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 →

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 →

A Literal Pie Chart

I'm so excited! 314 Pie just delivered my dinner and it's baking as I write this. I ordered several different pies and was wondering how I was going to tell them apart. Then I noticed some shapes on the top of the crust - diamonds, rectangle and a triangle. Their cooking instructions showed the legend:... Continue Reading →

Is it me or a toxic teammate?

Yesterday wasn't a good day. I work on a small "team". We don't really interact as a team ought to. We end up working in silos because that is the path of least resistance. We lack any cross training, change control process, and basic communication. One developer deployed code into production without informing anyone. It... Continue Reading →

Perspective

Today, President Trump tweeted out an image of a map with county shapes that looked Republican red. I was curious where this map originated from. There was an article back in 2016 by the Washington Post that provided some perspective. This was by county, the 2016 election results. However, the FLAT red county level map doesn't... Continue Reading →

Tableau Quick Tip: Show ALL Labels

I was trying to play with the hex map concept. But I noticed my state abbreviations were only showing up on a handful of my marks. I discovered that you can simply click on Label in the Marks card and select "Allow labels to overlap other marks": And boom! All labels are now on display.

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