Blogs to inspire you

Read our latest blogs from thought leaders and innovators – covering everything from ‘how to guides’, to mind blowing ideas and inspiration on what’s possible with your data

What makes a data analyst?

Today’s businesses rely heavily on customer, product, process, input and market data. They increasingly need talented, skilled people who can extract information and insights from the data. But what skills are employers looking for? In data analytics, there are some...

Controlling space in football

Controlling space in football – data modelling with our analytics database, and visual analysis in Tableau Football isn’t just about controlling the ball – in fact a player only has contact with the ball for an average of two minutes per game – it’s...

10 Questions: the TPC-H Benchmark

The Who, What, Why and When of the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) 1. What is the TPC? The Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) is “…a non-profit organization founded in 1988 to define transaction processing and database benchmarks and to...

Overcome your confirmation bias

Data – the way to overcome your cognitive biases In classic economics, humans are often described as ‘rational actors’ who always analyze risks and costs, and make the optimal decisions. But as a sports bettor, I have come to recognize that nothing could be further...

Data and the beautiful game

Summer means football and right now we get to enjoy the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. I have personally been really enjoying watching the women’s games and the different dynamics on the pitch – as well as the enthusiasm surrounding the game on social media...

The power of data visualization

Data analysis lets you assemble, order and interpret data. But it’s also about educating, simplifying, clarifying and persuading. In the hands of skilled analysts, data can: make a powerful impression change opinions instill values translate experiences influence...

What are the migration options for Netezza customers?

”Sunsetting products” is a term somewhat unique to the tech world. It’s a phrase that conjures up feelings of tranquillity, but the activity it describes is a major headache for most tech teams. It refers to intentionally phasing out or terminating a product, and most...

Top tips for migrating your data warehouse from Netezza

6 things to consider when migrating your data warehouse from Netezza IBM recently announced that it was ending support for IBM PureData for Analytics, its name for Netezza, forcing clients to migrate onto a different data warehouse solution. Migrating between data...

Using data to change habits

As you’ve probably acutely aware as we head into summer, most New Year’s resolutions fail. By around March, many of us have forgotten or given up on the things we wanted to change on January 1. Bad habits can be hard to kick, and developing good ones can be just as...

Women in tech – how to change the conversation

The traditionally male-dominated field of data and analytics poses different challenges for women. The way people talk is one of the most obvious and one that’s easy enough to change. I’m often asked how equality can be addressed and how to make a difference. My first...

Bring your sports analytics into focus

Bring your sports analytics into focus – better data visualization means better understanding of player performance A picture says more than a thousand words – that is as true in professional football as it is in traditional industries who now rely on data for...

What difference can data make to a football team?

In the early 2000s, the book and movie Moneyball shone a spotlight on the use of data in sports – and highlighted just how important analytics can be in contributing to the success of any individual or team. Fast-forward to 2019 and it is now commonplace for...

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