DataMastersPodcast

DataMastersPodcast

Data fuels business decisions and impacts every aspect of an organization. But leveraging data requires facing technical, political, and cultural challenges. Overcoming those obstacles falls to chief data officers and data and IT leaders. In the bi-weekly DataMasters podcast, data and IT leaders will share stories on how they made their organizations more data driven.

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Data fuels business decisions and impacts every aspect of an organization. But leveraging data requires facing technical, political, and cultural challenges. Overcoming those obstacles falls to chief data officers and data and IT leaders. In the bi-weekly DataMasters podcast, data and IT leaders will share stories on how they made their organizations more data driven.

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Mike Stonebraker
Episode 6 — released July 1, 2020 • Runtime: 31m45s

Getting data mastering at scale right

Mike Stonebraker

Adjunct Professor of Computer Science, MIT

What’s required to master large numbers of data sources? First, avoid approaches that require writing rules. Then use machine learning and cloud computing to efficiently handle the workload. That advice comes from Mike Stonebraker, a database pioneer who helped create the INGRES relational database system, won the 2014 A.M. Turing Award, and has co-founded several data management startups, including Tamr.

Mike talks about common data mastering mistakes, why traditional tools aren’t right for the task, and shares examples of companies that have successful mastered data at scale.

Marc Alvarez
Episode 5 — released June 17, 2020 • Runtime: 32m37s

The entrepreneurial approach to data management

Marc Alvarez

Vice President of Data Management and Operations, Thomson Reuters

As vice president of data management and operations at Thomson Reuters, Marc Alvarez applies an entrepreneurial approach to data management. During his career, he’s found that treating data less like an IT project and more like a business asset requires fundamental changes around data management.

In this episode, Marc talks about what’s driving change around how companies use data, the role technologies like cloud computing and automation play in this shift and how organizations can get better business results from their data.

Randy Bean
Episode 4 — released June 3, 2020 • Runtime: 19m41s

The State of the CDO

Randy Bean

Founder and CEO, NewVantage Partner

Success as a CDO increasingly means knowing how to use data to drive revenue. But at many organizations, data leaders are still figuring out how to work with their business counterparts. That’s one takeaway from a survey of 300 C-suite executives on the topic of data and digital transformation. Conducted by NewVantage Partners since 2012, the survey includes the perspectives of leading Fortune 1000 companies including American Express, Capital One, Ford Motors, General Motors, Johnson & Johnson, Mastercard, and Met Life.

In this episode, Randy Bean, founder and CEO of NewVantage Partners, talks about the survey’s results and looks at the overall state of the CDO. He discusses what makes a successful CDO, where the CDO should sit in an organization and why data initiatives need to be tied to business goals.

Mark Ramsey
Episode 3 — released May 20, 2020 • Runtime: 31m16s

The Evolution of the CDO

Mark Ramsey

Former Chief Data and Analytics Officer, GSK, and former CDO, Samsung Mobile

Once responsible for data governance, companies increasingly want CDOs who use data to drive the business. Someone who not only saw that evolution but experienced it is Mark Ramsey, who held the title of CDO when the role was very new.

Mark served as a data leader twice in his 30-year career. First as CDO at Samsung Mobile and then as Chief Data and Analytics Officer at GlaxoSmithKline. In this episode, Mark shares his thoughts on how the role has changed, what it’s like to be a company’s first CDO and if a company’s reporting structure is a factor in a CDO’s success. And he’ll talk about how data is used in sports car racing, a sport he’s passionate about.

Eric Iverson
Episode 2 — released May 11, 2020 • Runtime: 28m55s

Lights, Camera, Data

Eric Iverson

Former CIO and CTO, Creative Artists Agency and former Divisional CIO, Sony Pictures Television

When you think about Hollywood, you probably think about movies, actors and scripts. But behind the scenes, tremendous amounts of data power a complex supply chain that shapes the movie trailers you watch and the release date of the next blockbuster.

In this episode of Datamasters, Eric Iverson, who was the CIO of Sony Pictures Television and CIO and CTO at top talent agency Creative Artists Agency, or CAA, shares how data powers the media and entertainment industry. He talks about how data is leveraged in television and movie production, the role data plays in television show distribution, and the data transformation that the entertainment industry went through in recent years.

Nick Sinai
Episode 1 — released May 11, 2020 • Runtime: 31m38s

With Liberty and Data for All

Nick Sinai

Former U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer, Obama administration

As deputy CTO in the Obama administration, Nick oversaw the Open Data Initiative, which lead to government data being publicly released for use by the private sector.

In this episode of DataMasters, Nick talks about the connection between government data and your favorite mobile apps, the technical challenges agencies faced as they catalogued and listed data sets, and how he created a data culture.