Thoughts on the data ecosystem

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Gusty winds and 14 degree temperatures are apparently no match for pizza, beer and code. Around fifteen people braved the frozen tundra of Chicago last week to hang out at the Flex.io office for the latest Chicago MySQL Users Group meetup.  All kinds of folks from the local data community were represented – from DBAs to data scientists to BI consultants to data quality engineers. After some...

Data projects come in many shapes and sizes. From big data predictive analytics to small data spreadsheet projects, from building new open data applications to reconciling a couple of ERP tables in the accounting department. There's one feature all these projects have in common: they all take far too long. Efficiency matters – and for maximizing the value of data, it matters a lot.  The math on this is simple....

Much electronic ink has been spilled on the rise of the data scientist. They've been called sexy. They've been called unicorns. And, we clearly see a direct correlation between this recent adulation and the uptick in searches for "sexy unicorn". (At least, I hope that's the reason). As discussed previously, capturing a unicorn is great if you can find it, but it takes a village to get...

I had a chance to attend an excellent meetup of the Chicago City Data User Group last week, which focused on Chicago's contribution to the Code for America Summit: The Code for America Summit is THE annual convening for civic technology. This year’s summit (which took place in San Francisco in September) saw 800 government, tech, and civic engagement leaders from dozens of cities to talk about...

In an excellent post, CIO Isaac Sacolick asks, what technologies work best for decentralized data scientists? It's a great question.  As he aptly describes it, working with data in a decentralized environment presents a challenging scenario: But what happens when these resources are scattered across multiple departments. One department may have an expert data scientist, another may have a small group doing internal reporting, and a third group...