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The Hub and Spoken podcast is a series of fascinating discussions with today's top data and business leaders from across the business world. The podcasts explore how to add most value to organisations through the use of data and analytics and how best to organise yourselves to achieve that value. It talks about defining and delivering a data strategy and the best way to return business value.
 
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In this episode, Jason Foster talks to Carlos Soares, Chief Data and Analytics Officer at Analytics Worx (he has also worked in other analytics transformation roles at Diageo, Nike, Vodafone and Liberty). They discuss the importance of delivering value-based data and why you need to create a safe space for your data team to innovate and improve con…
 
In this episode Jason Foster shares insight into what ‘buy-in’ is, and how to go about getting managerial and investor support when it comes to funding for your data strategy. How best can you communicate your strategy’s value to stakeholders? With the right planning and preparation you’ll be able to effectively remove any doubts the stakeholders m…
 
In this episode, Jason talks to Sarah Moore, Chief Data Intelligence Officer at NOW (formerly NowTV), about audience acquisition and retention in the fast-paced world of television. When it comes to accessing large amounts of data in a fast-paced environment such as television, preparation and scalability is key. Without the right level of sophisti…
 
In this episode, Jason talks to Lillian Pierson, CEO of Data Mania, an educational enterprise that helps emerging data scientists and leaders. In the world of data science, skills are constantly changing and evolving. Lillian shares insight into how mentorship can help you to develop and hone your skills while you expand your knowledge. The convers…
 
In this episode host, Jason Foster talks to Sivan Metzger, the Managing Director of MPOps and Governance at DataRobot, about the approach needed to create robust machine learning solutions. They discuss the need for streamlining and governing machine learning to ensure success and the four components that deliver a strong MLOps operating model incl…
 
In this episode host, Jason Foster explores the role of the modern Chief Data Officer (CDO) and the kind of environment that is required to breed success. He talks through the role and what it’s about, the characteristics of those entering the role, the route people take to become a CDO, and where they go next.…
 
Traditional organisational structures that have functional skills, such as data engineering and data science, where the baton is passed between teams who are responsible for only their part of the process often hinders progress. In this episode host, Jason Foster discusses lessons learned from a model designed and honed at Spotify to put in place c…
 
In this episode, Jason talks to Pye Nyunt, Head of Innovation at London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. It is a local authority that services about 213,000 people in the East London region. For local governments that work closely with so many different people on a daily basis, data is often part of the solution. They discuss how data is used in co…
 
In this episode host, Jason Foster, argues that the metaphor ‘data is the new oil’ shouldn’t be used as it comes with such negative connotations and is ineffective at explaining the value of data in organisations. He uses a balanced argument to explain the reasons the metaphor does work and the longer list of reasons it doesn’t work as an analogy. …
 
In this episode, host Jason Foster, talks to Rob Barham, Director of Data at Gousto, about how they embed data into everything they do. They discuss what a data native business looks like, how data plays a part in Gousto’s growth ambitions and culturally how this manifests itself across the organisation. They explore how they are set up and work cr…
 
In this episode, host Jason Foster, considers whether art or science plays the most important part in creating a data-guided organisation. He talks about the influence art has on the success and failure of data science strategies and the right blend to achieve positive outcomes. What's more important art or science in your data strategy?…
 
In this episode Jason talks to Viktor Kazinec, Head of Analytics at Close Brothers, to discuss the value of working closely with external stakeholders on data science solutions. They discuss how to choose data projects that can prove and add value, the success drivers of a team, managing and gaining buy-in from internal and external stakeholders, a…
 
The data industry has regular rhetoric that you shouldn’t look backward or run reports that look at what happened (descriptive analytics). This has led people to believe that this panacea exists where you are able to have your business strategy prescribed to you by data (prescriptive analytics). In this episode, host Jason Foster, argues why lookin…
 
In this episode Jason talks to Rob Kellaway, the Head of DataOps at Legal and General Investment Management about the role of DataOps for data strategy. They discuss how the role of DataOps should be to operationalise and increase the value and efficiency of data as it moves through the pipeline. They also explore how the governance surrounding you…
 
Our host, Jason Foster along with Barry Green were looking to give leaders the tools they needed to start changing the narrative on data and have it focused on what really matters – economic, business, organisational and societal outcomes. They got together, authored and published ‘Data Means Business’, a highly rated and best selling book. In this…
 
In this episode, Jason sits down with the founder of Data Kitchen, Christopher Bergh (otherwise known as the ‘Head Chef’) to discuss the importance of DataOps, and how this can be translated to improving the performance of technical data teams. They discuss how imperfect action can be better than delaying your delivery…only to find out it has flaws…
 
It’s easy to have the wrong priorities, focus on the latest technology trend, the next big thing and what bubbles up into the mainstream press when implementing a data strategy. In this episode host, Jason Foster talks about what’s actually important to focus on to ensure your data strategy delivers real value.…
 
In this episode Jason talks to Grant Deans, a finance transformation specialist, on the role of data and analytics during finance transformation. They discuss how transformation shouldn’t have an end goal, instead a series of short sprints to enable people to remain agile and adapt when needed. They cover why data is so essential during transformat…
 
In this episode, Jason Foster explores the increasing imperative of being able to build an organisational culture that is guided by data and the lessons that can be learned from organisations that have re-written the rule book to flip the script and drive transformational change in their industry.By Cynozure
 
During uncertain times, you need to be able to do the best with the information you have and be ready to pivot as necessary. You won’t get your risk modelling 100% accurate the first time, but if you have a plan to intervene and adapt as necessary you will be a lot further along than if you wait for technology to catch up and produce ’perfect data.…
 
In this episode, host Jason Foster discusses planning horizons for your data strategy. With so much uncertainty, change, movement in people behaviour, adjustments in business strategy and long-tail world events it’s normal to wonder over what period you should plan your strategy. How can you be sure of a short, mid and long term plan when everythin…
 
In this episode, Jason talks to Paul Ravenscroft, about his learnings of building data and analytics teams over the last 10 years at Boots, Walgreens Boots Alliance and now at Pets at Home as Head of Loyalty and CRM Analytics. They discuss the challenges of recruitment, development and retention of top data analytics talent and ensuring the job pro…
 
In this short episode, Jason reflects on why he set up this podcast, the value he was hoping to deliver through it and an announcement about the upcoming additions to the schedule. This is the original business focussed data podcast and Jason is keen to continually add value to his audience. He thanks everyone for their contributions from listeners…
 
In this episode, Jason talks to Ed Child, the Head of Enterprise Data and Insights at a fast-growing eCommerce business, Studio Retail. They talk through the success Studio have had through lockdown in 2020 and explore the strategic role data is playing and will play in driving further growth. They also look at the journey Ed has been on to define,…
 
In this episode, Jason talks to the Chief Data Officer at Silicon Valley Bank, Cara Dailey, about the importance of the first 100 days in post and the level of hustle needed to carve your role and strategy. They discuss what to focus on, what to de-prioritise and how to generate momentum behind the data strategy and transformation journey. They tal…
 
In this episode, Jason discusses the use of technology and analytics and its impact on human potential with Analytics Leader at Starbucks, Gustavo Canton. They discuss the philosophy of human connections at Starbucks and the role purpose, behaviours and values play in analytics. They explore how people analytics is more than just analytics in HR, i…
 
In this episode Jason talks to Ashley Brinegar, the Chief Data Officer (CDO) at Timet, about her experiences on becoming a CDO and how her background in engineering, lean manufacturing, Six Sigma, agile methodologies and as a data consumer formed the context and foundation to become a modern data leader. They explore how she educates, and leads her…
 
In this episode, Jason speaks to Ranil Boteju, the Global Head of Data and Analytics in Wealth and Personal Banking at HSBC about building global data products. They discuss Ranil’s journey to data leadership and the shift that has happened in financial services that has driven the need to innovate their data strategy, be more agile and commerciali…
 
In this episode Jason talks to George Firican, a data governance practitioner and founder of lightsondata.com about the importance of data governance. They discuss it as a discipline that ensures data can be managed as an asset and transformed into meaningful information. A great discussion that helps unpick what is meant by data governance, why bo…
 
In this episode, Jason talks to Jennifer Agnes about the role of the Chief Data Officer and data leadership in general. They explore what works, the challenges and what happens when things go wrong. They discuss how we overcome those challenges and the role the global community plays in learning and growing together to further develop the craft of …
 
In this episode Jason talks to James Miller, Head of Data, Analytics and Insight at Intu. Everything happens somewhere both physically and digitally, so location intelligence is at the heart understanding how things work. They discuss what's special about location data and insight, why its so crucial now and in the future and how it provides the co…
 
Description: In this episode, Jason talks to Susan Walsh, the self-named Classification Guru, about dirty data in the context of your data strategy. They discuss what dirty data is, why the quality of data becomes bad in the first place and the impact dirty data has on organisations in terms of regulation, commercials, budget and misinformation. Th…
 
In this episode, Jason talks to the Head of Data and Analytics at the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Tariq Bhatti about collaborating with the health industry to create a data ecosystem and setting the standards for data sharing. They discuss the approach for getting a data standards framework in place, leading by example and thinking about data ex…
 
In this episode Jason Foster, Caroline Bellamy, Will Fraser and Christian Hughes discuss resilience and how to build it personally and in teams. They explore different perspectives of resilience, what can change that requires you to be resilient, how you can teach yourself to be resilient and dealing with impactful situations. They discuss the role…
 
In this episode, Jason speaks to the Chief Data & Analytics Officer at Alteryx about the role culture plays in the success or failure organisations see in their data and analytics strategy. They discuss the requirement for change at a company level, for individuals and how you create the perfect conditions for that change. The also explore getting …
 
In this episode Jason talks to seasoned data leader, Lynn Pope, about the vision for data in the financial services sector, the opportunities for where data can play a part and the challenges with getting that done. They also discuss strategy, skills and the importance of culture, common language and business engagement in delivering value.…
 
In this episode, Jason talks to Jez Clark, CEO at data staffing consultancy, Eden Smith. They discuss the importance of organisational design and workforce planning to a successful data strategy - including the challenges of getting it right, and where it can go wrong. The conversation covers a multitude of topics around finding the right people: c…
 
In this episode, Jason talks to the Chief Digital and Technology Officer at Ocean Spray, Jamie Head about his mandate to modernise their digital and technology estate. They discuss the role data and data strategy is playing in that transformation, the innovation mindset, digital and physical product management and the role of culture in determining…
 
In this episode Jason talks to the Gail Miller, the Head of Data at ScottishPower, about how she has used her commercial background to potent effect to improve customer engagement and to deliver incremental value to the business. They discuss the approach used to building the strategy, developing the roadmap, getting investment and quickly proving …
 
In this episode Jason talks to Graeme McDermott, the Chief Data Officer at Addison Lee, about his journey delivering business value with data. They explore the journey, how you measure progress, the definition of done and how you keep stakeholders engaged with strong communication and collaboration.By Cynozure
 
In this episode, Jason talks to Doug Laney, the author of Infonomics, ex Gartner distinguished analyst and currently a consultant at Caserta. A fascinating and fast-paced discussion on how organisations should look to monetise, manage and measure their information and treat data as an asset. They discuss how you classify information as an asset, ho…
 
In this episode, Jason talks to Nirali Patel, the Chief Data Officer at AXA Healthcare, about the use and value of having an agile data strategy. They cover what being agile means on context of building data products and why being agile is more important than ever. This episode also unpicks how you avoid just being reactive to everything but still …
 
In this episode, Jason talks to serial Chief Data Officer, Andy Day about what a Board cares about and how data plays a part in that. They discuss why data should be at the top table, why the Chief Data Officer may be in jeopardy and how to succeed in creating an organisation that is guided by data.By Cynozure
 
In this episode Jason talks to seasoned business, data and change leader, Nicky Klein about the relationship that exists between data and business change. They explore the drive and requirement for change, how data helps, the resistance and barriers to change and the role the Chief Data Officer plays in the change process.…
 
In this episode, Jason talks to Sefton Perry, the Head of the Intelligence Centre at UEFA, about how he and his team use data and insights to develop football, govern the game and run multi-million-pound football competitions. This includes how they make use of strategic intelligence to make sure decisions are taken with evidence in the room, how t…
 
In this episode Nina Monckton, Chief Insight (Data) Officer at the NHS Business Services Authority, joins Jason to discuss how use of data led to over £100m of potential savings in just 6 months. She describes how they defined and delivered their data strategy, and how she looks after data as an asset, building the team, resource, and infrastructur…
 
In this episode we talk to Simon Hayter, Partner at Knight Frank about the hype surrounding data and analytics, how to use and be aware of hype and bringing things back to reality. We discuss inflated job titles, buzz words, mis-selling from vendors, hype in academia and avoiding unrealistic expectations.…
 
Jason talks to Kevin Fletcher, CDO at HMRC, about the role of the CDO in public organisations, and how you embed data into strategy and operations. In this episode, they discuss Kevin’s role at the HMRC, how their data strategy is aligned with their specific use cases, and the challenges in delivering this.…
 
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