Data Ideas

Data Ideas

The Data Ideas podcast shares what analytics makes possible, by honoring great work and the individuals that do it.


July 6, 2023 61 mins

Nicholas Lowthorpe is a Communication & Data Visualization Expert and creator of the The 5CS Data Visualization System.  In this episode, we revisit a live event I hosted with Nicholas, discussing how your data visualizations and projects can command attention within your organization.

You can learn more about Nicholas on his LinkedIn page:

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Joshua Burkhow, Chief Evangelist at Alteryx, joins the Data Ideas podcast for a discussion on:

-Making a career transition into the analytics field

-Learning Alteryx and developing a passion for it

-His approach and recommendations for learning new data skills

-The program and intiatives Alteryx has invested in to support data education

-How data skills & literacy impact an organizations analytics maturity (and how you can find out...

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Kedeisha Bryan discusses how she successfully transitioned and self-taught her way into a career in data, as well as how she has since:

  • Moved from an internship to a senior role
  • Obtained both data analytics and data engineering roles
  • Built a successful personal brand
  • Launched an organization that is creating a community of mentors for those learning data & analytics skills
  • Started authoring two books
  • Became a LinkedIn Learning...
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It seems every parent is looking for ways to reduce the amount of screen time their kids are allowed to have.  Gulrez Khan has a solution that can also help them learn a critical new skill -- data visualization!  In this episode, we discuss his new book that explains how you can educate your kids on the principles of data visualization by "drawing data."

Link to Gulrez Khan's new book:

Drawing Data with Kids: Cultivating Data-Liter...

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Laura McDonald, Enterprise Account Executive at ThoughtSpot takes time to:

  • Share her career journey
  • Explain what self-service analytics means to her
  • Provide her expertise & perspective on search & interactive analytics
  • Walk through some of the challenges & opportunities organizations have with implementing modern analytics initiatives

+much more.  This is a thought provoking discussion you won't want to miss!

Related lin...

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To build a best-in-class data & analytics function at your organization, the right people are needed.  In this episode, we revisit a presentation I (Dustin) gave on how to attract & retain analytics talent.

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In this episode, I discuss healthcare analytics with Dylan Clark.  Dylan has a wealth of experience in this field, and is currently Associate Vice President of Data & Analytics at OU Health.  We discuss what it's like to work in healthcare analytics, the many transformative use-cases in the field and where it may be headed in the near future.  If you've had interest in getting into the growing field of healthcare analytics, you'll ...

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Sangeeta Krishnan is author of "Thriving in a Data World" and Senior Analytics Lead, Commercial NA at Bayer.  In our discussion, we talk about:

  • Her career journey and path to becoming an author
  • What it means to THRIVE with data & analytics
  • The book writing process
  • The right foundations needed for successful data & analytics initiatives
  • And of course, her favorite use-cases for modern analytics

You can check out Sangeeta'...

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In this episode, I talk with Scott Taylor, Author of "Telling Your Data Story" and The Data Whisperer / Principal Consultant at MetaMeta Consulting.  In this insightful, humorous and example-filled discussion, we talk all things data management, including:

--What data management is

--Why its critical, especially for organizations under pressure to put data & analytics programs in place

--Why most organization's don't have a success...

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Capitalize Consulting was recently recognized as the Global Alteryx Partner of the Year.  In this episode, I discuss lessons learned along the way to building an award-winning analytics firm with it's Managing Partner, Eric Soden. 

Eric shares advice based upon his wealth of experience gained from:

--successfully delivering projects across various industries and types of organizations

--working in both corporate and consulting-base...

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Episode 27 features an interview with Dr. Serena H. Huang, Ph.D.  Dr. Huang is a globally recognized expert in the field of people analytics.  She is currently the CDO of, as well as Founder of Data with Serena.  Previously, she held the roles of Global Head of People Analytics for PayPal, as well as Global Head of People Analytics for The Kraft Heinz Company.

Dr. Huang is also the instructor of the LinkedIn Learning cours...

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Jay Henderson joins me for episode 26 of the Data Ideas podcast.

Jay is the Senior Vice President of Product Management for Alteryx.

In our discussion, we talk about:

-How Jay became interested in data & analytics

-His advice to future leaders in the field

-What Alteryx is

-Some of Jay’s...

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In episode 25, I discuss data literacy with Allen Hillery.

Allen is the Co-Founder of Be Data Lit, and is also a social ambassador for Tableau.

In our conversation, we learn more about:
-What Data Literacy means
-Why it's lacking, and
-Allen's mission to increase it

Given it's valentines week, we also encourage listeners to share some data love,
and thank others in the field that help or inspire them!

Links referenced during episod...

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If you've ever considered or wanted to learn more about getting Tableau Desktop certified, this episode is for you!  Adam Mico, author of "Tableau Desktop Specialist Certification," joins me to discuss:

-His career journey

-His new book "Tableau Desktop Specialist Certification"

-What Tableau certification is and who should consider it

-What it means to be a Tableau Visionary

-Some of his favorite use-cases for Tableau & modern ana...

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Regardless of your role, this conversation is relevant to you.

You'll leave it with an improved understanding of what data monetization is and why its so important to be thinking about it!

Data Juice & Infonomics author Doug Laney joins me for a discussion on the extraordinarily impactful topic of data monetization.

In our conversation we discuss:

  • How Doug got into the data & analytics field
  • What it means to monetize data
  • Exam...
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Episode 22 features an interview with Sonali Kumar.

Sonali works in the growing field of HR analytics, and is also the Co-Founder of Data in Motion.

In our discussion, we talk about:

-How Sonali got into the analytics field

-What HR analytics is, and some examples of how it can be applied

-as well as the mission of her organization “Data In Motion” – and how it provides training, resources, and live events for those looking to grow...

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This episode features an interview with Paul Moxon.

Paul is the SVP Data Architecture and Chief Evangelist at Denodo.

In our discussion, we talk all things data virtualization, including:

  • What it is
  • The impact it can make
  • Some intriguing use-cases (for data virtualization & modern analytics)

Links referenced during the episode:

Data Virtualization Blog:

Denodo's website: https://ww...

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This episode features part-2 of a 2-part series on a potentially underrated topic in analytics.

In this segment, part-2, we continue the discussion on the use of gamification, getting the perspective of sales enablement leader Ben Schneider.

Ben has lead sales enablement initiatives at multiple organizations & was also recognized by Training Magazine as an “Emerging Leader To Watch.”

If you’re interested in what could potentially b...

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This episode features part-1 of a 2-part series on a potentially underrated topic in analytics.

In this segment, part-1, I interview CRM/CX expert Shantanu Goswami, to kickoff a discussion on the use of gamification.

If you’re interested in what could likely be a relatively low-cost but high-impact use case for your data, that drives team results, you’ll want to catch all 10-minutes of this abbreviated episode.

Be sure to give part...

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Most companies have business applications producing data. That data often has rich insights available in it, but it can be challenging for analysts to access it in a sustainable manner.

Episode 18 features an interview with Portable Founder & CEO Ethan Aaron. Ethan used his background in business & data to start a company that's actively solving this challenge. In this episode, he'll walk through how his company's no-code/low-code ...

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