If You Want To Have The Most Fun With Your Data, You’ve Got To TAP It

Hammer, Lederhosen, and Spaten are completely optional

While this article is a little late (or early) for Oktoberfest, it seemed a fitting metaphor. Perhaps no where else on Earth is the tap so celebrated. Such a simple device. Such a simple word. Though it has a lot of uses…

Tap is both a noun and a verb. It is both a simple structure and a means of connecting things. It is an action and a process. In fact, with a little investigation, it proved to be the perfect metaphor. For what exactly…?

This article is right on time for a new series we published on Comprehension 360. Simplifying The Analytic Process was in need of an acronym (at a minimum) and a metaphor (just for the fun of it).

So let’s tap it — The Analytic Process. It is a simple structure and a means of connecting things. It is an action and a process. Too much of it can leave you a little loopy and confused. But if you have some well-aged and structured data, tapping it will be a lot of fun. Warning: I don’t believe the process is in any way addictive (well, maybe?). It is also safe for pregnant mothers (if done properly). Do it wrong and you are likely to look quite foolish.

The more data you can tap, the more choice and fun you can have. Although it can get repetitious. It will help if you keep things well-labeled. It is also much better if you share.

Don’t tap alone. It is sad and perhaps concerning. I also don’t recommend tapping and driving. A distracted mind is liable to make mistakes.

Also remember, you can tap most anything but quality counts. Great beer and even wine make tapping a lot of fun. Tap water on the other hand… well, that is no party unless you are dehydrated. For that matter, stay hydrated. Dehydration leads to poor mental performance … a bit like a hang over? Perhaps I have gone to far… blame the beer. Or the data.

Finally, there is no age limit for tapping data. There isn’t a two drink minimum. You should understand proof… and ratios, too. You should also be sure you have permission to tap people’s data, otherwise the story may not turn out the way you want it. And a great story is what this is all about!

Want to learn more about The Analytic Process? Read our slightly more serious series here:


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