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The Soda Podcast brings forward different voices and perspectives to help find a common ground to solve the problems that many are facing when it comes to good data. Explore our two series - 'In Conversation With' and 'Data Dream Team' - to listen to an outstanding collection of discussions, insights, and good chat focused on data, and the tools, technologies, methodologies, and people.
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This episode of Club Soda features the data team of FirstParty, recorded live at a speakeasy in downtown New York, where data teams and practitioners gathered. The topic is data products and the conversation centers on FirstParty's mission to provide businesses with the capabilities to maximise the value of their data assets. Your host Maarten Mass…
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Maarten is in conversation with Ramón Medrano, Senior Staff Site Reliability Engineer at Google. In this conversation Maarten and Ramón discuss how the principles and practices of Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) can be applied to the practices of Data Reliability Engineering and data quality management. They deep-dive into four topics - SLOs, li…
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Meet Ramón Medrano, Senior Staff Site Reliability Engineer at Google. Inspired by the book, Site Reliability Engineering: How Google Runs Production Systems, our host Maarten will explore and discuss how the practice of using software to automate IT infrastructure tasks such as system management and application monitoring - can be adopted and appli…
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Kulani Likotsi is Head of Data Management and Data Governance at one of the big four African banks, headquartered in South Africa. Kulani is curious and practical. As an individual she seizes every opportunity to learn, adapt, and grow. As a leader she is focused on people and enabling every one as an individual, to be their best. In this episode K…
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Meet Kulani Likotsi, Head of Data Management and Data Governance at one of the big four African banks, headquartered in South Africa. Kulani’s career spans from being a developer and analyst in the technical team, and growing into the head of a team in the business. Get to know Kulani ahead of her conversation with Jesse, which will delve into her …
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Erick Webbe is Head of Data Science at bol.com. Erick is building a data science team of bright minds to push the boundary of science, explore new methodologies, and experiment with new technologies. As a practical and thoughtful leader, his focus is on giving each individual the freedom to explore, the freedom to experiment, and figure out what wi…
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Erick Webbe, Head of Data Science at bol.com, is a physicist with a passion for experimentation, exploration, and big data. He is responsible for implementing and scaling data science-powered solutions that will ensure bol.com retains its position as a leading European online retailer. Hear Jesse get to know Erick as they get the conversation start…
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Maarten is in conversation with Arif Wider, Professor of Software Engineering at HTW Berlin, and Max Schultze, Data Engineering Manager at Zalando. Arif and Max are friends in data who share a passion and interest in data mesh. “Data Mesh in Practice: How to Set Up a Data-Driven Organization”, is the book co-authored by Arif and Max and it’s where …
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Meet Arif Wider, Professor of Software Engineering at HTW Berlin & Fellow Consultant with Thoughtworks, and Max Schultze, Data Engineering Manager at Zalando. Arif and Max have a shared passion and interest in the topic of good data practices and got to write a book about their experience bringing data mesh to Zalando. To get the conversation start…
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Brent Dykes sits down with host Jesse to discuss and explore the skill of data storytelling. Brent is the author of ‘Effective Data Storytelling - How to Drive Change with Data, Visual, and Visuals’. He believes - and has witnessed - that being able to effectively communicate with data is a necessity in organizations of all types and sizes. Brent h…
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Meet Brent Dykes, Chief Data Storyteller at AnalyticsHero, LLC. Brent has spent more than 15 years consulting in the analytics industry. As a former analyst, manager, and technology evangelist at companies such as Omniture, Adobe, and Domo, Brent has witnessed first-hand the challenges of communicating data effectively. In this episode, hear Brent …
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The first guests in conversation with host Maarten Masschelein are Mauricio Rodrigues and Tiago Andrade from americanas s.a. With more than 51 million e-commerce customers and 3,500 physical stores, americanas s.a. is Brazil’s leading retail innovation platform with a reputation for exceptional customer service and rapid distribution of products. I…
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Meet Americanas, a Brazilian retailer born with the purpose of bringing together the best in the world to improve the daily lives of all Brazilian families. In this episode, Maarten is in conversation with Tiago Andrade, Head of Big Data, Analytics & AI, and Mauricio de Paula Rodrigues, Technology Manager. This conversation focuses on the world of …
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Drew Smith is Vice President of Global Data & Analytics for Little Caesar Enterprises and Ilitch Companies. Working for the the third largest pizza company in the world, that also owns a major league baseball team and a national hockey team, and having spent seventeen years at IKEA, Drew has deep experience in applying data and analytics to drive t…
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Meet Drew Smith, Vice President of Global Data and Analytics at Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc. and Ilitch Companies. Drew has spent his career entrenched in analytics, predominantly working in retail, fast moving consumer goods, and leisure and entertainment industries. Drew and Jesse are going to delve into the outcome of the analytics, how that …
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In today’s episode, we go deep into the career of veteran industry innovator and leader John Thompson, Global Head of Artificial Intelligence & Rapid Data Lab at global biotechnology leader CSL Behring. John and Jesse discuss the art of the analytics team, how a leader can sell their data-vision to their C-Suite, and the potentially bright future a…
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Meet John Thompson, Global Head of Artificial Intelligence & Rapid Data Lab at global biotechnology leader CSL Behring. John is a veteran industry leader, with nearly four decades of experience in data and analytics, building data warehouses, business intelligence, and technology. With career involvement in 20 different industries and as the builde…
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Welcome to the first full-length episode of In Conversation With. In this episode Natasha introduces host Maarten Masschelein, CEO and co-founder of Soda Data, and we discover why he is the perfect host for the series, In Conversation With. We get a glimpse into what makes Maarten’s world go around, his passion for technology, and his journey to bu…
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Welcome to Season One of ‘In Conversation With,’ a series of conversations with practitioners, technologists, and change makers who all share a passion in making meaningful connections and rethinking traditional practices, in the world of data and beyond. Our host is Maarten Masschelein, CEO and co-founder of Soda Data. Maarten and his guests will …
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Data mesh has the potential to solve a big data problem. The book, Data Mesh: Delivering Data-Driven Value at Scale, authored by Zhamak Dehghani, the creator of data mesh, is a guide for practitioners, architects, technical leaders, and decision makers on their journey from traditional big data architecture to distributed and multidimensional appro…
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Zhamak Dehghani is the founder of data mesh and author of the book, Data Mesh: Delivering Data-Driven Value at Scale. Zhamak returns to the Soda Podcast. In part one, Zhamak and Jesse will delve into data mesh and how that is redefining how we manage data. They talk through the reality, the dream, and the execution, and bring us up to speed on what…
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Zhamak Dehghani is the founder of data mesh and author of Data Mesh: Delivering Data-Driven Value at Scale. We’re delighted to welcome Zhamak back to the Soda Podcast to talk about the reality, the dream, and the execution of data mesh, writing a book, and life in general. More about our host, Jesse Anderson Read the transcript of this episode Conn…
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Justin Swenson, Product Technical Lead at Sub-Zero Group, speaks with Jesse Anderson on his plans to grow in his career. Justin outlines the path that he is on, to become a Chief Data Officer — enhancing his role of coach and mentor and bolstering his knowledge of people management, culture, technologies and processes, that will underpin and enable…
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Meet Justin Swenson, Product Technical Lead at Sub-Zero Group, Inc., the leading manufacturer of premium refrigeration, cooking equipment, and dishwashing brands Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove. Justin is a rising star who has his sights set on becoming a Chief Data Officer whose focus will be to enable others to be the best version of themselves and coac…
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Rob Winters, Senior Director of Data at TripActions, speaks with Jesse about how data shapes the customer experience at TripActions, the travel, corporate card, and expense management company. He shares the importance of having a team that is cross-trained and a few honest truths about working across international borders and cultures, and explains…
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Meet Rob Winters, Senior Director of Data at TripActions, a travel, corporate card, and expense management company. Rob is a hands-on practitioner with experience building data teams around the world. He has expertise in nearly every aspect of the data space, from BI to data engineering and data science. Let’s get to know Rob and hear what music ma…
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“As a middle aged Englishman, by definition, I know nothing about fashion or beauty.” So says Tim Carmichael, Chief Data Officer for Chalhoub Group, a luxury retailer in the Middle East and Gulf Region. In this episode, you will hear from a leader who brings everyone to the table and serves his team and organization with great humility and grace, l…
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From the British military to a luxury retailer in Dubai, Tim Carmichael brings a wealth of experience in data and leadership to the table. And best of all, as you’ll hear in this introduction, he’s not afraid to laugh at himself. Laugh and learn with us this week on the Data Dream Team Series. Mentioned in this episode: DeepMind diagnosis through r…
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Host Jesse Anderson and executive producer Tavia Gilbert take a listen back through Jesse’s favorite moments from Season 1 of the Data Dream Team series. But this is more than your average clip show — Jesse offers his own fresh ideas and actionable insights for each guests’ wisdom. Mentioned in this episode: Paco Nathan Jordan Morrow Orlando Machad…
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Pop - here is season two of the Data Dream Team series. In the first episode, Natasha gives a glimpse into what to look forward to as we continue to explore how to build today’s data team. More about our host, Jesse Anderson Read the transcript of this episode Join the conversation in our Slack Community Connect with us on social media: Twitter, Li…
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Our season finale welcomes Soda’s CEO and co-founder, Maarten Masschelein, to the guest seat to take a look back at the first Data Dream Team series. Jesse and Maarten will share a few of their favorite takeaways, lessons learned and how they apply them, and of course what makes a data dream team.
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We’ve turned the tables and placed Natasha in as host and put Jesse in the guest seat, to talk about his favorite chapter in his book. Jesse will share how to diagnose and fix the common challenges and misconceptions that can arise, on the journey to building high-performing and functional data teams. Music courtesy of: Daft Punk - Harder, Better, …
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Host Jesse Anderson takes the guest seat to discuss diagnosing and fixing the common problems encountered when building your data dream team. Pulling on his experience and the favorite chapter in his book, Jesse will share the common solutions and the pitfalls to avoid when tackling the holy grail of big data.…
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Gwen Shapira, an engineering leader and author, shares how she leads and nurtures individuals to be motivated and energized to realize enormous potential. You’ll hear Gwen’s style as a smart, humble, and empathetic technical leader who builds and leads a strong team of brilliant engineers, who transform how organizations manage and stream data.…
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Gwen Shapira is an Engineering Leader at Confluent. Gwen is well-known for her work with Apache Kafka, and has over fifteen years of experience working with customers, code, and big data. In this episode Gwen gets ready to talk to Jesse about building highly functional, collaborative teams, and helping the next generation of database architects.…
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Harvinder Atwal is a Chief Data Scientist who is passionate about people, algorithms, processes, and technology. He believes that the data lifecycle is a team sport and will share his experience on structuring and organizing teams; product thinking; and, hiring, training, retaining, and growing skills for the roles in your data team.…
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Harvinder Atwal is the Chief Data Scientist at Moneysupermarket Group. Listen to Jesse and Harvinder connect and prepare for their conversation on how Harvinder has applied Lean Thinking, DevOps, and Agile Methodologies, to develop the right organisation and structure for data management and governance.…
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Holden Karau is a true champion for open source and becoming a better data engineer. Feel the power of her spark as you hear Holden’s perspective as an individual contributor in a data team, and enjoy as she shares her hobbies, practical advice and approaches to working in data.
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Holden Karau is best known for her work on Apache Spark™, her advocacy for open source software, and her creation and maintenance of a variety of related projects, including spark-testing-base. Get to know Holden before we look at the data dream team from the perspective of an individual contributor.…
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A thoughtful conversation examining the paradigm shift and the unlearning required to build a data-driven organization at scale. Hear Zhamak, the founder of data mesh, discuss what data mesh is and what it isn’t. This conversation provides insights, failsafe tips, and inspiration to use data to augment and improve business and life.…
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Zhamak Dehghani is a software engineer, architect, and founder of data mesh. Zhamak founded the concept of data mesh as the paradigm shift needed in how we manage data at scale. Meet Zhamak and learn how data mesh will help organizations achieve data-driven value at scale.
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The mission at The LEGO® Group is to “Inspire and Develop the Builders of Tomorrow”. As a Chief Data Officer, Orlando Machado provides a lens on how he builds the teams that operate effectively together as an operating unit, optimized to use data to address an unique opportunity that will inspire and delight many people.…
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Imagine working at The LEGO® Group and building a team that uses data in cool ways to grow one of the world’s most synonymous brands. Meet Orlando and learn about how he tackles a wide variety of problems at any one time, from data to restaurants, culture, music, and of course data teams.
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Learning to ask the right question is key to data and analytics decision-making. Jesse and Jordan dive into the data literacy skills that everyone needs to succeed, including mastering the 3Cs; the 4 levels of analytics; why you need an analytics-accountability friend; and, how to live with understanding that data and analytics is not perfect. The …
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Having invented the field of data literacy, Jordan has helped organizations around the world build and understand data literacy. Get a taste of what’s coming up as Jesse and Jordan dig into the 3 Cs of data literacy, the 4 levels of analytics, and show us how to think differently.
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In this episode Natasha introduces Jesse and we discover why he is the perfect host for the Data Dream Team series. Jesse will be pulling on his wide range of experience, practical case studies, and network, to bring together a series that will enable everyone to build a data dream team. The Godfather Theme courtesy of AJ BEATS (https://www.youtube…
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