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Meet the world’s top data and analytics leaders transforming how we do business. Hear case studies, industry insights, and personal lessons from the executives leading the data revolution.

Join host Cindi Howson, Chief Data Strategy Officer at ThoughtSpot, every other Wednesday to meet the leaders and teams at the cutting edge.

The Data Chief Mission

    • Technology
    • 4.9, 36 Ratings

Meet the world’s top data and analytics leaders transforming how we do business. Hear case studies, industry insights, and personal lessons from the executives leading the data revolution.

Join host Cindi Howson, Chief Data Strategy Officer at ThoughtSpot, every other Wednesday to meet the leaders and teams at the cutting edge.

    Turning Dashboard Developers into Analytics Rockstars with PwC's Scott Peck

    Turning Dashboard Developers into Analytics Rockstars with PwC's Scott Peck

    Joining Cindi today is Scott Peck, the Senior Director of the Data & Analytics Center of Excellence at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), where he’s worked for the past 13 years. In that time, he’s played a vital role in revolutionizing reporting systems, as well as helped revolutionize the role of the data analyst.
    In today’s episode, Cindi and Scott discuss what it means to be an ‘Analyst of the Future’, their thoughts on leadership, and why data storytelling is a must-have skill.
    Key Takeaways:
    Analyst of the Future. How Scott and his team transformed a report factory into proactive, business partners and analytics rock stars. What is Your Customer Really Asking? Why design thinking and including every level of an organization in problem-solving is the key to finding answers to the questions that customers are really asking.  Creating a Culture of Leadership. How Scott empowers everyone on his team to be a leader and why he thinks cross-training employees in different skill sets is so important. More About Scott:
    Scott Peck is the Senior Director of the Data & Analytics Center of Excellence at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) where he has a vision to build value for the company and its clients through analytics and innovation while promoting an environment where each team member acts as a confident, motivated, innovative leader essential to that vision.
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    The Data Chief is presented by our friends at ThoughtSpot. Searching through your company’s data for insights doesn’t have to be complicated. With ThoughtSpot, anyone in your organization can easily answer their own data questions, find the facts, and make better, faster decisions. Learn more at thoughtspot.com. 
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    For full show notes and more, go to thedatachief.com.

    • 46 min
    Navigating Imperfect Data with Stephen Harris of VMware

    Navigating Imperfect Data with Stephen Harris of VMware

    Today’s guest is Stephen Harris, the CDO of VMware. Stephen has more than 20 years in the data, analytics, and professional services fields.
    He and Cindi discuss growth, diversity in tech, being a change agent within your organization, bias in AI, data for good, the talent gap, data fluency, and more!
    Key Takeaways:
    The importance of understanding the role of data and its potential impact when there is an absence of fact or misinterpretation of data. How Stephen and his team at VMware are using data to navigate the current COVID-19 coronavirus crisis -- internally and externally. What a flawed facial recognition demo tells us about AI and the risk of bias at scale. More About Stephen:
    Stephen Harris is the CDO and VP Head of Enterprise Data & Analytics of VMware, reporting directly to the company's CFO. His team takes a customer-centric approach to evolving VMware's data and analytic insight capabilities; these capabilities are anchored around four strategic pillars of execution to drive business outcomes.
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    The Data Chief is presented by our friends at ThoughtSpot. Searching through your company’s data for insights doesn’t have to be complicated. With ThoughtSpot, anyone in your organization can easily answer their own data questions, find the facts, and make better, faster decisions. Learn more at thoughtspot.com. 
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    For full show notes and more, go to thedatachief.com.

    • 44 min
    CDOs and CAOs and CIOs (Oh, My!) with ThoughtSpot's Cindi Howson

    CDOs and CAOs and CIOs (Oh, My!) with ThoughtSpot's Cindi Howson

    Cindi Howson is the Chief Data Strategy Officer at ThoughtSpot and our host of The Data Chief. To kick off this new podcast, we wanted to switch the roles… today, Cindi is our guest!
    Tune in for a discussion between Cindi and Ian Faison, Executive Producer of The Data Chief, about culture, leadership, innovation, data for good, and what you can expect from future episodes of The Data Chief.
    Key Takeaways:
    How being an aspiring writer – but a lousy typist – got Cindi into technology. The biggest changes Cindi has witnessed over the last 20 years. Where the new role of CDO (Chief Data Officer) fits into the hierarchy among the CIO and CAO, the barriers someone in this position can expect to face, and the ways we can expect this role to evolve in the months and years to come. More About Cindi:
    Cindi Howson is the Chief Data Strategy Officer at ThoughtSpot, formerly a Gartner Research Vice President in Data and Analytics, and the Founder of BI Scorecard, an independent analyst firm focused on helping customers select BI tools and manage their BI portfolio and achieve more impact with data. She is also the author of several books, including Successful Business Intelligence: Unlock the Value of BI & Big Data and SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0: The Complete Reference.
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    The Data Chief is presented by our friends at ThoughtSpot. Searching through your company’s data for insights doesn’t have to be complicated. With ThoughtSpot, anyone in your organization can easily answer their own data questions, find the facts, and make better, faster decisions. Learn more at thoughtspot.com. 
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    For full show notes and more, go to thedatachief.com.

    • 30 min
    About The Data Chief

    About The Data Chief

    Data is transforming how we think about life, work, business, healthcare, education, and everything in between. Meet the world’s top data and analytics leaders bringing this data revolution to life.
    In each episode of The Data Chief, host Cindi Howson, Chief Data Strategy Officer at ThoughtSpot, sits down with data and analytics leaders to discuss the trends, technologies, and cultures transforming fact-driven companies around the globe.
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    The Data Chief is presented by our friends at ThoughtSpot. Searching through your company’s data for insights doesn’t have to be complicated. With ThoughtSpot, anyone in your organization can easily answer their own data questions, find the facts, and make better, faster decisions. Learn more at thoughtspot.com. 
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    For full show notes and more, go to thedatachief.com.

    • 1 min

Customer Reviews

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36 Ratings

36 Ratings

AManWhoLovesHisRomComs ,

Never thought Data Could be so fun

This has been a lot of fun to listen to so far. One of the things I always look for is a podcast that educates and entertains, and this one does both. Always great to hear from experts in the field. I feel like I’m constantly taking away something new from each episode.

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Awesome podcast. Informative to hear from people’s personal experiences with data and analytics as it continues to mature and grow into itself within companies. Great and insightful conversations here.

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