In my previous post, I covered some recurring themes from our conversations with different user communities in the data ecosystem, which highlight common facets of data projects. But different user communities also have their own distinct inclinations when it comes to working with data. We’ve had the pleasure of talking with users from a range of communities and learning about their data projects.  Although there’s some overlap, generally, you could categorize these groups as: 1) Enterprise IT professionals, 2) Data journalists, and 3) Full-stack and back-end Web developers. Here are some insights we’ve...

In my previous post, I explored commonalities found in any given "data project." Here we'll run the first of the five gauntlets: data access. A few moons ago, we visited a customer to talk about some analytics he wanted to explore. Big company. Big ideas. Big IT infrastructure. The idea sounded great and we were happy to help 'em out. "All we need is the XYZ file," we said. Long pause. "Well, I can ask IT to pull an extract, but it will probably require an IT project. I'll call you next year." The phrase...

It's a story as old as time. It's a story of evolution, a story of freedom.  And it's a story of stuffing a genie back into its bottle. Yes, I speak of the ancient enterprise battle royale:  Productivity vs. Control. These battles are constantly happening throughout the enterprise, usually with very good intentions.  But, like so many good intentions, they often pave the road to, um...