Business Intelligence, PowerBI

Data Lineage and Power BI: Why is it important?

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.

Business Intelligence, PowerBI, Tableau

University of Washington Foundations of Data Analysis Course

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.

Diversity

Diversity for Businesses: What happens if Diversity is at odds with the organization?

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?

Azure, Business Intelligence

AWS RDS vs Microsoft Azure SQL Database: What does it mean for the business?

From the business intelligence perspective, it is incredibly useful to compare AWS RDS and Microsoft Azure SQL Database. As a freelance industry analyst who has worked with GigaOm, I'm pleased to see the GigaOM Transactional Field Test derived from the industry-standard TPC Benchmark™ E (TPC-E) report which compares Amazon Web Services Relational Database Service (AWS RDS) and Microsoft Azure SQL Database.

Business Intelligence

Keynote and Session highlights at ASG Evolve19

I'm excited to be attending ASG Technology's Evolve19 event in Dallas, Texas on October 21 - 23. I'm particularly interested in learning more about metadata management. As I've written previously, I believe that metadata management is often overlooked in data science. It's an important part of obtaining full value from data, and it should be… Continue reading Keynote and Session highlights at ASG Evolve19

Artificial Intelligence

Future Decoded: Microsoft imbues ethics and responsibility into AI as a core part of Azure AI technology.

Microsoft are designing AI to be trustworthy requires creating solutions that reflect ethical principles that are deeply rooted in important and universal values. This is becoming a core principle and practice, and Microsoft are doing a great deal of research in this area. Why is this important? Information technology is ever-growing, and becoming more sophisticated… Continue reading Future Decoded: Microsoft imbues ethics and responsibility into AI as a core part of Azure AI technology.

Artificial Intelligence

Future Decoded: Business opportunity and sustainability in the era of AI

People don't like change, and they don't like to be changed. That's what makes Digital Transformation so challenging. Digital Transformation is one of the key topics at Future Decoded, where I'm working as an analyst this week. The Day 1 event is aimed to help visitors learn about the cutting-edge technologies that are shaping the… Continue reading Future Decoded: Business opportunity and sustainability in the era of AI