ETL, the Dinosaur of Tech

May 31, 2023 | Dallas Knight

Big, beastly. Also, old and dead. ETL has been long used as the solution to one of the biggest challenges analysts face still today, the time consumption that data shopping brings. The acronym ETL stands for Extract, Transform, and Load. Data is replicated (extract) from the originating data source, cleaned and normalized (transform), and then […]

Data Overload to Vendor Overload

May 2, 2023 | Dallas Knight

I put out a poll on LinkedIn asking the community asking how many data sources do you leverage on average on any given day? The results were as I expected . . .   95% said that they leverage four or more data sources with 41% saying they access 10 or more! That’s insane! Not in […]

For Consideration When Selecting an Intelligence or Visualization Platform

April 1, 2023 | Dallas Knight

When researching and selecting an intelligence of visualization platform, I believe there are at least five primary things to take into consideration. They all evolve around what you need the platform to do for you. The first thing is a given and about 99% of any platform out there will have it: visualization or graphical […]

Analysis vs. Analytics: Do you know the difference?

March 2, 2023 | Dallas Knight

Analysis and Analytics are two terms often misrepresented or misunderstood. So, I thought we could set the bar straight by looking at the official definitions and how they apply to the investigative world. Let’s start with Analytics. The term by definition is: A field of computer science that uses math, statistics, and machine learning to find […]