DATA:Scotland is an independent organisation, centred on the professional community working in the data industry in Scotland. Their objective is to educate, provide free training and grow the data community across the UK. It’s something we’re proud to be part of.
This year’s conference is based in Glasgow on 13 September with Microsoft being the main sponsors of the event.
Data has become a critical input to our working lives. We understand that data should be used to augment business decisions, especially in the current uncertain economic climate.
However, we can easily get swamped in data. It’s being pumped out by every system we touch. Business users tend to export the data to Excel and try to connect the data sets there, but that’s taking a calculator (Excel) and using it as a data aggregator. It results in a very manual process.
Business intelligence (BI) tools have emerged to deal with these large data sets. They complement Excel by taking on the heavy-duty data workload, allowing Excel to be used for what it does best, producing forecasts and modelling events. That’s something we at F1F9 are experts on.
BI software can also help make sense of data with dashboards that use dynamic visualisation. We’ve spent time establishing how best to use this software. Indeed, we’re running a Lunch & Learn session at DATA:Scotland on the role of BI software in data analysis.
Do introduce yourself if you’re attending the conference but if not, please sign-up below to receive updates on visualisation, BI software, data modelling and other data-related topics or get in touch with me directly via email or on +44 788 44 00 506 / +44 141 628 8189.