The Ethics Of Big Data

Some time ago I received a review copy of a book called “Ethics Of Big Data” from O’Reilly; I didn’t get round to writing a review of it here for a number of reasons but, despite its flaws (for example its brevity and limited scope), it’s worth reading. It deals with the ethics of data […] more…
Pinned today:

Pinned today:

On the blocking board, using my new Knit Pro blocking wires – what a cool idea! #scheepjes #stonewashed #missneriss #crochet #scheepjeswol more…
Calculating The Value Of Overdue Invoices Using Many-To-Many Relationships in SSAS Multidimensional

Calculating The Value Of Overdue Invoices Using Many-To-Many Relationships in SSAS Multidimensional

Recently I had to solve the same, rather complex, problem for three different customers within the space of two weeks, a variation of the ‘events-in-progress’ problem I’ve blogged about a lot in the past. It’s this one: how can you calculate the value of your overdue invoices on any given date? It’s important to stress […] more…
Calculating The Value Of Overdue Invoices Using Many-To-Many Relationships in SSAS Multidimensional

Calculating The Value Of Overdue Invoices Using Many-To-Many Relationships in SSAS Multidimensional

Recently I had to solve the same, rather complex, problem for three different customers within the space of two weeks, a variation of the ‘events-in-progress’ problem I’ve blogged about a lot in the past. It’s this one: how can you calculate the value of your overdue invoices on any given date? It’s important to stress […] more…

Microsoft brings two open source tools to Azure

July 22, 2014, 4:32 PM — Following through on promises from new CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft continues to add support for non-Microsoft technologies, allowing them to run well on the company’s Azure cloud hosting platform. “There are a wide variety of platforms and technologies that developers and IT managers like to use. We’re just trying […] more…

IBM aims to disrupt supercomputing market with cloud enticements

July 23, 2014, 3:58 PM — IBM is offering a potentially powerful incentive in its attempts to entice organizations to move supercomputing jobs to the cloud: a high-speed network communications link called InfiniBand. “Companies are embracing cloud for standard workloads, but they are also looking to move their high-performance workloads to the cloud, or looking […] more…
Working With Excel Named Ranges In Power Query

Working With Excel Named Ranges In Power Query

One of the more recent additions to Power Query is the ability to access data from named ranges in the Excel worksheet rather than an Excel table. I’ve got used to formatting data as tables in Excel because that’s what Power Pivot needs to import data directly from the worksheet, but if you are working […] more…
Working With Excel Named Ranges In Power Query

Working With Excel Named Ranges In Power Query

One of the more recent additions to Power Query is the ability to access data from named ranges in the Excel worksheet rather than an Excel table. I’ve got used to formatting data as tables in Excel because that’s what Power Pivot needs to import data directly from the worksheet, but if you are working […] more…

How to Set Up a New Business Using Only Cloud Services

As recently as five years ago, setting up a new business and equipping it for a PC-literate workforce was a costly affair. You needed to acquire server hardware and pay various software licensing fees. The availability of mature, cloud-based services means that the situation is radically different today. Businesses can access the capabilities they require […] more…
Bring Together Brains and Beliefs for Balanced Leadership

Bring Together Brains and Beliefs for Balanced Leadership

It shouldn’t surprise us that a Columbia University professor challenged conventional wisdom, or that leadership should change as a result. What does stump us though, is how to infuse intelligence and wisdom in ways that lead genuine progress. Phillip Hamburger’s book shows self-serving political origins of the “separation of church and state” policy. Thomas Jefferson […] more…

How Big Data Is Changing the Travel Industry

Analytics and big data are changing all sorts of industries, and not just the usual suspects like retail, logistics, and high-tech. Data is also transforming the worlds of hospitality and travel – aside from the obvious way of Airbnb, Kayak, TripAdvisor, and Expedia’s operations. Because the cost of analytics platforms keeps dropping and employees are […] more…

New Power BI Q&A Functionality Released: Optimisation In The Browser

Seems like another new bit of Power BI functionality got released today: the ability to optimize your data model for Q&A in the browser. Here’s the link to the docs: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/office-365-business/power-bi-q-a-optimize-a-power-bi-workbook-cloud-modeling-HA104226408.aspx?redir=0 Previously, the ability to add synonyms to your model to improve the results you got from Q&A was only available in Excel on the […] more…

New Power BI Q&A Functionality Released: Optimisation In The Browser

Seems like another new bit of Power BI functionality got released today: the ability to optimize your data model for Q&A in the browser. Here’s the link to the docs: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/office-365-business/power-bi-q-a-optimize-a-power-bi-workbook-cloud-modeling-HA104226408.aspx?redir=0 Previously, the ability to add synonyms to your model to improve the results you got from Q&A was only available in Excel on the […] more…

New Power BI Features Shown At WPC

OK, so I’m not at WPC this year but I have just watched this video of Scott Guthrie’s session “The Cloud for Modern Business”. If you’re interested in seeing some new Power BI features take a look at the demo by James Phillips, general manager for Power BI, starting at 21:20: http://www.digitalwpc.com/Videos/Pages/Videos.aspx?g=4d5ef40c-dc5b-426d-9a7a-8dd6274bb42b#fbid=gaOpLt1jjcA Some of the […] more…

New Power BI Features Shown At WPC

OK, so I’m not at WPC this year but I have just watched this video of Scott Guthrie’s session “The Cloud for Modern Business”. If you’re interested in seeing some new Power BI features take a look at the demo by James Phillips, general manager for Power BI, starting at 21:20: http://www.digitalwpc.com/Videos/Pages/Videos.aspx?g=4d5ef40c-dc5b-426d-9a7a-8dd6274bb42b#fbid=gaOpLt1jjcA Some of the […] more…

Data Acceleration: Architecture for the Modern Data Supply Chain

Data acceleration helps organizations address three key challenges—movement, processing and interactivity—and more rapidly discover insights. Unlock the value hidden from your data. By treating data as a supply chain, you can enable it to flow easily and usefully throughout the entire organization. : Data Acceleration: Architecture for the Modern Data Supply Chain more…

With Cloud Computing, Flexibility Isn’t Always a Good Thing

In my last post, I talked about how cloud computing, and in particular Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), is and is not particularly flexible. Flexibility comes from a model that doesn’t require any data center hardware and from a series of extensive APIs that are an integral part of the best SaaS offerings. But at the same time, […] more…
June 2014 Analytics, Big Data, Data Mining Acquisitions and …

June 2014 Analytics, Big Data, Data Mining Acquisitions and …

Tweet Next post June 2014 acquisitions, startups, and company activity in Analytics, Big Data, Data Mining, and Data Science: MapR, CloudPhysics, Clari, ThoughtSpot, SiSense, Elasticsearch, Trifacta, @CBinsights startup post-mortem lessons, and more. By Gregory Piatetsky, July 9, 2014. Here is the company, startup, and acquisition activity for June 2014 from @kdnuggets. See the latest under […] more…
Power Query Book Published!

Power Query Book Published!

Looking for some summer holiday (or winter holiday, depending on which hemisphere you live in) reading? If so, may I suggest my new Power Query book? “Power Query for Power BI and Excel” is available now from the Apress site, Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and all good bookstores. It’s an introductory level book. It covers all of […] more…
Power Query Book Published!

Power Query Book Published!

Looking for some summer holiday (or winter holiday, depending on which hemisphere you live in) reading? If so, may I suggest my new Power Query book? “Power Query for Power BI and Excel” is available now from the Apress site, Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and all good bookstores. It’s an introductory level book. It covers all of […] more…
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