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I brought the graph

A recent episode on Australian television program, Q&A, pitted Professor Brian Cox against client change skeptic and Australian politician, Malcolm Roberts. Watch the first video (edited 6 minute review, some swearing)  for some classic data governance issues: Where’s the evidence? What was the source of the data? The data has been corrupted…. and more… Do…

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Big data driving shift from reporting to analytics

According to Gartner Research, business intelligence and analytics will remain a CIO focus for at least the next few years. This is because the benefits of fact-based decision making are clear to business managers across marketing, sales, supply chain, risk management and finance. However, the emergence of big data analytics is causing a shift in business…

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Are spreadsheets the way to data science?

A recent @able2extract survey asked a range of experts the following question: Where do you see the future of MS Excel in Business Intelligence Workflows? The various perspectives of the experts polled can be viewed by following the above link. Essentially, the message is simple: Excel remains an important BI tool because it is one of the…

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The Department of Data Quality Affairs

A recent conversation with a client about the use of drop down lists reminded me of a project I was involved with a few years back. A few years ago the South African government embarked on a cross departmental project to improve service delivery. A centralised workflow system captured service requests and allocated them to…

Why Business Intelligence fails

The opening round of Super Rugby this last week end was a classic example of how business intelligence fails. Predicting the first round of any sporting event is always a bit of a gamble – largely because one is looking at historical data. In many cases this can be a sound strategy. In the absence of…

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Quality data gives better, bigger insights

In “The small print: You’re going to have to clean up all that big data“, data scientist and Datameer CEO, Stefan Groschupf, debunks the popular big data myth that garbage in big data sources can be ignored and still deliver good quality insights. In fact, Stefan points out that the exponential growth of both data…