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It's a Great Time to Be an Analyst
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Re: Nerdy creativity
  • 1/13/2015 11:30:45 AM
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@kq4ym     Yours is a great point.   We tend to think of Analytics from an enterprise view here in the community and we have discussed that analytics needs support from someone with the ability to make things happen.

 

However, this same sort of requirement applies to SMB's and the sells job in this environment becomes exponentially more difficult.  It is these SMB's that represent the "grass roots" in a sense and a key market for the type of adoption the Analytics  Industry seeks.

Re: Nerdy creativity
  • 1/12/2015 11:38:16 AM
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While it's become a new world as far as analytics, it's still an atmosphere where, in especially the smaller companies, management has to come to a realization that there's great possibilities in using the new found data for greater profits and efficiencies. And sometimes that's as much a sales chore for analyists as sales people have selling the company products and services.

Forced Fed Change = Good Times for Analyst
  • 1/11/2015 11:48:38 AM
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".....It is a great time to be an analyst."

 

It sure is - when one can find an industry and project(s) they are truly interesting in and supported by - it is a great time indeed to be an analyst.  

Finally companies are being forced to think outside the many out-dated processes that are still employed by many of them today.

What Does He ( She) Do Again ?
  • 1/11/2015 11:42:44 AM
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"...The role of the DBA used to include watching the end-users' programs to make sure they didn't run away and cause a system crash "

 

Interesting to learn that is is what DBA's used to do - seems to me their actual function always seemed to be a bit fuzzy after the server(s) have been configured.

What Do You Mean, You Don't Do Printers ?
  • 1/11/2015 11:37:46 AM
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"....IT team is trying to keep the data coming in, verified, loaded, and made accessible to both production and the end-users" 

 

This sounds like a full time job.  Which means companies need to understand that this type of IT person does not need to worry about fixing printers and email.

Old Habits
  • 1/11/2015 11:34:29 AM
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"...The net result is analysts relying on a new skill -- visual-data-arts -- visualizing existing problems, and new ones, with a new set of data and a new set of tools. "

 

This is a very interesting insight and probably the reason the field of analytics has not gained more ground in it's study.  I had not thought of this until data - flow charts were mentioned.  

And I agree the use of this technique can be constraining - but the question is are companies really using this new/old method of visualization of an problem as the beginning of the analytic process ?

Nerdy creativity
  • 1/8/2015 3:20:29 AM
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I'm reminded of the line that WordPress uses: "code is poetry." And it is. I once told a university guidance counselor about how beautiful code can be, and she looked at me funny! Only nerds get it.



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