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#288

Ya… Luckily I work for a company that controls a pretty large percentage of our market and I don’t think it would make sense for Amazon to try and take it over. We also spend gobs and gobs on data ourselves and have some pretty neat tracking/analysis tools through Power BI (which is a legit awesome tool).


#289

Good luck. Amazon can eat just about anybody if they want to. They truly want to be “the everything store”.


#290

I think we’ll be fine because we don’t make replicable widgets. Our strength is in our IP.


#291

Oh, you simple mind :wink:

Power BI is alright - Tableau is better in terms of advanced analytics goes. Power BI is good for more traditional business functions and visualizations…


#292

Love me some tableau (that’s what our BI tool is) but PowerBI has hella simplistic integration if you host your data on a MS azure cloud server.


#293

I’m not gonna learn how to use Tableau… Next thing, you’ll want me to write code.


#294

Yup.

I don’t actually use our data for my job. I just look at it from time to time to see what products are doing well. I wish I could share more because some of you guys would probably find it very interesting.


#295

Have you ever tried Qlik? Knocks PowerBI out of the water. Trade off is it’s more expensive.

I work for a company that does just that, it’s a similar value prop that S4 Hana is going for


#296

You can learn how to create a Power BI dashboard in like 12 minutes…


#297

Do you guys use the paid version of BI? We have like a dozen paid accounts, but like a thousand free accounts.


#298

Whoever you have that does the actual developing probably uses the full version. You can get 95% of the way there on the end user side with the free version.


#299

I’m in consulting, so we do whatever the client wants :slight_smile:


#300

Yea, I was just being a snob haha … There’s nothing wrong with it … I’m a right tool for the right job kinda guy … I love Azure and it’s possibilities … very much like their Analytics suite

Bruh, don’t you know writing code is way better for a pivot table than Excel??

I haven’t, heard it’s legit though - I’m about to switch jobs back to a place that uses SSMS, Tableau and Alteryx - plus I am learning Python and R on the side as a hobby


#301

My issue with PowerBI (I admit I don’t have a ton of use with it) is how obnoxious it is to link a 3rd party data source that runs side by side with your integrated data source.

And it’s Microsoft, so a base part of me rebels against it.


#302

#pivottablesforlife


#303

That’s my experience with a lot of Microsoft products wrt 3rd party data . .it’s clunky and not built well for that type of use. I find Microsoft products are great for cleaning and manipulating but not so much for wrangling…


#304

No love for COGNOS? Nobody likes having to learn SQL just to get a couple results?


#305

Depending on the data base, query and criteria, “just to get a couple resutls” in SQL can end up being fucking 500 lines of code


#306

At that company they let green analysts have access to the live database! Until I’m like: “what if a newbie does and inter join on two fields that shouldn’t be?”

Response: “uh then the whole thing would crash.”

“Maybe let the analysts work a day behind in the test environment then.”


#307

Mother of God…

Maybe b/c before I started using SQL I had a pretty decent, high level overview of data structures and the underlying implications of a bad join, but when I first started deploying queries and pulling my own data I was scared shitless I’d blow the whole thing up…

EDIT: not going to lie … that fear is still there if I’m not familiar with the table/db