Stuck In The Data Dark Ages?
Is your company saddled with legacy systems and manual reporting?
Are you frustrated by data silos?
Still using Excel like it’s the 90s?
Lost In The Data Wilderness?
Are you overwhelmed by data but can’t get useful insights?
Do you think you might need a data scientist or a data engineer but not sure which one or what they really do?
Do you need to learn more about data and analytics or improve the analytical capabilities of your team, but you’re not sure where to start?
Do you wish you had a guide through this Data Wilderness?
If you head up a business function and need to learn more about analytics, or if you head up an analytics team and find it difficult to communicate with the business side, then this blog is for you.
I’ve worked with a lot of data over the years and I started to think about all of this data and many aspects of the fields of data science, data analytics, and data engineering as a sort of untamed wilderness.
As someone who loves hiking and being outdoors, the inspiration behind this blog is to combine my career interest in data analytics with my love of the outdoors. In each post I bring a little of the actual wilderness in with hiking photos and hopefully provide some inspiration for new places to visit and explore.
Data Analytics and Operations
I’m particularly interested in how this data wilderness impacts operations and back office functions. Many companies focus their technological resources on client facing systems while key operations and support functions struggle with legacy systems. Older and larger companies are particularly affected. They’ve had more time to accumulate a variety of back office systems, build up large amounts of data, and develop fortified data silos. Often data is poorly defined or isn’t consistent or standardized.
If you’re in operations or a support function this probably sounds familiar. What are the biggest analytics challenges for your company? What types of analytics issues do you encounter most often? Leave a comment below.
About the cover photo: Exit Glacier, Harding Ice Field Trail, Seward Alaska
Thoughts: This is one of the most memorable hikes I’ve ever done. If you want to get up close and personal with moose, bears, glaciers, and an ice field this is the hike for you. If you only have time for one hike in Alaska make it this one!