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The Data Strategy Show

The Data Strategy Show

By Samir Sharma
This podcast explores the relationship between data strategy and business strategy. A fireside chat between the host Samir Sharma and executives from across industries. We will wax lyrically about all things to do with Data Strategy and how it drives business growth. Join Samir Sharma and his guests to gain insights into how organisations drive their strategic growth objectives using data.
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Ep11: 66 Questions Data Leaders Unplugged: Kate Strachnyi
I first met Kate in 2019 and interviewed her for my data leaders series way back when, which is on YouTube.  Zip to 2022 and Kate has launched her own brand DATAcated.  She's got a great philosophy to life, is an avid reader, watches very little TV and gets up at 5am to get all of the things that she wants to do before the rest of the family awake.  I've watched Kate from a distance since 2019, going from corporate employee to data influencer and her relentless drive to achieve all she can is an absolute inspiration to me and to others.  She is extremely personable and I believe that comes through in the interview.   We had a lot of laughs and of course behind every data leader, there is a person and here is Kate unplugged! About Kate: Founder & Community Manager at the DATAcated Circle - a community for data professionals to network, learn, and have fun! Author of four books: Author of The Disruptors: Data Science Leaders Author of Journey to Data Scientist  Co-Author of Data Literacy for Kids  Co-Author of Mothers of Data Science
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March 30, 2022
Ep10: 66 Questions Data Leaders Unplugged: Jason Krantz
Jason and I met in 2018 and it seems that we have known each other for years! I remember one of our earliest conversations that we had and his use of the word "domination" was brilliant! He would use it as a way to say "go do what you have to do and do it with excellence" so I loved that word put into that context.  We both have our own companies and have the scars to prove what the life of an entrepreneur is like and wow does it have it's up and downs!  Hopefully, we can experience more ups than downs!   What I liked about our chat is the positivity that Jason brings to the table, his innate understanding of people and the tenacity he brings to the table.  It seems that if we lived around the corner from each other we would probably be shouting over the fence with fervour and ticking off our neighbours!  :-) Well, with that said, I think people will enjoy this episode listening into his approach to life and the purpose behind it. Of course behind every data leader, there is a person and here is Jason unplugged! About Jason: Jason's goal is to help people make better decisions faster and with more confidence. He dos this by helping them leverage the immense power of data and analytics. With over 10 years of business analytics, data science, and strategic leadership experience in public and private equity owned business, I specialize in creating award winning analytics strategy, capabilities, teams, and solutions that drive tangible revenue and EBITDA improvements.
32:13
March 23, 2022
Ep9: 66 Questions Data Leaders Unplugged: Bill Schmarzo
As you can probably tell from the interview, I've known Bill for a while now and we just click.  He grew up playing the trumpet, so did I, we were both in Jazz Bands and to boot he was into his sport Basketball and I was into Tennis as my sport!  With a lot in common, it was really great to get to know more about Bill, his character and what lies beneath the skin.  We had a great conversation and I'm sure you will hear it and feel it as we meander through the questions.  It's clear to me that Bill is a philosophical soul with wisdom oozing out from every pore.  I really enjoyed speaking to Bill and getting to know the man more intimately.  Thank you for taking the time to listen to this season and when you get a moment please tell everyone about it. :-) Bill is currently working as Customer Advocate, Data Management Incubation at Dell Technologies.  Professor and Educator. He has developed and teaches the “Big Data MBA” – a course for integrating data and analytics into the operations of the business – at University of San Francisco School of Management and National University of Ireland-Galway School of Business & Economics. He also lectures to numerous universities and organizations worldwide. As an author he has written 4 books “Big Data: Understanding How Data Powers Big Business,” “Big Data MBA: Driving Business Strategies with Data Science” and the forthcoming “Economics of Data, Analytics and Digital Transformation;” and published over 350 industry-leading articles and educational videos on the application of Big Data, Data Science, AI / ML and IoT to drive data monetization and digital transformation.
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March 20, 2022
Ep8: 66 Questions Data Leaders Unplugged: Hywel Benbow
I speak to Hywel Benbow to find out more about the person behind the leader. About Hywel: Hywel is Senior Vice President of Global Data & Analytics at GEMS Education based in Dubai. He joined GEMS Education in 2017 where he oversees the organization’s data and analytics capabilities across both the commercial and education spheres. His role includes working closely with colleagues from across the business supporting the delivery of key priorities by developing insightful and analytical solutions that provide the right people with the right information at the right time. Prior to joining GEMS, Hywel worked in the UK Civil Service and has 15 years of experience working in data and analytics in both the public and private sectors. Hywel also brings experience in policy and strategy development, project management, and research.
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January 11, 2022
Ep7: 66 Questions Data Leaders Unplugged: Arvind Murali
I speak to Arvind Murali to find out more about the person behind the leader. About Arvind: Arvind is Chief Data Strategist at Perficient and his job is to tell a Business Story using data and technology to solve problems such as Make Money, Save Money, or Innovate with the constraints of time, cost, scope, and quality. He advises executives of large organizations with Data, AI, and Analytics Strategy where Information, Intelligence, and Interaction tell compelling stories and show business value to compete in this Digital Landscape.
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January 05, 2022
Ep6: 66 Questions Data Leaders Unplugged: Dylan Clark
I speak to Dylan Clark to find out more about the person behind the leader. About Dylan: Dylan Clark is the Associate Vice President of Analytics at OU Health, and data enthusiast that believes data analytics and technology can impact the world in positive ways.  A well-rounded professional with a passion for business intelligence, data science, research, and analytics strategy. He’s also an Adjunct professor at Rockhurst University for various analytics and data science classes.  Worked collaboratively across business units alongside organizational leaders to develop, enhance and change organizations in the areas of analytical culture, business intelligence, data management, data architecture, data governance and data science.  Most of his experience has been as a Business Intelligence Developer, which included conducting requirements gathering, data modelling and developing applications to enhance business processes and provide insights to end users in the healthcare, financial services and information technology industries.
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November 26, 2021
Ep 5: 66 Questions - Data Leaders Unplugged: Paul Morley
I speak to Paul Morley to find out more about the person behind the leader. About Paul: Paul Morley, is Data Philosopher, Public Speaker and an executive at Nedbank’s Enterprise Data Services, leading a team of world class data professionals, and is responsible for delivering Nedbank’s regulatory commitments that govern the finance sector. He is also principal in delivering Data Analytical Services to Nedbank’s business clusters. With partners and consumers of the Nedbank data enterprise, being, Retail, Corporate, Finance, Human Resources, Compliance, Forensic Services, Audit, Group Risk and Group Technology. With almost 30 years of experience in IT and Data, with IBM and Nedbank. He has been recognised locally and internationally for his participation, leadership commitment to innovative thought and leadership in the context of the global data industry and continues to be passionate and controversial about data and changing the status quo. He also love’s walking around in his funky and colourful socks with no shoes on, as well as showcasing his extensive collection of “loud and colourful” shirts at the office. As you can see he always tries to be different and break the status Quo.
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October 04, 2021
Ep 4: 66 Questions - Data Leaders Unplugged: Graeme McDermott
I speak to Graeme McDermott to find out more about the person behind the leader. About Graeme: Graeme is an experienced senior data leader and is currently the Chief Data Officer at Tempcover with broad data function responsibility for up to 40 people. Throughout his career has completed every stage of data platform realisation from conception to exploitation. Industry speaker at data events, numerous podcasts and data journalists friend. Industry recognised in the DataIQ Top100 Data professionals since 2015.
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October 01, 2021
Ep 3: 66 Questions - Data Leaders Unplugged: Thom Ives
I speak to Thom Ives to find out more about the person behind the leader. About Thom: My guest today is Thom Ives! Tom career spans over 30 years and he’s a passionate data scientist. Among his wide range of data science work, his particular passion is around automating analyses and data visualizations including animation when necessary. His main language of choice for the past 21+ years has been python! In August 2018, he started Integrated Machine Learning & AI providing services and instruction in the data science arena. In July of 2019, he joined the very talented and outstanding culture of UL's Prospector team and is their lead data scientist. In summary, he says he’s an addicted data scientist and dynamic systems modeler and analyst that loves to work with great people to improve the performance of business or products through better processes and design.
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September 28, 2021
Ep 2: 66 Questions - Data Leaders Unplugged: Vanessa Eriksson
I speak to Vanessa Eriksson to find out more about the person behind the leader. About Vanessa: Vanessa Eriksson is a pioneer and a leading-edge data practitioner with several years of experience in Data Strategies; including Data Security & Compliance and Innovation. She served as the Chair of PwC’s CDO Advisory Board and on Gartner’s North America & EMEA Data and CDO Advisory Boards. An active voice in the data and analytics community, Vanessa has spoken at numerous conferences, has been featured in several publications, including invited as a Guest Speaker at Gartner’s CDO Panel in London. She is currently nominated to the Top 100 in Data, Analytics and AI in the Nordics. Presently, the Chief Digital Officer at Zenseact, Vanessa leads the organization in managing petabytes of data as an asset, protecting its critical systems and sensitive information from cyber-attacks, while simultaneously leading the IT backbone, in pursuing Autonomous Driving. She is also currently a Member of the Board at Fidesmo. A mother of 3 daughters, Vanessa very feels strongly about encouraging girls in tech and has since 2017 effectively launched GiT (Girls in Tech) events in Sweden in collaboration with 4 international organizations to promote her cause. Women in Leadership and Gender Diversity are topics that are close to her.
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September 27, 2021
Ep 1: 66 Questions - Data Leaders Unplugged: John Thompson
I speak to John Thompson to find out more about the person behind the leader. About John: John is an international technology executive with over 30 years of experience in the business intelligence and advanced analytics fields. Currently, John is responsible for the global Advanced Analytics & Artificial Intelligence team and efforts at CSL.  Prior to CSL, John was an Executive Partner at Gartner, where he was management consultant to market leading companies in the areas of digital transformation, data monetization and advanced analytics. Before Gartner, John was responsible for the advanced analytics business unit of the Dell Software Group. John is the author of the new book – Analytics Teams: Leveraging analytics and artificial intelligence for business improvement. The book was published in June 2020 and outlines how to hire and manage high performance advanced analytics teams. The book outlines how to engage with executives and senior managers. How to select and undertake analytics projects that change and improve how a business operates. John is co-author of the bestselling book – Analytics: How to win with Intelligence, which debuted on Amazon as the #1 new book in Analytics in 2017. Analytics is a book that guides non-technical executives through the journey of creating an analytics function, funding initiatives and driving change in business operations through data and applied analytical applications. John's technology expertise includes all aspects of advanced analytics and information management including – descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics, artificial intelligence, analytical applications, deep learning, cognitive computing, big data, data warehousing, business intelligence systems, and high performance computing. One of John’s primary areas of focus and interest has been to create innovative technologies to increase the value derived by organizations around the world.  John has built start-up organizations from the ground up and he has reengineered business units of Fortune 500 firms to reach their potential. He has directly managed and run - sales, marketing, consulting, support and product development organizations. He is a technology leader with expertise and experience spanning all operational areas with a focus on strategy, product innovation, growth and efficient execution.
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September 24, 2021
Episode 33 Leandro Rocha de Andrade, Iván Herrero Bartolomé & Erick Jaramillo: The CDO Trap
In my 33rd and final episode of Season 1, I speak to: Leandro Rocha de Andrade - Senior VP, Chief Data & Analytics Officer no Banco de Crédito del Peru Iván Herrero Bartolomé - Chief Data Officer at Grupo Intercorp, and  Erick Jaramillo - Director, Head of Digital Data & Analytics Scotiabank Peru We talk about: 1) Introductions and backgrounds. 2) Data challenges in the LATAM Region. 3) What type of CDO is required in the LATAM Region - Unicorn or Change. 4) The CDO Trap. 5) Why business ownership is key to driving revenues through data. 6) The first principles of data ideation. 7) High expectations of the CDO and why a data strategy is key to driving value. 8) How to get the board, c-suite adn the operations teams to understand the impact that data has on the culture of the organisation. 9) How to create a common language to drive transformation. 10) How to create and measure monetisation activities. 11) How to ensure analytical debt is reduced. 12) How to manage complexity across a large group of companies. Iván Herrero Bartolomé is the Chief Data Officer at Grupo Intercorp. He has more than 20 years’ experience in Executive positions and is now responsible for the data strategy across the group (+30 companies in finance, retail, education, and healthcare). Ivan is the co-founder of CDO Latam. Leandro Rocha de Andrade is the Senior VP, Chief Data & Analytics Officer no Banco de Crédito del Peru BCP. He has more than 20 years’ experience in Executive positions related to Database Marketing, Advanced Analytics, AI, CRM and Business Intelligence, impacting the bottom-line delivering solutions based on customer experience/demands, for consumer and corporate segments. Leandro is a Board Member of CDO Latam. Erick Jaramillo is the Director, Head of Digital Data & Analytics and has nearly 20 years of professional experience in the financial industry, leading teams, helping to solve business challenges through the use of disruptive technologies, innovation, data, and analytics. About Samir: Samir is a data strategy and analytics leader, CEO and Founder of datazuum. He has a history of helping data executives and leaders craft and execute their data strategies. His passion for data strategy led him to launch the Data Strategy & Analytics Coaching Programme, and is host of the Data Strategy Show.  After a career in both private and public sectors Samir launched the datazuum brand in 2012, with a view to working with executives to deliver data strategy at a time when data was not seen as a business asset. Today datazuum delivers projects across both private and public sectors including: Charities, Financial Services (Banking & Insurance), Government, Housing & Construction, Law Enforcement, Logistics, Media & Publishing, Outsourcing, Postal, Retail, Telecoms, Transport and Utilities.  Samir has 20 years of international experience across Europe, North America, and Africa. He is a regular speaker at international conferences, coach / mentor, a charity fundraiser, and youth champion for Working Knowledge - supporting young people to achieve their personal and career goals in life. Samir lives in London with his wife and daughter. Contact: samir@datazuum.com
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September 14, 2021
Episode 32 Antje Bustamante: How to build effective data product teams
In my 32nd episode I speak to the awesome Antje Bustamante Director of Data & Analytics at Zoopla!  We talk about:   1) A little bit about her background.   2) Her role at Zoopla and how data has been a big influence.  3) How she started to build and scale a team around data. 4) How the data team was organised within the corporate context. 5) How she and her team started to show value through the data layer, while building the foundational elements. 6) How she persuades / influences the C-Suite to think about ROI through data. 7) How she looks at the monetisation of the market place / eco-system at Zoopla. 8) How she brings teams together to solve a business problem through data. 9) How she aligned the data teams to the Zoopla culture. 10) The different techniques she deploys for data product development. 11) What advise she would give to the up and coming women in data.  12) The top three skills that she thinks are important to those who are thinking about a data career.  About Antje:   Antje is Director of Data & Analytics at Zoopla, where she has been working since September 2019. With over 18 years of experience, Antje has built award-winning teams across analytics, data science and data engineering for market-place companies across Europe such as ImmobilienScout24.  Her experience lies in building data product teams that drive direct and indirect monetization and in driving a data literate company culture. Antje is passionate about coaching and mentoring young female leaders and wants to empower more women to be successful in the field of data and leadership. About Samir:   Samir is a data strategy and analytics leader, CEO and Founder of datazuum. He has a history of helping data executives and leaders craft and execute their data strategies. His passion for data strategy led him to launch the Data Strategy & Analytics Coaching Programme, and is host of the Data Strategy Show.  After a career in both private and public sectors Samir launched the datazuum brand in 2012, with a view to working with executives to deliver data strategy at a time when data was not seen as a business asset.   Today datazuum delivers projects across both private and public sectors including: Charities, Financial Services (Banking & Insurance), Government, Housing & Construction, Law Enforcement, Logistics, Media & Publishing, Outsourcing, Postal, Retail, Telecoms, Transport and Utilities.  Samir has 20 years of international experience across Europe, North America, and Africa.  He is a regular speaker at international conferences, coach / mentor, a charity fundraiser, and youth champion for Working Knowledge - supporting young people to achieve their personal and career goals in life.   Samir lives in London with his wife and daughter.     Contact: samir@datazuum.com
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July 22, 2021
Episode 31 Kyle Winterbottom: The myths, the market and the trends in data recruitment.
In my 31st episode I speak to everyone's favourite data recruiter Kyle Winterbottom! We talk about: 1) His background in engineering and what he's up to now. 2) What are the market trends that he's seeing in the data and analytics industry. 3) Data Scientists vs. Data Engineers - the coolness of data jobs! 4) Why culture is the biggest area most companies miss out when hiring for data and analytics. 5) Data titles everywhere and not an ounce of standardisation! 6) How to add a dose of reality in the data conversations when hiring. 7) How to shape the JDs for data leaders and veer away from pure tech. 8) Why there is still an obsession with tech at the highest level of data leadership 9) Why the NED is becoming a popular concept in the data space. 10) Top down vs. bottom up recruiting - what's better. 11) Why he is organising data round tables for the data industry 12) What's the next biggest trend in the data market. About Kyle: Kyle Winterbottom is the Founder & Managing Director of Orbition, which was established in September 2020 - a specialist recruitment agency within Data & Analytics.  He is hugely passionate about enabling organisations to drive decisions and obtain value from the use of Data, Analytics & AI. Kyle is also a host of his very own podcast - Driven by Data: The Podcast. Host of the Driven by Data Northern Roundtables and all round nice guy! About Samir Samir is a data strategy and analytics leader, CEO and Founder of datazuum. He has a history of helping data executives and leaders craft and execute their data strategies. His passion for data strategy led him to launch the Data Strategy & Analytics Coaching Programme, and is host of the Data Strategy Show.  After a career in both private and public sectors Samir launched the datazuum brand in 2012, with a view to working with executives to deliver data strategy at a time when data was not seen as a business asset. Today datazuum delivers projects across both private and public sectors including: Charities, Financial Services (Banking & Insurance), Government, Housing & Construction, Law Enforcement, Logistics, Media & Publishing, Outsourcing, Postal, Retail, Telecoms, Transport and Utilities.  Samir has 20 years of international experience across Europe, North America, and Africa. Is a regular speaker at international conferences, coach / mentor, a charity fundraiser, and youth champion for Working Knowledge - supporting young people to achieve their personal and career goals in life. Samir lives in London with his wife and daughter.  Contact: samir@datazuum.com
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July 09, 2021
Episode 30 Julian Schwarzenbach: Why Data Doesn't have to be difficult!
In my 30th episode I speak to the the calm and collected Data Evangelist Julian Schwarzenbach! We talk about: 1) His background in engineering and data 2) His strapline "Data Doesn't have to be difficult" 3) Why we are still talking about Data Quality 4) How business functions need to take responsibility for their data and data governance activities 5) His approach to valuing data 6) His book: Managing Data Quality: A Practical Guide and the idea of the "data zoo" 7) The new British Standards he has launched around big data. 8) The work he does at the British Computer Society About Julian: Julian Schwarzenbach helps organisations improve their profitability, efficiency and quality through better exploitation of their data, particularly for asset intensive organisations. He works with organisations to improve the skills of staff, refine processes, develop standards and implement governance systems. He has been the chair of the British Computer Society Data Management Specialist Group for over 10 years now and is a visiting lecturer at Birmingham city delivering lectures on data management, data exploitation and the use of technology. He believes everything can be improved and develops pragmatic and realistic solutions to burning business problems that deliver sustainable benefits to the organisation. As a 'Data Evangelist', his motto is "Data does not have to be difficult!" About Samir Samir is a data strategy and analytics leader, CEO and Founder of datazuum. He has a history of helping data executives and leaders craft and execute their data strategies. His passion for data strategy led him to launch the Data Strategy & Analytics Coaching Programme, and is host of the Data Strategy Show. After a career in both private and public sectors Samir launched the datazuum brand in 2012, with a view to working with executives to deliver data strategy at a time when data was not seen as a business asset. Today datazuum delivers projects across both private and public sectors including: Charities, Financial Services (Banking & Insurance), Government, Housing & Construction, Law Enforcement, Logistics, Media & Publishing, Outsourcing, Postal, Retail, Telecoms, Transport and Utilities. Samir has 20 years of international experience across Europe, North America, and Africa. Is a regular speaker at international conferences, coach / mentor, a charity fundraiser, and youth champion for Working Knowledge - supporting young people to achieve their personal and career goals in life. Samir lives in London with his wife and daughter. Contact: samir@datazuum.com
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June 24, 2021
Episode 29 Christopher Bergh: Why DataOps matters in the data value chain
In my 29th episode I speak to the incredible Christopher Bergh CEO & Head Chef at DataKitchen! We talk about: 1) A little bit about his background and bug bears. 2) Why DataOps matters in today's context. 3) How DataOps stitches data teams together. 4) How DataOps can be automate and build a good customer product. 5) Why Data & Analytics is a random walk in the forest. 6) What you need to have in place to drive DataOps. 7) How the collaborative effect works in DataOps. 8) Why people and process are the most important factors for leaders to focus on for Data & Analytics. 9) How culture is a big influence on getting DataOps weaved into the fabric of the organisation. 10) Who typically drives DataOps initiatives. 11) How writing the DataOps manifesto helped to articulate the need. About Chris: Chris Bergh is CEO & Head Chef at DataKitchen, a DataOps software & services startup. He has more than 30 years of research, software engineering, data analytics & executive management experience. At various points in his career, he has been a COO, CTO, VP & Director of Engineering. Chris is a recognized expert on DataOps. He is the co-author of The DataOps Cookbook & The DataOps Manifesto & a speaker on DataOps at many industry conferences. You can follow Chris on Twitter @ChrisBergh. About Samir Samir is a data strategy and analytics leader, CEO and Founder of datazuum. He has a history of helping data executives and leaders craft and execute their data strategies. His passion for data strategy led him to launch the Data Strategy & Analytics Coaching Programme, and is host of the Data Strategy Show. After a career in both private and public sectors Samir launched the datazuum brand in 2012, with a view to working with executives to deliver data strategy at a time when data was not seen as a business asset. Today datazuum delivers projects across both private and public sectors including: Charities, Financial Services (Banking & Insurance), Government, Housing & Construction, Law Enforcement, Logistics, Media & Publishing, Outsourcing, Postal, Retail, Telecoms, Transport and Utilities. Samir has 20 years of international experience across Europe, North America, and Africa. Is a regular speaker at international conferences, coach / mentor, a charity fundraiser, and youth champion for Working Knowledge - supporting young people to achieve their personal and career goals in life. Samir lives in London with his wife and daughter. Contact: samir@datazuum.com
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June 02, 2021
Episode 28 Moon Javaid: How Analytics helps the fan experience at the 49ers
In my 28th episode I speak to the cool Moon Javaid Chief Strategy Officer at the 49ers! We talk about: 1) His background and how he got into the Sports world 2) How to ensure you couple Strategy & Analytics 3) His approach to data strategy at the 49ers 4) The main business levers / drivers that drove the data strategy 5) How data and analytics has driven the fan experience / acquisition at the 49ers 6) How surveys have helped the Voice of Fan and satisifaction 7) His simple "Happy or Not" Strategy to collect and analyse data 8) How to collaborate across multi-dimensions of partners through data usage 9) Executive Huddles and why they are successful for real-time decisioning 10) How the pandemic has increased collaboration and transparency through knowledge and data sharing About Moon: Moon Javaid is in his eighth season with the 49ers and currently serves as the chief strategy officer. In his role, Javaid oversees business intelligence, CRM and fan feedback; manages retail, mobile app, and concessionaire relationships; works on bids for large scale non-NFL events; supports the drive for local revenue; and aids other business aspects of the organization with strategic and analytical support. Under Javaid’s guidance, the 49ers built a data warehouse that processes over 3 million records per day, and launched the award-winning Executive Huddle, the first real-time analytics control room on NFL game days. Executive Huddle’s recent awards of note include being named the Leader in Innovation by Leaders in Sports, and Best Venue Tech by TheStadiumBusiness. Executive Huddle is also a finalist for Sports Business Journal’s Best in Sports Technology, to be announced later this year. Javaid has also collaborated with ticket operations to break NFL records for highest revenue in a regular season game, and secured bids for WrestleMania 31 and the Gold Cup Final. Under his leadership, the organization has acquired Cal-Hi Sports, the Emmy award-winning high school program, launched a sports medicine facility, and started the first conference in sports dedicated to business strategy, the Horizon Summit. Previously, Javaid worked at Linden LLC, a healthcare-focused private equity fund and L.E.K. Consulting, a global management consulting firm. A Cleveland native, Javaid graduated from Northwestern University with degrees in Psychology and Economics and later earned his MBA from University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. Javaid currently resides with his wife, Marnie, in Willow Glen, CA. About Samir Samir is a data strategy and analytics leader, CEO and Founder of datazuum. He has a history of helping data executives and leaders craft and execute their data strategies. His passion for data strategy led him to launch the Data Strategy & Analytics Coaching Programme, and is host of the Data Strategy Show. After a career in both private and public sectors Samir launched the datazuum brand in 2012, with a view to working with executives to deliver data strategy at a time when data was not seen as a business asset. Today datazuum delivers projects across both private and public sectors including: Charities, Financial Services (Banking & Insurance), Government, Housing & Construction, Law Enforcement, Logistics, Media & Publishing, Outsourcing, Postal, Retail, Telecoms, Transport and Utilities. Samir has 20 years of international experience across Europe, North America, and Africa. Is a regular speaker at international conferences, coach / mentor, a charity fundraiser, and youth champion for Working Knowledge - supporting young people to achieve their personal and career goals in life. Samir lives in London with his wife and daughter. Contact: samir@datazuum.com
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May 10, 2021
Episode 27 Jit Roy & Pritam Paul: Data, Digital and AI through a holistic lens
In my 27th episode I speak to Jit Roy and Pritam Paul! We talk about: 1) Their backgrounds 2) Opportunity in data and digital for companies coming out of the pandemic. 3) Challenges that organisations are having when adapting to digital, data and cloud. 4) How to start bringing business and data folks together to deliver on innovation. 5) Who is best placed to drive business transformation from a holistic perspective across an organisation? 6) How to educate teams about AI and Machine Learning and how these will support the business models of the future? 7) Where do you factor change and culture into projects? 8) How do you cater for bias when building models? 9) Why "model governance" is key to AI? 10) Getting ROI from data and analytics investments? 10) What is the future of AI & Analytics? About Jit: Jit Roy leads BRIDGEi2i with a special focus on driving growth by delivering customer value for clients in their digital transformation journey. He co-founded BRIDGEi2i in 2011 and is committed to building the next generation of technology solutions to make AI real for enterprises. He has 21 years of analytics experience. Before founding BRIDGEi2i was involved in setting up and scaling the analytics centre for Hewlett Packard. In an earlier leadership role, he was involved in building GE’s Analytics Center of Excellence in India (now Genpact Analytics.) About Pritam: Pritam Paul leads Innovation and Technology at BRIDGEi2i and provides strategic leadership for its business efforts with consumer industries. He brings over two decades of rich experience in analytical transformation involving technology and data science across various industries and functional domains. Pritam has worked with several Fortune 500 firms in customer intelligence, commercial spend optimization, operational effectiveness, sales transformation, and intelligent automation. About Samir Samir is a data strategy and analytics leader, CEO and Founder of datazuum. He has a history of helping data executives and leaders craft and execute their data strategies. His passion for data strategy led him to launch the Data Strategy & Analytics Coaching Programme, and is host of the Data Strategy Show. After a career in both private and public sectors Samir launched the datazuum brand in 2012, with a view to working with executives to deliver data strategy at a time when data was not seen as a business asset. Today datazuum delivers projects across both private and public sectors including: Charities, Financial Services (Banking & Insurance), Government, Housing & Construction, Law Enforcement, Logistics, Media & Publishing, Outsourcing, Postal, Retail, Telecoms, Transport and Utilities. Samir has 20 years of international experience across Europe, North America, and Africa. Is a regular speaker at international conferences, coach / mentor, a charity fundraiser, and youth champion for Working Knowledge - supporting young people to achieve their personal and career goals in life. Samir lives in London with his wife and daughter. Contact: samir@datazuum.com
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May 04, 2021
Episode 26 Joe Reis: The story of a recovering data scientist
In my 26th episode I speak to recovering data scientist Joe Reis! We talk about: 1) His background and what he's up to now 2) What is a recovering data scientist? 3) Is Data Science losing it's edge? 4) What is the role of the Data Engineer and why they are needed in the data ecosystem? 5) Why data scientists are like "cross fit"? 6) What skills do the data scientists of today need to strengthen? 7) Why has the trend been to separate the the Data Engineer and the Machine Learning Engineer? 8) How do organisations that have legacy applications build better and highly efficient pipelines? 9) Why we are still seeing the same issues around Data Quality and it's affect on the Data Engineer. 10) Why the Data Engineer needs to be a diplomat. 10) What are the core skills the Data Engineer needs to be trained in? 11) The difference between the Data Engineer and the Data Architect? 12) What kind of team does an organisation need to start with in the analytics space? About Joe: Joe has labelled himself to be a "Recovering data scientist" and has firsthand experience with the challenges of succeeding with data. Data architect and data engineer. Helping companies build a solid data foundation. He is the CEO and founder of Ternary Data. About Samir Samir is a data strategy and analytics leader, CEO and Founder of datazuum. He has a history of helping data executives and leaders craft and execute their data strategies. His passion for data strategy led him to launch the Data Strategy & Analytics Coaching Programme, and is host of the Data Strategy Show. After a career in both private and public sectors Samir launched the datazuum brand in 2012, with a view to working with executives to deliver data strategy at a time when data was not seen as a business asset. Today datazuum delivers projects across both private and public sectors including: Charities, Financial Services (Banking & Insurance), Government, Housing & Construction, Law Enforcement, Logistics, Media & Publishing, Outsourcing, Postal, Retail, Telecoms, Transport and Utilities. Samir has 20 years of international experience across Europe, North America, and Africa. Is a regular speaker at international conferences, coach / mentor, a charity fundraiser, and youth champion for Working Knowledge - supporting young people to achieve their personal and career goals in life. Samir lives in London with his wife and daughter. Contact: samir@datazuum.com
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April 19, 2021
Episode 25 The Big Debate: The Chief Data Monetisation Officer
Episode 25 brings two rock stars in the data world to discuss the need for a new role in the C-Suite: The Chief Data Monetisation Officer. Well, if there ever was a "rumble in the jungle" in the world of data, this would be it! This is better, bigger, geekier than Clay vs. Liston, the data punches were solid and unambiguous in this fiery clash between the two! In the red corner it's Billlllllllll Schmarzo - The Dean of Big Data from Palo Alto! He's mean, he's keen, he's ready to monetise you! If you have a Data Monetisation Board even better! He's all in for the Chief Data Monetisation Officer! In the blue corner it's Drew Smiiiiiiiith - An Advocate of Analytics for All from Portland! He's focused, he's taken his glasses off, and he's ready to battle it out and believes the current CDO role can handle the data monetisation challenge! Who won? The Dean or the Advocate? Who will turn that data into gold! Listen in and find out! Bill Schmarzo: Author, Professor, Innovator and Consultant - Dean of Big Data Adjunct Professor, Menlo College Honorary Professor, National University of Ireland-Galway Executive Fellow, University of San Francisco For:  Drew Smith: Drew Smith is a VP at the International Institute for Analytics, where he is responsible for the Analytics Leadership Consortium About Samir Samir is a data strategy and analytics leader, CEO and Founder of datazuum. He has a history of helping data executives and leaders craft and execute their data strategies. His passion for data strategy led him to launch the Data Strategy & Analytics Coaching Programme, and is host of the Data Strategy Show. After a career in both private and public sectors Samir launched the datazuum brand in 2012, with a view to working with executives to deliver data strategy at a time when data was not seen as a business asset. Today datazuum delivers projects across both private and public sectors including: Charities, Financial Services (Banking & Insurance), Government, Housing & Construction, Law Enforcement, Logistics, Media & Publishing, Outsourcing, Postal, Retail, Telecoms, Transport and Utilities. Samir has 20 years of international experience across Europe, North America, and Africa. Is a regular speaker at international conferences, coach / mentor, a charity fundraiser, and youth champion for Working Knowledge - supporting young people to achieve their personal and career goals in life. Samir lives in London with his wife and daughter. Contact: samir@datazuum.com
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March 30, 2021
Episode 24 Rehgan Avon: Why data needs diversity
In my 24th episode I speak to Women in Analytics (WIA) CEO and founder Rehgan Avon! We talk about: 1) Her background and what she's up to now 2) Women in Analytics and the catalyst for founding it 3) Where next for the WIA community  4) The challenges of diversity in the analytics industry 5) Why "model bias" needs greater diversity and transparency 6) Difference between the data scientist vs. data engineer 7) The practicalities of working in the data engineering space 8) The "last mile" of analytics and getting it right 9) Cognitive engineering and why it's required in defining the user experience 10) The make-up of the team required for an analytics project 10) Rehgan's observations about the trends in the data industry post the WIA conference 11) The need for regulation around AI & Ethics 12) How to get involved in WIA About Rehgan: Rehgan is the CEO & Co-Founder of Ikonos Analytics and has a background in integrated systems engineering and a strong focus on analytical technology, Rehgan has worked on architecting solutions and products around operationalizing machine learning models at scale within the large enterprise. Rehgan was a critical piece in developing the fundamental process architecture for one of the leading product companies in model operations, ModelOp. Rehgan’s previous experience has been fueled by a passion for early-stage startups and product development.  She is also Founder & CEO of Women in Analytics, a global community to support the visibility of women making an impact in the analytics field. About Samir Samir is a data strategy and analytics leader, CEO and Founder of datazuum. He has a history of helping data executives and leaders craft and execute their data strategies. His passion for data strategy led him to launch the Data Strategy & Analytics Coaching Programme, and is host of the Data Strategy Show. After a career in both private and public sectors Samir launched the datazuum brand in 2012, with a view to working with executives to deliver data strategy at a time when data was not seen as a business asset. Today datazuum delivers projects across both private and public sectors including: Charities, Financial Services (Banking & Insurance), Government, Housing & Construction, Law Enforcement, Logistics, Media & Publishing, Outsourcing, Postal, Retail, Telecoms, Transport and Utilities. Samir has 20 years of international experience across Europe, North America, and Africa. Is a regular speaker at international conferences, coach / mentor, a charity fundraiser, and youth champion for Working Knowledge - supporting young people to achieve their personal and career goals in life. Samir lives in London with his wife and daughter. Contact: samir@datazuum.com
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March 21, 2021
Episode 23 Doug Laney: The Art of Data Monetisation
In my 23rd episode I speak to author Doug Laney! We talk about: 1) What he's up to now 2) What is data due diligence and how it's helping Private Equity firms 3) Separating the I & T from IT 4) How Delta airlines valued their data during the pandemic to secure loans 5) Why the accountants have ignored the value of data on the balance sheet 6) Steps companies need to take from being reactive to having proactive mindsets around data 7) The difference between data and oil - it's not the new oil! 7) Why data monetisation needs to be introverted an thought about differently to generate economic value 8) Industries leading the way in monetisation 9) The approach to getting the most value out of data 10) Who should drive data monetisation 11) Trend based vs. driver based models 12) His new book About Doug: Douglas Laney is the data & analytics strategy innovation fellow with the consultancy, West Monroe. Formerly he was a vice president and distinguished analyst with Gartner's Chief Data Officer (CDO) research and advisory practice. He is an accomplished practitioner and recognized authority on data and analytics strategy, and is a three-time recipient of Gartner's annual Thought Leadership Award, and is regularly considered one of the top global influencers these topics. Mr. Laney specializes in and assists organizations with data monetization and valuation, open and syndicated data, data governance, and big-data based innovation. In 2001 he coined the "3Vs" of volume, velocity and variety, now commonly used in defining Big Data. He authored the book "Infonomics: Monetizing, Managing and Measuring Information as a Competitive Advantage," and lectures at leading business schools on the topic. Mr. Laney resides in Chicago with his wife and son, where he enjoys Cubs games, biking the lakefront, cooking, theatre, competitive tennis and not-very-competitive golf. About Samir Samir is a data strategy and analytics leader, CEO and Founder of datazuum. He has a history of helping data executives and leaders craft and execute their data strategies. His passion for data strategy led him to launch the Data Accelerator Workshop, and host the Data Strategy Show. After a career in both private and public sectors Samir launched the datazuum brand in 2012, with a view to working with executives to deliver data strategy at a time when data was not seen as a business asset. Today datazuum delivers projects across both private and public sectors including: Charities, Financial Services (Banking & Insurance), Government, Housing & Construction, Law Enforcement, Logistics, Media & Publishing, Outsourcing, Postal, Retail, Telecoms, Transport and Utilities. Samir has 20 years of international experience across Europe, North America, and Africa. Is a regular speaker at international conferences, coach / mentor, a charity fundraiser, and youth champion for Working Knowledge - supporting young people to achieve their personal and career goals in life. Samir lives in London with his wife and daughter. Contact: samir@datazuum.com
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March 13, 2021
Episode 22 Brian O'Neill: The philosophy of designing better analytics products
In my 22nd episode I speak to the super and somewhat hilarious Brian O'Neill! We talk about: 1) His background and journey to date 2) The challenges most companies have when building analytics products 3) Why design and data visualisation are not the same thing 4) Uncovering the unarticulated problems 5) How do we help developers, designers, data scientists, business teams to communicate more meaningfully, to design and build better products 6) How empathy is an enabler or design 7) Who drives / leads / motivates the design element and how design in essence is everyone's job 8) Where design goes deeper than just the product and impacts cultural change 9) Model accuracy vs. interpret-ability 10) The last mile of analytics and why the first mile is just as important 11) Prototyping and learning to build quickly without investing in technology too early "take the crayons, and not the code" 12) The "metrics toilet" and the design problem 13) Do we need a product owner for "product love" About Brian: He is a consulting product designer who helps companies create innovative ML and analytics solutions. His goal is to help companies leverage the innovative power of design and UX to ensure investments in data-driven software actually produce real value in a human-centered way! About Samir Samir is a data strategy and analytics leader, CEO and Founder of datazuum. He has a history of helping data executives and leaders craft and execute their data strategies. His passion for data strategy led him to launch the Data Accelerator Workshop, and host the Data Strategy Show. After a career in both private and public sectors Samir launched the datazuum brand in 2012, with a view to working with executives to deliver data strategy at a time when data was not seen as a business asset. Today datazuum delivers projects across both private and public sectors including: Charities, Financial Services (Banking & Insurance), Government, Housing & Construction, Law Enforcement, Logistics, Media & Publishing, Outsourcing, Postal, Retail, Telecoms, Transport and Utilities. Samir has 20 years of international experience across Europe, North America, and Africa. Is a regular speaker at international conferences, coach / mentor, a charity fundraiser, and youth champion for Working Knowledge - supporting young people to achieve their personal and career goals in life. Samir lives in London with his wife and daughter. Contact: samir@datazuum.com
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February 27, 2021
Episode 21 Eileen M. Vidrine: Air Force CDO "people first, mission always"
In my 21st episode I speak to the brilliant Eileen M. Vidrine Chief Data Officer at Department of the Air Force! We talk about: 1) Her background and journey to date 2) Educating leaders about the role of the CDO and it's importance 3) The challenges / opportunities of the CDO office in a military context 4) Innovation on a limited budget 5) The "data fabric" and sharing data "at the speed of mission" 6) How to educate airmen and civil servants on the benefits and uses of AI. 7) How to infuse data into a an organisation that has traditionally existed in a "command and control" structure 8) How to scale Data Governance in a complex environment and the importance of building networks 9) How to ensure stating on track with Data Strategy when there is a change of Presidents 10) The process of building the DoD Strategy 11) What's the future for data and the Air Force About Eileen: Eileen M. Vidrine is the Air Force Chief Data Officer, Headquarters, United States Air Force, Washington, D.C. She develops and implements strategies for enterprise data management, analytics, and digital transformation to optimize performance and drive innovation in and across all missions and operations.  Ms. Vidrine began her government career in 1986 as an enlisted member of the U.S. Army and was commissioned in 1987 through the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School Program as a Transportation Officer. Later in her Army career, she was selected and integrated into the U.S. Army Acquisition Corps. She began her civilian career as a senior faculty member at the Joint Military Intelligence College and led the college’s technology transformation as the first Director for the Center for Educational Technologies.  From 2006 to 2012, Ms. Vidrine served in various positions of leadership at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) culminating as the Chief of Staff for the Assistant DNI for Human Capital. In 2012, she was selected to serve as the DoD Intelligence Community Enterprise Architect assigned to the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, Human Capital Management Office (HCMO), and in 2014 assumed HCMO chief of staff responsibilities.  In 2016, Ms. Vidrine was selected as a White House Leadership Fellow, supporting the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Personnel Management. After her fellowship she was detailed to the Executive Office of the President Office of Administration. Ms. Vidrine was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in June 2018. About Samir Samir is a data strategy and analytics leader, CEO and Founder of datazuum. He has a history of helping data executives and leaders craft and execute their data strategies. His passion for data strategy led him to launch the Data Accelerator Workshop, and host the Data Strategy Show. After a career in both private and public sectors Samir launched the datazuum brand in 2012, with a view to working with executives to deliver data strategy at a time when data was not seen as a business asset. Today datazuum delivers projects across both private and public sectors including: Charities, Financial Services (Banking & Insurance), Government, Housing & Construction, Law Enforcement, Logistics, Media & Publishing, Outsourcing, Postal, Retail, Telecoms, Transport and Utilities. Samir has 20 years of international experience across Europe, North America, and Africa. Is a regular speaker at international conferences, coach / mentor, a charity fundraiser, and youth champion for Working Knowledge - supporting young people to achieve their personal and career goals in life. Samir lives in London with his wife and daughter. Contact: samir@datazuum.com
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February 16, 2021
Episode 20 John Thompson: The DNA of Analytics teams
In my 20th Episode I speak to the amazing and insightful John Thompson writer, technologist, influencer, educator, and just all-round good guy! We talk about: 1) His background and 37 year career highlights 2) Why he wrote the book Building Analytics Teams 3) How he foresaw Data & Analytics and it's importance for the future 4) The challenges companies are currently facing with Data & Analytics 5) Organisational rigidity and shifting mandates about Data & Analytics 6) The typical DNA of a Data & Analytics team 7) The "Artisnal" vs "Modular" data scientist 8) Where the Advanced Analytics teams sit int he organisational structure 9) How to embed Change Management into the Advanced Analytics teams 10) Prioritising the work stack to add value with Advanced Analytics 11) What processes / frameworks the Advanced Analytics teams use to drive innovation 12) The traits that data scientists need to improve their role 13) The expectation of failure as a data scientist 14) The "data commons" or "data dividend" and how it will disrupt business models and give power to the people 15) The application and advantages of data monetisation 16) Explainable AI and it's reality - turning the black box into a glass box 17) Where the data industry is heading About John: John is an international technology executive with over 30 years of experience in the business intelligence and advanced analytics fields. Currently, John is responsible for the global Advanced Analytics & Artificial Intelligence team and efforts at CSL.  Prior to CSL, John was an Executive Partner at Gartner, where he was management consultant to market leading companies in the areas of digital transformation, data monetization and advanced analytics. Before Gartner, John was responsible for the advanced analytics business unit of the Dell Software Group.   John is the author of the new book – Analytics Teams: Leveraging analytics and artificial intelligence for business improvement. The book was published in June 2020 and outlines how to hire and manage high performance advanced analytics teams. The book outlines how to engage with executives and senior managers. How to select and undertake analytics projects that change and improve how a business operates.   John is co-author of the bestselling book – Analytics: How to win with Intelligence, which debuted on Amazon as the #1 new book in Analytics in 2017. Analytics is a book that guides non-technical executives through the journey of creating an analytics function, funding initiatives and driving change in business operations through data and applied analytical applications.   John's technology expertise includes all aspects of advanced analytics and information management including – descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics, artificial intelligence, analytical applications, deep learning, cognitive computing, big data, data warehousing, business intelligence systems, and high performance computing.   One of John’s primary areas of focus and interest has been to create innovative technologies to increase the value derived by organizations around the world.  John has built start-up organizations from the ground up and he has reengineered business units of Fortune 500 firms to reach their potential. He has directly managed and run - sales, marketing, consulting, support and product development organizations.   He is a technology leader with expertise and experience spanning all operational areas with a focus on strategy, product innovation, growth and efficient execution. Contact details for Samir LinkedIn: Samir Sharma Email: samir@datazuum.com website: www.datazuum.com
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February 10, 2021
Episode 19 Bill Schmarzo: Using design thinking x data science to monetise data
In my 19th Episode I speak to the incredible and enigmatic Bill Schmarzo innovator, educator, influencer and the Dean of Big Data.  We talk about: 1) The origin of the "Dean of Big Data! 2) How organisations identify sources of value creation with data 3) Why the "pre-work" or "foundations" are the investments companies need to forge at the beginning of their data strategies 4) Why Design Thinking is important in the process of data transformation 5) Why there is a need to marry Design Thinking with Data Science 6) Why data initiatives die of passive / aggressive behaviour 7) Why culture is so hard and why exec management need to let go and get out of the way 8) Why command and control structures continue to impede transformation 9) What is value engineering and why it's important in the process of data and business transformation 10) Why companies need to do "proof of value" before committing to use cases 11) Why the economics of learning are more powerful than the economies of scale 12) What is "orphaned analytics" and how companies need to avoid this analytics debt 13) Why looking at the Tesla FSD model should be the model and inspiration for data initiatives 14) Why organisation improvisation leads to an empowerment of teams 15) Why swirls are better than boxes for successful collaboration, innovation and successful outcomes 16) Why there needs to be a person in the company focused solely on "data monetisation! 17) Why data will be the catalyst for economic growth in the 21st Century 18) What is the "analytics chasm" and why does it exist 19) The birth of "nano economics" for data 20) How to optimise the machine - human interface About Bill: The “Dean of Big Data,” I bring a business-first approach to helping organizations leverage advanced analytics and data science to uncover the customer, product and operational insights buried in the organization’s data that power digital transformation. He drives data monetization. Uniquely integrated Design Thinking with Data Science and employs a “Rapid exploration, rapid testing, failure-empowering, continuously-learning” data science development methodology that enables the monetization of the insights buried in the data. An influencer and innovator. Recognized as an industry leader in Big Data, Data Science, Design Thinking and Data Monetization, integrating these disciplines to drive organizational empowerment and digital transformation. Professor and Educator. He has developed and teaches the “Big Data MBA” – a course for integrating data and analytics into the operations of the business – at University of San Francisco School of Management and National University of Ireland-Galway School of Business & Economics. He also lectures to numerous universities and organizations worldwide. As an author he has written 4 books “Big Data: Understanding How Data Powers Big Business,” “Big Data MBA: Driving Business Strategies with Data Science” and the forthcoming “Economics of Data, Analytics and Digital Transformation;” and published over 350 industry-leading articles and educational videos on the application of Big Data, Data Science, AI / ML and IoT to drive data monetization and digital transformation.
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February 01, 2021
Episode 18 Ravit Jain: Building a Data Community
In my 18th Episode I speak to the awesome Ravit Jain Senior Content Marketing Editor at Packt.  We talk about: 1) His journey and career to date 2) How to create a data community or any form of community on LinekdIn 3) Writing research reports and effective storytelling 4) The survivability of books 5) Trending topics in data today: Quantum Computing, AI and Data Storytelling 6) Content and where to start on your branding journey "Content is Kingdom" 7) What you need to think about if there is an author inside of you About Ravit: Ravit is the host of "The Ravit Show". He closely works with authors to get the visibility of their books globally and collaborate with influencers, tier 1 websites, and podcast hosts to provide the best content for their channels!  He is the first committee member of Story By Data company, closely working with Kate Strachnyi ♕ to amplify her courses and reach the right audience. As a Senior Content Marketing Editor in the Expert Network team he looks after content marketing materials produced by and for Expert Network authors and their titles. Responsible for a portfolio of content marketing assets for each title, liaising with Producers, Technical Editors, and the wider EN team, and individual authors and technical reviewers as necessary. An experienced Research Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the research industry. Strong orientation of track record in conducting advanced statistical analysis with special focus on multivariate regression and cluster analysis. The global market analysis in various domains such as Banking, Insurance, Data Science, Chemical, and Healthcare.  About Samir: Samir is a data strategy and analytics leader, CEO and Founder of datazuum. He has a history of helping data executives and leaders craft and execute their data strategies. His passion for data strategy led him to launch the Data Accelerator Workshop, and host the Data Strategy Show. After a career in both private and public sectors Samir launched the datazuum brand in 2012, with a view to working with executives to deliver data strategy at a time when data was not seen as a business asset.  Today datazuum delivers projects across both private and public sectors including: Charities, Financial Services (Banking & Insurance), Government, Housing & Construction, Law Enforcement, Logistics, Media & Publishing, Outsourcing, Postal, Retail, Telecoms, Transport and Utilities. Samir has 20 years of international experience across Europe, North America, and Africa. Is a regular speaker at international conferences, coach / mentor, a charity fundraiser, and youth champion for Working Knowledge - supporting young people to achieve their personal and career goals in life. Samir lives in London with his wife and daughter. Contact details for Samir LinkedIn: Samir Sharma Email: samir@datazuum.com website: www.datazuum.com
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January 29, 2021
Episode 17 Andrew Wright: The Data behind the Magic of Disney
In my 17th episode I speak to the fantastic and brilliant Andrew Wright Senior Manager, Data Science at Walt Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. We talk about: 1) His data journey and career 2) The attributes and skills data scientists require to be effective 3) "Insightful Thinking" and why it's important 4) Connecting theme parks, hotels and customer data to drive improved customer experience 5) Driving value from orchestrating different teams, different kinds of data and achieving business objectives 6) How teams in a complex environment like Disney, operate effectively to deliver valuable analytical solutions 7) Why insight doesn't come from data, but from a complex ecosystem 8) Analytics use cases and how Disney has driven value or efficiencies during Covid-19 9) The "Art of Storytelling" as a Data Scientist 10) Data literacy and how you can minimise it and improve capabilities 11) How innovation is captured and nurtured at Disney - the definition of Innovation at Disney "Changing before you have to" 12) How the data scientists position will evolve in the future About Andrew: Andrew Wright manages the Walt Disney World’s Commercial Strategy data science team. In his 14 years with the company, he has also supported marketing and operations analytics.  Prior to joining Disney, Andrew worked in financial services and consulting firms, where he learned the value of performant storytelling backed with data. He has been selected to present at several Disney Data & Analytics conferences, and is often invited to speak to corporate & non-profit organizations about the value of analytics.  Holding an undergraduate degree in Foreign Affairs, as well as an MBA and a Master’s of Applied Science, Andrew enjoys finding non-obvious solutions for businesses’ biggest decision making challenges. About Samir: Samir is a data strategy and analytics leader, CEO and Founder of datazuum. He has a history of helping data executives and leaders craft and execute their data strategies. His passion for data strategy led him to launch the Data Accelerator Workshop, and host the Data Strategy Show. After a career in both private and public sectors Samir launched the datazuum brand in 2012, with a view to working with executives to deliver data strategy at a time when data was not seen as a business asset.  Today datazuum delivers projects across both private and public sectors including: Charities, Financial Services (Banking & Insurance), Government, Housing & Construction, Law Enforcement, Logistics, Media & Publishing, Outsourcing, Postal, Retail, Telecoms, Transport and Utilities. Samir has 20 years of international experience across Europe, North America, and Africa. Is a regular speaker at international conferences, coach / mentor, a charity fundraiser, and youth champion for Working Knowledge - supporting young people to achieve their personal and career goals in life. Samir lives in London with his wife and daughter. Contact details for Samir LinkedIn: Samir Sharma Email: samir@datazuum.com website: www.datazuum.com
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January 25, 2021
Episode 16 Peter Aiken: The Godfather of Data Strategy
In my 16th episode I speak the inimitable Peter Aiken Associate Professor of Information Systems and owner of Anything Awesome.  We talk about: 1) Data Leadership 2) Aligning data strategy to business strategy and the importance of doing it 3) Stripping down and defining data strategy 4) The theory of constraints, the data deficit and fixing the gaps. 5) Treating data as an asset 6) Data isn't the new oil but the new soil 7) Building the foundations and structural integrity of data strategy 8) People, process and technology - and guess what tech is only 5% of that triumvirate 9) Enterprise Data Executive vs. Chief Data Officer 10) Reporting structures and the C-Suite overloaded with new roles 11) The qualities a business person needs being appointed to a business role 12) Defining Data Literacy through Maszlows hierarchy 13) Culture and data - why we need to treat it like a 12-step programme 14) The future of data, data scientists and data engineers About Peter: Peter Aiken, is an acknowledged Data Management (DM) authority, an Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, now back in the saddle as President DAMA International a 30 year ongoing love affair, and Associate Director of the MIT International Society of Chief Data Officers. For more than 35 years, Peter has learned from working with hundreds of data management practices in 30 countries including some of the world's most important. Among his 10 books are the first on CDOs (the case for data leadership), the first describing the monetization data for profit/good, and the first on modern strategic data thinking. Peter also hosts the longest running DM webinar series (hosted by dataversity.net). From 1999 (before Google, before data was big, and before data science), he founded Data Blueprint, a consulting firm that helped more than 150 organizations leverage data for profit, improvement, competitive advantage, and operational efficiencies.  His latest venture is Anything Awesome. About Samir: Samir is a data strategy and analytics leader, CEO and Founder of datazuum. He has a history of helping data executives and leaders craft and execute their data strategies. His passion for data strategy led him to launch the Data Accelerator Workshop, and host the Data Strategy Show. After a career in both private and public sectors Samir launched the datazuum brand in 2012, with a view to working with executives to deliver data strategy at a time when data was not seen as a business asset.  Today datazuum delivers projects across both private and public sectors including: Charities, Financial Services (Banking & Insurance), Government, Housing & Construction, Law Enforcement, Logistics, Media & Publishing, Outsourcing, Postal, Retail, Telecoms, Transport and Utilities. Samir has 20 years of international experience across Europe, North America, and Africa. Is a regular speaker at international conferences, coach / mentor, a charity fundraiser, and youth champion for Working Knowledge - supporting young people to achieve their personal and career goals in life. Samir lives in London with his wife and daughter. Contact details for Samir LinkedIn: Samir Sharma Email: samir@datazuum.com website: www.datazuum.com
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January 20, 2021
Episode 15 Robert Vane: Building sustainable and simple business models
In my 15th episode I speak to Robert Vane Co-founder of Q6FSA & Enterprise Data Architect. We talk about: 1) His journey through through data and business 2) Self executing business models 3) Standardisation vs Tribalism 4) Disjoint unions and ow to build sustainable business models 5) Event driven processes and ontologies 6) Business vs Technical language and constraints 7) Semantics vs. Pragmatics About Robert: Robert Vane is the co-founder of the Q6FSA Method for Global Information Management and the creator of the G-TEA Domain Architect platform for full enterprise scale model driven enterprise architecture, a freelance full enterprise scope enterprise architect “with over 25 years experience of getting it all wrong, now dedicated to solving the foundational root causes of failure within the information management space and getting it all right.” Robert is a passionate advocate and innovator for no-code model executable business systems engineering based on business language fundamentals. About Samir: Samir is a data strategy and analytics leader, CEO and Founder of datazuum. He has a history of helping data executives and leaders craft and execute their data strategies. His passion for data strategy led him to launch the Data Accelerator Workshop, and host the Data Strategy Show. After a career in both private and public sectors Samir launched the datazuum brand in 2012, with a view to working with executives to deliver data strategy at a time when data was not seen as a business asset.  Today datazuum delivers projects across both private and public sectors including: Charities, Financial Services (Banking & Insurance), Government, Housing & Construction, Law Enforcement, Logistics, Media & Publishing, Outsourcing, Postal, Retail, Telecoms, Transport and Utilities. Samir has 20 years of international experience across Europe, North America, and Africa. Is a regular speaker at international conferences, coach / mentor, a charity fundraiser, and youth champion for Working Knowledge - supporting young people to achieve their personal and career goals in life. Samir lives in London with his wife and daughter. Contact details for Samir LinkedIn: Samir Sharma Email: samir@datazuum.com website: www.datazuum.com
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January 19, 2021
Episode 14 Drew Smith: Closing the Gap Between Business and Data Teams
In my 14th episode I speak to Drew Smith VP International Institute for Analytics. We talk about: 1) His journey through through data and business 2) The resurgence of Data Strategy 3) Making the leap from the business side to driving analytics at IKEA 4) Closing the gap: how business and data teams have grown apart 5) His advice to Retailers for 2021 and what's important from a supply chain analytics perspective About Drew: With close to 20 years of experience, Drew has worked on both the business side of analytics, leveraging insights for business performance, and on the delivery side of analytics driving the use of enterprise analytics. As the Vice President of IIA’s Analytics Leadership Consortium he engages with analytics thought leaders and top analytics practitioners in the IIA Community to deliver impactful meetings and valuable content, helping to keep analytics leaders in the lead. Before joining IIA, he led the data analytics and governance team at IKEA’s global headquarters in Europe. He made heavy use of analytics in various leadership roles across the IKEA value chain in both the United States and Europe. He credits his business success largely to his early and avid adoption of analytics to help drive his decisions and is passionate about helping other organizations do the same. He received his MBA from Penn State and his undergraduate degree from Boston University. About Samir: Samir is a data strategy and analytics leader, CEO and Founder of datazuum. He has a history of helping data executives and leaders craft and execute their data strategies. His passion for data strategy led him to launch the Data Accelerator Workshop, and host the Data Strategy Show. After a career in both private and public sectors Samir launched the datazuum brand in 2012, with a view to working with executives to deliver data strategy at a time when data was not seen as a business asset.  Today datazuum delivers projects across both private and public sectors including: Charities, Financial Services (Banking & Insurance), Government, Housing & Construction, Law Enforcement, Logistics, Media & Publishing, Outsourcing, Postal, Retail, Telecoms, Transport and Utilities. Samir has 20 years of international experience across Europe, North America, and Africa. Is a regular speaker at international conferences, coach / mentor, a charity fundraiser, and youth champion for Working Knowledge - supporting young people to achieve their personal and career goals in life. Samir lives in London with his wife and daughter. Contact details for Samir LinkedIn: Samir Sharma Email: samir@datazuum.com website: www.datazuum.com
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December 31, 2020
Episode 13 Ann K. Emery: Transform your spreadsheets into stories
In my 13th episode I speak to Ann K. Emery Data Visualization Speaker & Designer. We talk about: 1) Her research, data and entrepreneurial journey 2) The challenges faced by companies who don't know how to visualise their data 3) What you should be thinking about when creating or re-designing dashboards 4) How to get into data visualisation and what to learn 5) How to test your data products with the business stakeholders 6) Her experience of (almost) selling up and travelling the world!  About Ann: Ann K. Emery is a internationally-acclaimed speaker who equips organizations to get their data out of dusty spreadsheets and into real-world conversations. Each year, she delivers over 50 keynotes, workshops, and webinars with the aim of equipping organizations to visualize data more effectively.  She has been invited to speak in more than 30 states and 10 countries; more than 3,200 people have enrolled in her online training academy; and she has consulted to more than 150 organizations, including the United Nations, Centers for Disease Control, and Harvard University. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a Master’s degree from George Mason University. When Ann's not on-site with clients, she resides in Florida along with her husband and two daughters.  About Samir: Samir is a data strategy and analytics leader, CEO and Founder of datazuum. He has a history of helping data executives and leaders craft and execute their data strategies. His passion for data strategy led him to launch the Data Accelerator Workshop, and host the Data Strategy Show. After a career in both private and public sectors Samir launched the datazuum brand in 2012, with a view to working with executives to deliver data strategy at a time when data was not seen as a business asset.  Today datazuum delivers projects across both private and public sectors including: Charities, Financial Services (Banking & Insurance), Government, Housing & Construction, Law Enforcement, Logistics, Media & Publishing, Outsourcing, Postal, Retail, Telecoms, Transport and Utilities. Samir has 20 years of international experience across Europe, North America, and Africa. Is a regular speaker at international conferences, coach / mentor, a charity fundraiser, and youth champion for Working Knowledge - supporting young people to achieve their personal and career goals in life. Samir lives in London with his wife and daughter. Contact details for Samir LinkedIn: Samir Sharma Email: samir@datazuum.com website: www.datazuum.com
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December 28, 2020
Episode 12 Roman Stanek: The Data Value Chain
In my 12th episode I speak to Roman Stanek CEO of GoodData. We talk about: 1) His entrepreneurial journey 2) How the data value chain is becoming increasingly important 3) Trends over the last 10 years with BI to Analytics 4) The pendulum from IT to the business and back to IT 5) Chief Data Officers and their challenges 6) CEOs trusting their data 7) Building trusted data portals 8) If companies need to invest in product managers for analytics 9) Cloud Data Warehouses 10) Organisational data silos  11) What the future holds for data and business 12) The end of the "black box" About Roman: Roman Stanek is a passionate entrepreneur and industry expert with over 20 years of experience. He founded GoodData on a mission to disrupt the business intelligence space and help companies monetize big data. As CEO, Roman has become a leading voice in the analytics industry, pushing the boundaries of how companies use data insights to move forward. Roman is actively involved in GoodData’s client relationships, taking care to understand the challenges they face and how data can positively impact clients’ future success.  Prior to GoodData, Roman served as Founder and CEO of two startups, NetBeans and Systinet. NetBeans, a leading Java development environment, was successfully sold to Sun Microsystems in 1999. Systinet, a leading SOA governance platform, was similarly sold to Mercury Interactive (later acquired by HP Software), in 2006. Throughout his career, Roman’s work has helped transform the high-tech landscape. As he looks to the future, Roman’s focus is centered on the evolution of the data value chain and how it will shape the future of analytics. About Samir: Samir is a data strategy and analytics leader, CEO and Founder of datazuum. He has a history of helping data executives and leaders craft and execute their data strategies. His passion for data strategy led him to launch the Data Accelerator Workshop, and host the Data Strategy Show. After a career in both private and public sectors Samir launched the datazuum brand in 2012, with a view to working with executives to deliver data strategy at a time when data was not seen as a business asset.  Today datazuum delivers projects across both private and public sectors including: Charities, Financial Services (Banking & Insurance), Government, Housing & Construction, Law Enforcement, Logistics, Media & Publishing, Outsourcing, Postal, Retail, Telecoms, Transport and Utilities. Samir has 20 years of international experience across Europe, North America, and Africa. Is a regular speaker at international conferences, coach / mentor, a charity fundraiser, and youth champion for Working Knowledge - supporting young people to achieve their personal and career goals in life. Samir lives in London with his wife and daughter. Contact details for Samir LinkedIn: Samir Sharma Email: samir@datazuum.com website: www.datazuum.com
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December 18, 2020
Episode 11 Thom Ives: A Business Motivated Data Scientist
In my 11th episode I speak to Thom Ives. We talk about: 1) His journey to becoming the passionate data scientist he is today 1) What makes a good data scientist today and for the future 2) Innovation vs. Practicality in Data Science 3) Building relationships and networks 4) How you can reduce and ensure bias gets stripped out 5) His education, mentoring journey and "integrating with Brilliance" About Thom: Thom Ives has had a 30+ year career focused on making predictions. He is a data scientist, and his particular passion is around automating analyses and data visualization including animation when necessary. The main language for the past 20 years has been python, and he is a skilled with many of pythons' data science modules. He is a data scientist who has wide business acumen. In August 2018, He started Integrated Machine Learning & AI providing services and instruction in the data science arena.  In July of 2019, he joined UL's Prospector team as their lead data scientist.  He also mentors individuals who are dispersed all over the world and hosts online Integrated Mentoring sessions.   In summary Thom says he’s an addicted data scientist and dynamic systems modeler and analyst that loves to work with great people to improve the performance of business or products through better design. About Samir: Samir is a data strategy and analytics leader, CEO and Founder of datazuum. He has a history of helping data executives and leaders craft and execute their data strategies. His passion for data strategy led him to launch the Data Accelerator Workshop, and host the Data Strategy Show. After a career in both private and public sectors Samir launched the datazuum brand in 2012, with a view to working with executives to deliver data strategy at a time when data was not seen as a business asset.  Today datazuum delivers projects across both private and public sectors including: Charities, Financial Services (Banking & Insurance), Government, Housing & Construction, Law Enforcement, Logistics, Media & Publishing, Outsourcing, Postal, Retail, Telecoms, Transport and Utilities. Samir has 20 years of international experience across Europe, North America, and Africa. Is a regular speaker at international conferences, coach / mentor, a charity fundraiser, and youth champion for Working Knowledge - supporting young people to achieve their personal and career goals in life. Samir lives in London with his wife and daughter. Contact details for Samir LinkedIn: Samir Sharma Email: samir@datazuum.com website: www.datazuum.com
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December 10, 2020
Episode 10 Michiel van Staden: Data Leadership and Building Analytics Teams
In my 10th episode I speak to Michiel van Staden.  We talk about: 1) Building Analytics Teams 2) Diversity of thought when working with the business 3) Building relationships and networks 4) Working with the business and solving problems 5) Challenges of implementing a federated Centre of Excellence 6) Linking Data Governance to immediate business challenges 7) What traits Data Leaders need to build to be effective About Michiel: Michiel is the Data Analytics Lead for Absa Group.  He believes in Freedom with Respect - Pushing Boundaries, Asking Questions & Listening - Community in Diversity Having completed an Honors in Mathematical Statistics with distinction, he holds a strong ability to make sense of numbers and find patterns in information. Over my 13 years in data analytics, he has witnessed the tremendous benefits of good data governance, whilst also working through resolving the direct consequences of various ways in which it can be lacking. Within data analytics roles ranging from fraud prevention, credit risk & operations to digital & marketing, he has practical experience in accessing data from a range of sources internally and working directly with data received from external parties, engaging data security, privacy and regulations, using a range of data mining tools from more traditional to open source, informing business of current realities via various reporting channels, automating complicated processes alongside data engineering, driving the implementation of value adding data science initiatives and guiding business strategy by collaborative data storytelling. As a lifelong learner, he is constantly studying online, reading and getting involved in the developing data community, following the ever evolving data landscape, whilst planning to start a Masters in Big Data Science. Michiel's leadership development journey has been purposefully driven by a keen ear for listening, refined through ongoing coaching studies and a joy in increasingly sharing my learnings via mentoring, public speaking & writings.  About Samir: Samir is a data strategy and analytics leader, CEO and Founder of datazuum. He has a history of helping data executives and leaders craft and execute their data strategies. His passion for data strategy led him to launch the Data Accelerator Workshop, and host the Data Strategy Show. After a career in both private and public sectors Samir launched the datazuum brand in 2012, with a view to working with executives to deliver data strategy at a time when data was not seen as a business asset.  Today datazuum delivers projects across both private and public sectors including: Charities, Financial Services (Banking & Insurance), Government, Housing & Construction, Law Enforcement, Logistics, Media & Publishing, Outsourcing, Postal, Retail, Telecoms, Transport and Utilities. Samir has 20 years of international experience across Europe, North America, and Africa. Is a regular speaker at international conferences, coach / mentor, a charity fundraiser, and youth champion for Working Knowledge - supporting young people to achieve their personal and career goals in life. Samir lives in London with his wife and daughter. Contact details for Samir LinkedIn: Samir Sharma Email: samir@datazuum.com website: datazuum
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December 04, 2020
Episode 9 Brent Dykes: Data Storytelling
In my 9th episode I speak to Brent Dykes Sr. Director, Insights & Data Storytelling at Blast Analytics, and author of the book Effective Data Storytelling.  We talk about: 1) The definition of Data Storytelling 2) The three Star Trek characters 3) The difference between data literacy and data storytelling 4) The data storytelling arc 5) Education and how data storytelling needs to be introduced into schools About Brent: Brent Dykes is the Senior Director of Insights and Data Storytelling at Blast Analytics. He is also the author of Effective Data Storytelling: How to Drive Change with Data, Narrative, and Visuals. Brent has more than 15 years of enterprise analytics experience at Omniture, Adobe, and Domo.  His passion for data strategy and data storytelling comes from consulting with many industry leaders including Nike, Microsoft, Sony, and Comcast. He is a regular Forbes contributor and has written more than 35 articles on different data-related topics.  In 2016, Brent received the Most Influential Industry Contributor Award from the Digital Analytics Association (DAA). He is a popular speaker at conferences such as Strata, Web Summit, Shop.org, Adtech, Pubcon, RISE, Crunch, and Adobe Summit. Brent holds an MBA from Brigham Young University and a BBA in marketing from Simon Fraser University. About Samir: Samir is a data strategy and analytics leader, CEO and Founder of datazuum. He has a history of helping data executives and leaders craft and execute their data strategies. His passion for data strategy led him to launch the Data Accelerator Workshop, and host the Data Strategy Show. After a career in both private and public sectors Samir launched the datazuum brand in 2012, with a view to working with executives to deliver data strategy at a time when data was not seen as a business asset.  Today datazuum delivers projects across both private and public sectors including: Charities, Financial Services (Banking & Insurance), Government, Housing & Construction, Law Enforcement, Logistics, Media & Publishing, Outsourcing, Postal, Retail, Telecoms, Transport and Utilities. Samir has 20 years of international experience across Europe, North America, and Africa. Is a regular speaker at international conferences, coach / mentor, a charity fundraiser, and youth champion for Working Knowledge - supporting young people to achieve their personal and career goals in life. Samir lives in London with his wife and daughter. Contact details for Samir LinkedIn: Samir Sharma Email: samir@datazuum.com website: www.datazuum.com
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November 28, 2020
Episode 8 Emmanuel Osanga: Data Transformation and Culture the keys to successful data initiatives
In my 8th episode I speak to Emmanuel Osanga Head Data Management Africa Regions at Standard Bank Group Africa about  Why is data transformation critical and important What do we really mean by data transformation What are the critical steps in data transformation How to embed data into the culture of an organisation His advice for up and coming data leaders on how to succeed About Emmanuel: Emmanuel Osanga has more than (19+ years) in the area of Data Management, Data Analytics, Business Intelligence and Information Systems with Degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics from Makerere University Uganda. He is a Data Evangelist and has developed and implemented Data Strategies in the Financial Services Sector in more than 15 countries within Africa. Emmanuel has been extensively involved in several major systems implementation programmes within Standard Bank Group across Africa. Designed a Management Information System and Reporting Frameworks for Stanbic IBTC Bank Nigeria in their Core Banking System (Finacle) deployed in more 14 countries. He is passionate about developing future skills and as a result initiated a Data Science Pipeline Programme at Standard Bank Group Africa that has been running since 2017 and have also been instrumental in shifting the data analytics culture. He is married to Esther with whom he has three brilliant daughters. His life objective is to add value in every encounter serving people while building lifetime relationships and enabling them to connect with their purposes and destinies. About Samir: Samir is a data strategy and analytics leader, CEO and Founder of datazuum. He has a history of helping data executives and leaders craft and execute their data strategies. His passion for data strategy led him to launch, the Data Accelerator Workshop, and host the popular Data Strategy Show. After a career in both private and public sectors Samir launched the datazuum brand in 2012, with a view to working with executives to deliver data strategy at a time when data was not seen as a business asset. Today datazuum delivers projects across both private and public sectors including: Charities, Financial Services (Banking & Insurance), Government, Housing & Construction, Law Enforcement, Logistics, Media & Publishing, Outsourcing, Postal, Retail, Telecoms, Transport and Utilities. Samir has 20 years of international experience across Europe, North America, and Africa. Is a regular speaker at international conferences, coach / mentor, a charity fundraiser, and youth champion for Working Knowledge - supporting young people to achieve their personal and career goals in life. Samir lives in London with his wife and daughter. Contact details for Samir LinkedIn: Samir Sharma Email: samir@datazuum.com website: www.datazuum.com
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September 24, 2020
Episode 7 Vukosi Sambo: The path to Data Monetisation
In my 7th episode I speak to Vukosi Sambo about data monetisation, treating data as an asset, becoming a chief data officer, and his top three tips for becoming a Chief Data Officer.   Vukosi is an experienced executive with over 10 years’ experience in insurance, banking, FMCG and Market Research.  He is an expert specialist in data science, digital strategies, infonomics, data monetisation, risk management and actuarial, business architecture, consumer research and insights, remuneration design, process analysis, change and operations management.    He currently serves as the Chief Data Officer of Kaelo, a South African health insurer with over 1 million lives under cover, specialising in primary healthcare, wellness program, gap cover and onsite clinics. He also serves as the chairperson of the remuneration committee (REMCO), member of the people committee, member of the IT and Data committee, and company’s group executive committee.  Prior to Joining Kaelo, Vukosi held senior roles in Discovery Bank, SAB, Nielsen and Discovery Health.  He has won several awards including Global Top 100 Data Visionaries 2020, Discovery CEO outstanding leader star award & Top Region Matriculant (Limpopo). Major previous projects include leading migration of Discovery Card from FNB platform to Discovery Bank.  His background includes studies in Economic Science (Wits), Post Graduate Advanced Program in Risk Management (Unisa), Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (Unisa), Executive education in Digital Strategies for Business (Columbia Business School, USA), Certificate in Lean Six Sigma (BMGI University, USA), Certificate in Advanced Forecasting for Data Analysts (Adcorp Analytics), Certificates in Cloud Computing and Machine Learning (GreatLearning).    He is currently completing MBA with Unisa SBL and Post Graduate Program in Artificial Intelligence with University of Texas, USA. He is the member of the operation research society of South Africa and Institute of Risk Managers. He is a comrade marathon, two oceans marathon and Soweto marathon finisher. About Samir: Samir is a data strategy and analytics leader, CEO and Founder of datazuum. He has a history of helping data executives and leaders craft and execute their data strategies. His passion for data strategy led him to launch, the Data Accelerator Workshop, and host the popular Data Strategy Show. After a career in both private and public sectors Samir launched the datazuum brand in 2012, with a view to working with executives to deliver data strategy at a time when data was not seen as a business asset. Today datazuum delivers projects across both private and public sectors including: Charities, Financial Services (Banking & Insurance), Government, Housing & Construction, Law Enforcement, Logistics, Media & Publishing, Outsourcing, Postal, Retail, Telecoms, Transport and Utilities. Samir has 20 years of international experience across Europe, North America, and Africa. Is a regular speaker at international conferences, coach / mentor, a charity fundraiser, and youth champion for Working Knowledge - supporting young people to achieve their personal and career goals in life. Samir lives in London with his wife and daughter. Contact details for Samir LinkedIn: Samir Sharma Email: samir@datazuum.com website: www.datazuum.com
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September 16, 2020
Episode 6 Kathleen Maley: How to build successful data teams and drive Business Analytics
In my 6th episode I speak to Kathleen about her experiences in the world of business analytics mainly in the banking domain, her approach to analysis, working with business partners, building solid and successful analytics teams, leadership and so much more!   If you are thinking of getting into analytics, training to become a data analyst, data scientist or working in the business domain with analytics teams, then is this a MUST watch for you!   Kathleen Maley is a business leader specializing in the science of data and analytics. With more than 15 years of experience, she helps her partners achieve outsized business value through the practical application of analytical techniques. She is a cultural change agent in the adoption of analytical strategies, and her passion is found in helping organizations leapfrog her early experience to accelerate their journeys toward value-generating analytics.    Kathleen started her career on the leading edge of a revolution in data-based decision making at Bank of America. She built predictive models, ran a model risk management group and led several business-analytics verticals. In her culminating role as the bank’s consumer deposits pricing executive, she transformed the business from intuition-based to predictive model-based, creating an efficiency of $65 million per basis point saved.    As the head of consumer and digital analytics at KeyBank, Kathleen increased the economic impact of her team by elevating their role from data provider to strategic partner. She established a discipline for measuring realized benefit of analytically informed business initiatives and engineered a shift toward collaboration, ensuring analytical solutions are developed hand-in-hand with business execution plans.    Kathleen is a member of the International Institute for Analytics’ expert network, board member and volunteer statistician for Turner Syndrome Society of the United States, published writer and frequent speaker. She holds degrees in Mathematics and Applied Statistics. Previously, Kathleen taught high school mathematics and statistics in Costa Rica, Mexico and China. About Samir: Samir is a data strategy and analytics leader, CEO and Founder of datazuum. He has a history of helping data executives and leaders craft and execute their data strategies. His passion for data strategy led him to launch, the Data Accelerator Workshop, and host the popular Data Strategy Show. After a career in both private and public sectors Samir launched the datazuum brand in 2012, with a view to working with executives to deliver data strategy at a time when data was not seen as a business asset. Today datazuum delivers projects across both private and public sectors including: Charities, Financial Services (Banking & Insurance), Government, Housing & Construction, Law Enforcement, Logistics, Media & Publishing, Outsourcing, Postal, Retail, Telecoms, Transport and Utilities. Samir has 20 years of international experience across Europe, North America, and Africa. Is a regular speaker at international conferences, coach / mentor, a charity fundraiser, and youth champion for Working Knowledge - supporting young people to achieve their personal and career goals in life. Samir lives in London with his wife and daughter. Contact details for Samir LinkedIn: Samir Sharma Email: samir@datazuum.com website: www.datazuum.com
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September 08, 2020
Episode 5 Paul Morley: The philosophy of data transformation
In my fifth episode, I speak with Paul Morley about about his journey to data, three keys challenges in data transformation:  1) Understanding of data,  2) Fear (inherent fear of change) and the Fear Of Missing Out (if the neighbours are doing it so should we!), and  3) Diving straight into technology without getting the foundations in place (my bug bear).   We also discuss data leadership, organising data teams, preparing for the unknown and his views on the wideness of thinking across different domains such as philosophy, psychology and so much more! Paul Morley, is Data Philosopher, Public Speaker and an executive at Nedbank’s Enterprise Data Services, leading a team of world class data professionals, and is responsible for delivering Nedbank’s regulatory commitments that govern the finance sector.   He is also principal in delivering Data Analytical Services to Nedbank’s business clusters. With partners and consumers of the Nedbank data enterprise, being, Retail, Corporate, Finance, Human Resources, Compliance, Forensic Services, Audit, Group Risk and Group Technology. With almost 30 years of experience in IT and Data, with IBM and Nedbank. He has been recognised locally and internationally for his participation, leadership commitment to innovative thought and leadership in the context of the global data industry and continues to be passionate and controversial about data and changing the status quo. He also love’s walking around in his funky and colourful socks with no shoes on, as well as showcasing his extensive collection of “loud and colourful” shirts at the office. As you can see he always tries to be different and break the status Quo. About Samir: Samir is a data strategy and analytics leader, CEO and Founder of datazuum. He has a history of helping data executives and leaders craft and execute their data strategies. His passion for data strategy led him to launch, the Data Accelerator Workshop, and host the popular Data Strategy Show. After a career in both private and public sectors Samir launched the datazuum brand in 2012, with a view to working with executives to deliver data strategy at a time when data was not seen as a business asset. Today datazuum delivers projects across both private and public sectors including: Charities, Financial Services (Banking & Insurance), Government, Housing & Construction, Law Enforcement, Logistics, Media & Publishing, Outsourcing, Postal, Retail, Telecoms, Transport and Utilities. Samir has 20 years of international experience across Europe, North America, and Africa. Is a regular speaker at international conferences, coach / mentor, a charity fundraiser, and youth champion for Working Knowledge - supporting young people to achieve their personal and career goals in life. Samir lives in London with his wife and daughter. Contact details for Samir LinkedIn: Samir Sharma Email: samir@datazuum.com website: www.datazuum.com
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August 05, 2020
Episode 4 Matt Corey: Implementing Data Strategy in a sea of change and culture
In my fourth episode, I speak with Matt Corey about culture and change management for data programmes.  We had a great discussion on how organisations need to start embedding change management activities from the inception of data programmes and how teams find their purpose for embracing data and aligning it with the company culture. Matt is the leader of Data Focus, a Recruitment Practice, exclusively providing Data and Digital Health professionals to the Digital Health industry. He has worked for 20 years within HR, Change and Recruitment in Canada, UK, US, Greece and France in the Public and Private Sectors and recently wrote The Data Scientist’s Book of Quotes available on Amazon. Matt is also a Life and Business Coach who helps people and organisations better deal with challenges that requires change and ultimately leading to transformation in their lives and businesses. He is committed and passionate to help others reach their growth potential by working on the seen and unseen forces in one’s mind that can be a major blocker or barrier, until it becomes unlocked, when the transformation and impact starts. You can visit the company websites on https://thedatafocus.com and https://mattcorey.com for more information and to contact Matt. About Samir: Samir is a data strategy and analytics leader, CEO and Founder of datazuum. He has a history of helping data executives and leaders craft and execute their data strategies. His passion for data strategy led him to launch, the Data Accelerator Workshop, and host the popular Data Strategy Show. After a career in both private and public sectors Samir launched the datazuum brand in 2012, with a view to working with executives to deliver data strategy at a time when data was not seen as a business asset. Today datazuum delivers projects across both private and public sectors including: Charities, Financial Services (Banking & Insurance), Government, Housing & Construction, Law Enforcement, Logistics, Media & Publishing, Outsourcing, Postal, Retail, Telecoms, Transport and Utilities. Samir has 20 years of international experience across Europe, North America, and Africa. Is a regular speaker at international conferences, coach / mentor, a charity fundraiser, and youth champion for Working Knowledge - supporting young people to achieve their personal and career goals in life. Samir lives in London with his wife and daughter. Contact details for Samir LinkedIn: Samir Sharma Email: samir@datazuum.com website: www.datazuum.com
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July 27, 2020
Episode 3 Scott Taylor The Data Whisperer
In my third episode, I speak with Scott Taylor The Data Whisperer about Data Management and data storytelling.  We discuss how companies should focus on their data fundamentals to manage their relationships and brands. Scott Taylor, known as The Data Whisperer, is a globally recognized thought leader and a consultant on the strategic value of proper data management. As Principal of MetaMeta Consulting, he provides Data Evangelism-as-a-Service to help enterprises and tech brands tell their data story by focusing on the WHY of business alignment rather than the HOW of technical implementation. He lives in Bridgeport, CT where he often kayaks in Black Rock harbor.  He can also juggle pins and blow a square bubble. About Samir: Samir is a data strategy and analytics leader, CEO and Founder of datazuum. He has a history of helping data executives and leaders craft and execute their data strategies. His passion for data strategy led him to launch, the Data Accelerator Workshop, and host the popular Data Strategy Show. After a career in both private and public sectors Samir launched the datazuum brand in 2012, with a view to working with executives to deliver data strategy at a time when data was not seen as a business asset. Today datazuum delivers projects across both private and public sectors including: Charities, Financial Services (Banking & Insurance), Government, Housing & Construction, Law Enforcement, Logistics, Media & Publishing, Outsourcing, Postal, Retail, Telecoms, Transport and Utilities. Samir has 20 years of international experience across Europe, North America, and Africa. Is a regular speaker at international conferences, coach / mentor, a charity fundraiser, and youth champion for Working Knowledge - supporting young people to achieve their personal and career goals in life. Samir lives in London with his wife and daughter. Contact details for Samir LinkedIn: Samir Sharma Email: samir@datazuum.com website: www.datazuum.com
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July 17, 2020
Episode 2 Lori Silverman: Decision Intelligence
In my second episode, I talk with Lori Silverman about Data Literacy, data informed decision making, Business Strategy and Data Strategy.  An eclectic mix of culture wrapped around our discussion in our pursuit to uncover why organisations are still struggling to adopt data informed decision intelligence.   How companies need to think more about using data to weave Decision Intelligence into the fabric of their companies. Here is more about Lori: As the founder/CEO of Partners for Progress®, over the last 30 years, Lori has helped enterprises across 25 industries strategize about their future and navigate through messy, complex change. She’s also a pioneer in the field of business storytelling, having authored three best-selling books, and is known for her work in collaborative data-informed decision-making — a part of what she calls Data Literacy 2.0™. As a keynote speaker at more than 80 events throughout the world, Lori has inspired thousands of people to take action. She’s an adjunct professor in the Industrial and Organizational Psychology Master’s program at Golden Gate University. Follow her on LinkedIn, and through her LinkedIn Live show, Level Up With Lori About Samir: Samir is a data strategy and analytics leader, CEO and Founder of datazuum. He has a history of helping data executives and leaders craft and execute their data strategies. His passion for data strategy led him to launch, the Data Accelerator Workshop, and host the popular Data Strategy Show. After a career in both private and public sectors Samir launched the datazuum brand in 2012, with a view to working with executives to deliver data strategy at a time when data was not seen as a business asset. Today datazuum delivers projects across both private and public sectors including: Charities, Financial Services (Banking & Insurance), Government, Housing & Construction, Law Enforcement, Logistics, Media & Publishing, Outsourcing, Postal, Retail, Telecoms, Transport and Utilities. Samir has 20 years of international experience across Europe, North America, and Africa. Is a regular speaker at international conferences, coach / mentor, a charity fundraiser, and youth champion for Working Knowledge - supporting young people to achieve their personal and career goals in life. Samir lives in London with his wife and daughter. Contact details for Samir LinkedIn: Samir Sharma Email: samir@datazuum.com website: www.datazuum.com
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June 24, 2020
Episode 1 Matt Synakowski: How data strategy & analytics supports sales teams to drive revenues and growth
"The ultimate purpose of collecting the data is to provide a basis for action or a recommendation." W. Edwards Deming In my first episode, I speak with Matt Synakowski about how sales teams can be more laser focused with better data strategies to support their efforts.    A little bit about Matt below. Matt has been a strategist within the sports, entertainment and media industry in various capacities for the past decade. Starting in 2009, he became the Boston Bruins first ever hire to manage the organization’s revenue strategy. In this capacity, Matt was responsible for pricing of all assets from tickets to premium seating and worked with the e-Marketing/Technology division on building the foundation for a comprehensive data strategy. Matt also aided the club’s Assistant GM in analyzing player salaries during the off-season free agency period. From 2011-2016, he joined Madison Square Garden in which he held various leadership roles supporting the B2B sales efforts during its 3-year, $1 billion transformation/renovation project. He became the co-founder of the first ever dedicated department dedicated to revenue strategy, data/analytics and business operations. In 2016, Matt crossed over into the sports media sector at FOX Sports as VP of Strategic Planning. Here he worked with the national ad sales organization on maximizing assets across the sports portfolio: from high profile events such as the Super Bowl and World Cup Soccer, to its growing cable network in FS1. He and his team led competitive market research and positioning, deal evaluation, revenue modeling on new content acquisitions, and report automation. Matt is currently consulting in the sports/media sector where he has worked with clubs at Major League Soccer and is collaborating with consulting firms to perform market research and landscape studies of best practices in the sports landscape. About Samir: Samir is a data strategy and analytics leader, CEO and Founder of datazuum. He has a history of helping data executives and leaders craft and execute their data strategies. His passion for data strategy led him to launch, the Data Accelerator Workshop, and host the popular Data Strategy Show. After a career in both private and public sectors Samir launched the datazuum brand in 2012, with a view to working with executives to deliver data strategy at a time when data was not seen as a business asset. Today datazuum delivers projects across both private and public sectors including: Charities, Financial Services (Banking & Insurance), Government, Housing & Construction, Law Enforcement, Logistics, Media & Publishing, Outsourcing, Postal, Retail, Telecoms, Transport and Utilities. Samir has 20 years of international experience across Europe, North America, and Africa. Is a regular speaker at international conferences, coach / mentor, a charity fundraiser, and youth champion for Working Knowledge - supporting young people to achieve their personal and career goals in life. Samir lives in London with his wife and daughter. Contact details for Samir LinkedIn: Samir Sharma Email: samir@datazuum.com website: www.datazuum.com
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May 25, 2020