OLAP MS Analysis Services; MS Project; Oracle PL/SQL; Oracle BI Desktop and Cloud; OutlookSoft; Pagemaker; PerformancePoint; Photoshop; PM10; QlikView; QlikSense; Quick Books; Quicken; Rippe & Kingston LMS IV & V; SQL Reporting Services(SSRS); SAP BPC; SAS; SAS FM (4.2; 4.3); SAS HCM; SharePoint; SPSS; SQL Anywhere; SSIS; SSMS; SSRS; Tableau; Talend; Visio; VBS; Visual Studio; VSAM; Wordpress; Websphere.  ETL programming in MS-BIDS, Talend, SAS.

Databases: : MS SQL Server 2000-2016; Oracle(9-12); Linux; Sybase IQ; AS/400 DB2 (iSeries); MySQL; PostgreSQL; HBOC on UNIX; Raintree.  


2013                 SAP BPC 10 NW Certification

2010                 KB-SQL for HBOC.  Sybase IQ 7 install, tuning and maintenance.  

2008                QlikView

2007                Outlooksoft 4.3-5.1 (SAP)

2006                 SAS FM, HCM, SAS Programming I & II, Data Integration Studio and Installation.

2005                 IBM certified DBA.

2004                 MBA II certification, Tulane University - Freeman School of Business - International Business

2003                 Microsoft M2072 SQL Server Administration.

2002                 Microsoft M2093 advanced MDX for OLAP with Analysis Services.

2001                 Fall Common Users Group speaker (Intro to Integration Methods); IBM certification RPG IV(RPG ILE).

2000                 AS/400 System Operators advanced training. Instructor – Intro to Computers – Robert Morris College

1999                 AS/400 Application Development from Computer Systems Institute, Skokie , Illinois consisting of an intensive six month course including 240 hours of lecture and 300 lab hours. RPG III, RPG IV, & CL.

1996                 MA in Sociology, University of North Dakota.  Extensive statistical analysis using SPSS and SAS.

1991                 BA in Sociology, University of North Dakota. (cum laude)  Focus areas:  Marketing Research and Organizational Communications, minors in Computer Science and Accounting


· 2012 - present Member and presenter SQL-Pass      

· 2006 - 2008 Member American Management Association. Member of and webmaster for the International Press Club of Chicago. 

· 2000 - 2003 Newsletter editor Omni Users Group

· 1999 - 2006 Member Omni Users Group (Chicagoland AS/400 programmers organization). Member Common Users Group (midrange computers users group)

· 1997 - 2000 Director of Publications for the 58th World Science Fiction Convention held in Chicago Labor Day weekend in year 2000.  Responsibilities of budgeting and financial decisions, web-page management, press relations, publicity, recruiting staff for editing, production, and advertising sales for seven reports to membership of 6000+, conference program book, on-site daily bulletins, on-site web updates. 

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