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Top Books on Programming

We're always hiring here at OptimalBI. Our new staff have a variety of experience, and a variety of gaps in their knowledge as a result. I recently prepared the following list of my favourite books on programming for one of our new hires. There are more than a few...

Keeping your brain busy while in lock down

Keeping your brain busy while in lock down

Many places all over the world are currently in self-isolation mode in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In New Zealand, lock down started on Thursday March 26, which means that some people are able to work from home. At OptimalBI, we are working from home and on the...

Adobe equivalent Free Open Source Software

Adobe equivalent Free Open Source Software

I’m sure most people have used or at least heard about the Adobe product Photoshop.  In this blog I’m going to be looking at some of the programs that are offered by Adobe (the makers of Photoshop) and find free software that will fill the same purpose. To get...

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About UsOur Story We’ve been on the leading edge of Business Intelligence since 2008. It’s been an amazing journey working with our customers and business partners as the data and information world has evolved from traditional on-premise data warehouses to federated...

Oh Data!

Oh Data!

It is not uncommon for data warehousing to get the data from any possible source the organisation has. ETL developers like myself are enabling data collection from different database types, files and APIs. Recently I had to deal with something I haven't came across...

Why is Unix still around?

Why is Unix still around?

You might think that Unix is some old school way of using computers that is slowly fading away, but having come back to computing (after living in the highlands of Scotland with no particular reason to use a computer for nearly three years), I'd have to say Unix's...

In praise of Git for muggles

In praise of Git for muggles

Over the last few weeks I’ve been refining the Git training course I developed with Tim by testing it on various OptimalBI employees. Git being a version control system intended for use by software developers, I selected my first rounds of guinea pigs from our...