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Preconceived ideas lead to big data failures!

7 December 2014 is the 53rd anniversary of the Japanese attack on the US Naval base at Pearl Harbour that brought the United States into the Second World War. It is Sunday – just as it was 53 years ago. The attack saw the Japanese strike a significant blow against the US Pacific fleet sinking…

Happy 2015: May the data be with you!

I’m sure we are all feeling lazy over the holidays so I thought I would cheat by highlighting Dr Thomas Redman’s (@thedatadoc1) great video – Two Minutes that Matter in Data. A simple insight that gets to the crux of why data is a business problem To learn more from Dr Redman check out his online courses Crafting…

2014 in review – thanks for reading!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 10,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many…

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On Christmas traditions and data quality

Merry Christmas – to all that follow this tradition. South Africa is a largely Protestant country. For most of us, Christmas means waking up early to open presents that may have been stacked under a traditional Christmas tree. This may be followed by a visit to church, for those that are religious,or simply turn in…

Accounting for your data as a business asset

In a digital world, data is a critical aspect of business. However, from an accounting point of view, while data storage, backup, management and recovery can all easily be accounted for, the value of information itself is intangible and hard to quantify.[Tweet This] Despite its intangible nature, quality data underpins practically every aspect of a…