How To Make Better Decisions Faster

Are You Good At Solving Problems?
The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry; Robert Burns, “To A Mouse”

No plans survive first contact with the enemy … Helmuth von Moltke the Elder (the German field marshal at the start of the First World War).

Do you struggle with making decisions like “should you move to another state or another country” or “should you change jobs or careers” because of the fear of making the wrong choice?

For most real-life decisions, tossing a coin in a wishing won’t cut it! To make better decisions keep in mind the techniques introduced in this article.

Data Analyst vs. Database Administrator Jobs, Which Is Better?

Data Analyst vs. Database Administrator Jobs, Which Is Better?
Data Analyst vs. Database Administrator Jobs, Which Is Better?

Database Administrators are the Information Technology (IT) professionals responsible for keeping a database up to date and running.

Their responsibilities include: writing scripts and updating the database, keeping the database running 24/7, and backing up the database.

Database analysts are IT Professionals responsible for analyzing and reporting on the data in a database.

Their duties include reviewing the database design as well as the relationships between the tables in a database and analyzing / reporting trends, patterns and insights.

With this in-mind, let’s take a quick look at the differences, similarities and areas of shared responsibilities:

Is Your Liberal Arts / Computer Science Degree Helping Or Hindering?

Is Your Liberal Arts Or Computer Science Degree Helping or Hindering You?
Is Your Liberal Arts Or Computer Science Degree Helping or Hindering You?

Hi:

There is an assumption that certain college degrees are more helpful than others when it comes to preparing for, learning, or succeeding at information technology (IT) careers.

If you believe this to be true then you may also be of the mindset that a Computer Science (BSc.) degree is more valuable than a Liberal Arts (BA) degree!

Surprisingly, there may be some evidence supporting this assumption. For example, it has been noted recently that engineering and computer science college graduates are more employable and better paid than liberal arts college graduates.

A Six Step Process For Making Better, More Effective Decisions

Six (6) Step Decision Making Process
Six (6) Step Decision Making Process

Strong decision-making skills are critical because the future of any business or organization depends on hiring workers who are capable of thinking or making decisions at higher levels of sophistication.

It is in the best interest of any organization you work for to create a confident workforce by developing or following a clear-cut decision-making steps like those outlined on this article.

Finally you can as an individual, become more successful by making more better, more effective decisions using the principles taught in this article on decision making.

Nothing Great Was Ever Accomplished Without First Believing!

Nothing Great Was Ever Accomplished Without First Believing!
Nothing Great Was Ever Accomplished Without First Believing!

This question was submitted by LaTonya, a US Military Veteran. LaTonya’s question is:

I trained in the US military as a Maintenance Systems Data Analyst, but only worked in my position for about 4 months before being honorably discharged.

In my current position, I have transitioned from being a full-time payroll clerk to handling most of the same duties that I did as a data analyst.

How can I extend that transition into my pay grade / title without having a degree?

The Answer To LaTonya’s Question Is …

How Good Are Your Problem Solving Skills?

How Good Are You At Solving Problems?
How Good Are You At Solving Problems?

I know a Vice President (VP) who hangs a sign outside his office that says: “Don’t Bring Me Problems … Bring Me Solutions!”

What he really meant by that sign is: “if you don’t know how to solve problems, then you don’t have a place in the organization” … makes sense now, right?

Problem solving is one of your most important professionals skills because regardless of your job description or position, “you are hired to solve problems“.

How well you deal with problems will be a determining factor in how successful you are at work or in life.

Why Successful People Are Passionate About Their Jobs

Success Principles: Discover Your Passion!
Success Principles: Discover Your Passion!

Do You Want To Live An Inspired Life?

First, discover your passion and work a job you really love.

Second, turn your passion into a set of excellent skills using practice tests or quizzes.

Third, bring your passion to the market using Push (emailing your branded resumes) or PULL Techniques (Social Media Marketing).

Here is a question for you; Do You Really Love Your Job?

In a study of how exceptional, world-class or, successful people are produced, Daniel Coyle in his book “The Talent Code” says that it takes a combination of concentrated, difficult, skill-building practice, motivation or inspiration and master coaching to achieve success.

Is Learning Sql Online So Hard?

Is Learning Sql Online So Hard?
Is Learning Sql Online So Hard?

Learning new Information Technology (IT) skills is typically thought of as painful because the Study Textbooks used in the Information Technology (IT) industry are usually written by geeks for a geeky, hard-core, technical audience.

This is why one of the challenges facing professionals today is how to overcome the difficulty, complexity or high learning curves typically associated with learning new Information Technology (IT) skills.

Keeping in mind that Sql or Database skills are useful in any industry including financial, insurance, banking or information technology sectors, wouldn’t it be really helpful if learning Sql or databases was made easy?

Do You Want to Learn SAS Data Analysis?

How to Find a Well Paying Job?
How to Find a Well Paying Job?

What do you do when you apply for a job and realize that you don’t have all the software skills listed on the job posting?

You may decide to stop your job search and get training or certifications in all the software packages listed on the job posting.

But what if these are enterprise software packages costing thousands of dollars to learn, then what?

And what if you are talking about not just one but multiple software packages?

How to Get a Job in Web Data Analytics?

Web Analyst Jobs
Do You Want A Web Analytics Job?

With the ever-increasing focus on setting up an online presence or the increasing competitiveness of online businesses, there is a need for web data analysts who can help web-based business succeed or thrive online.

A web data analyst researches the activities of users as they interact with a website, identifies the measures critical to the survival of the web business and recommends actions in the form of web analytics reports for web managers, online marketing teams or business owners.

A Day In The Life Of A Data Analyst

Data Analysis: Profiting From Numbers
Data Analysis: Profiting From Numbers

Data Analysts have the opportunity to work in several different domains or sectors, for example as banking data analysts, retail data analysts, telecommunications data analysts and as marketing data analysts.

The marketing data analyst role is one of the more common ones and a marketing analyst may be found analyzing databases of prospects, leads and customers for the marketing department.

In this post, we will take a peak into the day of a marketing data analyst…

The Healthcare Data Analyst Job Description

healthcare data analyst job description
healthcare data analyst job description

Data Analysts interested in learning about the right tools, techniques or skills for their job, should read this.

I am going to address the challenges facing a data analyst” starting a healthcare data analyst job.

If you need help with a Question or Challenge, be sure to ask for help by posting a comment because I will answer it fully … just like I am answering this data analyst’s questions below!

How To Start A Healthcare Data Analyst Job?

Here is the challenging data analyst career situation:

How To Write Complicated Or Complex SQL Queries

Master Complex SQL Queries
Master Complex SQL Queries

Many database professionals have a hard time writing complex, complicated or advanced SQL queries for the following reasons.

In a healthcare database project that I consulted on, I had to write fairly complicated and efficient SQL queries for physicians at several practices because of their specialized reporting requirements.

The real problem was not the complexity of the physicians database but it’s poor suitability to the physicians reporting needs.

Based on experience gathered from consulting on several database or data analysis projects, I have observed that writing complex or complicated SQL queries, may prove challenging because of the following:

Career Outlook for Business Intelligence (BI) or Data Warehousing (DW)

Competing on Analytics
Competing on Analytics

Microsoft NET Developers are well compensated IT professionals because the workplace demand for skilled Microsoft.NET programmers outstrips the supply.

On the other hand, being a Microsoft .NET programmer can be tough because of the constant pressure to keep up with new technology!

So, this post addresses the challenges facing a Microsoft .NET Developer moving to Business Intelligence (BI) / Data Warehousing (DW):

Considering a Career Move from .NET Development to Business Intelligence (BI)?

I am currently working as a .net Developer (for the last 4 years mostly on contracting jobs).

The biggest problem I am facing is not being able to keep up with new .net components coming out everyday.

How To Become A Data Analyst

How To Become A Data Analyst
How To Become A Data Analyst

The data analyst career is one of the popular Information Technology (IT) career tracks available today.

The term data analyst is loosely associated with business data analysts, systems analysts, database analysts, reporting specialists, data researchers, statistical data analysts or marketing data analysts!

However, in this article, I will explain who a data analyst really is and provide a career roadmap or plan for becoming a data analyst.

Who Is A Data Analyst?

The term data analyst refers to someone who works with data or makes sense of the information buried in raw data or draws inferences and conclusions from it.