This blog was originally posted to the Piraeus Consulting blog on May 31st, 2016 and may contain out-of-date information.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 found her presentation to be both informative and intriguing. By the time it was over, I felt compelled to give myself an exercise in conceptual data modeling.



This blog was originally posted to the Piraeus Consulting blog on August 21st, 2014 and may contain out-of-date information.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, Microsoft introduced a suite of self-service BI products integrating with existing analytics tools, and yet the rollout left some teams seeking to supplement Power BI with other products.



In mid-November, Beyondsoft achieved the designation of Adobe Analytics Specialized Partner in the Americas at the Community level. Specialized Partners are known as the “best of the best” in the Adobe Partner ecosystem, and have proven their capabilities through rigorous certification testing. While over 400 Adobe Partners are certified at the Community level, only 17 of them have achieved Specialized Partner status, which reflects a high degree of quality and consistency in delivering successful customer implementations.



1Strategy, a Beyondsoft joint venture, recently announced it was selected as one of the initial consulting partners to help onboard enterprise customers, migrate applications, and integrate service with existing ITSMs and processes.


To be included, 1Strategy received service-specific training and simulated an end-to-end on-boarding engagement that would be experienced by a customer. Upon completion of on-boarding, 1Strategy was able to demonstrate its ability to migrate customer workloads using our proven ability to enable customers to launch, operate, innovate, optimize, and reduce costs on AWS.


Read the full 1Strategy blog post.


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Have you ever wondered what your boss thinks of you? I know I have. Whether you admit it or not, we all spend time thinking about our managers. I can’t say this is a bad thing; our bosses have a huge impact on our careers and chances are you’ll advance more quickly if you establish a strong working relationship with yours.


Business Intelligence (BI) is not a new concept, but technologies working in or around the BI space continue to crop up every year. As this niche of computer science continues to grow and mature, so does the credibility of the technology – enter certifications.


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 reporting has become outdated. However, ad hoc analysis is still very much needed for situations such as exploring new data. Luckily, most of the principles of reporting development apply to ad hoc equally well, but there are a few differences that I find helpful to keep in mind when approaching ad hoc problems.



The NFL season is right around the corner, which means that the few weeks prior to the start signifies a time of hardcore analytics for the competitive fantasy football player like myself. I’ve been a frequent and competitive fantasy football player for about 15 years now and I’ve come to realize that the logic that most of us use to select our draft picks really mirrors how an organization should leverage data for business decisions.