Foto Friday – Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park

Lake McDonald

This is a capture taken at Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park along the north side beach. Captured with Canon 7D Mark II and Sigma 8-16.

Foto Friday – Mount Grinnell and Swift Current Lake

Mount Grinnell

Mount Grinnell from the Swift Current Lake Boat.  Captured with a Canon 7D Mark II and Sigma 8-16mm

Foto Friday – Sunset at Lookout Point, Lake Hamilton AR

Sunset at Lookout Point

I captured this photo at Lookout Point on Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs Arkansas.  Captured with Canon 5D and Canon 24-105L with the camera sitting at almost water level. EXIF: 1/40 sec, f/10.0, ISO 400, 29mm, 0 EV

The Benefits of Open Data Within an Organization

Open Data

A recent article by Christian McMahon titled “Open Data – How Far Do We Go?” got me thinking about the idea of ‘open data.’  Christian’s article discusses the idea of open data in general where entire data sets are freely available to anyone that wants to access and use that data for whatever reason. Christian’s […]

Foto Friday – Polar Bear

Polar Bear posing

I captured this polar bear at the Albuquerque Zoo. Captured with Canon 7D Mark II and Canon 100-400 L Mark II handheld.

Data Ownership within an Organization

data ownership in an organization

Recently, I was having a conversation with an IT VP about data management, data access, reporting and analytical approaches to the data stored within the organization.  The conversation was a long and frustrating one. I started working with this company to help them open up access to all their data repositories to allow people within the company […]

Today’s Data Challenge is Yesterday’s Data Challenge


If you spend any amount of time reading or talking about big data, you’ll often find that one of the challenges facing an organizations use of big data today is the same as problem that these organizations faced just a few years ago: using the data to actually do something. Before the popularity of big […]

Data is only as good as you make it

data is only as good as you make it

I’m currently working with a client who is very immature when it comes to data analysis.  This particular client has no history of analyzing data and barely any history of reporting. Their idea of analysis is looking at a few finance reports to see how the business is doing. Now, if this particular client was […]

Foto Friday – Titmouse Bathing

titmouse bathing

I captured this Titmouse bathing in the local bird bath at the Palo Duro Canyon. Captured with Canon 7D Mark II and Canon 100-400 L Mark II handheld

The Dichotomy of Data Access and Data Privacy


In order to use data within your business, you must first collect that data. Seems simple enough right?  You capture some data, store it somewhere and the use that data at a later time in your analysis. What about data privacy concerns? Where are you collecting your data? How are you protecting that data?  Are […]