Blogs

To MDM or not to MDM, that is the question…or is it?

Oct 8, 2018 | Vince Napoli

To MDM or not to MDM, that is the question. Well, actually it’s not the question. And really, it’s not a question at all. Rather, it’s a statement. And that statement is: “Pay me now,…

Using Computed Column as a Primary Key

Jul 18, 2018 | Vince Napoli

Challenge As data-platform professionals, we are challenged to come up with unique answers to technical situations on a regular basis. So, keeping a backlog of techniques, tips and tricks to address these situations is a…

How to Produce Richer Charts with a Two-Color Spectrum Using ColorMix1

Jul 11, 2018 | Sergey Pinchuk

Adding color to dimensions in objects (e.g. Tree Map and Bar Chart) can not only make them look more appealing, but will also help draw the user’s attention to where it’s needed the most. Developers…

What to Do When Old Tweets Come Back to Haunt You

Jul 2, 2018 | Ryan Palo

Social media—Twitter in particular—can be a powerful tool in a brand’s efforts to connect with people all over the world. But Twitter can also be used to take down individuals, groups, and companies at a…

WcDonalds? The Dangers of Faux-Progressive PR Campaigns

May 29, 2018 | Robin Parrish

International Women’s Day was first proposed in 1909 by the Socialist Party of America and adopted as an official holiday a year later by the International Socialist Women’s Conference. Until 1975, IWD was celebrated annually…

Achieving ROI for Contact Center Analytics

Apr 27, 2018 | Brian Atkiss

The number of analytics solutions available is staggering. And while many of these solutions provide intriguing visualizations and data analysis, what’s critical is being able to translate that data not only into actionable insights, but…

Taco Bell’s #Belluminati Campaign: Online Reactions Split Along Generational Lines

Apr 19, 2018 | Robin Parrish

A recent Taco Bell ad campaign featuring jokes about the Illuminati has caused a considerable stir online. Younger viewers (ostensibly the ad’s target audience) enjoyed the commercial’s dark humor, while older generations take offense at its irreverence toward what they believe is a serious and dangerous subject. But strong reactions to this campaign have emerged on both sides on social…

The Important Role of Metadata in Business Intelligence

Apr 4, 2018 | Vince Napoli

Ever try to put something together without reading the instructions? We’ve all done it, and then we had to pull the thing apart and read the instructions to figure out where we went wrong before putting it back together. Metadata is a piece of the overall instruction set of a BI…

Amazon’s Redshift and JSON: Extract Path Text or Not?

Mar 22, 2018 | Michael Grabenstein

As a critical element of nearly all modern applications, JSON has also become the new data interchange format for our own pipelines. Database providers have heeded the call to integrate JSON functionality into their offerings.…

Controlling what users can see with Multi-Toggles

Mar 19, 2018 | Sergey Pinchuk

Countless use cases call for the use of toggles. In this blog, we’ll summarize the most common use of toggles with implementation examples. Let’s begin: Implementing the Toggle The easiest way to implement a toggle…