Uncategorized Using Parameters in Tableau – 3 Benefits

Using Parameters in Tableau – 3 Benefits

In a world where data drives business decisions, great data visualization is crucial. Businesses today demand reporting dashboards that can assist with decision making and strategic planning. Generating sleek and informative reports is not an easy task. They require careful balance between displaying a collection of information that provides real insight with having a simple, …

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Business Intelligence Tableau: Maximizing Insights Within your Organization

Tableau: Maximizing Insights Within your Organization

This blog was originally posted to the Piraeus Consulting blog on November 24th, 2015 and may contain out-of-date information. BI in Layers This is an exciting and difficult time in Business Intelligence. The tools available are advancing at a breathtaking rate while best practices are changing equally as fast. While the tools promise to take …

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Business Intelligence Tableau Vizable: 5 Things You Should Know

Tableau Vizable: 5 Things You Should Know

This blog was originally posted to the Piraeus Consulting blog on March 14th, 2016 and may contain out-of-date information. At their October user conference, Tableau unveiled their new visualization app: Vizable. Vizable is built for the iPad and promises to empower non-professionals to represent spreadsheets visually and to manipulate data in easy-to-use charts and graphs. Dave …

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Business Intelligence Understanding Conceptual Data Models by Data Modeling my Band

Understanding Conceptual Data Models by Data Modeling my Band

This blog was originally posted to the Piraeus Consulting blog on May 31st, 2016 and may contain out-of-date information. Recently, I attended a brown bag where one of our senior consultants, let’s call her Michelle, outlined the basics of conceptual and logical data models. I’m nowhere near Michelle’s level of technical expertise, but I still …

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Business Intelligence Tableau Software vs. Microsoft Power BI

Tableau Software vs. Microsoft Power BI

This blog was originally posted to the Piraeus Consulting blog on August 21st, 2014 and may contain out-of-date information. As BI professionals, we rarely lack software to support our work, but we often do lack information relevant to helping us select the right software for the right need. In its 2013 rollout of Power BI, …

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Business Intelligence The Ad Hoc Mindset

The Ad Hoc Mindset

In the Business Intelligence (BI) world, there’s a great deal of focus on long-term report development without much focus on ad hoc as a unique development process. As new tools such as power BI, PowerPivot, and tabular models now allow for significantly improved self-service BI experiences, some of the need traditionally served by ad hoc …

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Industry Trends 6 Reasons Your IT Gap Holds Back Digital Transformation

6 Reasons Your IT Gap Holds Back Digital Transformation

For the last 15 years, I have focused on identifying and building new solutions that solve unique problems for public and private sector organizations. In that time, I have come across many obstacles causes gaps and finger-pointing between business and IT teams. Many of these gaps have delayed or impeded progress, thus causing quite a …

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Data Analytics Exploring Normalization In Logical Data Models

Exploring Normalization In Logical Data Models

As an Information Architect, I have built Conceptual and Logical Data Models (CDM and LDM, respectively) for different business applications and infrastructures for many years. On these projects, I have experienced many different kinds of data abstraction and normalization scenarios. 

Project Management How I Learned To Be A Better Communicator

How I Learned To Be A Better Communicator

This past spring, I watched my fiancé graduate from Nursing School. Being present through her process, some of what she learned transferred to me. I began reflecting on how much I learned about the healthcare field and how it relates to business.