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Kian Griffin Staff Profile

Can you describe your role at IMGS?

In short, I manage the helpdesk. I am generally the first point of contact for any issues raised from any of our customers. I investigate and triage the issues and either resolve them myself or bring in one of our engineers if needed.

What do you enjoy most about working at IMGS?

Having come in from a huge company in Apple, the change in dynamic is refreshing. I have a lot more freedom in how I can go about my work. Having direct access to the wealth of expertise is amazing. The team is so close knit it makes for a very pleasant working environment and I know I can rely on any of them when needed.

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What would a perfect weekend look like?

A hike (ideally in sunshine), some football and a couple of pints.

Describe an interesting hobby or pastime that you have?

I have a bit of an eclectic collection of hobbies. I play Dungeons & Dragons with my friends each week and, once the weather picks up I spend quite a lot of time making knives in my garden. I had a home forge built but, since we’ve recently moved house, I have to set up a new one for the summer. I also dabble in Archery when time allows.

What would a perfect weekend look like?

A hike (ideally in sunshine), some football and a couple of pints.

Describe an interesting hobby or pastime that you have?

I have a bit of an eclectic collection of hobbies. I play Dungeons & Dragons with my friends each week and, once the weather picks up I spend quite a lot of time making knives in my garden. I had a home forge built but, since we’ve recently moved house, I have to set up a new one for the summer. I also dabble in Archery when time allows.

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What's the one thing that you couldn't live without?

The gym. I go 4 to 5 times a week and it has been a game changer for me since I took it up seriously. For both my physical and mental health.

Who are some of your biggest influences?

Much of my life, especially in my younger years, revolved around sport, video games and books so my influences came from there mostly. People like Kenny Dalglish, Michael Jordan and J.R.R. Tolkien would have had a big influence on me growing up. Certain video game characters would have also stuck with me, characters like Arthur Morgan from Red Dead Redemption or Ellie from the Last of Us. Characters with very evident flaws who make the best of their situations. I feel like there’s a lot to be learned from fictional people as well as those we encounter in real life.

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If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

Japan. I have a fascination with the history and culture of Japan. I would be very eager to see some of the old temples and see some of the traditional crafts and metallurgy.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?

I would love to be a blacksmith for a day. Particularly working out of an old forge with traditional tools.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

Japan. I have a fascination with the history and culture of Japan. I would be very eager to see some of the old temples and see some of the traditional crafts and metallurgy.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?

I would love to be a blacksmith for a day. Particularly working out of an old forge with traditional tools.

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Can you describe your role at IMGS?

I’m the Lead GIS Developer in IMGS, I support a wide range of our customers from local government to large utilities with their enterprise GIS applications and integrations into other enterprise systems.

What do love most about your job?

I love to solve complex issues, and achieve great satisfaction from the process. We have a diverse customer base and every day brings new unique challenges.

What do you enjoy most about working at IMGS?

We have a fantastic team in IMGS, they’re amazing people, there’s always lots of laughs and never a dull moment at IMGS.

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What do you like to do in your free time?

I enjoy binge watching on Netflix, If I start a series and it’s engaging it’s hard to not finish it in rapid succession. My interests are sci-fi, action, spy-thrillers and watching tech reviews. Apart from an interest in all things digital I love weekend walks with my wife in the park. I also enjoy talking to my kids at the dinner table and hearing about their day to day experiences at school.

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What do you like to do in your free time?

I enjoy binge watching on Netflix, If I start a series and it’s engaging it’s hard to not finish it in rapid succession. My interests are sci-fi, action, spy-thrillers and watching tech reviews. Apart from an interest in all things digital I love weekend walks with my wife in the park. I also enjoy talking to my kids at the dinner table and hearing about their day to day experiences at school.

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If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

Its bit personal for me and honestly the thought has occurred to me many times, that I wish I had the power to heal. Also the power to teleport would be great to avoid the congestion of the daily commute 😊

Who would you consider your biggest influences?

I am fascinated by how AI has emerged as a game changer the last couple of years and wonder what it means for all our futures and the generations to come. I am also influenced by leaders who preach peace and are liberal in their viewpoints.

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Who would you consider your biggest influences?

I am fascinated by how AI has emerged as a game changer the last couple of years and wonder what it means for all our futures and the generations to come. I am also influenced by leaders who preach peace and are liberal in their viewpoints.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

I would love to visit Switzerland as In my earlier years I watched many Bollywood movies that were filmed there and was mesmerised by the beautiful landscape. Now that I am living in Europe I hope to visit one day be there and experience the wonderful views for myself.  I love forests and mountains, so sitting in cottage and looking out of balcony across this wonderful landscape, would be a dream come true.

 

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If you could do a job for just one day, what would it be?

I think I would have to be an astronaut and experience space travel.  The thought of floating weightlessly, looking down upon Earth from the quiet expanse of space, and witnessing phenomena like the aurora borealis from above would be an amazing experience!

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If you could do a job for just one day, what would it be?

I think I would have to be an astronaut and experience space travel.  The thought of floating weightlessly, looking down upon Earth from the quiet expanse of space, and witnessing phenomena like the aurora borealis from above would be an amazing experience!

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IMGS & DataBuilders Year In Review 2023

IMGS & DataBuilders Year In Review 2023

2023 was yet another dynamic, thrilling, and successful year at IMGS, and we’re eager to share our major achievements with you in our “IMGS and DataBuilders Year in Review 2023” blog.

January - DataBuilders Kicked off 2023 with a
"Sisense Fusion Embed Webinar"

During this webinar Ciaran Kirk and Conor McIntyre demo how Sisense Fusion Embed can add value to your existing analytic offerings, thereby ensuring faster adoption and an improved customer experience.

This webinar demonstrates how Fusion Embed can:

  • Seamlessly integrate analytics to your product or service.
  • Customise your analytics offering to suit your application.
  • Deploy in the cloud or on-prem while ensuring the security of your solution.

You can view this webinar HERE

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February - IMGS Presented with a 20 Yr. Hexagon Partner Award

Hexagon European Partner 20 Yr Award

In February, Ciaran Kirk, Operations Director IMGS, was delighted to accept an award on behalf of IMGS, at the Hexagon European Partner event in Mallorca.  This award notably, celebrates IMGS being a Hexagon Partner for 20 years. 

IMGS are a Hexagon SIG (Safety, Infrastructure & Geospatial) Platinum Partner and work with them to provide organisations with powerful solutions that help make sense of the dynamically changing and challenging world.

March - Data Quality with FME Webinar

On March 8th, Ciaran Kirk and Gavin Park presented a webinar titled “Data Quality with FME”. You can view this webinar HERE.

This webinar illustrates how FME can detect and repair data quality issues and furthermore, you will also see how FME is used to provide data preparation and data stewardship, to ensure only quality data is used to deliver quality insights.

April - New CTO Announcement and Hosting the
IMGS GeoIntelligence Event 2023

Gavin Park CTO Announcement

New CTO Announcement for IMGS & DataBuilders

In early April we were delighted to announce the appointment of Gavin Park, as Group Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for IMGS and DataBuilders.  Consequently, Gavin’s appointment further strengthens our executive leadership team.

Gavin brings a wealth of experience spanning over two decades to the role. This experience will play a key role in our next phase of growth across both IMGS & DataBuilders.

As CTO, Gavin is responsible for leading the development of the next phase of modern and sustainable solutions for our customers, while ensuring a strong synergy between IMGS and DataBuilders.

IMGS GeoIntelligence Event 2023

The IMGS GeoIntelligence Event 2023 took place in the Ashling Hotel, Dublin 8 on Thur, 20th April.

We had a fantastic line-up of presenters from across the island of Ireland and Europe showcasing the latest advancements in Sustainability, Digital Twin and Remote Sensing,  We enjoyed presentations from Hexagon, Dublin City Council, Cork City Council and Leica Geosystems.

Dublin City Council Presentation at the GeoIntelligence Event 2023

May- IMGS & DataBuilders Host Accelerator Workshops, the Team Enjoy a Volunteer Day at Peter McVerry Trust and
AI Awards Finalist

FME Accelerator

On May 16th IMGS hosted a popular, free, and interactive FME training workshop “Building Data Pipelines FME Accelerator”.  This session teaches participants how to get the most use from their data with FME.

This training workshop is best suited to users beginning their FME journeys and users refreshing their FME Knowledge.

Sisense Accelerator

On May 30th, this was followed up with an equally successful free and interactive Sisense workshop “Building Sisense Dashboards Accelerator”. This workshop provided an introduction to, Data Modelling and building an Integrated Analytic Dashboard with Sisense.

Peter McVerry Trust Volunteer Day

Team Volunteer Day!

At the end of May, the team headed to the Peter McVerry Trust Mid-Regional Service, at Kerdiffstown House in Naas for our annual volunteer day.

We had a very productive and enjoyable day, painting fences, picnic tables and outdoor seating in the glorious sunshine.

Analytics & AI Awards Finalist

At the end of May, DataBuilders were thrilled to announce that our customer, Diaceutics PLC, were selected as a finalist in The Analytics Institute of Ireland “Analytics Innovation Award” category.

June - HxGN Live Global Event, Analytics & AI Awards,
DataGalaxy Webinar, IMGS/ DataBuilders Summer Staff Night
and AGI-NI

Ciaran Kirk HxGN Interview

Digital Transformation of Property Asset Mgt.

Ciaran Kirk sat down with Beth Keener, at the HxGN Live Global Event in Las Vegas, 12-15 June.  They discussed how IMGS have helped local authorities in Ireland to digitally transform their property asset management, by moving from paperwork to real-time insights with M.App Enterprise from Hexagon.

Click HERE to watch the full interview.

Analytics & AI Awards 2023

On June 15th we attended the Analytics & AI awards at the beautiful Mansion House, where our customer, Diaceutics PLC, were the worthy winners of the Analytics Innovation Award for 2023. What a fantastic fun night it was with great hospitality and company!

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IMGS & DataBuilders Summer Night Out!

On Friday June 23rd we enjoyed a summer night out at Fade Street Social. Great food, drinks, and atmosphere on a rare balmy evening in Dublin.

AGI NI Conference

IMGS were a platinum sponsor at the 2023 AGI NI Conference in Belfast.

Ciaran Kirk and Garrett Cronin travelled to the Belfast event on June 28th, where Ciaran presented “Property Asset Management in local authorities in Ireland”.

August - FME & ArcGIS Training,
DataBuilders and DataGalaxy Partnership

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FME & ArcGIS Training

From 1-3 August,  IMGS ran an FME and ArcGIS on-line training course. This course shows how you can set up FME to work with ESRI. It covers traditional data formats and using ArcGIS Pro with FME to enable access, as well as how you use the next generation of GIS Platforms like ArcGIS Online or Portal Features service.

Watch our website training page and social media channels for details of training opportunities in 2024.

DataBuilders & DataGalaxy Partnership Announcement

At the end of August DataBuilders formally announced its partnership with DataGalaxy, to advance Data Governance Solutions in Ireland.  DataGalaxy are an innovative company, specialising in metadata management and enterprise data governance.  

You can view the full press release HERE.

DataBuilders and DataGalaxy join forces to advance DIata Governance Solutions in Ireland.

September - Safe Software "The Peak of Data Integration" Conference in Bonn, DataBuilders Data Intelligence 2023 event

Gavin and Garrett present in Bonn, delivering web applications with FME

The Peak of Data Integration

Garrett Cronin, Commercial Manager, Gavin Park, CTO and Hrvoje Vukasinovic, Technical Lead IMGS travelled to Bonn, Germany for the Safe Software Conference “The Peak of Data Integration” from the 5th – 7th September.

On September 6th Hrvoje delivered a presentation on “Migration of National Child Protection Data using FME Automations”. Then, the following day, Gavin and Garrett presented “Delivering Web Applications with FME.”

IMGS Marketing Momentum Award

IMGS and DataBuilders were delighted to be announced as the 2023 Winners of the Marketing Momentum Award at “The Peak of Data Integration” Conference.  It was certainly the perfect end to a superb partner summit..

IMGS received Marketing Momentum Award from Safe Software

Data Intelligence 2023 Conference

On September 20th, DataBuilders hosted the Data Intelligence 2023 conference in the Ashling Hotel, Dublin. It was an engaging event with a superb line-up of speakers and topics including:

  • New Horizons with the FME Enterprise Platform – Don Murray, Safe Software.
  • Digital Transformation: The “Fit It” App – Mark Geoghegan, Dublin City Council.
  • Enterprise Data Integration – Sean O’Boyle, Northern Ireland Water.
  • Data Linage & Governance – Ciaran Kirk & Conor McIntyre, IMGS.
  • Digital Reality Modelling & Visualisation – Gavin Park, IMGS & Pierre Nowacki, Sphere.
  • FME Supporting a New Monitoring System for Farming – Walter French, Compass Informatics.
Gavin and Mark presenting Digital Transformation with FME
Compass Informatics Presentation by Walter French

October - Analytics Institute Summit, Accelerator Training,
3D Digital Realities Webinar

DataBuilders Team at Analytics Summit 2023

IMGS Stand at the Analytics Summit in the CCD

On October 4th the DataBuilders team exhibited at the Analytics Summit 2023 in the Convention Centre Dublin.

We enjoyed considerable interest at our stand throughout the day and consequently met so many inspiring people across a range of industries, who are doing amazing things with data!

Ciaran Kirk and Conor Doyle discuss "Harnessing the Power of Embedded Analytics"

At the 2023 Analytics Summit, Ciaran Kirk, Operations Director, DataBuilders and IMGS, hosted a fascinating fireside chat with Conor Doyle, Business Intelligence and Product Manager, Luzern eCommerce.  They discussed the topic “Harnessing the Power of Embedded Analytics.”  You can view this session HERE.

We are looking forward to the 2024 Analytics Summit already!

Ciaran Kirk and Conor Doyle, Luzern eCommerce presenting "Harnessing the Power of Embedded Analytics" at the Analytics Summit 2023.

FME Accelerator at TUD, Bolton St., Dublin

Ciaran Kirk, Operations Director IMGS and DataBuilders, delivered an FME Accelerator Training Workshop, to the 4th Year Geographic Surveying students in the Technological University Dublin, Bolton St, on Friday, October 20th.

3D Digital Realities Webinar

At the end of October, Ciaran Kirk, Operations Director IMGS & DataBuilders and Andrew Paul, Remote Sensing Lead, IMGS hosted our “3D Digital Realities” Webinar. 

In this session, you learn how Safe Software’s FME and Hexagon Safety, Infrastructure & Geospatial technologies, provide an end-to-end solution for building and managing 3D digital realities.  You can view this webinar at your leisure HERE.

3D Digital Realities Webinar

November - 2 FME Webinar Hosted this Month,
Hrvoje Vukasinovic Awarded his FME Certified Trainer Badge

Save Time and Boost Productivity with No-Code-Web Apps Webinar

Save Time & Boost Productivity with No-Code Web Apps Webinar

During the month of November, we hosted 2 FME focused Webinars. The First webinar  “Save Time & Boost Productivity with No-Code Web Apps”, was run in conjunction with Dublin City Council and Safe Software.  

In this hour long webinar we explored the power of #FME for delivering web apps.  Click HERE to view this session.

FME Top Features 2023 Webinar

The 2nd webinar titled “FME Top Features”, hosted by Ciaran Kirk and Gavin Park, delivers an overview of the latest features in #FME & how they can elevate your business & data to new heights. 

Click HERE to view this session.

FME Top Features 2023

FME Certified Trainer Badge awarded by Safe Software

Congratulations to Hrvoje Vukasinovic, Technical Lead at IMGS, who recently received his FME Certified Trainer Badge, from SafeSoftware.

December - Christmas Celebrations and Final Webinar of 2023

Christmas Party Night

We enjoyed our Company Christmas night out in the fabulous Iveagh Garden Hotel on Friday December 8th.  A lovely festive night was had by everyone and a great start to the party season!

IMGS Christmas Party 2023

Sisense Top Features Webinar

In December we hosted our final 2 webinars of 2023. The first webinar was hosted by Ciaran Kirk, Operations Director IMGS and DataBuilders and Conor McIntyre, Business Development Executive DataBuilders.  This webinar is titled “Sisense Top Features” and showcases the latest functionality released by Sisense

You can view this webinar on demand HERE.

Actionable Analytics with Sisense Webinar

The 2nd webinar “Actionable Analytics with Sisense”, was hosted on December 14th by Ciaran Kirk, Operations Director and Conor McIntyre, Business Development Executive. 

In this webinar you see how Sisense provides actionable insights where you most need them. The first part of the webinar provides an overview of Sisense BloX. Sisense BloX makes it easier than ever to create custom actionable analytic applications from complex data, by leveraging powerful prebuilt templates to integrate application-like functionality into dashboards.

The second part of the webinar covers Sisense Infusion Apps. Sisense Infusion Apps are for users who spend most of their time outside of their BI.

You can view the full recording of this webinar HERE.

Actionable Analytics with Sisense Webinar

We are excited to see what 2024 has in store for IMGS and DataBuilders!

Unveiling the Power of Embedded Analytics

Unveiling the Power of Embedded Analytics

Unveiling The Power of Embedded Analytics Enhancing Data-Driven Decision Making

In today’s data-driven landscape, making informed decisions is key to business success.  The ability to extract insights from data not only empowers businesses to stay competitive but also fuels innovation and growth.  One powerful tool that has emerged to fulfil this need is Embedded Analytics.  If you’re seeking to harness the potential of your data while seamlessly integrating it into your applications, this article is your guide.  Let’s delve into the world of Embedded Analytics and discover how it can transform your data strategies.

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What is Embedded Analytics?

Embedded Analytics represents a shift in the way organisations approach data analysis.  It involves integrating analytical capabilities directly into existing applications or software products.  This empowers users to access real-time insights, visualisations, and interactive reports without having to switch between different platforms.  In essence, it brings the power of data driven decision-making to the point of action.

It serves as an excellent tool, particularly when utilised within a customer relationship management (CRM) software for handling sales operations.  With Embedded Analytics, you can seamlessly view visualisations of sales trends, pipeline forecasts, and customer behaviour directly within your CRM dashboard.  You no longer need to export data to a separate analytics tool; the insights are right at your fingertips.  This integration streamlines your workflow and accelerates your ability to respond to market changes.it

The Uses of Embedded Analytics

  1. Business Intelligence Dashboards: Transform your dashboards into dynamic hubs of insights, allowing users to interact with data and tailor their views to specific needs.
  2. Operational Efficiency: Empower employees to make data-driven decisions within the applications they use daily, minimising disruptions and enhancing efficiency.
  3. Customer-Facing Insights: Provide your customers with self-service analytics directly within your product, enhancing user experience and delivering value.
  4. Predictive Analytics: Integrate predictive models to anticipate trends and patterns, enabling proactive decision-making.
  5. Performance Marketing: Monitor the performance of your applications and products in real-time, enabling swift course corrections.

Traditional Analytics V Embedded Analytics

While traditional analytics tools serve a valuable purpose, they often require users to switch contexts and platforms for analysis.  Embedded Analytics, on the other hand, eliminates this issue by bringing insights directly to the user.  Here are some key differences:

  • Contextual Insights: Embedded Analytics provides insights within the context of your workflows, allowing for immediate action.
  • Enhanced Adoption: Integration within existing applications encourages broader usage and adoption across the organisation.
  • Reduced Learning Curve: Users don’t need to learn a new tool, as analytics capabilities are seamlessly woven into their existing interfaces.
  • Time-To-Insight: Embedded Analytics accelerates the time it takes to convert data into actionable insights.

Experience the Power of Embedded Analytics
with DataBuilders & Sisense

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At DataBuilders, we recognise the transformative potential of Embedded Analytics.  We are partnered with Sisense, a leader in analytics platform solutions, and together we bring you the power of Embedded Analytics to supercharge your applications with data-driven capabilities.

Sisense’s Embedded Analytics offers a comprehensive platform to seamlessly embed analytics into your applications, creating a cohesive experience for users.  With features like white-labelling, customisation, and scalability, Sisense empowers you to deliver robust analytics to your users without compromising on user experience.

Conclusion:

In an era where data insights are paramount, Embedded Analytics emerges as a bridge between data and action.  It empowers organisations to maximise the potential of their data by integrating analytical capabilities  seamlessly into existing applications. 

Unlock the power of your data with Embedded Analytics from DataBuilders and Sisense.  Effortlessly integrate insights into your applications and elevate your data strategies to new heights.

For more information about how we can transform your data strategies, visit DataBuilders.

Getting Started with Data Customisation using Sisense Compose SDK

Data Customisation the future

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Data Customisation: Unleash Your Creativity with Sisense Compose SDK

In the ever-evolving landscape of data-driven applications, developers continually seek innovative solutions to craft bespoke data products that are seamlessly integrated into their projects. Sisense, a trailblazer in this domain, has answered the call with its ground-breaking Compose SDK, heralding a new era in data customisation. This potent toolkit empowers developers to fully harness the potential of Sisense components, allowing them to create highly customised data products perfectly tailored to their applications.

Traditional embedded analytics solutions often confined developers to the constraints of pre-defined tools. However, the Compose SDK shatters these limitations. Rather than merely embedding third-party tools, developers now enjoy the freedom to construct tailored data products by selecting from an extensive library of Sisense components and seamlessly integrating them with a wide array of other tools within their Integrated Development Environment (IDE).

Data Customisation Embedded Analytics

A Practical Illustration

In the realm of UI design, consistency is paramount. Let’s consider a scenario: your company has chosen the Material UI framework to design your application. It offers a sleek and uniform appearance, but now you require dynamic data from Sisense to populate Material UI tables.

This is where the Compose SDK comes into play. It enables you to seamlessly merge Material UI’s aesthetics with Sisense’s analytical prowess. You begin with Material UI tables perfectly aligned with your design guidelines. Then, with the Compose SDK’s ExecuteQuery component, you effortlessly infuse these tables with real-time data from Sisense.

The outcome? Stunning, data-rich components that not only adhere to your design principles but also provide invaluable insights. Your users experience the best of both worlds – visually appealing design and powerful data.

Getting Started with Sisense Compose SDK

Excited to explore the potential of the Compose SDK? Great news – it’s currently in Beta and accessible to all Sisense partners, ready for you to unlock its capabilities today. To embark on this journey, you can start by cloning the example repository from GitHub, which is provided below. Installing the necessary packages for your sample application is a breeze; simply follow the user-friendly Compose SDK Quickstart Guide. It’s important to note that, for the time being, these packages are available on GitHub, requiring a personal access token for access.

Getting Started with Data Customisation using Sisense Compose SDK

Sisense’s Compose SDK stands as a revolutionary leap forward in the realm of data customisation product development. It liberates developers from the confines of traditional embedded analytics and empowers them to build highly customised, seamlessly integrated data products. With the Compose SDK at your disposal, the possibilities are limitless, and the power to transform your applications is at your fingertips.

So, why wait? Dive into the world of Compose SDK, unleash your creativity, and revolutionise your data products today. Your applications will undoubtedly thank you for it!

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Data Lineage

Data Lineage

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Data Lineage: Unveiling the Hidden Pathways of Data Flow

In the ever-evolving landscape of data management, one concept takes centre stage when it comes to ensuring accuracy, transparency, and reliability in data processes – and that’s Data Lineage!

Whether you’re a seasoned data professional or just starting out in the world of data management, understanding data lineage is crucial for maintaining data integrity and making informed decisions.  In this article, we’ll explore it’s essence, types, as well as how it differs from data mapping.

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What is Data Lineage?

Data lineage is a visual representation or documentation of the complete journey that data takes, as it moves through an organisations systems and processes.  It includes information about data sources, transformations, and destinations. 

It will help you answer questions such as:

  • Where does data come from?
  • How is it transformed?
  • Where does it go?
  • Who is responsible for it?

Data lineage tools such as DataGalaxy, provide a clear end-to-end view of data, revealing the relationships and dependencies that exist within a data environment.

An Example of Data Lineage:

Imagine a retail company with both physical stores and an on-line platform, that collects data from different sources including, in-store purchases, on-line orders, and customer reviews. 

Data lineage can provide a clear visualisation of how this data is gathered, integrated, and transformed.  For instance, a customer’s purchase data might flow from point-of-sale systems in physical stores to a centralised database in headquarters.  From there, it’s linked with the online platform’s data, showing a comprehensive view of the customer’s behaviour.

If the retail company wants to analyse which products are popular among online shoppers, data lineage helps trace how the relevant data points were aggregated and transformed to provide valuable insights.

Types of Data Lineage:

There are two different types – business lineage and technical lineage

Business lineage caters to business analysts by offering a high-level view of data sources, ensuring reliability without delving into every data entry. 

On the other hand, detailed technical lineage serves IT and data architects by providing insights into transformations performed, table lineage, column lineage, and query-level lineage within data pipelines.

By combining both business and technical lineage, organisations can attain a comprehensive understanding of their data.  With this, your data users are empowered across all departments and roles to make precise business decisions.

Distinguishing Data Mapping from Data Lineage

At this point, we think it’s important to note what is the difference between data mapping and data lineage?

While both are related concepts, they serve different purposes.

Data mapping focuses on the connections between different data sources and destinations. It’s like creating a network map that shows how data entities relate to one another.

Data mapping is critical for designing efficient data integration processes, ensuring that data is correctly transformed and loaded from source to destination.

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Data lineage, however, goes beyond the connections and delves into the actual journey of the data itself. Answering questions like:

  • “How did this data get here?”
  • “What transformations were applied?”

Essentially, it provides a timeline and view of how data is transformed over time as highlighted in the image. 

Discovering the Power of DataGalaxy

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In the fast-paced world of data management, harnessing the power of data lineage tools can be a game-changer.  These tools automate the process of capturing, visualising, and analysing data lineage.

One such tool that stands out among the rest is DataGalaxy’s Data Lineage solution.  This tool provides an intuitive interface to map and trace data flow, enabling data professionals to easily identify bottlenecks, errors, and opportunities for optimisation.

DataGalaxy’s Data Lineage function focuses on a collaborative, user-friendly experience, allowing users to create interactive lineage diagrams that showcase all data movements and transformations.  With its powerful features, your data team can collaborate effectively, ensure data accuracy, and streamline their decision-making processes.

Propel Your Data Initiatives To Success

Data lineage is a guiding light that illuminates the path of data from inception to insight.  It empowers organisations to make informed decisions, maintain data integrity, and navigate the complexities of modern data landscapes.

As you delve deeper into the realm of data, remember that understanding data lineage is not just a skill; it’s a strategic advantage that propels your data initiatives toward success!

Don’t let valuable data go untapped!  Feel free to reach out to us at DataBuilders – your Irish partners for DataGalaxy – and embark on a journey with us to visualise your data path, from beginning to end, so you never lose control!

Let us put your data back in your hands!

Customer Success

The Power of Putting Customers First: Why a Stellar Customer Support Philosophy is Crucial for Every Company 

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The Power of Putting Customers First: Why a Stellar Customer Support Philosophy is Crucial for Every Company

By Kian Griffin

In today’s fast-paced business world, companies are in a constant race to stay ahead of the competition. While factors like product quality and pricing strategies play a significant role, there’s one often overlooked aspect that can truly set a company apart: its commitment to customer support. By adopting a customer-centric approach and nurturing a solid customer support philosophy, businesses can forge enduring relationships, skyrocket customer satisfaction, and pave the way for long-term success. In this article, let’s explore why a customer support philosophy is absolutely indispensable for any thriving company. 

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Building Trust and Loyalty: The Foundation of Success

In the vast realm of business, trust and loyalty reign supreme. A customer support philosophy serves as the bedrock for cultivating trust and fostering unwavering loyalty among customers. When faced with a problem or inquiry, customers rely on a company’s support system to come to their aid. By showing responsiveness, empathy, and consistent commitment to resolving issues, companies instil unwavering confidence in their customers. This trust is the key ingredient that transforms satisfied customers into repeat customers and passionate advocates for the brand. 

Enhancing Customer Satisfaction: The Heartbeat of Success

Exceptional customer support and heightened customer satisfaction go hand in hand. When customers encounter a seamless, personalised, and effective support experience, they feel truly valued and appreciated. A customer support philosophy that emphasises proactive problem-solving, active listening, and swift issue resolution can elevate the overall customer experience to new heights. Happy customers are more inclined to share glowing feedback, refer others to the company, and remain steadfastly loyal, even in the face of fierce competition. 

Standing Out from the Crowd: the Competitive Advantage

In today’s always-on marketplace, where products and services can seem interchangeable, a well-defined customer support philosophy becomes a potent differentiator. When a company places paramount importance on customer support, it immediately distinguishes itself from competitors who might overlook this vital aspect. By consistently delivering exceptional support throughout the customer journey — from pre-purchase inquiries to post-purchase assistance — a company can create a unique competitive advantage that magnetises and retains customers. 

Gaining Priceless Customer Insights: The Fuel for Growth

Customer support interactions are treasure troves of invaluable feedback and insights for any company. By actively engaging with customers, attentively listening to their concerns, and diligently addressing their needs, businesses gain a profound understanding of their target audience. This firsthand knowledge fuels product improvements, informs astute marketing strategies, and shapes future business decisions. A customer support philosophy that genuinely values customer feedback and actively strives for improvement paves the way for perpetual growth and unyielding success. 

Mitigating Reputational Risks: Safeguarding Your Brand 

In the interconnected world in which we live, a company’s reputation can either propel it to soaring heights or sink it beneath the waves. Customer support plays an undeniable role in managing and mitigating reputational risks. When customers face challenges or undergo negative experiences, they often turn to social media platforms and online review websites to voice their opinions. A robust customer support philosophy empowers companies to swiftly address and resolve issues, thereby averting potential damage to their hard-earned reputation. By consistently and genuinely demonstrating a genuine commitment to customer satisfaction, businesses shield their brand image and cultivate an indomitably positive reputation. 

 In an era where customer expectations, rightly, have never been higher, a well-defined customer support philosophy is the lifeblood of any successful company. By placing trust, loyalty, customer satisfaction, differentiation, customer insights, and reputation management at the core of their operations, businesses can nurture a customer-centric culture that fuels unprecedented success. Investing in customer support doesn’t just ensure the immediate resolution of issues; it fosters enduring customer relationships, paving the way for sustainable growth. 

At IMGS, we wholeheartedly embrace the significance of a customer support philosophy. We understand that our clients rely on us for exceptional support throughout their journey with us. By prioritising responsiveness, technical expertise, and a genuine commitment to problem-solving, we ensure that our customers receive unparalleled assistance and care. We take pride in going above and beyond to build trust, foster loyalty, and enhance customer satisfaction. 

In conclusion, a customer support philosophy is not just a business strategy; it is a mindset that drives success. By taking these principles to heart at IMGS, we strive to deliver an unparalleled customer experience, build lasting relationships, and lead the way in GIS and Data Intelligence solutions. 

Monitise your data

By Conor McIntyre, Business Development Executive, DataBuilders

Monetising Your Data with Sisense
Unlocking The Power of Analytics

In today’s data-driven world, organisations are continuously collecting vast amounts of data. However, merely accumulating data is not enough to drive business growth. To stay competitive, businesses need to extract actionable insights from their data and transform it into a valuable asset. This is where our partner technology, Sisense, a business intelligence and analytics platform, comes into play. I want to explore how you can monetise your data with Sisense and unlock its potential for revenue generation.

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First off, we must understand the Value of Data:

How many times have you heard data being referred to as the “new oil” because of its immense value? Too many I’m sure as it seems an old phrase at this stage, but it has become increasingly more and more poignant. By harnessing the power of data analytics, businesses can gain valuable insights, identify trends, make informed decisions, and discover new revenue streams. In a way data is not like the ‘new oil’ in that unlike oil the same data can be consumed more than once and enriched with other data repeatedly leading to exponential value creation and continuous innovation – and doesn’t destroy the planet!

DataBuilders in conjunction with Sisense empowers organisations to explore their data, uncover hidden patterns, and transform it into actionable intelligence.

Leveraging Sisense's Analytical Capabilities

Sisense provides a user-friendly, end-to-end analytics platform that enables businesses to unlock the full potential of their data. Below are some of the key features that can help facilitate and accelerate data monetisation:

Data Integration: Sisense makes integrating data from multiple sources simple. Be it structured or unstructured data and allows for a unified view in your Sisense Elasticube. This enables businesses to gain a holistic understanding of their data and make more informed decisions.

Powerful Data Visualisation: As any BI tool should, Sisense offers interactive dashboards and visualisations that make complex data easily understandable. These visually appealing representations help stakeholders gain insights quickly and act upon them. Where Sisense stands out, is with the no/low-code, drag-and-drop configuration making adoption and usability easier for anyone to pick it up.

Advanced Analytics: Sisense goes beyond basic reporting and offers advanced analytics capabilities, such as predictive modelling, machine learning, and natural language processing (ChatGPT coming soon here). These features allow businesses to uncover deeper insights and make data-driven predictions.

Embedded Analytics: Sisense allows businesses to embed analytics directly into their products, applications, or services. This empowers organisations to create data-driven, self-service offerings for their customers, opening new revenue streams.

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Not to forget the new report manager feature where you can schedule reports to be sent how and when you want it, to whomever you want it in PDF, email, CSV format or even as a link directly to the dashboard. And pulse alerts, alerting you (as you could probably tell by the name) to let you know when a particular metric of yours is under/overperforming based on thresholds that you set or even when a particular trigger event happens.

Monitising Data With Sisense

We have several customers monetising their data and what we’ve learned through their experience is that there are several ways in which you can look to maximise your monetisation strategy. Although some have very unique offerings, I was able to pull them all together in the most applicable ways to any data set as follows;

Data-as-a-Service (DaaS): With Sisense, you can create and offer data products to customers. By packaging and selling your data, you can provide valuable insights to other businesses, researchers, or even the general public should you be geared that way. This approach allows you to generate revenue from your data assets.

Subscription-Based Analytics: Sisense enables you to build subscription-based analytics services. By offering customers access to your analytics platform, you can monetise your expertise and data insights. This model can be particularly beneficial for consultancy firms or businesses with specialised knowledge.

Data-Driven Applications: Sisense’s embedded analytics capabilities empower you to create data-driven applications. By integrating analytics directly into your software or services, you can offer enhanced functionality to your customers so they have the analytics right where they are already working. This not only adds value but also creates new monetisation opportunities.

Partnerships and Collaborations: Sisense provides integration options that allow you to collaborate with other organisations or industry partners. By combining your data with complementary datasets, you can create unique value propositions and explore joint monetisation strategies.

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DataBuilders and Sisense are keen to work with you in finding the right approach that makes the most commercial sense to your business model and along with our team of experts will help you become the biggest data-driven organisation around and maximise the potential value your data and data operations hold.

Ensuring Data Privacy and Security

This is often one of the biggest concerns for any company engaging with us when they are trying to monetise their data and with multi-tenancy, role-level access & MFA concerns quickly dissipate. Monetising your data comes with the responsibility of ensuring privacy and security. Sisense offers robust data protection measures, including user access controls, encryption, and compliance with industry regulations. By safeguarding your data assets, you build trust with customers and maintain a competitive edge.

Data is a valuable asset that, when leveraged effectively, can drive business growth and revenue generation. Sisense offers a powerful analytics platform that enables organisations to unlock the potential of their data.

Data monetisation starts here. Databuilders and Sisense equip you with the insights and strategies to monetise your data effectively. Act now and unlock the revenue potential of your data. Please reach out and talk to me should you have any questions or queries or feel as though you’re ready to maximise the potential value hidden within your data. And if you think you already have, I can assure you we’ll find more. Contact me on my details below to set up a DEMO today!

I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

Conor

E-mail: conormcintyre@databuilders.ie

Ph: +353 86 136 4291

Databuilders – Sisense Accelerator

By Conor McIntyre

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DataBuilders Sisense Accelerator

The one workshop that you need to attend to maximise and unlock the full and limitless potential of your data in 90 minutes.

What is it?

A Sisense accelerator is a live, virtual training module.  It is an ideal start to learning Sisense and a great way to refresh on all that the Sisense Platform can do. At Databuilders, we like to talk about it as the perfect intersection between a theoretical introduction to Sisense and a hands-on training experience. 

Unlike a traditional webinar, the content structure of the course engages the participants through its public chat pane.  The participants also can call for private training assistance at any time. 

Hosted on the Strigo training platform, our Sisense Accelerator demands nothing more of its audience than a computer with an internet connection and a willingness to learn.

This workshop takes place on Tuesday 30th May from 10am – 11.30am.

Why Sisense?

Sisense is a powerful business intelligence platform that helps organisations turn complex data into valuable insights. With Sisense, you can connect to multiple data sources, visualise and analyse data in real-time, and share insights with stakeholders across your organisation. Sisense is easy to use and requires minimal IT involvement, so you can focus on what matters most – making data-driven decisions. Sisense is trusted by thousands of companies worldwide, from startups to Fortune 500 enterprises, to help them achieve their data analytics goals.

A business intelligence tool like Sisense is essential for any organisation that wants to make data-driven decisions and gain a competitive advantage. With Sisense, you can uncover hidden patterns and trends in your data, identify opportunities for growth and improvement, and make informed decisions that drive success. It helps you to optimise your operations, improve customer satisfaction, and increase revenue. A business intelligence tool provides a comprehensive view of your organisation’s data, making it easier to identify opportunities and stay ahead of the competition.

Who is this Accelerator for?

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced data analyst, the Sisense Accelerator is an opportunity to learn from industry experts, network with like-minded professionals, and gain hands-on experience with the best data analytics tool and techniques. If you are looking to take your data analytics skills to the next level, the Sisense Accelerator is the perfect event for you. It’s for beginners and experienced analysts to learn from experts and network with peers, while gaining hands-on experience with the latest tools.

What Will You Learn?

The DataBuilders Building Dashboards accelerator workshop provide an introduction to Data modelling and building an integrated analytic dashboard. Within in the 90-minute session you will go from data in a data warehouse to a fully built Sisense dashboard

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What Will You Need?

A computer with an Internet connection, and a desire to learn. This workshop will take place on Strigo, a virtual training platform. You do not need Sisense or Strigo installed. We will provide A Sisense environment and a link to use Strigo in your browser for you during the workshop.

Data is a critical business asset, and with the help of Sisense, data-driven decision-making provides organisations with the capabilities to generate real-time insights that support sustainable growth.

Sisense Accelerator is the perfect tool to enable data professionals to acquire a foundational understanding of the Sisense platform.

TL/DR

  • Free 90-minute Sisense interactive, virtual training module
  • Learn from DataBuilders Sisense experts!
  • Sisense is essential for any organisation that wants to make data-driven decisions and gain a competitive advantage,
  • Any business analysts, data analysts, data scientists, BI developers, IT professionals, and decision-makers from various industries will benefit from attending.
  • The Databuilders Sisense accelerator workshop introduces Data modelling and building an integrated analytic dashboard from scratch.
  • All you need is a computer with an Internet connection, and a desire to learn!

We look forward to seeing you then!

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IMGS Year in review 2022

IMGS Year In Review 2022

2022 was another busy, exciting, and prosperous year at IMGS and we would like to share some of the key highlights with you in our “IMGS Year in Review Blog”.

January: Ciaran Kirk, Operations Director,
IMGS 20th Work Anniversary

Ciaran Kirk, Operations Director at IMGS celebrated his 20-year anniversary with IMGS in January 2022.  We marked this fantastic milestone with a presentation to Ciaran and enjoyed some bubbly and sweet treats in the boardroom.  Ciaran also marked the occasion by penning a blog about his IMGS career to date and plans for the future.

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February: Streamlining Property Portfolio Management

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In February 2022 IMGS published a case study titled Streamlining Property Portfolio Management with Monaghan County Council.  This case study illustrates how IMGS enabled Monaghan County Council to develop and leverage highly productive, map-based asset management workflows.

March: FME Advanced Training Course
And Staff FME Certification

Hrvoje FME Professional Certification

IMGS hosted an FME Desktop Advanced virtual training course over 3 half day sessions on the 28th, 29th and 30th of March 2022.  This training course builds upon the basic framework of workspace creation in FME Desktop. The course covered topics that are commonly used by all workspace authors, who wish to take their FME skills to the next level.

Also, congratulations to Hrvoje Vukasinovic, Technical Lead IMGS, who successfully achieved his FME Desktop Professional Certification from Safe Software at the end of March.

 

April: IMGS Industry Award
And Sisense Notebooks Integration Webinar

April kicked off with IMGS being awarded the “FME Industry Expert Award for Local Government” by Safe Software.  This compliments our “Expert designation in Transportation, which was awarded last year.

On the 27thApril, Ciaran Kirk, Operations Director, IMGS hosted a webinar “Sisense Notebooks Integration”.  This webinar provides an overview of Sisense Notebooks and demonstrates how this feature gives Data Analysts the tools they need to conduct advanced analysis, which ultimately increases efficiency and productivity.

IMGS FME Local Government Industry Expert

May: New Business Development Executive Staff Profile,
FME Industry Accreditation, & Analytics Institute Award Finalists!

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In early May, Conor McIntyre, Business Development Executive at IMGS and a recent addition to the Commercial team, sat in the hot seat as part of our Staff Profile Blog

On May 11th our Commercial Manager Garrett Cronin, was is one of the first partners globally to be awarded an “FME Business Professional” accreditation from Safe Software, so a huge congratulations to him!

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At the end of May, IMGS were thrilled to be announced as finalists in the “Emerging Tech Products: IOT, Machine Learning and RPA Category” for the Analytics & AI Awards 2022 hosted by the Analytics Institute of Ireland.

June: Analytics & AI Awards Event At the Shelbourne,
Platinum Sponsors of the AGI-NI Annual Conference

On the 16th of June we attended the Analytics & AI awards event at the Shelbourne Hotel.  What a fantastic night it was with great hospitality and company plus it was lovely to have an excuse to dress up! We were honoured to be nominated in the Emerging Tech Category and look forward to the 2023 awards event already!

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IMGS Sponsorship of AGI NI Annual Event

IMGS were one of the Platinum Sponsors at the AGNI Annual Conference which was held virtually on June 23rd.  The event had an impressive speaker line-up including 2 presentations from the IMGS Team: Garrett Cronin, Commercial Manager presented “Geospatial Data Integration” during the morning session and Ciaran Kirk, Operations Director closed the event with his presentation “EU Fisheries Protection by the Irish Naval Service”.

July: Staff Profile & IMGS Summer BBQ

In early July,  Hrvoje Vukasinovic, a technical lead at IMGS and a recent addition to the development team was the latest staff member to take the hot seat in our Staff Profile Blog series.

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Later in the month we had a lovely evening in Dublin City Centre for the IMGS Summer BBQ.  Balmy weather, fab food and good company – the perfect recipe for a great night out!

August: EM360 Podcast, FME UC Vancouver

Ciaran Kirk, Operations Director IMGS, kicked off August with a EM360 Podcast where he was joined by Analyst John Santaferraro to discuss Location Intelligence aspects such as:
– Newest trends in data integration
– Streaming data challenges
– Modern data pipelines and what they give enterprises.

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Garrett Cronin, Solutions Review Interview

While attending the FME UC Conference in Vancouver, Garrett Cronin, Commercial Manager IMGS sat down with Solutions Review President & host Douglas Atkinson to discuss the use of FME across the island of Ireland & its evolution over the past 20 years.

September: IMGS Launch A New Sub Brand DataBuilders

IMGS started business in 2002 as a GIS or Geographic (location based) solutions provider, but in the last three years expanded our customer offerings to include data analytics and integration. This expansion prompted the recent development of the new “DataBuilders” brand, which is a sub brand of IMGS, and is primarily focused on delivering our Data Intelligence platform solutions.  The DataBuilders brand has its own unique identity and clientele.

You can read the full press release here.

October: IMGS 20th Birthday Celebration, FME Certification
& FME Intelligence Event 2022

Ryan Bannon FME Certified Professional

Ryan Bannon, IT Solutions Lead at IMGS, achieved his FME Professional Certification from Safe Software.   

In early October, Zubair Mulla, Lead GIS Developer at IMGS, was also awarded both the FME Professional and FME Server Professional Certification from Safe Software. We’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate both Ryan and Zubair for their fantastic achievements!

Zubair Mulla FME Certified Professional

On October 13th IMGS celebrated 20 years in business with a Gala birthday dinner for staff and customers at the beautiful Iveagh Garden Hotel, Dublin. What an amazing evening it was from the fantastic food, wonderful company and not forgetting the brilliant music from Connemara trad band – Sin e Deir Si. Looking forward to the next 20 years in business!                                         

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FME Intelligence Event 2022

On Tuesday 18th October, we hosted our FME Intelligence 2022 event virtually. It was a hugely popular event with a great line-up of speakers on the day including:

  • Don Murray, Co-CEO and President, Safe Software
  • Philip Jacob, HEO Enterprise Information Management, Valuation Office
  • Michael O’Donnell, Geospatial and Data Analyst, Dublin Fire Brigade
  • Ciara Beddy, Geospatial Products Development Manager, OSI
  • Robyn Dennehy, GIS Analyst, National Broadband Ireland

Both sessions from the event can be viewed here:  Session 1  Session 2

November: FME Certification & Analytics Summit

Congratulations to Hrvoje Vukasinovic, Technical Lead at IMGS, who was awarded the FME Server Professional Certification on November 18th from Safe Software.

FME Server Professoinal Certificate
DataBuilders and Diaceutics Presentation

On November 17th DataBuilders attended the Analytics Summit 2022, hosted by the Analytics Institute, at the Convention Centre Dublin.  It was a superb event with over 1,300 attendees on the day!  We were delighted to welcome Scott Gamester from Diaceutics, a DataBuilders customer, who travelled from the U.S. to join Ciaran Kirk, on stage to discuss “ Next Generation Analytics & the Monetisation of data

We had a stand at the event and enjoyed meeting people face to face again after such a long break from in-person conferences.  We were joined on the stand by our partner Sisense, who were a great asset on the day and were available to answer any questions that attendees had about their solution. 

Visitors to our stand during the day, had the opportunity to enter our competition offering a “Lego Luke Skywalkers Landspeeder Collectors Edition” as a prize, which proved very popular with visitors as you can imagine!

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December: Actionable Analytics with Sisense Webinar & Christmas Celebrations

A great night was had by all at our Company Christmas Party night out in the fab Iveagh Garden Hotel on Friday December 9th.  

IMGS Christmas Party 2022
Actionable Analytics with Sisense

On December 14th DataBuilders hosted a webinar “Actionable Analytics with Sisense”, presented by Ciaran Kirk, Operations Director and Conor McIntyre, Business Development Executive. 

In this webinar you see how with Sisense you can get actionable insights where you most need them. The first part of the webinar provides an overview of Sisense BloX. Sisense BloX makes it easier than ever to create custom actionable analytic applications from complex data, by leveraging powerful prebuilt templates to integrate application-like functionality into dashboards.

The second part of the webinar covers Sisense Infusion Apps. Sisense Infusion Apps are for users who spend most of their time outside of their BI.

You can view the full recording of this webinar HERE.