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Did Agile kill the Business Analyst Star?

Where have all the business analysts gone? Agile seems to have placed less emphasis on having a formal business analyst role. Teams end up looking to product owners and developers to analyze and gather requirements. But that can lead to some frustrations and potentially slow your velocity. Is it time to formalize the business analyst role on an Agile team?

Little Data is Sexy Too

I regularly attend conferences and meetup groups focused on data and business intelligence (BI) in order to keep up my industry knowledge, network with my peers and just because I enjoy talking about data. These are virtual now with Covid, but over the last few years, I’ve noticed that while the topics are fun and... Continue Reading →

Connecting Snowflake to Esri Coming Soon

Earlier this year, I wrote a brief post about how to connect Snowflake to Esri's ArcGIS. That worked for version 10.4. When we upgraded to 10.7, the ODBC connection appeared to connect to Snowflake but wouldn't actually retrieve any data. Today, I finally was able to connect w/ some Esri folks to learn about their... Continue Reading →

Why is data governance important?

Today, we're featuring a guest blogger. Kimberly Miles is a seasoned IT Leader with 10+ years of specialized experience overseeing technical program and data product management, driving product vision, strategy, and innovation.  One of the obstacles to managing data is justifying why a data strategy is essential.  For data-obsessed people like me, data governance is... Continue Reading →

Choose your names wisely

Tip: Avoid using reserved words as object names. The other day, I chose a name for a schema in SQL Server that had some unintended consequences. I had created some audit tables to track historical changes and named the schema "audit". It didn't occur to me that "audit" is a SQL Server reserved word. I... Continue Reading →

A Bird’s Eye View of Data Migration

Data migration can be incredibly daunting. Finding a home for every field, pixel, and document in a new system is like moving between libraries that have completely different classification systems. Or like helping an elderly relative move out of their decades-long home and downsize into a new apartment. Often it feels like being caught up... Continue Reading →

Data Literacy and Covid-19

This has been a year like no other, the effects of Covid-19 have impacted us all on personal and professional levels. In the first part of the year, I was looking at booking behaviors and worrying about the impacts to travel in Asia. By the end of March, I found myself obsessively checking Covid-19 statistics... Continue Reading →

Catfishing Data

The above graph was on the Georgia Department of Public Health site and it shows the top 5 counties with the greatest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases. At first glance, it appears that their case counts have been on the decline. That's great news! Except that it's not quite correct. Look closely and you'll see... Continue Reading →

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