September 8, 2021 § Leave a comment
I am currently podcasting a book club with my father on Nevil Shute‘s novel Round the Bend. The framing question we are using for our discussions is “What is this book about?” There are a number of different themes that have come up (e.g., technology, love, and racism), but my current hypothesis is that the book is primarily about “Religious Entrepreneurship”, a sort of cousin to the Spiritual Entrepreneurship I studied with Hatchery LA.
Here (four chapters in) is how and why I think the author wrote this book. This is all purely hypothetical on my part; I have not done any actual research on his methods. However, this reflects the kind of process that I could see myself going through, based on comments the author made about the context in which the protagonist built his business.« Read the rest of this entry »
September 5, 2021 § Leave a comment
Can I evangelize
a corporate data platform
by just emailing out reports
with sufficiently smart URLs?
I don’t have the power
to pull others onto a new platform.
But I can push useful data to others
in a way that inspires them to participate more directly with the platform
Replace friendly Salesforce Reports and powerful NetSuite Saved Searches with a unified interface for viewing, editing, sharing, and managing:
- versioned reports
- personalized alerts
- variant analyses
that are delivered via self-contained emails that also onboard people into greater use of the platform
- Drag and Drop
- Live previews
- Complex formulas
- Scaleable notifications
- Easy joins and relabeling
The main value of Quilt to my business
is as a point of leverage
to shift the culture of communication
from “zombie data” in tables
to “smart reports” in a repository
August 21, 2021 § Leave a comment
Version 1.0: Sep 11, 2021 (Interdependence Day)
As a community
who produces, consumes, and manages data
we hold these truths to be self-evident:
June 6, 2021 § Leave a comment
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May 2, 2021 § Leave a comment
A concrete proposal for Imagining a Data Resort as enforcing a Model-View-Controller architecture across multiple Software-as-a-Service applications. The key is replacing transient enterprise data integrations with a persistent “sync house,” and making that the one full-service Source of Truth for data, schemas, and business logic.
- Ingest data from Salesforce, NetSuite, etc. (e.g.,
- Store raw data in a LakeHouse (e.g., Databricks, Delta Lake; or just Redshift)
- Aka “ELT vs ETL“
- Manage schemas via dbt (e.g., dbt Cloud)
- View and report on appropriate data (e.g., Mode, Data Studio)
- Push updates (reverse ETL) back to source applications (e.g.,
Celigo, Get Census)
April 21, 2021 § 1 Comment
A data resort is where data comes to get pampered, so that it is prepared to get back to work.
The good news is that I finally understand how we really need to be managing all the business data in my organization. The bad news is that I don’t know how to articulate that in terms of industry-standard terminology (examples below). Worse, I’d probably use the wrong term (or the right term incorrectly) leading to endless rounds of frustrating conversation.
Therefore I’ve coined a new term (“data resort“) which I can define as the exact thing I want. Hopefully you my dear readers can help translate that into something concrete I can efficiently buy+build today!
Let me know your suggestions in the comments or via email.« Read the rest of this entry »
December 10, 2020 § Leave a comment
- Obsess over a Wildly Important Problem that has not been properly characterized
- Identify a novel point of technological leverage for solving that problem
- Discover a market hurting enough to pay for even a crappy solution to that problem
- Iterate and improve on all the above until you die, fully solve the problem, or hand it over to someone who can do better.
July 21, 2020 § Leave a comment