Data Warehousing in the Core? It’s ready!

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

The Lightbulb Went Off – A Pie and a Bar

Have you ever really thought about what kind of chart to use when you’re graphing data? True Confession: I never did. I just went on instinct and blind luck until I began working and learning as a data analyst. Now, I definitely do realize how valuable visualizations are for communicating data. But I worry that…Read More

Asterisk Intelligence Week! (Again)

And again, and again, and again, and again. 🙂 Last month we hosted our 2nd ever Asterisk Intelligence Week training event. (Read my thoughts on AI Week #1 here). It’s definitely one of my favorite training events to do because we spend so much time with participants doing practical hands-on work. This time around interest…Read More

5 Soft Skills of Data Analytics

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

The Lightbulb Went Off…Add to Member & Y/N Conversions

I’ve recently been working on a hefty project that is stretching my skills with custom queries up to a new level, primarily with its requirements for very specific formatting and column rules. The part that became my lightbulb moment relates to hand-crafting Y/N (Yes/No) indicators on various pieces of information that do not already live in CU*BASE(r) data as Y/N. Quite a few were…Read More

Know the Numbers

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

Buckle In, It’s Training Time…

Today marks the start of a 5-day string of hands-on, focused, on-site training events for us. We’re calling this Asterisk Intelligence Week (listen, sometimes simplicity wins over creativity). Personally, I’m excited because this is the first event where I’m allowed to intentionally get into the weeds and the details. We’re working with our attendees in…Read More

The Lightbulb Went Off….Dates and LIBCRTAUT

This is a post theme I plan to repeat occasionally and I’m excited to kick it off here! The idea is to share big moments whenever I discover something that I feel is a breakthrough for me, or for a credit union I’m working with at the moment. I want to share these discoveries and strategies with everyone! Topics…Read More