I learned of a mathematician today who is a notable person for many reasons but what jumped out at me was the way she chose to describe her work: “Of course the most rewarding part is the “Aha” moment, the excitement of discovery and enjoyment of understanding something new – the feeling of being on…Read More
The Data Warehouse is a storage facility. One with open control to design your own database tables, then feed them with whatever data you need or want! Early in our process of thinking about a data warehouse for credit unions, a question was justifiably posed – “What are we/they even going to put in this…Read More
“I wish I knew where to start” This is a common statement I hear from credit union colleagues who are interested in doing their own data analytics, building a data analytics role, or maybe even a team. How many times have we also heard: “Just start somewhere” “There’s low-hanging fruit in your data” “Ask questions of…Read More
There are many people telling you how to “do” data analytics today. Use these tools, use these coding/query languages, these database structures are best, start with these projects, get executive buy-in this way, etc. What these articles and webinars often fail to acknowledge are the habits and skillsets that are critical to actually finding success…Read More
Do you know the distinction between “data” and “information”? Does data feel like an abstract concept? I sometimes wonder if perhaps a lack of definition to the term can cause some of these concerns and confusion we commonly hear: “I just don’t know where to start, there’s too many options” “I’m too busy for data…Read More
Yesterday I had the pleasure of spending about 45 minutes with a group of ladies who are considering CU*BASE as the next core processor for their credit union. It was a perfect occasion to cover the sheer volume of pre-defined data resources available. As I was talking through some of the details, it struck me that I should definitely be telling everybody else the…Read More
I’m a big fan of resources. In our current Information Age there is an incredible amount of information (data) created and consumed within each second. All we have as humans is an 8-hour workday to work through various phases of a project or request that comes our way: Receive Scope Research Execute (or Advise) Analyze Deliver…Read More
Let’s be real. There’s too much pressure around writing the first blog post….EVER….for a new blog. So Here we are and in the spirit of lets-just-do-it-ness plus inspiration from a certain Twitter founder’s approach – I’m “just setting up my blog”.