Data first (part 3): Make the most of your fragments

Customer 360, Single Pane of Glass–whatever you want to call it, it promises to integrate all of your data into a single, unified display. Everyone wants it, and with good reason. Here’s what no one’s willing to admit: Customer 360 is easy when you have a single system full of pure, harmonious, complete data, but very few businesses have that. And getting Customer 360 out of messy, conflicting, fragmented systems…

Data First (Part 2): The Spec Is In The Data 

If you’re getting ready to start a new integration, application, or analysis project, you’re probably doing all kinds of requirements gathering. Unfortunately, unless you’re considering data first, the copy books are probably wrong, the state diagrams are probably incomplete, and the business processes are probably too simplistic. These problems are extremely prevalent in data-centric projects. Traditionally, you use a data last method—you build up the specification a priori, and only…

Data First: Never Trust A Dashboard

A friend of mine recently asked me for advice on interviewing a data scientist. We had a fairly lengthy discussion on the topic, but I didn’t feel like I really provided any insight. What I should have said is: “Ask them what they think of dashboards.” Summary tools like dashboards are great. They make it easy for us to consume and extract meaning from large amounts of data. They are…