Numbers & Confusion
air warning: I have never been particularly good at math, accounting, or anything related to numbers, really. This only changed when I realized the practical applicability in combination with tools such as Excel (ages ago) or more lately Power BI.
When I discovered for myself that there is untapped value in the vast amount of numbers – or data in general – created even by small businesses, I got hooked. From then on I have been trying to make this data valuable. To extricate insights and use those as a basis for understanding what is going on and for making better informed decisions.
Nowadays, I consider numbers to be my friends. Or rather the clear and insightful visualizations I can create based on these numbers.
From Data to Wisdom
ata visualizations always fascinated me. I admire the way that a good visualization can make things clear and convey a complex message in a simple way. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a good data visualization must be worth a whole bunch of books.
Getting into this field helped me to better understand Business Intelligence, and especially to differentiate between data, information, knowledge, and wisdom (DIKW).
Visualization & Understanding
owadays I am using a large part of my time to focus on helping companies to benefit from the vast amounts of data they are already collecting. I do so by
- identifying what they don’t know,
- helping them decide, what they want or need to know,
- building a data model, and
- creating relevant and insightful reports and dashboards
While the principles don’t change, I do so primarily by using Power BI from Microsoft.