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Making Data Simple

Hosted by Al Martin, IBM VP of Data and A.I. Development, Making Data Simple provides the latest thinking on big data, A.I., and the implications for the enterprise from a range of experts.

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100th Episode Special: Uncovering a Mad Scientist feat. John Cohn - Part 1

Want to be featured as a guest on Making Data Simple? Reach out to us at [almartintalksdata@gmail.com] and tell us why you should be next. AbstractWelcome to season 4 of Making Data Simple! We are starting this year with a bang, as it also marks our 100th episode anniversary! For this special podcast, we have invited on John Cohn as our guest. John is an IBM Fellow, engineer, maker-advocate, and commonly known as the "mad scientist". He is best known for his appearance on the Discovery Channel show, The Colony. John discusses his experience on the show, his career with IBM thus far, along with plans for the future. Stay tuned for part 2 coming next week.Connect with JohnLinkedInPassion//Project ArticleTwitterShow Notes5:40 - Watch The Colony here.27:08 - Learn more about Burning Man here. Connect with the TeamProducer Liam Seston - LinkedIn.Producer Lana Cosic - LinkedIn.Producer Meighann Helene - LinkedIn. Producer Mark Simmonds - LinkedIn. Host Al Martin - LinkedIn and Twitter.

36mins

8 Jan 2020

Rank #1

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Marketing Tactics for the Data Industry with Scott Hebner

Want to be featured as a guest on Making Data Simple? Reach out to us at [almartintalksdata@gmail.com] and tell us why you should be next. AbstractOur guest this week is Scott Hebner, VP and CMO for IBM Data and AI. This episode revolves around the marketing industry and tactics employed by those in the field. Scott walks us through his perspectives and insights.Connect with ScottLinkedInTwitterShow Notes03:38 - Unsure what the cloud business is all about? Take a look at IBM's complete guide here.11:30 - Click here to learn about data silos and why they will harm your business. 13:36 - Learn about how big data and AI work together in this article.28:44 - Find out more about data lakes and data swamps here.Connect with the TeamProducer Liam Seston - LinkedIn.Producer Lana Cosic - LinkedIn.Producer Meighann Helene - LinkedIn. Producer Mark Simmonds - LinkedIn. Host Al Martin - LinkedIn and Twitter.

41mins

11 Dec 2019

Rank #2

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Making Data Simple: Start-ups with Simon Lightstone

Interested in learning what it takes to operate a start-up? On this episode of Making Data Simple, host Al Martin sits down with Simon Lightstone, IBM offering manager, to discuss what it took to get his startup off the ground. Simon offers tips to those facing a similar experience and describes how the decision to pursue a dream ultimately affected his career.

52mins

19 Sep 2018

Rank #3

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Understanding Apache Spark with Jean-Georges Perrin - Making Data Simple [Season 3 - Episode 16]

Al Martin is joined this week by guest Jean-Georges Perrin, Director of Engineering at weexperience. Together, they discuss — and compare — Apache Spark and Hadoop, and explain what it means to hold the title of IBM Champion.Show NotesCheck us out on:- YouTube- Apple Podcasts- Google Play Music- Spotify- TuneIn- Stitcher00:10 - Connect with Producer Steve Moore on LinkedIn and Twitter. 00:15 - Connect with Producer Liam Seston on LinkedIn and Twitter. 00:20 - Connect with Producer Rachit Sharma on LinkedIn. 00:25 - Connect with Host Al Martin on LinkedIn and Twitter. 02:07 - Connect with Jean-Georges Perrin on LinkedIn and Twitter, and check out his website.13:14 - Check out Jean-Georges' book on Apache Spark.24:38 - What does it mean to be an IBM Champion?

29mins

24 Apr 2019

Rank #4

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Making Data Simple: Inside Machine Learning

On this week's Making Data Simple Podcast, we are joined by Steve Moore, IBM senior content designer and story strategist, along with Aishwarya Srinivasan, IBM data scientist and deep learning researcher. Aishwarya discusses what it means to be a unicorn in an industry and why it is useful to pair textbook learning from schooling with hands-on industry experience. Aishwarya, Steve, and Al explore how to use reinforcement learning to make better data decisions.

27mins

26 Sep 2018

Rank #5

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Creating Custom Data Frameworks, with Greg Bonnette - Making Data Simple [Season 3 - Episode 20]

This week host Al Martin welcomes Greg Bonnette, who is Vice President of Data & Analytics Strategy at Ironside. He comes on the show to discuss more in depth about his role engaging with clients, striving to find appropriate business solutions to their data problems. Discover typical industry issues and hear how Greg overcomes, in this week's episode.Check us out on: - YouTube - Apple Podcasts - Google Play Music - Spotify - TuneIn - Stitcher Show Notes00:10 - Connect with Producer Steve Moore on LinkedIn and Twitter.   00:15 - Connect with Producer Liam Seston on LinkedIn and Twitter.   00:20 - Connect with Producer Rachit Sharma on LinkedIn. 00:25 - Connect with Host Al Martin on LinkedIn and Twitter.00:40 - Connect with Greg on LinkedIn and Twitter.04:25 – What is Ironside?21:27 - Learn about Watson Machine Learning and A.I. Modelling.41:39 - Learn about Daniel Kahneman and his book, Thinking Fast or Slow.

47mins

22 May 2019

Rank #6

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Clarifying Decision Optimization and Analytics with Carlvin Paris

Want to be featured as a guest on Making Data Simple? Reach out to us at [almartintalksdata@gmail.com] and tell us why you should be next. AbstractOur guest for this week is Carlvin Paris, IBM North America Data Science & AI Sales Leader. Host Al Martin helps curate the conversation towards decision optimization and analytics, while Carlvin offers his insight to the state of the data science industry. Tune in for a technical, yet approachable discussion.Connect with CarlvinLinkedInShow Notes05:37 - Take a look at this article which aims to explain the journey of a data scientist.08:33 - Learn more about descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics here.26:00 - Check out the IBM DTE site and YouTube channel to increase your knowledge of other Data and A.I. concepts.26:30 - Take a look at Informs website through this link. Connect with the TeamProducer Liam Seston - LinkedIn.Producer Lana Cosic - LinkedIn.Producer Meighann Helene - LinkedIn. Host Al Martin - LinkedIn and Twitter.

33mins

23 Oct 2019

Rank #7

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Advice for a Successful Career Path feat. Alyse Daghelian

*NOTE: This episode was recorded before the COVID-19 outbreak. Any comments made in this episode on travel are no longer relevant or took place during ordered quarantines. Please stay home and be safe.*Want to be featured as a guest on Making Data Simple? Reach out to us at [almartintalksdata@gmail.com] and tell us why you should be next. AbstractOur guest this week is Alyse Daghelian, Global Vice President Cloud Expert Services at IBM. Alyse has gone through many role transitions, from starting in engineering to being the lead for global sales at IBM. She provides some insightful advice that can help you take the next step towards your career goals. Tune-in to learn more.  Connect with AlyseLinkedInTwitterShow Notes01:26 - You should always be looking for a new job. Click here for a Forbes article that explains why.10:57 - Check out this article on medium that explains the impact of dehydration on the brain. 27:49 - Learn more about the fundamental life skills that poker can tech you here. Connect with the TeamProducer Liam Seston - LinkedIn.Producer Lana Cosic - LinkedIn.Producer Meighann Helene - LinkedIn. Producer Kate Brown - LinkedIn.Producer Allison Proctor - LinkedIn.Producer Mark Simmonds - LinkedIn. Producer Michael Sestak - LinkedIn.Host Al Martin - LinkedIn and Twitter.

35mins

8 Apr 2020

Rank #8

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Data Science in the Trenches, with Jorge Castanon [Season 3 - Episode 23]

 This week's guest is Jorge Castanon, a Sr. Data Scientist for Watson Studio at IBM. Host Al Martin and Jorge discuss some typical data problems currently plaguing the industry, and how Watson Studio makes dealing with those problems that much easier. Get ready for an in-depth, technical conversation with two industry experts.Show Note00:10 - Connect with Producer Steve Moore on LinkedIn and Twitter. 00:15 - Connect with Producer Liam Seston on LinkedIn and Twitter. 00:20 - Connect with Producer Rachit Sharma on LinkedIn.00:25 - Connect with Host Al Martin on LinkedIn and Twitter. 00:41 - Connect with Jorge Castanon on LinkedIn and Twitter05:42 - Check out the machine learning hub here.09:53 - Unsure what customer churn is? Find out in this article.20:00 - AI is not magic. Read an article discussion the topic here.24:34 - Learn about SPSS Modeler here.35:46 - Check out coursera here.

41mins

12 Jun 2019

Rank #9

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[Rebroadcast] Ep.2 - The End of Tech Companies with Rob Thomas

In an ever-changing and growing age of data and technology, how can you turn data into better decisions for your company? How do you keep up? Is there a recipe for greatness? In this podcast, Rob Thomas, General Manager of Analytics at IBM, discusses data, tech companies and his two books, Big Data Revolution and The End of Tech Companies. "A crisis has arrived whether you know it or not." What are you doing to prepare?Show Notes00:30 Connect with Al Martin on Twitter (@amartin_v) and LinkedIn (linkedin.com/in/al-martin-ku)01:00  Connect with Rob Thomas on Twitter (@robdthomas) and LinkedIn (linkedin.com/in/robertdthomas) and read more of his work on his blog https://www.robdthomas.com/02:30 Big Data Revolution By Rob Thomas & Patrick McSharry, The End of Tech Companies by Rob Thomas04:35 Find Rob Thomas' first blog post here: https://www.robdthomas.com/robdthomas//2013/02/patterns-in-big-data.html05:30 Connect with Dr. Patrick E McSharry on LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/mcsharry, his personal website mcsharry.net or Twitter @patrickmcsharry 06:20 http://www.costar.com/14:10 Connect with Warren Buffett on Twitter (@WarrenBuffett)14:40 Connect with Clayton Christensen on Twitter (@claychristensen) and LinkedIn (linkedin.com/in/claytonchristensen)24:50 Learn More about DomusKids on their website http://domuskids.org/ and connect with them on Twitter @DomusKids26:15 Above the Line: Lessons in Leadership and Life from a Championship Season by Urban Meyer & Wayne Coffey26:30 Chasing Excellence: A Story About Building the World's Fittest Athletes by Ben Bergeron

27mins

10 May 2019

Rank #10

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Data Driven Marketing Tactics with Aarti Cherian

Want to be featured as a guest on Making Data Simple? Reach out to us at [almartintalksdata@gmail.com] and tell us why you should be next. AbstractThis week on Making Data Simple, our guest is Aarti Cherian, Program Director for IBM's Cloud Pak for Data and Watson Data Science Marketing. Aarti discusses key marketing tactics that are currently leveraged by teams at IBM. Connect with AartiLinkedInTwitterShow Notes3:01 - Check out this article on marketing techniques for tech companies. 14:41 - Not sure what B to B means? Find out here.21:24 - Learn more about IBM Cloud Pak for Data here.21:28 - Learn more about IBM Cloud Pak for Data System here.Connect with the TeamProducer Liam Seston - LinkedIn.Producer Lana Cosic - LinkedIn.Producer Meighann Helene - LinkedIn. Producer Mark Simmonds - LinkedIn. Host Al Martin - LinkedIn and Twitter.

28mins

19 Feb 2020

Rank #11

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Building the Data Products that People Need - Making Data Simple [Season 3 - Episode 9]

This week, host Al Martin goes deep with Madhu Kochar and Hemanth Manda, two leaders of product development from the IBM Data and AI team. They discuss the future foundations of digital business -- in particular, the coming age of multicloud and how organizations will contend with data and workloads on cloud systems that span geographies, vendors, and diverse rules for governance. The conversation turns to the need for a data platform that can foster AI initiatives across these diverse environments.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Shownotes:00:00 - Check us out on YouTube and SoundCloud. 00:10 - Connect with Producer Steve Moore on LinkedIn & Twitter. 00:15 - Connect with Producer Liam Seston on LinkedIn & Twitter. 00:20 - Connect with Producer Rachit Sharma on LinkedIn. 00:25 - Connect with Host Al Martin on LinkedIn & Twitter. 00:40 - Connect with Hemanth Manda on LinkedIn.00:45 - Connect with Madhu Kochar on LinkedIn.05:48 – What is Multicloud?11:38 – Dig into ICP for Data.18:30 - Learn more about Open API.32:55 - Check out Stratechery By Ben Thompson.

34mins

6 Mar 2019

Rank #12

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Data and Tech in 2018: A Year in Review with Seth Dobrin - Making Data Simple [Season 3 - Episode 1]

Seth Dobrin is back to kick off season 3 and reflect on data and tech in 2018. Seth Dobrin, vice president and Chief Data Officer of IBM Analytics, gives insight to leading the data science elite team, and he details the steps and strategies required to be successful in the field. Host Al Martin and Seth also make some data science predictions for 2019, letting you know what you should be looking out for in the year ahead.Shownotes: 00:00 - Check us out on YouTube and SoundCloud. 00:10 - Connect with Producer Steve Moore on LinkedIn and Twitter. 00:15 - Connect with Producer Liam Seston on LinkedIn and Twitter. 00:20 - Connect with Producer Rachit Sharma on LinkedIn. 00:25 - Connect with Host Al Martin on LinkedIn and Twitter. 00:55 – Connect with Seth Dobrin on LinkedIn and Twitter. 02:00 – Seth Dobrin’s first podcast from January 2018. 03:30 - What is data science? 04:25 - Seth Dobrin’s Blog: Don’t let data science become a scam. 10:55 - IBM Data Science Elite Team: Kickstart, build andaccelerate31:55 - What is AI?37:58 - What are data pipelines? 41:55 - What is Blockchain?

44mins

9 Jan 2019

Rank #13

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Making Data Simple - Internal data science for the enterprise, with Tracy Bolot

This week, host Al Martin chats with Tracy Bolot, VP of enterprise management at IBM. Together, they discuss how people are at the core of companies -- not technology -- as well as details of the product development pipeline.Check us out on:- Apple Podcasts- Google Play Music- Spotify- TuneIn- StitcherShow notes: 00:05 - Connect with Producer Steve Moore on LinkedIn and Twitter.00:10 - Connect with Producer Liam Seston on LinkedIn and Twitter.00:15 - Connect with Producer Rachit Sharma on LinkedIn.00:20 - Connect with Producer Lana Cosic on linkedIn.00:25 - Connect with Host Al Martin on LinkedIn and Twitter.01:26 - Connect with Tracy Bolot on LinkedIn and Twitter. 03:22 - Check out Tracy's past episodes and others on The Big Data Hub.06:41 - Here's an article which offers more to Tracy's point on people vs. the technology.18:23 - Not sure what product development is? Learn more about it here. 

31mins

7 Aug 2019

Rank #14

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Database Methods and the Finance Industry - Making Data Simple [Season 3 - Episode 4]

 Michael Willette, assistant vice president and technical fellow at USAA, comes on Making Data Simple to discuss database methods in the finance industry. Michael has an extensive, technical background as an architect and senior programmer. He shares his journey, current view on the market, emerging technologies, and more. Listen to gain some key industry insight.  959982------------------------Shownotes00:00 - Check us out on YouTube and SoundCloud!00:10 - Connect with producer Steve Moore on LinkedIn and Twitter00:15 - Connect with producer Liam Seston on LinkedIn and Twitter00:20 - Connect with producer Rachit Sharma on LinkedIn 00:25 - Connect with host Al Martin on LinkedIn and Twitter01:00 - Connect with guest Michael Willette on LinkedIn02:25 - What is user architecture? 03:32 - The HiPPO principle. 08:42 - Learn more about USAA.13:20 - The benefits of USAA.29:39 - What is IBM Global Elite?32:15 - The importance of listening to your clients.

38mins

30 Jan 2019

Rank #15

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Data In The Real World with Janine Sneed - Part 1 - Making Data Simple [Season 3 - Episode 12]

In part 1 of a part 2 series, host Al Martin peels the onion with Janine Sneed. Bold, energetic, passionate, and results-driven, Janine serves in two distinct roles at IBM: Chief Digital Officer and VP of Customer Success for IBM Data and AI. This week, Janine and Al look at product management, customer success, and digital transformation.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------Shownotes: 00:00 - Check us out on YouTube and SoundCloud.00:10 - Connect with Producer Steve Moore on LinkedIn and Twitter.00:15 - Connect with Producer Liam Seston on LinkedIn and Twitter.00:20 - Connect with Producer Rachit Sharma on LinkedIn.00:25 - Connect with Host Al Martin on LinkedIn and Twitter.00:40 - Connect with Janine Sneed on LinkedIn and Twitter.03:03 - Product Management.06:25 - Customer Success.09:20 - Digital Transformation.27:38 - Customer Journey Maps.

29mins

27 Mar 2019

Rank #16

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The Current State of Data and AI in the Enterprise with Seth Dobrin

Want to be featured as a guest on Making Data Simple? Reach out to us at [almartintalksdata@gmail.com] and tell us why you should be next. Seth Dobrin is back for his third episode on Making Data Simple. Seth talks us through the current innovations IBM is working on and shares his advice for leading teams and motivating efforts. Seth also tells it like it is on the state of AI. How close is business to actually running AI? Seth weighs in.Connect with Seth DobrinLinkedInShow Notes04:05 - Learn more about the Chief Data Officer (CDO) position here.06:49 - Find out more about the Data Science Elite team here.13:41 - Here are 7 tips to growing your talent pipeline. 20:14 - Check out this article on the current state of AI. Connect with the TeamProducer Liam Seston - LinkedIn and Twitter.Producer Rachit Sharma - LinkedIn.Producer Lana Cosic - LinkedIn.Producer Meighann Helene - LinkedIn. Host Al Martin - LinkedIn and Twitter.

30mins

11 Sep 2019

Rank #17

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[Rebroadcast] Machine Learning for Dummies

The authors of Machine Learning for Dummies – Judith Hurwitz, and Daniel Kirsch — are here to help you.In this episode, Judith, Daniel and Al discuss the state of machine learning today, how to use it to advance your business as well as discoveries they made while writing their book. Learn how small and large businesses alike can find insights from data to enhance relationships with customers. We’ll also share where you can get a copy of Machine Learning for Dummies at no cost.Show notes01.00 Connect with Al Martin on Twitter and LinkedIn.01.10 Connect with Kate Nichols on Twitter and LinkedIn.01.15 Connect with Fatima Sirhindi on Twitter and LinkedIn.02.00 Learn more about Hurwitz & Associates.02.10 Connect with Judith Hurwitz on Twitter, LinkedIn and find her blog here.03.20 Connect with Daniel Kirsch on Twitter and  Hurwitz & Associates04.00 Read Machine Learning for Dummiesby Judith Hurwitz and Daniel Kirsch.04.40 Learn what neural nets are here.04.50 Learn more about Arthur Samuel here.05.00 Learn more about how Deep Blue beat the world chess champion.15.39 Learn more about Apache Hadoop. 17.30 Learn more about IBM Watson.26.50 Find Cognitive Computing and Big Data Analytics by Judith Hurwitz, Marcia Kaufman and Adrian Bowles.27.45 FindEverybody Lies: Big Data, New Data and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz.

29mins

16 Aug 2019

Rank #18

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Exploring Marketing Insights with Jayson Gehri

In this episode of Making Data Simple, our guest is Jayson Gehri, Marketing Director for the IBM Hybrid Data Management portfolio. Host Al Martin turns to Jayson to provide marketing insights, specifically regarding the technology sector. Together, they cut through the jargon and explain some of the most important marketing concepts that you should be considering.Connect with Jayson GehriLinkedInShow Notes02:52 - Check out this article offering their thoughts on the state of Data and AI. 04:57 - Get a sneak peak on what the new Tesla truck may look like, thanks to these renderings. 14:26 - Here's a profile on Edward Bernays.18:55 - Here are 8 Keys to a Strong Marketing Strategy.21:16 - Learn more about the Maldives here.Connect with the TeamHost Al Martin - LinkedIn and Twitter.Producer Liam Seston - LinkedIn.Producer Rachit Sharma - LinkedIn. Producer Lana Cosic - LinkedIn.Producer Meighann Helene - LinkedIn. Content Manager Eric Hausken - LinkedIn.

29mins

4 Sep 2019

Rank #19

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Clips from our Top 5 Podcasts of 2018 - Making Data Simple [Replay]

Host Al Martin looks back on his top 5 favourite clips from episodes published in 2018. These conversations range from explaining the importance of data visualization, to discussing the differences between A.I. and deep learning. Thanks to all of our listeners for an incredible 2018, and prepare yourself for Season 3 of the Making Data Simple podcast!Show Notes00:00 - Check us out on YouTube and SoundCloud! 00:10 - Connect with producer Liam Seston on LinkedIn and Twitter.  00:15 - Connect with producer Steve Moore on LinkedIn and Twitter. 00:24 - Connect with host Al Martin on LinkedIn and Twitter.  00:55 - Listen to the full conversation with Lisa Seacat DeLuca here.05:45 - Listen to the full conversation with John Thomas here.09:59 - Listen to the full conversation with Jillian Lellis here.  13:39 - Listen to the full conversation with Adam Storm here.18:36 - Listen to the full conversation with Jean Francois Puget here.

25mins

2 Jan 2019

Rank #20