Category Archives: Best Practices

2011 Was About Changing Your Mind

2011 was about changing your mind. Why the change? What happened that caused this change? Are we getting to a point in business where we’re being transparent with our customers, and as a result we see what’s normally been discussed behind closed doors? Continue reading

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How to learn faster and get up to speed

YouTube is an amazing tool for learning languages and programs. A perfect example is SteveFox1973 who makes basic Microsoft’s Sql Server Integration Services (SSIS) videos. Continue reading

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The First Rule When Networking With People

Networking with people can be either a huge amount of time, a drain on the other person, or something mutually beneficial. Learn the first rule in networking to start things off right. Continue reading

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The most frustrating question you have to answer all the time

Business Intelligence is about making solutions and helping the company get smarter. When you’re asked, “what is that?”, you analyze how long you have with this person and their level of interest before you respond. Here are three responses based on time and level of interest. Continue reading

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For my birthday I want…

What if your boss asked you what you wanted for your birthday? It might be time to keep a list of business wishes, and work then into some goal setting process. Continue reading

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How to Create New Categories of Data

This happens all the time; you get a set of data and you realize that whatever category is there, is wrong. Here’s a video showing how to re-categorize the data quickly and easily. It uses a few formulas, and we have videos showing those in detail. Continue reading

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How CBS’s “Criminal Minds” can make you a better Business Intelligence Professional

Watching TV isn’t being lazy… it’s research. I learned three things by Watching Criminal Minds. Keep files on people. Make notes during and after meetings. Track down all leads. Continue reading

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Checklist for Going on Vacation

I had a week vacation coming and wasn’t sure “exactly” what week I was going to take. In the rush to get out of the office I didn’t cover everything I should have. That following Monday, I missed a meeting and had my boss ask me about deadlines. I and even had some colleagues from Scotland call me while I was making breakfast for my kids. I realized that I should have had this checklist. Continue reading

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OLAP – The Business Intelligence Podcast [BIP]

This podcast can be found in iTunes by searching for “Business Intelligence Podcast” in this 22 minute show we cover: How to better present your purpose by switching the order, how OLAP can unclutter your job, and how we saved someone’s life by figuring out how to count colored rows in Excel. Continue reading

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Business Intelligence Professionals Are Like Batman

Business Intelligence Professionals Are Like superheroes because they want to keep their anonymity and they pass on their information for others to respond to. A good metaphor is Police Commissioner Gordon and Batman. Continue reading

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