Fishing Analytics – Getting ‘Hooked’ on Python and Power BI

Fishing Analytics – Getting ‘Hooked’ on Python and Power BI

What’s more satisfying than finding a way to combine two of your passions? I asked myself this as I cranked out Python code to process online fish stocking records in a recent fishing analytics pet project. But let’s take a step back first. Our CEO Kevin McCarty was recently published in a Forbes magazine article discussing how tech nerds become successful commercial technologists.…

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When Design Thinking Meets Data Science

When Design Thinking Meets Data Science

In the world of big data and predictive analytics the standard approach for gathering and analyzing data follows the CRISP-DM approach. While the CRISP-DM model has been a good approach on which to structure many projects, it suffers from the same issues waterfall-style requirements gathering approaches to software design have suffered from, including: Longer time to understand the...

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Graph Databases: Connecting the Dots

Graph Databases: Connecting the Dots

The global population of data is rapidly growing and organizations are finding themselves challenged with how to store and manage data in a way that quickly leads to tap into actionable data. Today’s business decisions demand more complex data models that precisely represent the characteristics of entities and how these entities relate to one another in the physical world.…

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The Implications of Big-data Marketing: Bigger Than You Think

The Implications of Big-data Marketing: Bigger Than You Think

Across all industries – from utilities to banking and from healthcare to education – organizations are tapping into unprecedented amounts and types of actionable “big data” to understand consumers and drive powerful engagement. This is possible through evolving tools that analyze and parse data into hyper-personalized micro-segments of consumers – enabling an organization to deliver the right...

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The Big Data Analytics Revolution – How Big Data Has Changed Business Intelligence

The Big Data Analytics Revolution – How Big Data Has Changed Business Intelligence

Big Data is mainstream. Over the past few years, the Big Data buzz has dissipated as companies look to shift from awareness to action. At O’Reilly’s Strata+Hadoop conference last September, I was excited to hear the victorious claim that Big Data had gone mainstream and ever since I have seen evidence through our clients, partners, and publicized examples of Big Data cases.…

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Partly Cloudy with a Chance of Compliance

Partly Cloudy with a Chance of Compliance

As advisors to our 100+ private equity clients who use M&A activity to provide positive returns to their investors, WMP helps establish platforms, processes, and technology that can enable rapid EBITDA growth. Within the world of M&A, carve-outs and divestitures are some of the most complex situations when it comes to quickly getting the newly acquired business on the right track...

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New in SQL Server 2016 – Part 2: Investing in the Already Mature Multidimensional Model

New in SQL Server 2016 – Part 2: Investing in the Already Mature Multidimensional Model

I recently attended Microsoft’s quarterly Minnesota BI User Group Meeting, and I particularly enjoyed learning from Will Weber (a Data Platform Solution Architect at Microsoft) about their upcoming release of SQL Server 2016. This is the second installment in a blog series that will summarize the various additions and enhancements that Microsoft is introducing to their BI stack from the...

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5 Keys to Success for Modern Data-Driven Organizations

5 Keys to Success for Modern Data-Driven Organizations

This February, Gartner announced a somewhat unexpected change in categorization language in their 2016 BI (Business Intelligence) & Analytics Magic Quadrant by introducing the concept of “Modern BI Platforms.” This shift sent ripples through the BI platforms space as vendor positioning shuffled, leaving Microsoft, Tableau, and Qlikview as leaders when the dust settled.…

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New in SQL Server 2016 – Part 1: A Much Needed Facelift for the Tabular Model

New in SQL Server 2016 – Part 1: A Much Needed Facelift for the Tabular Model

I recently attended Microsoft’s quarterly Minnesota BI User Group Meeting, and I particularly enjoyed learning from Will Weber (a Data Platform Solution Architect at Microsoft) about their upcoming release of SQL Server 2016. This blog series will summarize the various additions and enhancements that Microsoft is introducing to their BI stack from the perspective of a BI developer.…

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Tableau: Beyond the Buzzword – Part 2

Tableau continues to be a Leader within Gartner’s Magic Quadrant Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms in ability to execute, placing for the third time in this category in February, 2015[1]. For good reasons, Tableau is a buzzword within many mid-to-large size firms, as addressed in my previous blog post, Tableau: Beyond the Buzzword – Part 1.…

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Ready to Switch Reporting Platforms? It Doesn’t Have To Be a Headache

The nature of how we produce and consume data is constantly evolving, and with it our reporting tools evolve too. Advancements in reporting platforms allow companies to become more sophisticated in the way they interact with the information they use to make decisions about their business. Many firms have deliberated moving to a more advanced reporting platform better suited to their needs, but...

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Tableau: Beyond the Buzzword – Part 1

Tableau: Beyond the Buzzword – Part 1

Tableau Software has created a lot of buzz within many mid-to-large-size organizations.  These companies are looking to make the most of their ever-increasing data, knowing that gaining insights into their business is crucial to their ongoing success. These goals often bring attention to data visualization tools like Tableau. Although it has been around since early 2003, many companies still...

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