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.

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