Since its introduction in 2013, Christopher Finlan has been one of the top evangelists for Datazen in his role at Microsoft. As the lead Business Intelligence Technology Solution Professional in the Mid-Atlantic Region, he’s responsible for helping over 140 enterprise customers align their specific requirements to the Microsoft Cloud and Data Platform. His unique presentation style and background in “shadow IT” has made him a highly sought-after speaker for customer presentations from the server room to the board room on a wide variety of BI-related topics.
During his time in shadow IT, Chris led the transition for his team to a fast and flexible reporting and LOB solution that integrated Microsoft Technology with SAP Data. By creating and implementing customized mobile and desktop applications that supported hundreds of internal users across diverse lines of business, he saw first-hand how Microsoft’s tools could transform a business in record time and generate millions of dollars of savings from lost productivity and wasted investments in technology that had ten times the cost while providing a fraction of the value. He spoke about some of that experience during his appearance on the popular .Net Rocks! internet talk show.
Chris has been working in the software industry for over a decade in various roles, from pre-sales to technical training, database administration and sales operations. He holds a B.A. from Temple University in Philadelphia.