This past Monday I watched the Bowl Championship Series title game between the (American-style) football teams from Auburn University and Florida State University. As is my usual custom when watching sports between teams for which I have no rooting interest, I spend time looking for statistics to help me decide where to place my loyalties for(…)
Still don’t think you have a big data problem? I’m here to tell you that you’re doing it wrong. Everyone has a big data problem, they just don’t know it yet. Two weeks ago at the PASS Business Analytics Conference I heard Steven Levitt talk about how there is a severe shortage of people in(…)
Most readers of this blog are likely to be familiar with the term accidental DBA. It is meant to describe someone that ended up in the role of database administration by pure chance. They simply happened to be in the right place at the right time (or right place at the wrong time). I even wrote a book(…)
Everything you need to know about being a data professional you can learn by watching ‘Gangnam Style’ by PSY. With over a billion views on YouTube chances are you’ve seen it as well by now. Then again with over 7 billion people on the planet I suppose there is a better chance you haven’t seen(…)
Well, of course you feel that way, especially when all the data is yours for the taking, much like dinner on Thanksgiving.
It happens every year. You sit at the table, feeling full and wanting more. So many choices are on the table for you. Having already sampled everything at least once, and despite no longer needing any additional calories, you stand up and stick your fork into plate of juicy turkey flesh. You take a huge(…)