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Dear Analyst Episode #114: How a small real estate investment company uses modern data and cloud tools to make data-driven decisions

When you think of data pipelines, data warehouses, and ETL tools, you may be thinking about some large enterprise that is collecting and processing data from IoT devices or from a mobile app. These companies are using tools from AWS and Google Cloud to build these complex workflows to get data to where it needs […]

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Dear Analyst #113: Top 5 data analytics predictions for 2023

It’s that time of the year again where data professionals look at their data predictions from 2022 and decide what they were wrong about and think: “this must be the year for XYZ.” Aside from the fact that these type of predictions are 100% subjective and nearly impossible to verify, it’s always fun to play […]

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Dear Analyst #112: Greatest lessons learned from building solutions and processes for humans (re-broadcast of Secret Ops)

This is a re-broadcast of an episode of the Secret Ops podcast hosted by my friend Ariana Cofone. Ariana is an operations consultant and her podcast is all about business operations. While I’ve never officially held a “business operations” role, I’ve worked in roles that are related to the operations world. In this conversation, we […]

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Dear Analyst #111: Master data management at AutoTrader and working with data in a merger with Korhonda Randolph

One topic that hasn’t been covered on Dear Analyst is master data management (MDM). I’m surprised it took this long before someone brought it up. I’ve never heard of the term before and it looks like it’s a core strategy for many large corporations for manager their data. Korhonda Randolph studied systems engineering at the […]

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Dear Analyst # 110: A tutorial on how to fill values down with Excel VBA and Google Apps Script (Vancouver Power BI/Modern Excel re-broadcast)

Have you ever faced a spreadsheet where one column contains values for each “section” of the spreadsheet but you want to fill those values down through the rest of the column? This is a common problem when you get a data dump from a database or perhaps a copy/paste from a PivotTable. You have values […]

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Dear Analyst #109: Data strategy and optimizing the vaccine supply chain at Johnson & Johnson with Sarfraz Nawaz

Johnson & Johnson is one of the largest corporations in the world and they produce everything from medical devices to baby powder. They were also on the front lines of developing a vaccine during the pandemic. Internally, J&J is also at the forefront of digital transformation. Sarfraz Nawaz studied computer science and built data analytics […]

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Dear Analyst #107: Using Twitch to teach people about analytics and launching a food tech startup with Matthew Brandt

Matthew Brandt didn’t know analytics was a potential career option until he started managing websites with Google Analytics. Matthew is Canadian, spent most of his life in Switzerland, and went to high school in Japan. He attended the EHL hospitality school at Lausanne, and was part of the 70% who left the hospitality field after […]

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Dear Analyst #106: Democratizing data knowledge and community building in Africa with Gift Ojeabulu

Gift Ojeabulu is a data science professional, community organizer, and data practitioner from Nigeria. He studied biochemistry at university but eventually switched to computer science. He first started in web and Android development before moving to the data science field. By attending developers conferences in Lagos, he started learning more about data science and started […]

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How to do a VLOOKUP with multiple conditions or criteria (3 methods)

Once you learn the VLOOKUP formula, your world opens up in terms of being able to analyze and manipulate data. There are hundreds if not thousands of tutorials on how to use the VLOOKUP formula since it’s such a powerful formula for finding the data you need in a long list. Comparable formulas include the […]