Saturday, February 2, 2019

Marquette’s FinTech Topics Course Week 3 Update: More Google Trends R Data Scrapping and Meeting with Jim Donahue, Founder of Rising Tides Analytics

Jim Donahue of Rising Tides Analytics

The snow and polar vortex couldn’t stock Dr. Krause’s FinTech Topics course – students pushed ahead despite worst winter weather in decades

On Friday, February 1, 2019, Dr. David Krause (AIM Program Director) met with Jim Donahue, Founder of Rising Tides Analytics – a Milwaukee-based data analytics and consulting firm. 

Donahue’s firm offers Business Intelligence and Analytics Consulting with expertise in Tableau, Alteryx and DataRobot. Jim is a 2004 graduate of Marquette University.

Dr. Krause said, “It was great to meet Jim yesterday and he seems to be an excellent resource for our students. The data analytic skills that we are introducing to our students appear to be in total harmony with what Jim is doing with his firm, Rising Tides Analytics.  He will be a guest speaker later in the semester and we look forward to learning how he is applying these technologies as it relates to his financial business opportunities.”

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“Where I see Jim making the biggest splash this semester will be in the area of data analytics visualization,” Krause commented. “Our students are strong will Excel; however, by mastering Tableau it is hoped that they will learn to drill deeper into the data and identify relationships – I know that by utilizing Tableau they will be able to generate more insightful reports and do impactful analytics.”

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Brutal weather at Marquette University
Jim Donahue is the founder of Rising Tides Analytics and a veteran in the modern analytics industry who helps companies implement self-service data technologies and philosophies, specifically utilizing Tableau and Alteryx.  

Before founding the firm, he spent 12 years transitioning from IT roles to the business line, starting out as a database developer and moving into business intelligence and analytics leadership roles at large companies like JPMorgan Chase, BMO Financial Group and ManpowerGroup.