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Where's your data from?

25th November 2014

Database surrounded by travel stickers for London, Paris, New York
Provenance is an increasingly popular topic in the food industry as quality scandals and ethical sourcing of produce push their way to their way to the front pages of the press but have you considered how tracking the provenance of your data can add value to your data analytics?

Guerrilla tactics for data analytics

4th December 2012

Anybody who's had contact with software development will be familiar with at least some of the methodologies explored over the years, the spiral model, agile development, the waterfall. However useful as these are, applying their principles to Data Analytics is somewhat of a tricky endeavour.

What's your granularity?

21st October 2012

Jeans image by Muffet on FlickrJean fibre image by Aeyoun on Flickr

When working with data, one thing gets me over and over again - granularity. Settling on the right level of granularity means striking a balance between detailed reporting and faster queries all while trying to maintain the elusive quality of simplicity and it's not an easy task.

Reconciling the reconciliation

17th September 2011

Re-con-cil-iation, the word alone sends a shudder down my spine. Tying numbers together across months of work, huge volumes of data and complex processing is no simple task, however it’s such a robust method of QA that you ignore it at your peril.