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EDW in the Cloud TCO

In 2016, when I did my first in-depth comparison, the resulting TCOs were usually very close. Usually, the OpEx was slightly higher for the cloud TCO versus the on-prem TCO required substantial capital investment. However, our most recent estimate was eye-opening to our client.  We were assessing a green-field implementation for a Data Warehouse at […]

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[Guide] Designing a Data Governance Program in Financial Services

Data is the lifeblood of any company. It is the basis of management decision-making, regulatory supervision, taxation, and investor and market behavior. In recent years, firms have recognized data as an independent asset that should be managed and leveraged to fully reap its benefits. As firms began to recognize the power of data for its […]

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NYDFS 500 and GDPR in Financial Services – Actions to Take Now

My previous blog focused on addressing the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and all the regulations that came with it. In my final post of this series, I want to outline the actions you can take to remain proactive with data privacy laws surrounding NYDFS 500 and GDPR. Understanding NYDFS 500 and GDPR, their impacts […]

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Do You Shuffle Data or Use It?

To be successful with your data, you need to know if your company is focused on reporting the data or analyzing the data for intelligent decisions.  I’ll lay out two fictional organizational examples.  Think about which one your company resembles and which one you would like it to resemble.  One represents a company that primarily […]

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How to Get the Most out of Datorama

You’ve made the commitment to show measurable results from your marketing efforts. You know there’s value in making data-driven decisions. And maybe you’ve heard that Datorama can help. So … now what? We all know that technology can only take things so far. To maximize the value of your marketing ROI measurement, you need a […]

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5 Advantages of Datorama for Marketers

We all know the importance of measuring ROI and making data-driven decisions. The concept is simple. The execution, on the other hand, is easier said than done. The challenge isn’t a shortage of data. As a marketer, you’re likely sitting on a pile of it. But typically, this data lives all over the place, including […]

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Acceptability Equals Mobility

Out of Touch? I was at a doctor’s office a few weeks back.  I thought it was strange that he brought in a laptop and was pulling up patient information from it.  It may not be strange to most, but it was for me.  I have grown used to seeing an in-office standup computer system […]

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Declare Your Independence From Spreadsheets

What is important to you?  That is an important question and your answer(s) to it usually defines how you live your life.  But what about “What is important to you professionally in your career?” Do the answers to that question define how you work, where you work, and what you do with your work?  With […]

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Manage by Exception – Setting up an Alert in Domo

Let’s be honest, we all get them. Some come from our team members, some we even set up ourselves, but after a while, they are ignored and turn to noise. What am I talking about? I’m talking about emailed reports. More specifically routine emailed reports that come because you are afraid to miss out on […]

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GDPR: Data Privacy Laws in Financial Services

My previous blog post addresses the reasons for the regulation and the requirements associated with the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) 23 NYCRR 500. In this blog, I am addressing the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and all the regulations that come with it. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a […]

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Oracle Analytics Summit 2019 – Making It Easy for the Customer

On Tuesday of this week I attended the invitation only, 1st annual Oracle Analytics Summit at the Skywalker Ranch just outside of San Francisco. It was held in a beautiful location and was attended by customers, partners and industry press personnel. At the Summit Oracle introduced new analytics products and announced plans to simplify the […]

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Data Architecture and Design Thinking

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. – Leonardo da Vinci Simplicity is a very important strategy as people are thinking of designing their modern data platforms. Design is often a complex task, so I recommend applying strong design thinking to simple goals as you lead your data architecture teams. I have stood before many architecture review […]

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Oracle Simplifies Branding and Packaging of its Analytics Product

Oracle simplifies its cloud, on-premises and prebuilt analytics applications under a single brand ‘Oracle Analytics’. At the analytics summit this week, Oracle announced a new customer-centric vision for its Analytics product. Under the new product direction, 18+ products which include Oracle Analytics Cloud, on-premises platforms like OBIEE, Oracle BI Applications among others will be consolidated […]

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How to Build a Winning Data Platform

Recently, at Informatica World 2019, I heard the importance of data platform in building AI capabilities for the organization. What is interesting is that Informatica, known for their products delivering the “Switzerland of Data”, is now using AI capabilities to enhance their own suite of products with CLAIRE capabilities. In further exploring a few other […]

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Why Data Now Makes Every Company a Tech Company

Along with countless others in the IT consulting space, I’ve written about the challenges facing businesses as they undergo their various digital transformation initiatives. I find the topic endlessly fascinating, as it not only speaks to today’s business opportunities but explores what will be the foundation for the next century of innovation. Discussing how IoT, […]

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NYDFS 500: Why the Regulation?

Previously, I discussed data privacy laws, specifically involving New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) 23 NYCRR 500. Now, I want to address the reasons for the regulation and the requirements. This regulation is in place to promote the protection of nonpublic information (NPI) as well as the information technology systems of regulated entities. […]

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AI and New Collar Jobs

Gartner stated that AI will create 2.3 Million jobs in 2020, while eliminating 1.8 Million. In my previous blog, “AI Adoption and How to Thrive in 4th Industrial Revolution“, I had written about the importance of humans to co-exist with AI or jeopardize their jobs. Gartner had confirmed this by calling AI a “positive job […]

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Handling Multiple Action Filters in Tableau

Action filters are new type of dashboard action that allows the user to dynamically control which dimension members are included in a set. It allows higher level of visualization interactivity. By selecting a specific category, the dashboard will be filtered to highlight that category. The existing set is updated with the values in that set […]

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Data Privacy Laws in Financial Services: NYDFS 500

In my previous post, I discussed what data privacy is and why it’s important? In my post today I want to discuss data privacy laws, specifically involving New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) 23 NYCRR 500. The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) 23 NYCRR 500 is a set of regulations […]

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Is Artificial Intelligence the ‘Killer App’ for Data Governance?

For the very few that are not familiar with the term “killer app” we will start with a definition.  Merriam-Webster defines “killer app” as “a computer application of such great value or popularity that it assures the success of the technology with which it is associated.” In layman’s terms, it is the ‘thing’ that you […]

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