Welcome to my blog

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!

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Power BI Dashboards: Dashboarding Made Simple (21st December 2014)

Microsoft lives up to their promise of Dashboarding Made Simple with their latest Power BI preview.

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Vanity Dashboards (25th November 2014)

Is your dashboard a vanity dashboard? How can you tell?

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Never Type in a Demo (1st October 2014)

Never type in a demo.

Ever since I started doing technical presentations, I've heard that advice. After all, typing is error-prone. If your demo fails because you missed a semi-colon or spelled a word incorrectly, it can be very stressful. Especially with dozens of eyes watching you as you sit there, flustered, trying to figure out what is wrong.

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One Version of the Truth (30th August 2014)

One version of the truth is a pipe dream, but a data warehouse does help.

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Remote Workers (10th June 2014)

Why support remote workers?

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City of Madison Growth (2nd June 2014)

As often seems to be the case with data, the question I ended up answered was not the question I started out with.

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Actionability (18th May 2014)

I've said this before and I'll say this again: Actionability is key.

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Innovation: Invention vs. Improvement (27th April 2014)

Innovation is a big buzzword in business today. But what's better for your career? Inventing something new or improving something that already exists?

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Simple Math (13th April 2014)

If you thought simple math was hard, you're not alone. Indeed, you might be surprised to know that Excel agrees with you.

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Madison Modern Excel User Group Inaugural Meeting (28th March 2014)

This month I became an accidental Modern Excel User Group Organizer...

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