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What is Business Intelligence?

To some, the term “business intelligence” may seem like a hilarious oxymoron, but the term is actually not used to describe how smart a business or its owner is.  Instead, it’s used to describe a number of different computer programs that are used to gather, analyze, and report on a business’s data.  Business intelligence, or BI as it’s often called, is made of things such as…


Added by Matt Ritter on January 31, 2016 at 4:30am — No Comments

What is Predictive Analytics?

Regardless of your level of experience with data, you need to know about predictive analytics.  This type of analytics involves sifting through existing data to see if there are any patterns to be discerned.  If there are, you then look to see if these patterns can be used to determine any trends or even predict how a scenario will turn out.  Predictive analytics aren’t…


Added by Matt Ritter on January 26, 2016 at 4:30am — 1 Comment

This is why your voice isn't being heard in business meetings

There's nothing more frustrating than having your point of view ignored in professional discussions. You've put a lot of time into analyzing the situation, and have important insights to add, but nobody is listening! It's particularly frustrating when it's about the project you're working on, since it's so annoying to implement a design that you don't…


Added by Matt Ritter on November 9, 2015 at 4:00am — 6 Comments

3 Essential SQL Queries in 1.5 Minutes

How often are you stuck waiting for someone else to pull data for you? There's nothing worse than missing a deadline because someone else didn't do a 30 second query. Never again - here are the basic queries that will get you numbers instantly for pivoting, graphing, and other applications of your analysis skills, as applied to an imaginary table of sales data:


Get It All…


Added by Matt Ritter on October 25, 2015 at 12:57pm — No Comments

Your Users are Tangled in Data

Tangled in data! When you design a dashboard, your users are naturally going to be excited about all the things they can do with the new information. However, as soon as they answer the questions that motivated the creation of the system, they will think of new questions that they want to answer, often by going even deeper in the data. It's like they're following the yarn that you've given them to play with, and are…


Added by Matt Ritter on September 8, 2015 at 5:32am — No Comments

Great reports from scratch (even when you don't know what your stakeholder wants!)

Doing periodic reporting always feels like it's going to be easy, just make another copy of everything, change some dates, and run it again! But stakeholders have a way of looking at your hard work, thanking you for (if you're lucky) and asking for exactly the new view that was the hardest to implement. How do you build out a report that won't become tangled mess when all of these requests pile up?…


Added by Matt Ritter on July 6, 2015 at 2:01am — No Comments

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