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Re: When math makes sense  w/ cooking, consruction
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Jun 10, 2013 9:26 PM



On Jun 10, 2013, at 8:55 PM, kirby urner <kirby.urner@gmail.com> wrote:
> You make that mistake often: confusing a concept in your head with a changing reality. "Biz math" is whatever "biz" needs in the way of "math" from its cubicle people and if you've been in a cubicle lately you know that not just Excel is important but Microsoft Access.
Remember, I work with cubicles, you do not. Yet that never stops you from positing what cubicle people do or for that matter, what professional programmers do. The only changing reality is that I hired more foreign born people this year than last. I know what biz math is because that is my business to know. For the last decade my chief focus has been business intelligence and financial analytics. The ratio of Excel to Access is 100 to 1. In fact, it isn't even part of the standard MS Office bundle and hasn't been for some time now.
But all of that is beside the point. You can't use Excel or Access to do anything related to finance if you don't understand the math or the basic principles of accounting and finance. Imagine a high school that had a two year program in such topics? You could even sneak in a half semester of Access at the end. I don't expect the students to become SQL whizzes but at least they would know a little bit of what is behind their PeopleSoft screens. However, if I really wanted them to get close to "data" I would use what we use now (in this century) to get close to data. Tools like this...
http://www.tableausoftware.com
There is a 14 day full trial on that site. Download it. Use it. Then in 14 days come back and tell me about MS Access.
PS: How the heck did you think I eat gigabytes of raw test data like candy?
Bob Hansen



