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In this issue, we present some of our favorite In the News topics and direct you to some great webinar presentations that have been recently delivered by our team.

 

Every issue, we will highlight some subject matter expertise we've contributed to the community in the Ask the Expert section.  In addition, we will share some things we have learned in recent meetings or projects in a section entitled Heard Around the Water Cooler as well as inform you of Upcoming Events.

 

We welcome your feedback for future issues.

 

The Management Team

StatSlice Systems

 

Recent Presentations Delivered by Our Team
Webinar: Mobile Business Intelligence with Roambi

On July 23, Jared Decker, Co-Founder of StatSlice Systems, presented a webinar on Roambi analytics.   In this webinar, Jared provides a guided tour of Roambi, a business intelligence software designed for the iPad and other IOS devices. Click here to watch the webinar. 

Webinar on Mobile BI with Roambi

Agile project management can work hand-in-hand with the waterfall method. Blog: Using Both Waterfall and Agile Methods 

On August 12, Justin Taylor, Manager Consultant at StatSlice Systems, published a blog with Dataversity regarding the use of both the waterfall and agile methods. Both methodologies are valid and have ample potential for success; however, that success always depends on the discipline of the project team and business.  To read the full blog, click here.  

 

Rock Your Company's Analytics

 

 Whitepaper:  Information Singularity and the Principles of the Analytics Rock Star

On July 1st, Bernard Wehbe, Co-Founder of StatSlice Systems, published a whitepaper explaining the idea of "information singularity" and how that relates to becoming an invaluable asset in your organization.  Click here to download a copy of the whitepaper.  

 

 
 
In the News
Tableau Online screenshot
Tableau Online: The Power of Tableau In The Cloud
Tableau Online, a hosted version of Tableau Server, makes rapid-fire business analytics easier than ever. You can be up and running in minutes with a complete business intelligence platform. To read more about this cloud version, click here.
 
 
 
Culture Amp's Murmur uses data to help boost employee morale  
Culture Amp's Analytics Platform Uses Data To Help Companies Boost Employee Morale 
Catherine Shu recently wrote an interesting article about Culture Amp, an innovative data-driven analytics platform that enables companies to track and improve worker morale.  Click here to read the full article. 
Ask the Experts
From Recent Roundtable Discussions: What is a "Best Practice?"

 

Response: Danny Tipton, Senior Consultant, StatSlice Systems

 

When implementing a BI solution, or any solution for that matter, there are always multiple ways to go about the execution.  Often, consultants will refer to one of the ways to implement a solution as a "best practice."  This could be what's recommended by the vendor of the tool in question or simply what the consultant has done previously that worked.  In reality, what constitutes a best practice needs to be tailored to each particular client and involves creating a process around what you are trying to accomplish as much as it involves a particular technical implementation choice.


This question came up recently with regards to how to deploy SSIS ETL packages.  The stated best practice is generally to use a file system deployment with variables for your connection managers.  However, after analyzing the situation, we decided that the benefits of project deployment were more important and better suited for the particular business process of the client.  The bottom line is that there is no such thing as an absolute "best practice" - only what is the best thing to do considering the particular situation at hand.

Heard Around the Water Cooler
What analysts can learn from physics

Persistence and Flexibility: What Analytics Can Learn From Physics

 

I'm pretty certain that any philosophical text carries a hidden instruction set which directs the human brain to <loop infinitely> until a self-preserving interrupt command is issued on our behalf by some other part of the brain.  Whether for infinite loop torture or mental floss, I do look for and sometimes come across interesting philosophical parallels with work applications.  I recently found one worth sharing.

 

The Lowest Granularity

 

To set the stage, it's worth considering a common question that arises in every business intelligence project that often proves not only difficult to answer but also carries a significant long-term impact on the system which proves difficult to change: the question of granularity.  To continue reading, please click here.

 

Jared Decker, Co-Founder at StatSlice Systems

Upcoming Events
Calendar of Upcoming Events StatSlice Partners and Consultants Will be Participating in These Upcoming Events

August 20, 11:00 am CDT, a StatSlice Business Data Toolkit Webinar:  Amazon Redshift OverviewClick here to register.
 
September 24, 11:00 am CDT, a StatSlice Business Data Toolkit Webinar:  Big SQL Analytics - Amazon Redshift With TableauClick here to register.
Jared Decker, Editor

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