One of the hobbies that I enjoy doing at home is puzzles. I love that each piece is a part of the bigger picture, has its place and connects with specific others that will create the end result I’m working towards.
I recently said to a colleague, “I love data”. He laughed at me and said that he doesn’t think he’d ever heard anyone say that before. But he fully understood why after I explained it.
Data is like a puzzle. It’s pieces of a big picture that shows the information of a business. Each little piece, when joined with the correct other pieces, will show what that picture is. These pieces are strategically connected to allow for this to happen. A business’ software and reporting tools uses the puzzle pieces so they can see the picture. Understanding how those pieces fit together allows for greater clarity of the picture.
The puzzle becomes a little more challenging and fun when there’s a change of software so the way the picture is displayed changes. The data itself doesn’t alter but box the pieces fit in does. Doing the transfer from one box to another has caused many people frustration and heartache. However, when it is done by someone who loves puzzles, it can be done so that the end picture can be clear again.
When looking at data in this way, as a puzzle, it can be less daunting and frustrating. It truly can be a lot of fun and definitely rewarding when the picture becomes clear after the pieces are sorted and put together.