Category: Videos

What is a Database Schema?

The other day I had somebody ask me, what is a database schema? This is a great question and something that I think should get its own video title. I explain it in other videos but it's something that needs its own attention. In essence the schema represents any kind of structure that we’re defining…
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What Data Science Isn’t

Is it possible to hammer in a nail with a jackhammer? Well sure, but obviously it would be better to have a hammer. A few months ago we paid a visit to a company that was very excited to tell us they were doing data science. As they explained the project it became painfully obvious…
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Data Deduplication factory

We recently had a discussion with a financial services company which had several concerns about moving to the cloud. But surprisingly, these concerns did not come from the technical staff, but rather their business leaders. "I just don't trust it" was the statement from one of their executives. So, this article is for all those…
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86,000 Monthly Views

Over the last 4 weeks, Intricity hit over 86,000 views on its YouTube channel called Intricity101. The channel covers a wide array of topic including Data Warehousing, Data Governance, Business Intelligence, and other data related topics.
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Data Maturity: $100M-$200M in Revenue

In our previous video we talked about the Discovery Stage which pointed out the data challenges of smaller organizations. In this video, we’re going to cover the Inclusive stage which usually represents companies that are between 100-200 million dollars in size. These organizations are seeking to prioritize inclusiveness in both audience and data sources, and…
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Data Maturity: $50M in Revenue

About 5 years ago I published a video titled “What’s your data management maturity?” That video has been in many boardroom meetings helping executives make sense of what their data management landscape challenges are. I want to do a refresher on that video by creating a series of 4 or 5 individual videos to dive…
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ETL vs ELT

If you’ve seen my video on ETL then you’re aware of the important role these kinds of integration tools play within an organization. However in that video I don’t spend a lot of time talking about ELT. So in this video I’d like to draw a distinction between these two options. ETL stands for Extract…
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Where should logic live?

Raw data, to actionable information. That's ultimately a need in every organization. It’s why we have data governance programs, it's why we spend hours over databases, ETL tools, reports, and analytics. But how you set those processes up really matters. Just like the setup, the assembly line mattered for Ford. Before Ford’s assembly line, every…
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What is a Data Catalog?

There has always been a bit of a no man's land between IT and Business. IT is supposed to know, how to work with data, but the business is supposed to know what the data represents. So we often find that neither knows enough about the data to strategically use it. What we often see…
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What is a Data Moat?

In 1999 Warren Buffett coined a phrase during an interview that became an “aha moment” for investors.  He said, “The products or services that have wide, sustainable moats around them are the ones that deliver rewards to investors.” In other words having a product or service which is hard for new entrants to replicate is…
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