A fresh start…

This is a blog about me, what I do, how I do it and why I do it.

What I do

I am an engineer. I provide data driven solutions using tools and techniques to help mine and manage data to enable analysts and decision makers use facts and insights.

How I do it

The primary foundation: I am “lazy”, I don’t want to do the same task over and over so I will find a better way to get it done so that I don’t ever have to do it again.

I am an engineer, I solve problems. I have the mindset that always seeks to find a better way! Sometimes when I look at a task I tell myself, “Is this really my life? Is this what I’m going to do forever? It’s 2020! This can’t be it, there must be a better way!” I don’t just solve the problem, I ask questions to determine what are the factors that contribute and have an effect on the outcome and try to find the root cause.

This methodology applies to any tools which give versatility to the solution. It can be applied in any environment as needed.

HOWEVER, I do have my preferred tools. I use OneNote to document and track communications, Alteryx to manage, investigate and manipulate the data and Tableau to visualize the results.

Why?

In my experience, people tend to make decisions from experience or gut instinct. In some cases this is okay and they are managing, or at least it is perceived to be. People who leverage data tend to come out stronger and are able to optimize their resources making smarter and more effective decisions.

The benefits of a data driven decision making process:

  • Faster processing time
  • Reduced processing cost
  • Improved reliability
  • Improved transparency
  • Improved flexibility

How does this help me?

The aim of this blog is to share my ideas, my work and provide some insights to how and why it was done. You may find some of this applies to you or some of the techniques can improve your own processes.

Let me know if you find any of this useful, feedback is always welcome!

Murali

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