For the past couple of years, I've been trying to grow in different ways. I have been trying to step out of my 'techo' chamber, and grow into becoming more like people who inspire me. Masters of Business Administration I have completed all of the taught parts of the course, and I need to undertake… Continue reading Stepping outside my 'Techo' Chamber: Personal and Professional Goals for 2020
I conducted a workshop in Florida recently, aimed at helping people to move from Business Intelligence to Analytics. I thought I'd post the slides here. If you have any questions, please get in touch with me here. I have added some guidelines for using Power BI with marketing and sales data. These are general principles,… Continue reading Moving from Business Intelligence to Analytics?
Dear Mark, I am sorry if this is an emotive post but here goes. I've just been sent a violent video of a man abusing a little girl. She is about a year old. It has a sexual component. I am not going to share it, but I would like to be able to report… Continue reading Letter to Mark Zuckerberg: Why is it so hard to report Facebook Messenger videos portraying violence, pornography and child pornography to the police?
User stories are development tasks often expressed as follows: persona + need + purpose A key component of agile software development is putting people first. User stories put actual business users at the front-and-centre of the conversation. In this post, we will cover the following topics: What makes a good user story? Story template Definition… Continue reading User Stories for Agile Business Intelligence
If data is the new oil, AI is the new electricity to help organizations to really make your data work. Microsoft are powering their AI Builder with new features. For example, the team are introducing a new set of prebuilt models that add intelligence to the Power Platform and are accessible via Power Apps and Power Automate.
If you're reading this blog, you are probably wondering what Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is, and what it can do for businesses. Enterprises can automate mundane and tedious rules-based business processes in order to streamline operations and cut costs. Basically, it is a tool to help productivity. If you are filling out a form, for… Continue reading What is RPA, and why is Microsoft Power Automate relevant? Human-centred AI makes the most of our human talents.
The Microsoft Power BI team have released a preview Data Lineage feature and I couldn't be happier! The Power BI lineage view displays the lineage relationships between all the artifacts in a workspace, and all its external dependencies.
Businesses need a clear line of sight on data asset ownership and stewardship. This has traditionally been in the hands of the IT department, but unfortunately the projects can become deprioritized as IT fight other battles elsewhere. IT can do so much, but the business do need to bring things to the table. Hence, we now see accessible tools appearing in technology such as Power BI.
Coaches are more outcome based, and mentoring is more relationship based. Mentoring is longer-term, and the mentor gains as much from the experience as the mentee. It is important for diversity and inclusion.
I'm pleased to announce that the University of Washington are running a Foundations of Data Analysis course, starting in January 2020. In this 10-week course, you'll learn how to understand and analyze data. We’ll start with fundamental data-related concepts, terminology and ethical considerations. You’ll learn how to articulate business problems and identify required data. Using Microsoft Excel and SQL, you’ll practice gathering, cleaning and organizing data. Finally you’ll use Tableau to effectively describe, analyze and visualize data.
How can sponsors drive good behavior and diversity and inclusion at technical community events? They can help by driving organizers to think carefully about these elements of a technical community event.
The foundation of a free society is equal worth of all its citizens. Everyone is entitled, as a right of citizenship, to be able to meet their basic needs The right to self-respect and personal autonomy demands the widest possible spread of opportunities. Not all inequalities are unjust, but unjust inequalities should be reduced and… Continue reading Diversity for Businesses: What happens if Diversity is at odds with the organization?
Here is my checklist of Azure infrastructure handy materials that I use for AZ101 students as homework or additional class learning. I was asked for this by one of my students and I thought I'd share it here.