Business Intelligence
729 views

Looking for Kool-Aid at the Tableau conference

TedCuzzillo - November 22, 2011

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…

Analytics
804 views

Paul Kedrosky, “the man who counts ladders”

TedCuzzillo - November 8, 2011

 Howard Dresner is a celebrity in the business intelligence industry, but most people at last year’s Tableau conference didn’t even recognize him when he showed up there.…

Analytics
788 views

Survey’s Closed, Results Coming

TedCuzzillo - September 22, 2011

This afternoon, I finally closed the long-running survey of “those who analyze data.” The results are seeping in to Datadoodle headquarters. I’ll release them in stages over…

Business Intelligence
778 views

Big BI and the Ladder Man to Come Calling at the Tableau Conference

TedCuzzillo - August 15, 2011

 Howard Dresner is a celebrity in the business intelligence industry, but most people at last year’s Tableau conference didn’t even recognize him when he showed up there.…

Analytics
814 views

Skinning ‘analytics’ — the word

TedCuzzillo - August 10, 2011

 “Analytics,” the term, has been twisted so badly that Wayne Eckerson last month felt moved to rescue it with a definition. Rather, two definitions, possibly more. One…

Analytics
832 views

Data Analyst for a Construction Company: Where to Look?

TedCuzzillo - August 8, 2011

 The general manager of a local builder wanted my advice the other morning — how to find a data analyst. I’m sure a lot of small-business managers…

Business Intelligence
729 views

Top Three Ways BI Buyers Choose Badly

TedCuzzillo - July 11, 2011

 Most people shopping for business intelligence tools think they’re sophisticated, observes a sales person who often represents a large vendor in TDWI exhibit halls. Most of these…

Analytics
914 views

The analyst did it

TedCuzzillo - July 8, 2011

 Just out of the frame of that now-famous photo of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and others as they watched the operation against Osama bin Laden was the…

Data Mining
866 views

Data Collection: No Dashboard, Just an Ironing Board

TedCuzzillo - June 15, 2011

As if to renounce one more convention of business, a Berkeley-area businessperson I know couldn’t find data, so he went out and got some of his own.…

Analytics
657 views

Where Data Analysis is a Nightmare

TedCuzzillo - April 18, 2011

There are the dream organizations that deploy data analysts wisely. Then there are the nightmares, such as the I.R.S. as portrayed in David Foster Wallace’s last novel,…