Companies are investing heavily in data. That means they need to hire more people to work on that data. There’s not enough talent in the industry to fill all the open positions, so employers naturally have to start from scratch with some people.
Since you can’t always hire for experience, hire for personality types.
There’s six types of people who will do well in data and analytics, even if they have no BI experience. My handy list below tells you what those six types are. It’s unlikely you will find someone with all these characteristics. But the more of these traits a person has, the better they’ll do.
Business intelligence development often moves at a slow pace. For any given project, a developer will spend weeks and sometimes months with stakeholders to determine requirements. That means a lot of meetings, emails, and slack conversations, all of which are meant to move stakeholders towards a consensus on what they want.
That seems to be the opposite of what a developer should be doing. But there’s one part of the process that makes it all worth it – the part where they actually get to build the dang thing.
For me, there’s usually a routine to that. I block four to five hours off on my calendar, sit down with a cup of coffee, and zone out to Final Fantasy music as I write SQL, program R, or build a Tableau dashboard to fulfill the requirements.
And I feel great while doing it. I become completely immersed in what I'm doing and thoughts about deadlines, relationships, or the future completely vanish for those four hours.
A couple of weeks ago, I received an email from Tableau announcing that Salesforce completed its purchase of the company. I went on Yahoo! Finance and, sure enough, Tableau’s stock was no more. This made me sad because I enjoyed watching Tableau's stock volatile swings in the market.
What would I look at now that it was gone?
So I researched a few other business intelligence stocks to find a good replacement. I looked at the big players, such as Oracle and SAP, and a handful of smaller companies, such as Alteryx, Cloudera, Domo, Splunk, Talend.
While looking, I noticed one stock dramatically outperformed the rest. That stock was Alteryx (Ticker: AYX).
Most managers agree that feedback is important for employee growth. Most employees agree with that too. Despite that, many managers actively avoid giving feedback. Just like how your body has a fight-or-flight response to criticism, giving feedback creates a similar response in managers. Instead of facing that anxiety head-on, managers often delay feedback until annual reviews. By that point, the feedback is the least effective.
We all have that friend who talks about the new diet or new workout routine they’re doing. Maybe you are that friend. The one that never seems to lose weight, but talks about how this new diet might change things.
Good data quality is the foundation of your data solution’s success. It doesn’t matter if you have a great personality, build beautiful dashboards, or present engaging analysis – if your stakeholders stop trusting your data, they’ll stop trusting you.
Salesforce announced Monday that they’re buying Tableau for $15.7 billion. That news “rocked” the BI world. Tableau’s stock increased 33% with the news.
Tableau's stock has always been a fun one to watch. Despite its volatility, Tableau grew 220% higher since it went public back in May of 2013. For comparison, the S&P 500 grew 73% during that same time.
Analysis presentations are often treated like dashboards read out loud. The presenter will go through a series of slides, reading off facts such as “Impressions were up in July” or “Conversions remained steady.” This will bore the audience, who will inevitable check out and start looking at their phones, begging for a distraction.
Analysis presentations don’t have to be this way. These presentations are a unique opportunity to do something we often say we want to do with data – tell a story.
Tableau is the data viz tool I use the most and is one of the more popular products on the market. You’d think their stock would be a top performer. Well, you’d be mistaken. There’s another data viz company whose stock outperformed Tableau this year – and that company is Domo.
I found out years ago that I had a special knack for requirements gathering. Many times I'd be on a project with other developers and there’d be an endless circle of trying to guess what the end user wanted or needed. These discussions could last hours or even weeks.
I'd take a different approach though. I’d simply ask the stakeholder what they wanted. It’s amazing how that alone made things go much easier.
The reason that was effective is that I reduced ambiguity about the project’s desired outcome.