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The world of business intelligence has changed since Don Campbell entered the high-tech world more than 20 years ago—and Campbell continues to push the envelope in how business information is collected, integrated, analyzed and presented.
As chief technology officer for Cognos, an IBM company, Campbell is the internal champion for research and innovation, overseeing the company’s technology adoption strategy. He is leading the charge on new technology in search, unstructured data analysis, location intelligence, mashups and wireless information delivery for performance management.
In his career with Cognos, Campbell has worked in research, software development and management. The foundation for his current role was laid when Campbell tired of looking at numeric data in tables and spreadsheets, and suggested a better way to consume information. Given a small team with which to develop a visual representation of information, Campbell watched his idea grow into Cognos Visualizer, an award-winning three-dimensional, interactive dashboard product.
Campbell was named to the Top Forty Under 40 by the Ottawa Business Journal in 2003 and in 2005 he received the International Business Award for best product development or engineering executive.