As an expert in helping businesses whip their data into shape with big data and analytics techniques, I often find that obese databases are an early obstacle to overcome. While tackling this common challenge, I started to think in terms of data health and I realized that something else was obese: me. That’s right, while preaching the benefits of slimmed-down data, my own weight had ballooned to an unhealthy level. So I decided to take my own advice and practice what I preached, working on myself while I worked on my clients’ businesses. There were a lot of parallels:

Data calories & the wake-up call

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