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No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

So primarily I was there to meet a few customers, but in true no-such-thing-as-a-free-lunch, I also took the opportunity to look after our guest and write this blog. Now that’s what I call value for money! ulleo / Pixabay The event in question was a fireside...

Trifacta, What’s New in Version 4?

Trifacta, What’s New in Version 4?

We’ve been loving Trifacta for a while now, enough to become partners last year, so with the release of version 4 I thought I’d have a look at what’s new. Enhanced User Experience Trifacta has always been at the forefront of the visual experience and with version 4...

Data. It’s a requirement Jim, but not as we know it.

Data. It’s a requirement Jim, but not as we know it.

Data requirements aren’t like other functional requirements. Non-data functional requirements can be relatively easily defined; ‘Registered users will be able to login to the system by providing a username and password’. They also fit easily into a prioritisation...

Gathering data requirements, easy, right? Part 2

Last time I wrote a short blog on the type of person who should be at the forefront of gathering data requirements and intimated that there is a particular technique that should be used. I should say from the outset that for a large chunk of my career I gathered...

Gathering data requirements, easy, right?

Gathering data requirements, easy, right?

Gathering any form of requirements is hard work. I know, I’ve been there. But gathering data requirements takes a special person and, as I’ve learnt, a particular technique. Mostly this job gets foisted onto a Business Analyst, but maybe you’re a Developer, Data...

How do data requirements differ from other requirements?

How do data requirements differ from other requirements?

Requirements fall into two distinct categories; non-functional and functional. Non-functional requirements define how the system should behave, things like performance, scalability, capacity, availability, reliability, etc. These tend to be the ones ‘the business’...

History repeating itself

History repeating itself

I find it unbelievable that it’s taken until 2016 to get Digital Tech added to the New Zealand educational curriculum. But it made me reflect on when my path crossed with IT back in the day, and the negative impact it had. The first computer came to my school and was...

What is Agile BI and Data Warehousing? It's what I do.

What is Agile BI and Data Warehousing? It's what I do.

When the question gets posed I often shift uneasily, or umm and err a little, or possibly just make something up…a while back I was often introduced as an airline pilot because my ‘real’ job was so incomprehensible. The answer I hate is someone’s job title. It might...

Out of office

Out of office

I’ve had a week away from the office. Not away from work, just away from a fixed location. It’s always something I enjoy, but do too infrequently. Years ago I had a boss who frequently ‘worked from home.’ The speech marks are really necessary. Whenever working from...