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Psychographics for Small Business

Every business has data. How are you going to use it? Today we talk about analyzing customer data based on location and psychographics. Location or geospatial data is becoming easier to analyze using free tools such as Google Fusion Tables. Psychographics sounds complicated, but it just means going beyond demographics like age and gender to […]

Got Agile?

I recently had the privilege of working with a great team which had an Agile Coach and a Certified Scrum Master from SolutionsIQ. Doing Business Intelligence (BI) projects with Agile takes a complete change of attitude and habits for those of us like me who spent the last decade doing waterfall based data warehousing and […]

Downloads for SQL Saturday #396 – Dallas BI Edition

Here are the downloads for today’s sessions at SQL Saturday #396, Dallas BI Editoni. BI Basics: Finding Return on Data   Kimball’s not Dead:  Dimensional Modeling Basics   Thank you to all the sponsors.  Thank you for inviting me.  

Appreciation Dinner at Vast

We had a wonderful evening with clients and advisory board members at Vast this evening. Thank you to all who made this a great year. Thank you to Denise for putting together the dinner. High resolution copies of tonight can be picked up on the Facebook photo gallery. Post by Cognitive Information.

Book: Hadoop, The Definitive Guide (O’Reilly)

This book gave me the tools I needed to get started with Hadoop.  The author uses easy to understand language to describe a very compicated set of tools.   The example code is easy to download and get started right away. I was working 3 IT projects, fixing stuff at home, starting a new job, trying […]

My Board Experience at The Alternative Board (TAB)

About two years ago I was invited to visit a Business Owner Advisory board, hosted by Art Miller at The Alternative Board (TAB). These meetings are where owners who don’t have a full board agree to meet monthly for half a day with each member bringing one business problem or goal to discuss with the […]

End of Consulting Services

I want to start by saying thank you to all my customers through the years. You’ve trusted me to come into your company to solve problems with your data systems.  You’ve invited me to your homes, your dinners, birthday lunches and picnics. But like the Motley Crue concert tour ‘All good things must end’ and […]

Review – Pragmatic Works Task Factory

I’ve been using Pragmatic Works Task Factory to prototype a Business Solution (BI) for a new client and want take a minute to list my likes and dislikes. First, I’m no expert as I’ve only used it a month but their video tutorials have helped get started. Some of the individual components, such as Slowly […]

Speaking Schedule

I’m looking forward to speaking at the following upcoming events. August 15th – Tulsa TechFest,  speaking about Business Intelligence Basics and SQL Server Reporting Services Basics August 23 – SQL Saturday 309 in Oklahoma City, speaking about Business Intelligence Basics and SQL 2014 Columnstore Indexes September 13 – SQL Saturday 300 in Kansas City,  Business Intelligence […]

Buy SQL Server 2014 Developer Edition

Haven’t got SQL Server 2014 Developer Edition yet? Microsoft Store has the download. If you haven’t already bought it, go here: Since 2009, all referral fees have been donated to charity.

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