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It's no secret that some people hear about Tableau's passionate users and wonder what all the fuss is about. Back in June, in fact, one skeptical industry analyst tweeted to a Tableau fan, "Pal, you seem to have had... Read More..
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Haul away the hardware, peel off the software, rinse off the mystique and you see what the people who manage data really are: They're librarians. That's the role IT workers should model themselves on. I'm not talking about technology.... Read More..
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What do you get if appliances keep getting smarter, faster, and roomier inside? Choice A: abolition of IT, because who needs geeks? Choice B: license to be sloppy. You guessed it: sloppy and proud. Out of the loud, unruly... Read More..
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Search all the business literature you can and you'll never find data analysis compared to romantic love. But, hey, why not? Love's trajectories might hint at what the business world's newly enabled generation of data analysts can expect. These... Read More..
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A guy walks into your cube and asks you to whip up an econometric model. You're a statistician, after all, and you've got a Ph.D. in something or other. You do this for lunch, he figures. He "over-thought," says... Read More..
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When you come face to face with unfamiliar data, how do you proceed? How do you avoid sending you and your shiny "speed of thought" tool slamming into a dead end? Dan Murray's got a routine — and he's... Read More..
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As Stephen Few delivered his keynote address at the recent Tableau customer conference in Seattle, he suddenly broke his rhythm to look at someone in the audience. "Is that Howard Dresner?" he asked, surprised. It was. Howard is the... Read More..
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Many in the business intelligence industry talk about organizational problems getting in BI’s way, but few talk about them very much. Scratch the surface of most presentations and conversations — such as last week at the TDWI conference in... Read More..
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Does it seem to you like data analysis is busting out all over the place? It might become another fun game like chess or Chutes and Ladders — so this might be good time to recall an old admonition:... Read More..
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So many people who should know better seem to miss the point when they mention Tableau. Why? I asked BI veteran Stephen McDaniel for his thoughts — which he gave, but then went on to suggest an almost unheard... Read More..
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In this blog, freelance writer and analyst Ted Cuzzillo considers the far end of business intelligence, where technology meets the irregular human profile. With original reporting and analysis, he writes about data analysis and the analysts themselves, as well as a range of other concerns such as perceptions, terminology and personalities.

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