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Lights On Data Show

Lights On Data Show

By George Firican
Each episode puts the lights on various data topics with renowned industry experts. We cover the following topics in a fun and informative interview format: data science, data analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, data visualization, data storytelling, data governance, data management, data quality, data strategy, and much more.
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How to Engage Your Organization for Data Transformation
The data transformation is a long journey for most companies. So how should we best engage teams and individuals in the data transformation journey, help them grow the data literacy, culture, etc.? Let's address this important topic with Nicolas Averseng, Founder and CEO of YOOI.
May 20, 2022
What is BI Governance & Why You Can't Live Without It
Marius Moscovici, CEO and Founder of Metric Insights, will define what BI Governance is and discuss the key BI governance challenges while providing a practical approach to tackling those challenges with a BI Portal. An effective BI governance strategy ensures that you are getting maximum engagement with BI across your enterprise.
May 13, 2022
Regular People Are Missing in Too Many Data Programs
Data analyst, data scientist, data engineer, project manager, data steward, etc. We always encounter some or all of these roles in data projects and programs. But there are also some critical roles which more than often are overlooked. Because of that, most data science projects fail. To tell us all about it, let's welcome Tom Redman, "the Data Doc", and the President of Data Quality Solutions. 
May 06, 2022
How to Best Implement a Data Catalog
Data catalogs are here to stay and a great asset to data-driven organizations. But how do you best implement a data catalog? To tell us all about it, walk us through the pitfalls to avoid and the best practices to follow, is Rupal Sumaria, the Head of Data Governance at Penguin Random House UK who successfully implemented a data catalog recently.
May 02, 2022
The Data Warrior
Kent Graziano, ‘The Data Warrior,’ is an award-winning industry thought leader, author and speaker. A semi-retired Snowflake data cloud and data vault evangelist, an advisor at Lyftrondata, and an overall legend within the world of data.  We'll learn more about the mysterious data warrior, his recent move to join Lyftrondata, data warehouses and the rise of the cloud, Snowflake vs. Redshift, and many captivating stories on how companies benefited from the power of data. 
April 29, 2022
How to Do Data Governance Better
Why do so many data governance programs fail? What are those common pitfalls that we can avoid and what are those approaches that work better? Shinji Kim is the Founder and CEO of Select Star and is joining us on this Lights On Data Show episode to share her thoughts and best practices on this topic.
April 21, 2022
Effective Data Storytelling
This episode's guest is Brent Dykes, Chief Data Storyteller at AnalyticsHero. He'll walk us through the steps to create a good data story, insight vs. observation, the importance of the narrative, colors and emotions, and how to avoid those common mistakes and pitfalls when creating an effective data story. "The ability to effectively communicate and telling a story with data is no longer a luxury in today’s economy; it is a necessity."
April 15, 2022
The Future of Data
John Thompson is a 2 x Best Selling Author, Keynote Speaker, and Innovator in AI, Data & Advanced Analytics. As a senior technology executive leading Data Science & Product teams is the best one out there to reveal to us what the future of data holds.
April 05, 2022
How to Drive Value From Your Data Strategy
Companies have a hard time to create a data strategy and especially one that you can drive value from. Why is this challenging and what can we do about it? How do you drive value from your data strategy? What are some potential ROIs that you can call out and measure? Our guest for this episode is Nicolas Averseng, Founder and CEO of YOOI.
March 29, 2022
A Case Study on Enhancing Data Discovery & Literacy within Fintech
In this episode we'll go over a real-case study and go over how a fintech company matured their data governance program, what their drivers were, how support was gained to invest in the data catalog tool, OvalEdge, how they onboarded it, and the company's outcomes of the enhanced data discovery and data literacy. We'll be joined by Sharad Varshney, CEO of OvalEdge, and Lucia Arando, Data Management Manager at Naranja X.
March 11, 2022
Building a Data Science Career Against All Odds
Christina Stathopoulos, Analytical Lead at Waze (Google), shares tips and advice from her experience on how to build a data science career when the odds seem to be against you. We'll talk about what skills to invest in, how to build a portfolio, find a mentor, and women in tech. We'll even talk about why reading is beneficial for your health and how you can read more as well as learn a new language. Don't forget to join in the #bookaweekchallenge
March 04, 2022
How to Solve the 3 Time Sinks of Data Teams
What is your top time sink in your data team? For most it's the time it takes to provide data access, migrate data to the cloud, and govern it all. So what can be done about these time sinks? How can these be mitigated? Join us on the Lights On Data Show with James Beecham, CTO & Co-founder at ALTR as we'll address this topic.
February 18, 2022
How to Create a Successful Data Strategy
How do you put together a successful data strategy? Let's learn about the typical framework for a successful data strategy, its key pillars, and success factors.  To walk us through these we're joined by Dora Boussias, Director of Enterprise Architecture & Data Strategy.
February 11, 2022
Tips for Fixing Dirty Data
Our today's guest is Susan Walsh, the Classification Guru, the Founder and Managing Director of The Classification Guru Ltd, and the author of "Between the Spreadsheets: Classifying and Fixing Dirty Data." In this episode we address: Tips on fixing dirty data;  The perfect date format;  Normalization, standardization, and taxonomies;  Procurement and spend data;  Mixing fruits with savory;  What is dirty data and how can you fix it? You're expected to cleanse data, but very few are trained on how to do it so here are some tips to get you started.
February 04, 2022
Evolutionary Optimization Algorithms
Evolutionary Optimization Algorithms are motivated by optimization processes that we observe in nature, such as natural selection, species migration, bird swarms, human culture, and ant colonies. They are fascinating. Let's learn more about them from Marcello La Rocca, Senior Software Engineer and Author of "Advanced Algorithms and Data Structures".
January 28, 2022
How Privacy Laws Affect Your Analytics Strategy
How do you make your analytics strategy compliant to your privacy laws? How does PIPEDA, CCPA, GDPR, and so on influence how you engage with your current and potential customers? What are the differences between the privacy laws in Europe and North America and how do you respect all of them? How do privacy laws affect your analytics strategy? Maciej Zawadziński, CEO of PiwikPRO, is joining us on the Lights On Data Show to impart his knowledge on the subject.
January 21, 2022
Getting Started with AutoML
Do you want to get started with autoML? Join us and Nathan George, Author and Author & Data Scientist at Tink What autoML is and what it is used for What environments autoML works with The projects/tasks recommended using autoML for Best practices and advice Plus, advice for those wanting to get into data science Don't forget to check out Nathan George's book on "Practical Data Science with Python":
January 14, 2022
Why Society Needs A.I.
Democracy is under a lot of strain because politicians are more distant from their constituents and mass media is relinquishing its role to keep politics in check, just to name a few. Should A.I. start taking on that role and aid our society? Join us and our guest, Kye Andersson - Chief Experience Officer & Partner at Canucci + A.I. Sweden, as we'll address this topic and go over: A.I. applications Current challenges in our society and how A.I. can help What the future holds
January 07, 2022
How to Map the Digital Customer Journey
Maciej Zawadziński, CEO of PiwikPRO, is joining us on the Lights On Data Show to discuss: Why mapping the digital customer journey is important Example of a typical journey Best practices, tips and tricks Action items as a result of the mapping exercise
December 01, 2021
Natural Language Processing for Documents
How about a quick intro into Natural Language Processing (NLP) for documents? Join this episode with our guest, Nina Hristozova, Data Scientist (AI & NLP) at Thomson Reuters. We'll learn more about NLPs and their applications, challenges, and potential future, but also their current usage in documents and text based formats.
November 26, 2021
Crimes Against Data
Have you ever been impacted by bad data quality? Did you ever: Get the incorrect sum credited from your account? Not receive the package you were waiting for? Get your name misspelled? Well, it's probably because a crime was committed against that data. Join us on this Lights On Data show episode as Merrill Albert, Enterprise Data Leader, will share some mind-blowing stories of "Crimes Against Data".
November 12, 2021
Data Leadership
How do we choose to apply our limited energy and resources toward creating data capabilities to influence our business? With data leadership. Anthony Algmin, is founder and CEO of Algmin Data Leadership. He's joining us on this episode to discuss about  Data leadership Why it is needed Its synergy with data governance The notion of data value and his passion of cars
November 05, 2021
The Future of Quantum Computing
Superposition, entanglement, and interference. Join us on this episode as we're learning more about quantum computing and what the future holds for us. This episode's guest is Sahar Ben Rached. She is a Research Master's candidate in Nanotechnology at the Faculty of Sciences of Tunis. She is currently a Quantum Computing research intern at the IPE, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany. She is a Qiskit Advocate and the Co-Founder and Local Coordinator of QTunisia, the first community of Quantum Computing enthusiasts in Tunisia, aiming to promote and teach about quantum technologies.
October 29, 2021
Datavengers: A Live Conversation
For the first time since we've started our show, we've met in person to record this episode with the following data influencers: Kate Strachnyi (Founder of Datacated), Ben Taylor (Chief AI Evangelist at DataRobot), Scott Taylor (The Data Whisperer), Christina Stathopoulos (Analytical Lead at Waze), and yours truly, Diana Andreea Firican, and George Firican. We talked about putting the lights on data (and people), cyberbullying, being prolific on LinkedIn, the importance of online communities, and much more.
October 22, 2021
How to Create a Data Culture
A lot of companies are struggling with creating a data culture. A culture that would be characterized by data-driven decision making. A culture where data is truly treated as an asset and where data quality is everyone's reasonability. So as a company, how can you setup a data culture? A data culture such as TikTok's. Join this episode's guest, Saquiful Alam, that will address this very important topic. Saqif is right now a Program Manager for Trust and Safety for TikTok, working in the South Asian markets. Besides that, he is an Analytics Adviser for Intelligent Machines Limited, and a Data Trainer and Consultant, focusing on Data driven Decision Making, Story-telling with data, Data Strategy and Culture and Machine Learning.
October 08, 2021
How to Build a Data Science Portfolio
Are you starting out in data science? Do you want to build your data science portfolio? Then don't miss this Lights On Data Show episode with our guest, Michael Galarnyk - Developer Relations at Anyscale. We will address: Why building a portfolio is important How can one address their lack of work experience Examples of work/projects to include or not to include in a portfolio Resume tips Networking tips Best practices and recommendations to make your portfolio and resume stronger
October 01, 2021
How a Data Catalog Can Reconcile IT & Business
How can the implementation of your data catalog reconcile IT and Business? Join us on this next Lights On Data Show, along with Laurent Dresse - Head of Consulting at DataGalaxy, and learn more about: The challenges that a disconnect between IT & Business bring How these issues can be addressed through a data catalog How a data catalog will help reconcile IT & the Business  The video version of this podcast also has a live demo at the end so that you can see how this could also be applied in your environment. You can watch that here:
September 24, 2021
How to Treat Data as a Product
Data is the most important asset in the organization. Should data then be treated data as a service or as a product? Join us and Greg Coquillo, Linkedin Top Voice 2020 for Data Science & Artificial Intelligence and Technology Manager at Amazon, as we'll address: How to treat data as a product What a data team should look like Why culture matters What are the characteristics of a good data platform and how can it help standardize data products? Quantum computing and other interesting tidbits
September 17, 2021
How to Measure Your Data Governance Maturity
Let's learn what a data governance maturity model is, what types are out there, and how you can measure your own maturity level - in particular with OvalEdge's. Let's get these insights from Sharad Varshney, CEO of OvalEdge.
September 10, 2021
How You Can Tokenize Your Work
Have you ever thought of tokenizing your skills, digital and physical assets? What is tokenization anyways?  Tooba Durraze, Lead of Growth Strategies and Digital Membership at the World Economic Forum, will address the: - Tokenization of economy - How you can tokenize your work - NFTs, tokenization case studies and more
August 27, 2021
Augmented Intelligence
Join our today's guest, Ben Taylor - Chief AI Evangelist at DataRobot, as we'll talk about augmented intelligence and how AI and humans can work together. Plus interesting projects that include AI and lasers :).
August 20, 2021
All Things Holographic
Our guest, Joel Solloway - Partner at EventWorks4D will tackle the topic of holograms. What are they, what are their benefits, and of course, their applications. Step into the future and join us on this very captivating episode.
August 13, 2021
The 4 Levels of Analytics & Data Literacy
What are the four levels of analytics? What about data literacy? How do these tie in with the data culture and business strategy? Join this episode of the Lights On Data Show with our guest, Jordan Morrow - the Godfather of Data Literacy, and learn about all of this. Jordan is the Head of Data, Design, and Management Skills at Pluralsight, and the author of "Be Data Literate: The Data Literacy Skills Everyone Needs To Succeed"
August 05, 2021
Seek, Solicit, & Speak Data: How to Align Your Data Strategies
Learn how to seek, solicit, & speak data (and 2 hidden Ss). Plus, how should you align your data strategies accordingly?  We are joined by Kimberly Herrington, Data Journalist & Creator of #BuffaloBusinessIntelligence.
July 24, 2021
How a Business Glossary Can Help with Data Literacy
Data literacy is the ability to read, understand, create, and communicate data as information. I think in today's world any organization needs to invest in their employees to gain this ability. But how should that be done? Join us and Sharad Varshney, OvalEdge CEO, to learn how a Business Glossary can help with Data Literacy. Yes, a business glossary - the gift that keeps on giving.
July 17, 2021
How Data Drives Decision Making
Do you want to hear great stories on how data drives decision making? Then join this episode of the Lights On Data Show with international keynote speaker, Dr. Joe Perez. Our guest has more than 35 years of experience to the stage as an IT/higher ed professional. He has served as a Business Intelligence Specialist at NC State University and is currently serving as Senior Systems Analyst at the NC Department of Health & Human Services, as well as Chief Technology Officer at SolonTek Corporation Additionally, he stays active in the IT community with more than 11,000 LinkedIn followers. We are happy to have him as our guest, as he is a highly recommended and critically acclaimed international keynote speaker, data viz/analytics expert, and specialist in efficiency/process improvement He is indeed a much sought-after resource and speaks at dozens of conferences each year. He "Brings Data to Life and Life to Data!"
June 25, 2021
The Artist of Data Science
Data scientist, statistician, podcaster, and an ARTIST of data science. Join us for this live Q&A episode with a thought leader in the data science space, Harpreet Sahota. If you've joined any of his open office hours for data science you will understand why he's such a valued mentor of over 2,500 up-and-coming data scientists. Harpreet is a data science unicorn with strong business acumen, statistical background, modelling capabilities, data engineering, and machine learning engineering know-hows. His knowledge of these topics and passion for data are showcased at every step. As the host of the Artists of Data Science podcast he's putting the most interesting topics into focus and continuously gives back to the data community.
June 18, 2021
How to Overcome Data Storytelling Challenges
Nate Nichols, Chief Scientist, and Cassidy Shield, VP of NarrativeScience will address: - how to overcome data storytelling challenges - the impediments of bringing data to people - how to create a narrative to drive action Tune in to learn from these two experts.
June 11, 2021
The Human Side of Data
The human side of data is a crucial side that is sometimes overlooked. How can we better work with each other and with data? What should we know about the process of listening actively to what people say and don’t say, how body language factors in the velocity of a data team, how non-verbal communication can work well in remote teams, and how this ties in to design-thinking, evolutionary architectures, and shorter time to value. Plus, what's the connection between yoga and data?! Join us on this insightful session with Loris Marini, the founder and host of the Data Project. After exploring the world of quantum mechanics he stumbled into data science. As it turned out, data was fragmented and unreliable, so most of his work was on data architecture and data engineering. Today he helps organisations manage and use their data to protect and grow their most important relationships.
June 04, 2021
The Missing Link In Your Data Program
What's the missing link in your data program? Tom Redman, the Data Doc, returns to our show to share the results of a long-time research program that should fundamentally change how companies manage data and put it to work.
May 21, 2021
Tackling Data Strategy
Do you want to understand how to create and implement a value driven data strategy? Then join us on this episode with Samir Sharma, CEO & Founder of datazuum.
May 14, 2021
How to Grow in Data Literacy Together
Data literacy is the ability to read, understand, create, and communicate data as information. In this show we will be joined by the founder & CEO of, Ben Jones, as we'll address this topic and see how we can all grow in data literacy.
May 07, 2021
Data Storytelling with a Datacated LinkedIn Top Voice
Let's talk about data storytelling, its importance and best practices with world renowned Kate Strachnyi.
April 30, 2021
From Satellites to Pathogens: Using Advanced Analytics on Imaging
Do you want to learn more about advanced analytics applications on imaging? Then you shouldn't miss this episode of Lights On Data Show. The applications and benefits are plenty. It can cover anything from satellite to pathogens, such as: - urban planning - disease detection - commercial assessment - medical diagnostic - economic forecasting Join us and Dawn Holl, Executive VP at Reveal Global Consulting, as we go over practical examples and uses cases of using advanced analytics on imaging, including how AI can be applied to satellite or even nanoscopic images to yield new actionable insights into complex challenges.
April 23, 2021
Data Science Q&A with Data Scientists
We are joined by these amazing Data Scientists: Danny Ma, Joe Reis, Koo Ping Shung, and David Langer as we'll talk about all things data science. David Langer: Founder of Dave on Data and TDWI data analytics instructor Koo Ping Shung: AI & Analytics Instructor, LinkedIn Top Voices 2020, Co-Founder of AI Professionals Association, and Data Science Rex Joe Reis: Adjunct Professor at University of Utah, and CEO of Ternary Data Danny Ma: Founder & CEO of Sydney Data Science, and Data with Danny
April 15, 2021
How to Build a Data Science Career (with Thom Ives, Ph.D.)
We're joined by Thom Ives, Ph.D., data scientist extraordinaire, with an extensive experience in engineering, data science, machine learning and AI and much more. We'll talk about his journey, the many uses and value of Python, and of course plenty of recommendations for anyone looking to build their career in data science.
April 10, 2021
Let's Uncover Some Cybersecurity Insights
How safe are we in the digital world as an individual and as a company? Together with Matthew Rosenquist, renowned cybersercurity expert and the Chief Information Security Officer at Eclipz, we'll uncover various cybersecurity insights.
April 03, 2021
Best Practices for Improving Data Quality
Tackling bad data quality is one of the major hurdles that a company is facing. So how do you change that? Join us and Sharad Varshney, OvalEdge CEO, to learn what are some of the best practices for improving data quality.
March 27, 2021
Blending Cognitive Psychology with Data Science
Join us and the Founder & CEO of AnalyticsIQ, Dave Kelly to understand why blending cognitive psychology with data science allows one to predict things about 200M+ individuals. Plus much more!
March 20, 2021
US Data Privacy Shield
This is the US Data Privacy Shield!   Beth Winters (Licensed Attorney and Solutions Marketing Manager at Aparavi) will walk us through: What it is and what it is to know about it  How you and your data are impacted by it  How to ensure your company is ready and compliant
March 12, 2021
5G, AI, and ML Impact on Data Governance
Dr. David Marco and your co-host will explore how 5G, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning have an impact Data Governance. Stay until the end as you'll hear some funny stories from data conferences. 
March 05, 2021
Telling Your Data Story
Learn more about data storytelling for data management from Scott Taylor - the Data Whisperer. 
February 26, 2021
How to Build a Business Case For Data Governance That Will WOW Business Executives
Join us and Sharad, OvalEdge CEO, to learn how to build a business case for data governance that will wow business executives.
February 25, 2021
How to Find a Data Analytics Career with Meaning
Learning from Andrew Drinkwater's story and how to find a data analytics career with meaning. Should you consider a data analytics career in higher education?
February 19, 2021
How to Become a Data Organization
Join us and Dr. Mark van Rijmenam to learn how an organization can become a data organization.
February 12, 2021
Learning About Sports Analytics
We'll uncover the world of sports analytics with the Ken Jee, the Head of Data Science at Scouts Consulting Group. We'll learn about how to get into this space, what data sets to start working with, but also takeaways from Ken's vast experiencing of analyzing data in the world of sports.
January 29, 2021
Practical Applications of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
Alexander Fleiss, the CEO of Rebellion Research will help us uncover some great examples of practical applications of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.
January 22, 2021
Mastering (data) storytelling
Why do we enjoy stories? What forms the basis of a story? Why and how should we pick up storytelling skills? We are joined by a Leadership Story Coach, Denise Withers that we will discuss about mastering storytelling.
January 15, 2021
How to Implement a Successful Data Analytics Strategy
Let's learn from Chief Data Scientist, T. Scott Clendaniel how to create and implement a successful data analytics strategy. Yay!
January 09, 2021
Bringing the Data Cheer with Santa Claus
If you can believe it, today we are joined by Santa Claus. If you have a wish list, please make sure you join in to share in on the show as Santa will be participating. :)    We'll address the topic of big data, importance of data quality, and so much more. As you can imagine, for proper gifts management, flight trips, and happy clients, data is very important to Santa Claus. Merry Christmas and may you have the cleanest of data!
December 18, 2020
Best Data Governance Tips for Non-IT People
The Data Governance market is growing. Mario Cantin, CEO of Prodago, explains in layman's terms what is Data Governance what are some of those best tips that non-IT people should be aware of and apply. He's also addressing how Data Governance is much more than decisions about Data Quality. We explore how far we can take it to cover things like Data Privacy, Data Risks and, the new emerging need, AI Governance.
December 11, 2020
How to Stand Out From the Crowd as a Data Scientist
Learn from Steve Nouri how to stand out from the crowd as a data scientist. Steve Nouri is an AI expert, part of the Forbes Tech Council, and has more than 370k followers on LinkedIn in the data space.
November 19, 2020
How to Design Data & A.I. Governance that Delivers Value
Let's find out how to design data & A.I. governance that delivers value, from our guest Mario Cantin: CEO & Chief Data Strategist of Prodago.
November 06, 2020
A Chief Data Scientist's advice on AI
A Chief Data Scientist's advice on AI: a live session with T. Scott Clendaniel, top voice in data science & AI.
October 30, 2020
How to Build a Personal Brand
Kate Strachnyi, founder of DATAcated and 2 x LinkedIn Top Voice, shares with us tips and tricks and what it takes to build a personal brand as a data professional.
October 16, 2020
The Cost of Data Quality
Tom Redman, the Data Doc, shares with us the staggering cost of data quality, why and how it's affecting us a individuals, employees, and citizens, and shares with us his "Friday Afternoon Measurement".
September 23, 2020