Most of my career I've played the role of high-end knowledge user. I started out in PC R&D, then, developing Windows apps in C, writing archaic (now) macros in Lotus 123, and remember evaluating GEM as a possible solution. I remember and used Windows 1.0 and Excel 1.0 (seems like yesterday). I remember Gupta SQL Server and used it heavily, also writing my own version of MS Query and Chart apps for Windows a few years before MS Query came out (seems simple, today!) I've led application development teams, and after I achieved MBA status, I ran a data center at a refinery, responsible for systems and process control. Shortly after that, I began to leverage my MBA skills in the area of strategy & planning. I've been consulting and leading strategy teams for the better part of 20 years, in refining, marketing, and corporate refining, marketing & chemicals - where I work, today. I'm currently focused on competitive intelligence and use key processes and systems to gain insights into competitive landscape and behavior. I model and lead modeling efforts to understand relative profitability, etc. I've always tried to keep my systems skills up to date, and I've excelled at systems integration - both IT systems as well as people systems. I've recently found myself doing a significant amount of modeling, leveraging Excel optimization and VBA to streamline processes.
I like solving problems & streamlining systems. I love solving puzzles. Last December, I asked my first Excel question and after that, I decided it was time I gave back to E-E. So, I engaged in becoming an Expert.
I can be reached personally at dlmille at hotmail dot com.