Serving Data Consumers Not Just What They Need, But Also What They Want

Hunters Eat Better Than Gatherers

My last few blog posts have discussed how data failure happens, and how we can change failure into success (with a little economic thinking). Continuing with that train of thought, in this post I’ll be discussing how we can better implement analytic solutions by challenging the convention of requirements gathering. Don’t “Gather Requirements”. Hunt for […]

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Cloud…

Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC) is generally available (GA) today, and I’m excited to be included in this OAC blog hop welcome wagon. So I’m slumming it with a bunch of Essbase professionals, as you can see from the list of contributing authors below. It’s fascinating to see just how stoked the Essbase community is for […]

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Got Technology, Need Data? Here’s Where to Get It…For Free

The Data Challenge Have you ever wanted to assess or explore a new BI, analytics, data visualization, data science, etc. technology, but struggled to find a data set to use for your assessment and exploration activities? Have you grown tired of analyzing the “typical” datasets–think census, stock market, and employment and inflation rate data–known to be publicly available? […]

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How to get BI with Excel

I know it sounds like I am writing about 1980s technology, and I am, but the fact remains that Excel is still a widely used tool in the business world. Besides, what else would you put your data dumps into? Often Excel reports get used for management reporting, which comes with a number of issues. […]

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Preparing Excel Data For Analysis

Whether you are using Excel as a data source for your Business Intelligence (BI) platform, or you are doing the actual analysis within Excel, your data will need to be in a format that is queryable. Often though, the data is formatted to be read visually, whether an export from a system, or manually entered. […]

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