Why data can be dangerous in the wrong hands.

For years we have all heard the same sayings over and over again about data. “Data is King” and “Data is the new oil” are common refrains. Everywhere you turn, someone is telling you that if you aren’t getting value out of your data, you are falling behind. And for businesses, this is all true — data is what helps separate you from the pack. With the right data and data analytics capabilities, you can turn data into actionable insights that can transform your business.

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But there is a more nefarious…


It’s time for a change in how we get value from data.

countdown to 2021 with analytics with confetti at end
countdown to 2021 with analytics with confetti at end

If you’ve been following our Countdown To 2021 Data Analytics blog series, you’ve already got a sense of what exactly analytics is, the value it can bring your business, and a better sense of how machine learning and Natural Language Processing can make analytics more accessible. As we wrap up 2020 and this blog series, we thought it would be important to count down the 5 ways data analytics will change for the better in 2021!


And She Doesn’t Speak For The Black Community

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Over the last two weeks, in the wake of the protests that resulted from the death of George Floyd, a video has been circulating and re-shared on social media by individuals who believe they finally found their champion. This champion can express the feelings they were afraid to express themselves in a very articulate manner — and oh she just so happens to be black so that gives her more legitimacy,

I am of course talking about Candace Owen’s 17 minute rant on Facebook. It was very tempting to go statement by…


Like Letters To The Editor

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One of the most important aspects of Dear Black Friend is the focus on keeping an active and open dialogue with our readers. We welcome respectful questions from our audience directed at our black authors that will inform future content production and hopefully provide constructive and educational feedback to our readers through the Ask A Black Friend section of the Dear Black Friend publication.

As we are just getting off the ground, today, you can send questions to ask@dearblackfriend.com. We will curate and prioritize these and notify you when content is released in response to your questions.


Conversations For Change

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In May of 2020, after the unnecessary deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, we saw a dramatic change in the tone around the topics of systemic racism and police brutality. We finally seem to have reached a moment in time where everyone is listening and willing to have an open dialogue on how to solve this problem.

DearBlackFriend was started to enable the continuation of that dialogue so that this particular moment and hunger for change is not lost.

While the protests and outrage today prominently feature George Floyd, they are actually about the…


Simplified Analytics. For Everyone.

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Since we launched ClearQuery a few years ago, we’ve spent a lot of time talking about the “how” and the “why”, but not so much the “what” of ClearQuery.

We figured it was time to go ahead and correct that — New Year, New Us (okay… we’re a little late, so call it Spring cleaning).

Today we would like to reintroduce ClearQuery — a product that makes analytics simple for everyone. In a nutshell:

ClearQuery helps users unlock the value of their data regardless of technical skill by enabling them to have conversational analytics experiences and…


“If you think this has a happy ending, you haven’t been paying attention…” -Ramsey Snow.

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Unsullied Note: This post is specifically about HBO’s adaptation of GRRM’s ASoIF, Game of Thrones.

Spoiler Warning: The following post contains significant spoilers for all of Game Of Thrones up until Season 8 Episode 5.

Season 8 of HBO’s hit show Game of Thrones is by far the most contested and controversial season. Each episode of this final season is followed with comments about how the show runners stopped caring in this final season of the show. …


A Fitting Conversation For Black History Month

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I used this same image in a similar post back in 2016, just after the presidential elections. That particular post discussed the reality of racism in America and in American politics (Spoiler Alert: it was real and prevalent then, and is now).

So here we are in the very beginning of Black History Month 2019 — a month in which the President of the United States gave a State of the Union Address without even mentioning Black History Month — and the number of times I have heard the words “I’m not racist…


It’s The Perfect Fit

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In a previous post we discussed how data modeling always starts with the questions you want to ask of your data. We tried to keep that post clear of anything that could start a technology war, but in this one we’re going to take a very strong stance.


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Liquid Gold

The concept of turning data into actionable intelligence is one that has been around for quite some time now. When properly leveraged, data can be used to effectively print money. Businesses know this, so they make tremendous investments in acquiring data and hiring scores of data scientists and data engineers along with the various technology stacks to support them.

Religious wars are fought in the tech community around what technologies are best for dealing with data. One dev screams “Spark Forever!” while another lives and breathes by good old relational databases. …

Tim Tutt

Technologist, Entrepreneur, Security Enthusiast, Data Nerd

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