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Business Intelligence: Good Things to Share!

Submitted by on 2012-06-22 – 7:55 AM 6 Comments

I have been very busy in the past month writing guest post for some of the different blogs that I follow and find interesting.  I’ve also been reading some books that I wanted to share with you!

Blogging! Blogging! and More Blogging!

Here’s some of the guest posts that I have contributed around the web.

  • Password Encoding with SAS
    Paul Homes writes the most incredible blog (Platform Administrator) for SAS system administrators.  I was honored when he asked me to contribute to his blog – considering I’m nowhere near the powerhouse of administration knowledge he is. However, I did have one tip about how to encode your password and use it in SAS programs or SAS Enterprise Guide profiles.
  •  User Conferences = Busy Summer
    Waynette Tubbs seems to be the social media face for SAS.  Her blog about the SAS User Groups always has a few gems.   She asked to reprint one of my other blog posts about the conferences I’m planning to attend this summer. I did appreciate that folks who have already contacted me to let me know I would be seeing them in Milwaukee, London, and Long Beach.  Woot! Woot!  [Make sure you follow Waynette on Twitter – @waynettetubs]
  • 3 Lessons Learned From One Dismal BI Failure
    All Analytics really has some awesome content for anyone interested in analytics, big data, and business intelligence.  (Perhaps you know someone interested in those topics!?)
    This particular article was about a BI implementation that failed – hard.  So you may pick up a few tips you can use or at least what practices to avoid.
  • Watson is Going to Take My Job
    You may have seen Watson on Jeopardy.  IBM has built an INCREDIBLE computer that can understand language and provide an anwwer based on probability.  Watson is being “recruited” to help healthcare professionals diagnose patients based on symptoms.  Eeek … I thought.  How long before Watson takes my job!?!  But I identified some issues that Watson will have if he does take our jobs!  😉

Good Reference Books

I like to get other author’s take on dashboard, web design, and data visualization.  Here’s some books that I have read in the past month.  You might find a few jewels that  you want to add to your library.


It’s a Wrap

Do you have any recommended books that you thought were especially good – share the names and link in the Comments below.

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Tricia Aanderud

Director of Data Visualization at Zencos Consulting
Tricia Aanderud is a SAS Business Intelligence and Visual Analytics consultant based in Raleigh, NC who works for Zencos Consulting. She has written several books about SAS, presented papers at many SAS conferences, and has been using SAS since 2001. Contact her for assistance with your next project.
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  • Agreed 100%!!!

    My biggest takeaway from that situation was that I should have given my 2-week notice after the first meeting with that arrogant guy. 😉

  • Loved you article “3 Lessons Learned From One Dismal BI Failure”! I can tell you this is not the first time this has happened and i am pretty sure this wont be the last one. People just have to start leaving their EGOS at home…

  • Paul:
    You’re the bomb – we are hoping to come to your homeland next spring. That’s right- lock up all your valuables!

    Thanks for contributing!


  • Paul Homes says:

    Hi Tricia,

    Thanks for contributing to my platform admin blog recently. I’m a big fan of yours and Angela’s books (and blogs), which also include some great SAS admin tips too.

    That 100 things book looks really interesting. I’ve added to my reading list.


  • Thanks for commenting Jen. It’s amazing how “dumb” smart people can be isn’t it?

    The worse part of the whole situation was the toll it took on the staff morale.

  • Jen H says:

    Tricia, really liked the “Dismal BI Failure”. Very much something we relate to – competing BI products, IT vs industry experience, and disconnected leadership.