Analytics and Business Intelligence Consortium

There are one hundred billion Google searches undertaken every month. Every hour, Walmart processes a million customer transactions. Across the globe, there are billions of people doing billions of things, all generating data. And in our increasingly digital and interconnected world, the flow of information keeps growing, keeps accelerating.

In manufacturing, health care, insurance, finance, retail and other industries, modern technology has unleashed a torrent of data. You have more information at your fingertips than ever before. But data alone do not equal intelligence. Information alone won’t lead to action. You need a way to engage and manage your data. You need processes and practices that will help you make smarter decisions. You need solutions. The Analytics and Business Intelligence Consortium (ABIC) at the Carroll University School of Business is your solutions partner.

About the Consortium

ABIC events are held in the Carroll University Idea Lab. Based in Frontier Hall, 210 N. Grand Avenue, Waukesha, the inviting space is designed to foster collaboration.

Join with Thought Leaders

The Analytics and Business Intelligence Consortium (ABIC) is an innovative, membership-driven organization spearheaded by Carroll University’s School of Business. ABIC is designed to serve the needs of multiple sectors, including healthcare, manufacturing, finance, insurance, government, non-profit and education throughout southeastern Wisconsin. When you become a member of this forward-thinking, multidisciplinary alliance of industry and academia, you’ll have access to expert resources and tools—in areas including applied analytics, data interpretation, business intelligence development and big data strategy.

Develop Practical Solutions

ABIC harnesses the power and expertise of top business leaders and researchers to develop practical solutions that can tackle big data issues and give your company the competitive advantage it needs. ABIC serves as the region’s thought leader in applied analytics.

Team Up with Experts

Representatives from the region’s top industries are joining this leading-edge alliance to develop effective approaches to data management and analytics issues. ABIC leverages Carroll’s know-how and deep alumni network, which covers numerous national and international corporations, including several Fortune 500 leaders.

Network with Members

With your feedback, we’ll develop workshops, research projects and training opportunities that directly benefit your organization. Through networking, seminars and other collaborative events, you’ll partner alongside industry experts and top Carroll faculty to address your business intelligence needs—and make better decisions.

Carroll University Idea Lab

ABIC events are held in the Carroll University Idea Lab. Based in Frontier Hall, 210 N. Grand Avenue, Waukesha, the inviting space is designed to foster collaboration among students, faculty, staff and partner businesses. 

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GIS Bootcamps

These courses are taught by industry experts that demonstrate specific skills rather than general knowledge. Each Bootcamp GIS course consists of 24 instructional hours that can be started and finished flexibly within your schedule. Complete any six courses at the Certificate Builder Level to receive an Enterprise GIS Certificate.

Benefits of ABIC Membership

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Access to Experts

Access to industry and Carroll University experts for collaborative analytics projects that will generate real-world solutions to the challenges facing your business.

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Educational Opportunties

Educational opportunities, including analytic microcredentials, degree programs and lunch-and-learn events. Learn more about the Applied Professional Education Series.

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An annual conference to bring additional thought leadership together with members in a vibrant academic environment.

Incentive MBA Program
15% discount for employees of ABIC member organizations!


John Gnadinger

John Gnadinger, MBA
Director | Analytics and Business Intelligence Consortium

John Gnadinger brings more than three decades of management experience with national and international organizations to his position as director of the Analytics and Business Intelligence Consortium. In his most recent position, he served as the director of Engineered Solutions for Johnson Controls that serves customers in transportation, government, retail, education, healthcare and manufacturing sectors. He has over eight years of experience running an entrepreneurial, independent organization with Johnson Controls which was responsible for the development, deployment and global sales of several IoT, analytics, big data, business intelligence visualization and reporting software platforms. He brings real-world experience with analytics and business intelligence to this position.

Wayne Wendling, Carroll University

Wayne Wendling, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer | School of Business

Dr. Wendling earned his Ph.D. in economics and has conducted research and published in areas of applied economics and business analytics. His teaching experience and interests are in applied business analytics, managerial economics and quantitative predictive methods. During his accomplished professional career, he has served in multiple senior leadership roles in which he built business analytic and predictive modeling groups, delivered multiple analytic models and developed a wide range of data tools. He has worked for several large organizations, including two major insurance providers along with a national non-profit. He has experience in the use of analytic computing tools including SPSS, SAS and R in addition to text analytics.

Julio Rivera, Carroll University faculty

Julio Rivera, Ph.D.
Yersin Professor of Applied Business Analytics

As the Yersin Professor of Applied Business Analytics, Dr. Rivera teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in applied business analytics and performs outreach through the Analytics and Business Intelligence Consortium (ABIC), which is spearheaded by Carroll’s School of Business. Dr. Rivera is an international leader in the undergraduate research movement and is emeritus president of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), where he was president and served on its executive board. He has worked in three National Science Foundation grant programs to expand undergraduate research opportunities for students, and also serves as a consultant to government, business and higher education. The Yersin Professor of Applied Business Analytics endowed faculty position was established in 2019 through a $5.5 million bequest from Bill Yersin ’63.

Katie McCarthy

Katie McCarthy, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Applied Business Analytics and Yersin Fellow

Katie McCarthy has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare informatics, information technology and analytics, and has earned degrees in computer engineering, technical communication, and clinical and medical informatics. Beginning her career as an embedded software design engineer, she discovered a passion for the medical industry. This passion led to technical and leadership positions within the BloodCenter of Wisconsin (now Versiti) and Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). While working full-time, she began teaching as an Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) adjunct instructor within medical informatics. In 2013, she became an assistant professor and the MSOE program director for the Master of Science in Medical Informatics program (jointly offered with MCW). During this time, she was responsible for developing and delivering several undergraduate and graduate courses in medical informatics, information technology, and business analytics. In her current position, she will continue teaching undergraduate and graduate courses while pursuing research interests in healthcare analytics.

To learn more about the Analytics and Business Intelligence Consortium at the Carroll University School of Business, please contact:

John Gnadinger, Director of the Analytics and Business Intelligence Consortium
262.951.3021 |

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