Dirty data is a factor that we must account for if we hope to reap the benefits of data driven decision making.    Why? Because simple errors in the data like duplicate entries can greatly skew the results.    Given the growing number of data sources and the new found concentration on using it to develop and drive business and marketing strategy, the need for clean data is becoming increasingly important.  With that in mind, here is some information on Data

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As a Data Analyst with a bachelor of technology college degree in Information Technology (2011), I have a few questions about my career ... Can Data Analysts Become Software Developers? Is data analysis a good career?  What can Data Analysts do to move their career forward? Which is a better career path: software development or data analysis? As I am also involved in developing my company's internal website,  I wonder if I can switch over to the software

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One question that needs be answered, so "you can invest your time in worthwhile pursuits" is that of ... the relative importance of certifications versus hands-on experience! While the answer depends on your context and the perspective of the one answering ... I will review the most important findings in this article. Please keep in mind that while this article addresses Database / SQL professionals, the answers also apply to most (if not all) Information Technology (IT) careers. How

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Here is a typical question I get asked a lot: With the way that the job market is going, I wonder if there are any recession-proof careers out there. ... and here is my classical response to the question: The one career that would be considered "the most recession proof" in the Information Technology (IT) industry is the Software Developer  / Computer Programmer career! However, keep-in-mind that some computer programmer careers cannot be considered recession proof in any

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When you want to work really bad for a specific company, do something spectacular that gets you noticed by the hiring managers or even the CEO! Do something like this ... Do a live, real-world project for your prospective employer that involves solving an important problem for them on your own dime and time! Then submit samples of that work to the hiring managers, CEO or decision makers at the company you want to work for! This tactic will make you stand-out from other job-seekers who just

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It’s not Twitter, Google  or LinkedIn. It’s a company that most people in the West don’t know.    That, however, is set to change, with the explosive growth of China’s Tencent and its mobile messaging app WeChat...   Last week, Facebook, the current king of social networks, admitted that it’s losing teen users, and that the overall growth in its monthly active users has slowed to 18% year-on-year.    This isn’t helped by

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Static design comps don't deliver a complete picture of what’s happening on a website. While many still present comps as a design deliverable, others like Vanseo Webdesign, have moved to showing working prototypes to clients. For VanSeo web Design, this change is the most significant way that the design process has changed.

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There are right and wrong ways to go about choosing a career. Choosing solely based on someone else's recommendation without validating with your own independent research ... is not one of the good ways! Start by doing your own research and then evaluate the suitability of the career using some of these common-sense principles ... Do You Love Computer Programming? One good reason for choosing a career like computer programming is that you "like to write software programs."   Why

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One of Stephen Covey’s seven habits of highly effective people is to begin with the end in mind. Steven Covey's book's website describes this second habit in the following way: "Begin each day, task, or project with a clear vision of your desired direction and destination, and then continue by flexing your proactive muscles to make things happen." Covey's advice applies as much to our work as software developers as it does to other aspects of our lives.

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I am 18 years old, about to attend The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I have a very simple question about employers and if they care about what college I attend. I just finished my orientation to register for classes and because my school is a liberal arts school, I am required to take about 8 total classes unrelated to math, science and computers. UNC-CH is ranked #20 for Computer Science and because I am from NC it was cheap tuition and seemed like the perfect choice. I would

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