Data Able

Data Able

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By Dave Mathias and Matt Jesser
Join us on our journey to define the data-informed organization. Dave Mathias and Matt Jesser host weekly episodes where we discuss the culture, knowledge and practices that successful organizations, leaders and individuals use to get value out of data.
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Ep 28 - Rachel Stuve - Fusing People with Data
Rachel believes that data empowers humans: it's what gives us the ability to solve problems and change the world. With data, we can close gaps and remove boundaries to become more interconnected with each other. 
45:29
July 10, 2019
Ep 27 - How Caroline & Sara are building a dataviz community in Portugal
How Caroline & Sara are building a dataviz community in Portugal
41:23
June 11, 2019
Ep 26 - Qlik Qonnections 2019 Feat. Chantilly Jaggernauth and Ben Jones
Qlik Qonnections 2019 Feat. Chantilly Jaggernauth and Ben Jones
43:32
May 22, 2019
Ep 25 - Brian O'Neill - Designing Better Experiences in Analytics
Design. User Experience. Knowing your audience. Empathising with your end user. These are such critical facets of getting analytics right in your organization. Brian O'Neill knows a little bit about this. He is a product designer and founder of the consultancy, Designing for Analytics, which provides design and UX consulting for custom enterprise data products and apps. For over 20 years, he has worked with companies including DELL/EMC, Tripadvisor, Fidelity, JP Morgan Chase, and many others. Today Brian focuses on helping clients create more useful, usable, profitable, and engaging decision support software and information products. 
45:20
May 14, 2019
Ep 24 - Mitchell Grewer - How Cargill Unlocks Data for Everyone
How does a huge company like Cargill get value out of their data? Part of it is data engineering and data science, but a much larger part of it is rolling out a Self-Service approach, enabling everyone in the organization to become capable of seeing and understanding data. This week we talk with Mitchell Grewer who is leading the effort to get data into the hands of all Cargill employees.
42:49
April 30, 2019
Ep 23 - Renee McGregor - Using Data Literacy to Drive Analytics Adoption
We're continuing our "Analytics on the Road" series! This week Dave sits down with Renee McGregor from South Africa Qlik, a partner reseller. Over the past couple years, they've really focused on Data Literacy in Cape Town and it shows! If you look up Google Trends results for "Data Literacy", you'll find that South Africa is one of the top countries. Renee talks about what that looks like and the work they do to improve Data Literacy for their organizations.
38:50
April 9, 2019
Ep 22 - Lailah & Julia - Empowering South Africans through Open Data
Lailah Ryklief and Julia Renouprez talk about their mission at their non-profit, Open Up, to connect South Africans to their government's data. Helping improve poverty and increase skills across the country, they look to use data and help other citizens use data to improve the lives of South Africans.
38:34
April 2, 2019
Ep 21 - Dennis Still - Analytics for Startups and Small Business
Dennis Still understands how small businesses and startups think. They actually need to solve many of the same challenges that large companies face with deep analytics and data science. In this episode, we talk about what good analytics looks like at a smaller organization.
34:55
March 26, 2019
Ep 20 - Serena Roberts - Authentic Relationships Builds Analytics Success
Want to make your analytics efforts successful in your organization? Serena Roberts from Wolters Kluwer believes that building authentic relationships is the key to making progress. Advanced tools, technologies, and methods is important, but without relationship-building, your analytics won't drive real, transformational change.
37:24
March 19, 2019
Episode 019 - Jeff Sloan - Better Analytics through Product Management Principles
Coming to you from Cape Town South Africa, Dave sits down with Jeff Sloan at a local coffee shop. Jeff is a self-prescribed Data Product Manager, blending product management principles with the data and analytics industry to create better solutions for internal and external customers.
33:03
March 12, 2019
Episode 018 - Jordan Morrow - What Data Literacy can do for you
Jordan Morrow is on a mission to help organizations and individuals become data literate. He believes that the ability to speak, read and write data will be the next big differentiator in the next few years. He travels around the world speaking with people about how to improve their own data literacy.
44:56
March 5, 2019
Episode 016 - When Is it Okay to Ignore the Data?
Data is there to answer a question. But human intuition needs to play a role as well. Combining the two is the goal. 
12:17
February 19, 2019
Episode 015 - Improving Higher Education Through Data with David Niemi
David Niemi loves higher education. So much so that he’s spent his entire career involved in it. From an early age, David recognized that there were better ways to help students and learners achieve their goals, and he’s been on a mission to make that experience better ever since.
37:30
February 12, 2019
Episode 014 - The Importance of Data Storytelling Pt 2
Good storytelling skills can be used for good and evil. One key is taking audience in mind, being ethical, and being transparent when framing the story.
08:43
February 5, 2019
Episode 013 - Stories from the Data Trenches with Liz Weber and Tessa Enns
Listen to Tessa Enns from Cargill and Liz Weber from Supervalu as they talk through the highs and lows of running a successful analytics project that leads to real business value.
38:25
January 29, 2019
Episode 012 - The Importance of Data Storytelling Pt 1
Dave & Matt discuss why storytelling is so important and a few tips for people to practice when storytelling. Further, we discuss how struggling a little can help learning and retention. 
09:51
January 22, 2019
Episode 011 - Data Viz Made Simple with Kristen Sosulski
Meet Kristen Sosulski. She’s an Associate Professor and an Author.  Kristen is an absolute expert on Data Visualization and  her passion is in helping up-and-coming analysts use visualization to enhance their work, tell stories, and communicate effectively with data. 
38:09
January 16, 2019
Episode 010 - How to Data Viz like a Pro Part 2
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a data visualization must be worth far more than that.
11:50
January 8, 2019
Episode 009 - How to Data Viz like a Pro Part 1
They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. A data viz is worth many times more than even that!
10:59
January 3, 2019
Episode 008 - Creativity plus Analytics equals Amazing
Today we're talking about creativity and creative thinking. Think that's like oil and water? More like Peanut Butter and Jelly!
09:35
November 27, 2018
Episode 007 - Improve your analytics skills with... Improv?
We're talking about Improv! The ability to think on your feet, ask good questions, and connect with your audience in a meaningful way. Traditionally considered skills for comedy, we think they can help you be a better analyst.
10:07
November 21, 2018
Episode 006 - The making of a good analytics leader pt 2
What is the makeup of a good analytics leader? How do leaders become successful in leading analytics teams? Part 1 focuses on Data Executives. Part 2 will focus on Managers of analysts.
09:14
November 13, 2018
Episode 005 - The making of a good analytics leader pt 1
What is the makeup of a good analytics leader? How do leaders become successful in leading analytics teams? Part 1 focuses on Data Executives. Part 2 will focus on Managers of analysts.
08:32
November 6, 2018
Episode 004 - The data driven and data informed culture
Dave Mathias and Matt Jesser discuss what a data-driven/data-informed culture in an organization
09:15
October 30, 2018
Episode 003 - The exciting future of self service analytics
Dave and Matt talk about the future of self service analytics and how things like AI might help analysts do their jobs better
10:06
October 23, 2018
Episode 002 - Is it time for everyone to be data literate?
Dave Mathias and Matt Jesser talk about what data literacy is and how it can benefit organizations.
10:14
October 16, 2018
Episode 001 - What is this self-service BI thing?
Dave Mathias and Matt Jesser talk about self-service BI, what it is, and some keys to success.
09:12
October 9, 2018
Episode 000 - Name it and they will come
Dave and Matt get a little meta and discuss how they came up with the name Data Able.
13:10
September 26, 2018
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