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.

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

Azure, Business Intelligence

Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence in the Cloud with #Azure: How do we get good, fast, cheap and easy?

Customers want their data good, fast, cheap and easy. A tall order, right? One of the biggest challenges that I see with data warehousing in the cloud is that customers are concerned with cost. I was interested to see the Gigaom report on the topic of Data Warehousing in the cloud, which contained a number… Continue reading Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence in the Cloud with #Azure: How do we get good, fast, cheap and easy?

Business Intelligence, PowerBI

Power BI Dataflows and fixing ‘Your Azure storage account must be in the same Azure Active Directory tenant as your Power BI tenant.’

I'm excited about Power BI dataflows, since I believe it's a great way forward for companies to sort out the issue that nobody likes to talk about: cleaning data. I'm passionate about this topic since I believe in inheriting technical debt as much as I can, so I leave the organization's technical debt in a… Continue reading Power BI Dataflows and fixing ‘Your Azure storage account must be in the same Azure Active Directory tenant as your Power BI tenant.’

Azure, Business Intelligence

Error converting data type varchar to numeric where ISNUMERIC finds only numbers

I am writing some SQL to form the basis of views to pull data from a Microsoft SQL Server source into Azure SQL Database, and then the data would go to Power BI. The data was all presented in string format initially (not my data, not my monkeys, not my circus), and I wanted to… Continue reading Error converting data type varchar to numeric where ISNUMERIC finds only numbers

Business Intelligence, Collective Intelligence, MBA, Thought Leadership

Business Goals for 2019: Looking back over 2018 and forward

December is a great time for setting personal and business goals for next year. I'd hoped for some downtime at this time of year, but I've picked up a crucial data science project which needs to be delivered over Christmas so there isn't much downtime. I'm also starting to write another book, which will be… Continue reading Business Goals for 2019: Looking back over 2018 and forward

Azure, Big Data, Business Intelligence, Data Relish Services

Microsoft Ignite interview with Kevin Farlee on Azure SQL Database Hyperscale

Azure SQL Database is introducing two new features to cost-effectively migrate workloads to the cloud. SQL Database Hyperscale for single databases, available in preview, is a highly scalable service tier that adapts on demand to workload needs. It auto-scales up to 100 TB per database to significantly expand potential for app growth. What does this mean?… Continue reading Microsoft Ignite interview with Kevin Farlee on Azure SQL Database Hyperscale

Business Intelligence, Data Relish Services

Roundup of Azure #CosmosDB Sessions at #MSIgnite

If you are at Microsoft Ignite this week in Orlando, FL, don't miss these Azure Cosmos DB database sessions and all the Cosmic Announcements. Here's a list of the Azure Cosmos DB sessions below. You can find out more details on Azure Cosmos DB sessions over at the Schedule Builder here. Here's a great slideshare… Continue reading Roundup of Azure #CosmosDB Sessions at #MSIgnite