This blog starting out being about the books I wrote for ExpressionEngine. Now, the posts are more likely to be focused on my career in the world of Business Intelligence. My plan is not to get too technical, as there are hundreds of people with far more technical knowledge than me. Rather, I plan to talk more 'big picture' about Business Intelligence (especially self-service BI), work-life balance and other digestible topics. Enjoy!
I have a tendency to ignore new features in software until I know I need them. This rarely works out for me because until I know what the feature does, how will I know if I will need it?
I've been keeping busy.
It's more than half-way through the year, and I've decided to abandon my 2013 goals.
On Wednesday I drove up to Appleton, WI to present at FoxPASS on pivot tables. This was my first time visiting a user group outside Madison as a guest presenter and I was excited.
Pivot tables are a key part of true self-service Business Intelligence in a Microsoft-based BI organization. They basically allow you unfettered access to all the data in a cube while working completely within Excel.
Do you write readable code? Are you sure? The chances are, unless you're me, you don't.
Today I had a challenge: I had a report that showed amounts for a given account. The amounts were in different currencies depending on the account. I had a list of amounts and the currency the amounts were in and so I wanted SSRS to display the right currency symbol based on which account was being viewed. Sounds simple, right?
If you know me, you'll know automation is something I've loved for a long time. Why do something manually if the computer can do it?
Last month I finished reading one of the worst-written books I have ever read: The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb.
Earlier this month I had the honour of presenting on Power View at SQL Saturday Chicago.