The Seven Samurai of Domo

The Seven Samurai of Domo. We have far too much data, and it’s too important, to keep it on premises. So said a customer, untangling herself from a ski fitting, at one of the Domopalooza 2018 evening receptions. Cloud computing has come a long way in recent years, in capacity, affordability and trust. In this…

Ā, Domo. Hajimemashite!

Ā, Domo. Hajimemashite – Customers of domo.com Domo changed the way we do business. We don’t just do things better, we do things differently. I flew in to a snowy Salt Lake City last week for my first Domo.com conference: they call it Domopalooza, and as vendor events go, this one certainly had a party…

An aside about Adam Smith

An aside about Adam Smith. I had an odd conversation today with the CEO of a technology services company. On discovering that I am Scottish, he asked if I knew the work of Adam Smith – the enlightenment philosopher and writer on economics. No sooner had I expressed my admiration for Smith’s insight than our…

The Goodness of Good Design

The Goodness of Good Design. If, like me, you have raised an endlessly curious child, you know how often the simplest questions have profound answers. On the other hand, in childhood and in adult life, seemingly complex questions often turn out to have simple, significant answers. Questions such as What is good design? We know…

It’s time for some Old Gartner’s nostalgia again

It’s time for some Old Gartner’s nostalgia again. Late in February, Gartner published their Magic Quadrants for Data Science and Machine Learning, and Business Intelligence. Marketing folk look forward to these annual publications, rather as country folk anticipate the Old Farmer’s Almanac appearing in their Christmas stockings. We in the country enjoy the Almanac’s broad…

Data preparation is not a chore

Data preparation is not a chore. I often find that users and vendors think of data preparation and analytics as separate processes. You’ll read that Data preparation accounts for about 80% of the work of data scientists. Perhaps through association with the phrase data cleansing, users certainly seem to see it as a dirty job. Vendors…

Five steps for making and keeping IT resolutions

Five steps for making and keeping IT resolutions. It’s a trade secret among yoga teachers and fitness instructors: January brings a surge of eager customers signing up for classes, and paying their memberships in advance. By February, the studios recover their quiet, as so many people drop out early. But those memberships have still been…

Data literacy is an organizational practice

Data literacy is an organizational practice. We don’t acquire the skills of reading, writing and arithmetic by ourselves or for ourselves alone. We read what others have written and write for others to read. In this way, literacy and numeracy develop as social practices, reshaping families and societies as much as the lives of individuals.…