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November 3, 2014

“Don’t spend a lot of time on this – just make it easy to use”

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‘User Experience’ is probably one of the most overused terms in web design. And rightfully so – businesses are learning that in order to “win” at digital you need you provide your users with a good experience.  But what exactly does that mean? I know what’s intuitive to me, can’t… Read More


October 27, 2014

[Tutorial] Automating Data Cleaning and Validation with DQS and SSIS, Part 2

[Tutorial] Automating Data Cleaning and Validation with DQS and SSIS, Part 2-01

  In part 1 of this article, I outlined how a data steward – a person who is responsible for data quality and typically not on the IT staff – would create a collection of rules that can be used to automate data cleansing and address verification http://blog.rbaconsulting.com/automating-data-cleaning-and-validation-with-dqs-and-ssis-part-1/ .  In… Read More


October 21, 2014

[Tutorial] Automating Data Cleaning and Validation with DQS and SSIS, Part 1

[Tutorial] Automating Data Cleaning and Validation with DQS and SSIS, Part 1-01

Automating Data Cleaning and Validation with DQS and SSIS, Part 1   I have been doing some work with SQL Server Data Quality Services (DQS) in preparation for SQL Saturday in Salt Lake City (https://www.sqlsaturday.com/349/eventhome.aspx ).  Part of my code demo involves validating addresses using MelissaData Address Check.  Address data… Read More


October 16, 2014

Mobile Moments at MIMA Summit 2014

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I attended the MIMA Summit this week in Minneapolis.  It was an energizing day of sessions and keynotes by a who’s who of the digital space today. One thread that seemed to permeate the talks was the concept of “moments.” Moments are those opportunities when you have the user’s attention. … Read More


September 3, 2014

The Mobile World Is Flat…Mostly

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Last week at the end of an interview, a candidate asked about my thoughts on flat design. Though unspoken, I think this question typically presumes allegiance to one of two camps. You’re either a flat person or aligned with everything else (and there’s a lot of everything else that is… Read More