Business Intelligence: Good Things to Share!
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.
- The Visual Miscellaneum, McCandless
This book is pretty. However, it also gives you some good ideas about the different ways you can explore and visualize data. Check out the customer images at Amazon. It was on my coffee table and I’ve noticed several visitors who have just enjoyed looking at the book.
Author Website: Information is Beautiful.
- 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People, Weinschenk
This author discussing how people perceive information. She has some really good examples of what our eye sees and our brain interprets. I picked up a few tips.
Here’s the author’s website where she has some other examples: What Makes Them Click.
- Visualize This: The FlowingData Guide to Design, Visualization, and Statistics, Yau
Some of this information I have seen before – however, I thought the author did a good job of making it fresh. He has a lot of examples and practical advise. The author really zeros in on the idea that your data has to tell a story.
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.