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Great post.

I didn't have this to read several months ago so I did end up writing my own ETL solution. It has been fun though and now we're into the analytics phase and using Chart.io - did you compare that to Periscope? It's a tad pricey but the charts are pretty easy to generate using their query builder if you don't want to get dirty with SQL (or have team members who don't have SQL skills yet).

I do think that rolling your own ETL can be rewarding though - especially if you are wrapping each attempt at an ETL process in a class and storing long term data about the monthly/daily/hourly/irregular processes for internal analysis, forecasting, bug-reporting, and providing fodder for visuals to sell the rest of the team on what you're doing.




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