Better Data from Xero Accounting

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Inside Xero AccountsXero accounting is one of the major challengers in the online accounting market. While this missive is about Xero, it can be applied to any of the other accounts packages used by SMBs. Peeking under the covers you find that Xero is built around a set of tables, like an individual spreadsheet.  Chart […]

UK Armed Forces Resettlement Course

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Don’t be scared away by the thought that data analytics is too complicated to learn. You can become proficient in just a couple of days to a level far above the vast majority of the UK workforce. You will discover on this resettlement course that most data analytics is done in Microsoft Excel by people […]

New survey – analytics knowledge more important that a second language

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the article published on Business Wire indicates that -Data and analytics skills could be more important in business than industry experience, management experience, or a second language. http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160906006671/en/Data-Proficiency-Important-Language-UK-Business-Leaders The survey is published by Alteryx, a leading enabler of self-service data analytics, but as we sell training in data analytics, we find it hard to disagree with […]

Insight – dashboard – ACTION

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Mea culpa. I always get caught up in visual analytics. I dive into the data prep, plan my output goals and internally visualise my outcomes. Then, from the moment that data connection is made and I am in my creative zen; I am lost. Producing gorgeous visualisations – Making them interactive and meaningful – Pulling […]

UK Mobile Phone Towers

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I found this data on the OFCOM website and though it might be fun to play with. To make it usable a friend (thanks Bob) showed me an Excel utility that convert Ordnance Survey map references into lat/long and we were good to go. The last part if the puzzle comes from Brandy Lackey who […]

Excel alternative

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If you are frustrated at the amount of time you have to spend in Excel or Google sheets every month you have come to the right place. All our consultants and trainers have been there. They understand the rigours of the monthly spreadsheet fest as the boss waits for the charts to arrive before the […]

Medical recruitment

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Been working with a medical recruitment agency who specialise in nurse and HCA placement. A fascinating business driven by tight margins, fast turnaround and government pressures. Despite the adversities our client is doing well and, thanks to data visualisation, has a much better understanding of what makes their business tick. Medical recruitment metrics are simple […]

Tableau reader

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To use Tableau reader you have to have a copy of Tableau Desktop. From Desktop you save as packaged workbook (.twbx). Then you can distribute the resultant package for people to play with in Tableau reader. Of course, if you save a visualisation to Tableau Public and then downloaded it, you get a .twbx that […]

BI Fundamentals

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When you read the headline here you probably think in terms of the specific package you use for your Business Information. Let’s step back and look at the more fundamental issue. Why do you ‘do’ BI, and what do you get out of it? Short answer: We look at our data in the search for […]