Michael J. Urbonas (Mike) is…
- innovative, creative, proactive, pragmatic, persuasive, results-oriented
- a product marketing professional: A developer of unique product positioning and messaging; an articulate communicator of true business value; a solutions-focused, industry-focused marketer
- a successful collaborator and sales enabler, cultivating strong cross-functional working relationships to achieve key business goals and boost revenue
- a longtime business intelligence and enterprise information management technology product marketer/manager, consultant and ‘power user’
- a creator of thought leadership content and guest speaker at technology conferences in the US and Europe
- a leader with a record of success as former President of the Boston Product Management Association, the largest regional professional group for product managers and marketers in the U.S.
- technically savvy and business savvy, with over 10 years experience in software product marketing as well as financial planning & analysis and corporate accounting
I have served product marketing leadership roles at BI/DW and enterprise information management software vendors for the last 13 years, including Attivio, Blackboard Analytics (formerly iStrategy) and Datawatch Corporation. I have a record of success creating and delivering compelling product positioning, messaging and sales enablement that drive sales leads and revenue.
Working closely with customers over the years, I have developed industry domain experience within financial services, manufacturing/ERP, higher education, government, healthcare, retail, and compliance/auditing.
Prior to my product marketing career, I served as a lead Cognos BI sales engineer and field consultant for JGI’s (Janis Group) ERP business practice, working closely with manufacturing customers to define and fulfill enterprise reporting and analytical needs. My roots in business intelligence span back to my initial career in financial planning & analysis and accounting, becoming a ‘power user’ of Excel and BI technology.
I earned my MBA from Bentley University, with a concentration in information technology. I also hold an undergraduate business degree in finance and management from Northeastern University.
In 2009, I co-founded the Bentley Success Network, a new alumni group focused on career networking and development, and also served as a member of the Bentley Graduate Alumni Committee.
Professional Associations and Training
From 2005 thru 2007, I served the Boston Product Management Association (BPMA) as President and Director of Publications, founding and serving as contributing editor of Productivity, the first e-newsletter of the BPMA. During my tenure, the BPMA board of directors and I doubled the number of registered BPMA members from 1,000 to over 2,000, and established a long-term strategic plan for a new website and new member services now in place today.
I have also completed Pragmatic Marketing training in product marketing and product management, as well as Solution Selling and Challenger Sale training.
Disclosures and Disclaimers
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Beginning December 1, 2009, the FTC required bloggers to provide disclosures whenever there could be hidden interests or unspoken biases related to recommendations. I have reviewed books on this blog and for the original BPMA e-newsletter. Occasionally, I have received a free copy (or not-for-resale advance copy) to review; and no, the receipt of a free $10-20 book has no bearing on my opinion about the book in question.
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