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Drill to Detail Ep.56 'Essbase Cloud, Analytics Cloud and Cloud Analytics Consulting' with Special Guest Matt Yorke

In this specially-extended episode just before ODTUG KScope'18, Mark Rittman is joined by Matt Yorke from Qubix to talk about Oracle Essbase Cloud, Oracle Analytics Cloud and the business of Oracle Cloud analytics consulting

Drill to Detail Ep.53 'ThoughtSpot, Search and AI-Powered BI' With Special Guest Doug Bordonaro

Mark Rittman is joined by ThoughtSpot's Chief Data Evangelist Doug Bordonaro to talk about the value of data, issues around trust and consent raised by the EU's new GDPR regulations, and how ThoughtSpot are applying ideas from search engines combined with artificial intelligence smarts to surface insights and drive real value for business users from their analytics investment

Drill to Detail Ep.52 'Lyft, Ride-Share Analytics and ETL Developer Productivity ' With Special Guest Mark Grover

Mark Rittman is joined by returning Special Guest Mark Grover to talk about his move from Cloudera and product engineering to a product manager role at Lyft; analytics use-cases in the ride-sharing industry; and the move from conversations about ETL tools, technology and engines to templates, paradigms and developer productivity.

Drill to Detail Ep.48 'Mondrian OLAP, Apache Calcite and Database Dis-Aggregation' With Special Guest Julian Hyde

Drill to Detail returns after the New Year break with Special Guest Julian Hyde from Hortonworks to talk about bitmap indexes and CASE tools, Mondrian and open-source OLAP analysis, and Apache Calcite's mission to bring sanity, cost-based optimisers and support for OLAP workloads to today's dis-aggregated, distributed new-world database engines.

 

Drill to Detail Ep.44 'Pandas, Apache Arrow and In-Memory Analytics' With Special Guest Wes McKinney

Mark is joined in this episode of Drill to Detail by Wes McKinney, to talk about the origins of the Python Pandas open-source package for data analysis and his subsequent work as a contributor to the Kudu (incubating) and Parquet projects within the Apache Software Foundation and Arrow, an in-memory data structure specification for use by engineers building data systems and the de-facto standard for columnar in-memory processing and interchange.

Drill to Detail Ep.42 'Evaluex, ML and Optimizing BigQuery & Athena' With Special Guest Avi Zloof

Mark is joined in this episode by Avi Zloof from Evaluex to talk about the new world of elastically-provisioned cloud-hosted analytic databases such as Google BigQuery and Amazon Athena, how their pricing model and vendor strategy differs from the traditional database vendors, and how machine learning can be used to automate performance tuning and optimize workloads in this new world of large-scale distributed query and storage. 

Drill to Detail Ep.41 'Developing with Google BigQuery and Google Cloud Platform' With Special Guest Felipe Hoffa

Mark is joined in this episode by Google Cloud Platform Developer Advocate Felipe Hoffa, talking about getting started as a developer using Google BigQuery along with Google Cloud Dataflow, Google Cloud Dataprep and Google Cloud Platform's machine learning APIs.

Drill to Detail Ep.36 'Marketing Analytics, AI and the Rise of the Omni-channel Consumer' With Special Guest Mark Madsen

Mark Rittman is joined by Industry Analyst Mark Madsen to talk about marketing analytics and the rise of the omni-channel consumer, the use of AI in analytics and personalization and what this all means for brands, for advertisers and for marketers.

Drill to Detail Ep.34 'Qlik, MSAS and the Strategy of Data Analytics' with Special Guest Donald Farmer

Mark Rittman is joined by Donald Farmer to talk about his work at Microsoft on SQL Server Analysis Services and Integration Services, why he moved to Qlik and the challenges of evolving a BI product strategy from focusing on desktops to focusing on the enterprise, and some advice for customers, software vendors and partners working with data and analytics tools.

 

Drill to Detail Ep.33 'Building Out Analytics Functions in Startups' With Special Guest Tristan Handy

In this episode Mark is joined by Tristan Handy from Fishtown Analytics to talk about building-out analytics functions in high-growth startups, and three related blog posts he wrote on this topic.

Drill to Detail Ep.27 'Apache Kafka, Streaming Data Integration and Schema Registry' with Special Guest Gwen Shapira

Mark Rittman is joined by Gwen Shapira from Confluent to talk about Apache Kafka, streaming data integration and how it differs from batch-based, GUI-developed ETL development, the problem with architects, exactly-once processing and how data governance is coming to Kafka development with Confluent's new schema registry server.

 

Drill to Detail Ep.26 'Airflow, Superset & The Rise of the Data Engineer' with Special Guest Maxime Beauchemin

Mark Rittman is joined by Maxime Beauchemin to talk about analytics and data integration at Airbnb, the Apache Airflow and Superset open-source projects he helped launch and now works with day-to-day at Airbnb , and his recent Medium article on "The Rise of the Data Engineer".

Drill to Detail Ep.25 'SAP BusinessObjects Analytics, AI and Digital Transformation' With Special Guest Timo Elliott

Mark Rittman is joined by Timo Elliott, originally of Business Objects and now Innovation Evangelist for SAP, to talk about the origins of self-service BI with Business Objects' innovative "Universe" and the role analytics now plays within SAP; why analytics is the most important function within your organization and why the vast majority of analytics is still reporting (which isn't so bad); and the role AI and other innovations will play in analytics going in the future.

Drill to Detail Ep.17 ‘Mode 1 Analytics and the Future of Cloud DWs’ With Special Guest Rick Greenwald

Mark Rittman is joined by Gartner analyst and ex-Oracle Database Cloud Service PM Rick Greenwald to talk about IT’s continuing (and essential!) role in corporate BI&DW deployments and the debate around Mode1 vs. Mode2 Analytics, how we got here, and the future of data warehousing database platforms as we move into the cloud.

Drill to Detail Ep.11 'OLAP, Consulting & BI Past Present + Future' with Special Guest Graham Spicer

Mark Rittman is joined by Graham Spicer in this UKOUG Tech'16 Special to talk about BI past, present and future including the history of Oracle OLAP, running and owning a consulting business over 30 years of changes in the industry, what's hot on the market today, and what skills and techniques are still relevant even as we adopt big data products and look to new methods of analysis.

Drill to Detail Ep.10 'Oracle's Big Data Reboot, and Data Storytelling' With Special Guest Stewart Bryson

Mark Rittman is joined once more by Stewart Bryson, talking about Oracle's recent reboot of it's cloud big data platform at Oracle Openworld 2016, thoughts on DataFlowML and comparisons with Google's Cloud DataFlow and Amazon Kinesis, and data storytelling with Oracle Data Visualisation Desktop 2.0

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Drill to Detail Ep.8 'Self-Service BI, Data Prep & Big Data Vendor Strategy' with Special Guest Jen Underwood

Mark Rittman is joined by Jen Underwood to discuss the aftermath of the Gartner BI&A Magic Quadrant 2016 and the rise of self-service, Mode-2 analytics; innovation in predictive analytics and data preparation tools, and how the big data cloud vendors are differentiating themselves (or not).