Episodes
Today's guest is another day one as he’s been in my community for over a decade and attended my very first Xcelsius training class! Mark Bradley has been in IT for around 30 years and has such a huge amount of knowledge and enthusiasm for the intersection of data, metrics, and leadership, I promise that you are not going to want to miss this amazing data masterclass! If you are thinking about becoming a CIO (Chief Information Officer) or your company is going through a digital...
Published 05/12/21
Hey AOF! Today I am joined by one of my first mentors in the BI industry, Rick Montgomery, to unpack why and how you can add the human element to digital transformation. Tune in as Rick shares how to identify, understand and map out the different personalities and parts of your digital transformation. In this episode, you'll learn: [0:09:12] What Rick learned from dropping out of MIT / Harvard. [0:19:39] How automation and analysis can lead to conversations with leadership. [0:21:38]...
Published 04/21/21
Welcome to another exciting masterclass, taking you behind the scenes of how two female leaders on our BI Brainz team created not one, but two of our most downloaded database templates ever! Sharing these juicy details will be Raquel Seville, CEO of the BI Brainz Caribbean office, and Anna Ria, our very own Head of Design and well-known BI Data Accelerator trainer. In this episode, you’ll hear from Raquel as she explains how she used our BI Data storytelling framework to transform a 271-page...
Published 04/09/21
Our focus for this inspiring episode of AOF is mindset, especially if you want to be a standout data analyst! I have brought one of my first ever followers and day ones! Trevor Tapscott is a VP and Analytics Consultant at Wells Fargo and has been in the game for 20 years and counting. We connected in 2008, when he was seeking help with a visualization tool called Xcelsius. In this knowledge bomb filled episode, Trevor shares his thoughts on what sets great data analysts apart, his framework...
Published 03/17/21
Finding your dream job in the world of data and analytics might not be as hard you think! Our guest today, Kimberly Herrington stands as a testament to this idea and she joins us on AOF to talk about how you can go about identifying and capturing your ideal position in this fascinating space. Kimberly is a data journalist at a large healthcare company in Buffalo, New York, and is also the founder of Buffalo Business Intelligence. She is also a graduate of our BI Data Storytelling Accelerator...
Published 03/10/21
Stakeholders often miss key insights that can be provided by data to drive action forward, due to the way the data is presented and communicated to them. My guest today believes that data storytelling is key to resolving this common pain point. Kam Lee, a BI Data Storytelling Mastery alumn and graduate who has used our framework to surface over $100M for the fintech company he works with! Kam is the Chief Data Scientist at his company Finetooth Analytics (specializing in marketing...
Published 03/03/21
Here on the AOF podcast, I have often spoken about the issue of user adoption and the slow progress we have all been experiencing for a long time. Our guest today has so much to offer in relation to our approach to this challenge! I speak to Kevin Greene, the CEO of Logi Analytics, and we delve deep into why the mentality of product leaders is so valuable right now!  Kevin has a brilliant mind for the field of analytics, sharing how and where to get started with these parts of your...
Published 02/24/21
Today we have a real data masterclass in store for you! I am joined by the wonderful and inspiring Valerie Logan from The Data Lodge, and we talk about the unique way she approaches data literacy through what she calls ISL or information as a second language. Valerie does an amazing job of unpacking exactly how this works and adds in loads of useful wisdom and examples that you can add to your existing data literacy program. I would call Valerie a data whisperer, and by the end of this...
Published 02/17/21
Welcome back AOF! I’m so glad to be back after taking some time off over the holidays and having an amazing social media detox! I'm excited to kick-off Season 6. Today’s show is going to give you some super important updates and changes coming to the podcast, our academy platforms and groups, and everything else that matters to you. I will be riding solo on the podcast again this year, but you can still expect to hear more amazing guests who will deliver game-changing business intelligence,...
Published 02/10/21
Excited to share the last and final part of my three-episode series on BI data storytelling accelerator lessons learned. We’ll be digging into the last but most exciting step in our BI Data Storytelling Mastery Framework, 'What you Draw'. Useless visualizations are everywhere! This episode will give you seven things to avoid and ways to fix them to ensure you bring your A-game when it comes to visualizing your storyboard. Tune in for knowledge bombs galore! [05:53] Never skip the mock-up...
Published 12/09/20
Tune in as I recap lessons learned from our latest accelerator class. This part two in the series of three podcasts, which deep dives into our BI data storytelling framework, where we tackle three parts of storytelling. 1) What You Say, 2) What You Write, and 3) What You Draw. I dive into some of the biggest mistakes people make when working with users and writing down their requirements, including why so many get confused with the different story parts and how to fix it. Tune in to this...
Published 12/03/20
Welcome to the first part of a three-part podcast, with each episode touching on the part of our data storytelling framework. You’ll find a deep dive into each part of the framework and find out what lessons were learned and the big takeaways from our last data telling accelerator workshop, which was a huge success. Even though there are other data telling stories schools of thought, one element our followers love is how we tackle the three parts of storytelling: what you say, what you...
Published 11/19/20
Today’s episode features Tiankai Feng, Global Director and Voice of Consumer Analytics at Adidas. Tiankai is going to help you decide if you need an analytics Quarantune. A Quarantune is music or a song that is created for quarantine. The best part about this one is that it is all about data and analytics. Trust me - it’s not only fun but it literally speaks to our daily lives in this field!!   In this super fun episode, my amazing co-host Lillian Pierson and myself discuss Tiankai’s unique...
Published 10/30/20
You don’t want to miss Vincent share the three steps he took after he left Lillian’s class that led to his success in 90 days.  He discussed how he chose the right problem to solve, and the challenges he faced while setting expectations, and most importantly how he measures success! Tune in and be sure to share with others that struggle with their data strategy. Knowledge bombs galore! [17:03] Vincent’s takeaways from Lillian’s course: “What I learned from the workshop really inspired...
Published 10/07/20
Data isn’t just relevant in the US, it’s important all over the world. And currently, the Caribbean is experiencing something of a movement in relation to data. In today’s episode, you’ll hear from Raquel Seville, the CEO of BI Brainz Caribbean. Learn what’s happening in the Caribbean on the data scene, how data innovation is taking center stage, and how you can be a part of it. [13:49]  - What’s happening with data in the Caribbean right now [21:07]   - What the rest of the world...
Published 09/30/20
Data literacy is one of the most sought after cultural transformations of 2020. In episode #47 we discussed ‘Why we should stop saying ’data literacy’. Today’s guest, Jordan Morrow, shared the episode on Linkedin sparking off some very interesting and even defensive responses from the data literacy social media mafia. Today, Jordan joins the podcast to share his unique point of view on the topic. Known as the pioneer of data literacy, tune in to learn how to start a data literacy practice,...
Published 09/16/20
Just a few years can be a lifetime in the data world, but there’s reason to expect that PowerBI, which has already taken the business intelligence world by storm, is set up for at least a ten-year reign? Why is that? What do you need to know about PowerBI? That’s exactly what today’s guest Patrick Leblanc is going to cover! As the co-host of the famous Guy in a Cube YouTube channel (with over 100,000 followers), and Principal Program Manager at Microsoft, Patrick share’s his unbiased view of...
Published 09/02/20
Many companies want to use data to gain a competitive edge in their industries--this can pose a challenge for organizations whose core business is not inherently technical. To make things worst lots of providers and consulting firms push unproven strategies and technical solutions that don't work. My guest today, Heather Smith is a data leader who has over 15 years of experience in the data science field, including recognition as one of Seattle's Top 5% of Women Engineers by Women Impact...
Published 08/26/20
In Ep 50 with Jurgen Faiist, I discussed why we need a new data visualization language. In today’s episode, we return to debate that topic with my good Suisse buddy Raphael Branger who is a Principal Data & Analytics Consultant at IT-Logix in Switzerland. Raphael is an IBCS Certified Consultant (he introduced me to it) as well as a Certified Disciplined Agile Practitioner with more than 18 years of experience in business intelligence and data warehousing. I met Raphael almost a decade...
Published 08/19/20
Mike Bugembe is a speaker, consultant, and Amazon best selling author of the book Cracking the Data Code. He joins today’s podcast to talk about the things that you can do that will help create successful analytics projects. After being the head of business intelligence for one of the largest diamond companies in the world, and seeing project struggle or fail, Mike went on a journey to find out why some unicorn companies like Netflix were succeeding in analytics, which traditional companies...
Published 08/12/20
Lewis Temares is a former Dean at the University of Miami, and though he’s retired now, he still has a lot to say and a lot of knowledge to contribute. As one of the most beloved leaders I’ve ever met, he has managed large and very successful teams in IT. Not only was he my first mentor in the technical industry, but his influence and continual guidance have been instrumental in my career path. Given recent world events, I brought him on to discuss how techies can stand out at work during...
Published 08/05/20
Why is the business missing in BI? And how can you get the business back into BI? That’s what today’s guest is here to talk about. Cliff Alper is Director of Product Development at Analysis Factory, and in today’s episode, you’ll hear what he has to say about how you can tell if you’re someone who’s missing out on the business part of BI, why it’s so important to ask a lot of questions, and how to talk to end-users. [18:40]  - What Cliff means when he says that the business is missing...
Published 07/29/20
Are your subconscious beliefs causing difficulties in your life? Are they holding you back from overcoming challenges that you’re facing? Today’s guest can help you understand how your subconscious beliefs may be holding you back and what you can do about it. Julie Cairns is the author of the book The Abundance Code. In today’s episode, you’ll hear her talk about dealing with uncertainty, how to shift to an abundance mindset, and the three steps that can help you shift your subconscious...
Published 07/23/20
What do you know about emotional intelligence? Today’s guest is going to answer a lot of questions about emotional intelligence, EQ, when you should have your EQ assessed, and what you should do with that information. [01:13] What to expect in Season Five of AoF [08:55] User Expectations: What emotional intelligence is and when you should take an emotional intelligence test For full show notes, and the links mentioned visit: https://bibrainz.com/podcast/58   Enjoyed the...
Published 07/16/20
Free Data Storytelling Training Register before it sells out again! Our BI Data Storytelling Mastery Accelerator 3-Day Live Workshop new dates are finally available. Many BI teams are still struggling to deliver consistent, high-engaging analytics their users love. At the end of the workshop, you’ll leave with a clear BI delivery action plan. Register today! In this episode, you'll learn: [03:17]  - Why you should never say “no” [12:32]  - Why you shouldn’t use big words to sound...
Published 07/02/20