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Adding Silver to Gold

Science and business intelligence share a very similar drive to gain more knowledge and understanding. Where science seeks to understand what is happening in the universe through equations and building upon or replacing theories, business intelligence uses data modeling and visualizations to understand what is happening in the universe of a particular company.  Both fields have […]

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Business Intelligence Predictions For 2014

I recently read a post on Forbes by Prakash Nanduri in which he made his 5 predictions for Business Intelligence in 2014. I really enjoyed this article, and I think most of his points are dead-on. In general, Prakash talks about the fact that BI is no longer a new science, and we are going to […]

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SSIS Deploy Error – Access is Denied

Here’s a quick problem I ran into in some recent work and the fix I found. I had been deploying my solution from my local machine to the development server with no issues. I decided it was time to deploy to the production server, but of course, things never go as planned. I was using […]

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The Importance of Being Naïve

One of the first simplifying assumptions a scientist makes when studying a system is that nothing in the system interacts with anything else or that each object is independent. This seems like a fairly naïve assumption because experience tells us that everything interacts with…well, everything else. However, there are a couple of major advantages that […]

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Tableau 8.1 Released

Last week, Tableau released a fairly large update to its software platform. I just wanted to take some time to point out some of the larger changes that make Tableau even more useful to the business now. First, they have released R integration. This is a huge upgrade to Tableau’s predictive and statistical capabilities. Before […]

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Roambi Analytics 7 Released

To match the new look and feel of iOS7, Roambi recently released a new version of its analytics app Roambi Analytics 7. Though I’m a bit late with this post given the release was a month ago (October), there are some points that are very much worth sharing. This release has been dubbed a “visual […]

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Big Data Needs More Than Hadoop

Last month, there was interesting article published by Chris Kanaracus on The author quotes Ken Rudin, Facebook Analytics Chief, talking about how Big Data needs more than Hadoop. It is always interesting to read about the practices of successful organizations that have to deal with large amounts of data. In his article, Rudin talked […]

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Analyzing Direct Marketing Campaign Results on a Budget

Analyzing the results of a direct marketing campaign presents special challenges when your customers’ contact data in your company’s source system does not follow the United States Postal Service (USPS) standardized format. How do you deal with this problem when you are trying to answer questions about your direct marketing campaign and stay on a budget? I […]

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Sell an IT Project Using Waterfall, Manage It Using Agile

Today, there are plenty of examples of companies using the traditional waterfall project management methodology as compared to the agile methodology. Both methodologies are valid and have ample potential for success. That success always depends on the discipline of the project team and business. In my experience, it seems that most consulting firms pitch IT […]

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College QB Stats Visualizations

As a former Texas A&M athlete, I’m a bit biased towards Johnny Manziel and his ability to make plays. I believe he is the best player on the field, and I’ve always looked forward to seeing him play. Besides that, everyday in my professional life, I look at data for my clients and try to […]

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Webinar: Big SQL Analytics – Cloudera Using Impala

On October 22, Brett Neuman, Manager Consultant at StatSlice Systems, presented a webinar on Cloudera using Impala as part of our series on Big SQL Analytics. This webinar was recorded and is available below. This webinar is the third video in our series on Big SQL Analytics, and it covers the results of our Cloudera […]

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Big SQL Analytics – Cloudera Using Impala

This is an overview of the webinar on Cloudera using Impala presented by Brett Neuman on October 22, 2013. For more information on this webinar, click here to view the video or continue reading to below. Overview In this webinar, Brett gives you an overview of Cloudera’s Impala platform and how you can use it […]

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Visualizing University Business Intelligence & Analytics Programs

Earlier this year, we collected information about the business intelligence and analytics programs that are currently being offered by universities in the United States.  Not surprisingly, there was an incredible amount of interest in the result of that data collection effort, with more than 1000 list downloads.  However, when I made an attempt at visualizing […]

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Is Your Job Really In Jeopardy?

In few a short years, your job will be obsolete. We’ve all seen messages like that. It seems that every few years we get a rush of news stories about how the latest trends in technology are going to put us all out of business.  The media loves to sensationalize the notion that one day […]

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Enabling SSIS Packages On Demand

In work with a current client, they required that the execution and processing of certain packages to be configurable via a web interface.  In my case, I wanted to proactively enable/disable the importing of certain data sources.  If a source system goes down or is in maintenance mode, I need to be able to shut […]

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