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It’s coming up: Events for May, June, July 2016

Welcome back to the new and improved OptimalBI Events Blog. Each month we’ll be highlighting the upcoming events in our space for the next three months so get you calendar out and get ready say; “Oh, yeah, I want to go to that”. Lets get started. May...
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Using GUIDs to support Configuration Driven Systems

The problem Over the years, I have built a number of Configuration / Meta Data driven systems. Each time, I have used Integers, auto generated by the database, as Primary Keys for my 3rd Normal Form designs, and it has worked well. More recently, however, as the...
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The pen is mightier than the computer!

I’m a big fan of doing Agile using pen and paper rather adopting a system, particularly when establishing a new team. My primary motive is, change. Imagine you’ve never worked in an Agile environment, then there’s probably a gap between how you work ‘alone’; get given...
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Excel – Using Text Filters

This week I was asked an Excel question that I don’t believe I had ever considered before. The scenario being: if you have a list of information held in one column of an excel spreadsheet how do you filter the contents based on the structure of the information....
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Baby steps in D3 with our new person Sarah Habershon

Without being too grandiose about it, D3.js is the reason I decided to learn to code. Back in my old life, long hours spent painstakingly constructing the world’s most rudimentary infographics in PowerPoint and MS Paint would invariably give way to prolonged scrolling...
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Documentation story

The Agile manifesto states; working software over comprehensive documentation. It doesn’t mean that good existing documents are thrown away. Agile uses documented user stories to describe a piece of work shortly before the actual development starts. We still...
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Young man, are you listening to me? I said, young man, what do you want to be?

So let’s be clear up front; there’s no place for a Project Manager in Agile. The role is redundant. The Product Owner manages the stakeholders and controls the prioritization of work. The Development Team manages their workload and the Scrum Master manages the...
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Insight we gained from #stratahadoop

Strata + Hadoop World wound up recently in San Jose and it was all about data. Big, real time lakes of the stuff. None of us got to go but Victoria’s Twitter feed basically got swamped by people saying how great it all was using the hashtag #stratahadoop. So I...
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AWS Birthday Treat – Free QwikLabs

Amazon Web Services have just turned 10 and they gave a present away. For about half of March, they made all of their QwikLabs free. What is a QwikLab you ask? Who better to answer than AWS themselves (Thanks, QwikLab FAQs) “A qwikLAB is an online learning environment...
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Since our inception in 2008 we have been blown away at how far we have come, in both the customers we work with and the things we deliver.

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