Artificial Intelligence, Business Intelligence, SQLServerPedia Syndication

SQLBits: The Data Lifecycle: Decision making with data in Power BI and Fast Focus: Azure Notebooks for Artificial Intelligence

SQLBits Business Intelligence presentation. Data can be viewed as having a product lifecycle, where it can be collected, analysed, visualized, utilized and then monetized. In this session, aimed at business intelligence leaders, we will look at generating ideas and formulating a strategy that could benefit your organization by adding information as an asset to the organization.

Women In Tech

Stepping outside my 'Techo' Chamber: Personal and Professional Goals for 2020

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

Big Data, Business Analytics, PowerBI

Moving from Business Intelligence to Analytics?

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?

Women In Tech

Letter to Mark Zuckerberg: Why is it so hard to report Facebook Messenger videos portraying violence, pornography and child pornography to the police?

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?

Business Intelligence

User Stories for Agile Business Intelligence

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

Artificial Intelligence

AI Builder: If data is the new oil, AI is the new electricity to make your data work but AI is nothing without data.

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.

Artificial Intelligence

What is RPA, and why is Microsoft Power Automate relevant? Human-centred AI makes the most of our human talents.

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.

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.