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AWS Part Two – Seven best practises for building systems with AWS

Day 6 – Life and art combine

Day 6 – Life and art combine

I knew this internship would speed by, but it feels like only yesterday that I was leaving my job and wondering what 'life outside' the government was going to be like. So far is pretty good. Today was really fun. The aim for the day was to get some dash board style...

What makes a good business rule?

Good luck parsing these rules into your data warehouse! Source: Wikipedia You may have noticed some posts appearing about Optimal Data Engine (ODE), our open-source and language-agnostic tool for better data warehousing. Aside from the technical breakthroughs, what...

Day 4 – data, data, acronyms and failure

Day 4 – data, data, acronyms and failure

Today was the end of sprint Two. And it was a bit of a sprint. Things went from rather rosy, to rather not, rather quickly. Which is a lot of rather's. By the end of the day, it is safe to say I didn't complete the sprint which involved using QlikCloud. Despite the oh...

BI Problems – Data Requirements

BI Problems – Data Requirements

BUSINESS USER BUSINESS ANALYST The Scenario? An analyst asks business users what they require to be delivered.  The business user articulates what they require and the analyst documents this in a standard requirements document template. But when the solution is...

Day 2 – Herding the Data Cats

Day 2 – Herding the Data Cats

I felt distinctly like I was herding cats today trying to not only extract data, but also meaning from World Health Organisation (WHO) data sets. Just as I thought I was heading in a direction, something took off at a tangent. But with some chipping away, and timely...