Escaping Spreadsheet Hell

Data Talks, Episode 10

Aug 31, 2018

Nicole Hitner

Data Talks is Exago's podcast on all-things business intelligence, analytics, and application software. This month, we follow data whisperer Jen Stirrup through the circles (rectangles?) of spreadsheet hell, learning how companies find their way there and what they must to do escape. Protip: put an executive in the lead if you want to make it out at all.

 

 

Timestamps

Segment 1: Spreadsheet Hell

(1:00) About Jen’s choice to pursue her MBA.

(8:07) “Data puzzles ” vs. “data mysteries”

(13:20) Characteristics of spreadsheet hell

(19:00) How companies realize they have a spreadsheet problem

(25:00) What should executives do to help effect data change?

(28:17) Small, actionable, and achievable first steps.

(36:20) On big data and “shiny gadget syndrome.”

 

Segment 2: What We Are Nerding Out About

(41:10) Jen: Storytelling With Data by Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic!

(44:50) Nicole: data.world!

(46.23) Travis: Cryptography and steganography!

 

Resources

Encouraging Top-Down BI Adoption in 5 Simple Steps

Small is Beautiful: The Value of Structured Data

 

Featured Guest

 

Jen Stirrup is a data strategist and technologist, SQL Server Most Valuable Professional (MVP), founder of Data Relish Ltd, SQLFamily and community advocate, public speaker and blogger. When she’s not conducting data consultations or completing assignments as part of her MBA at Robert Kennedy College in Zürich, Jen is spending time with her son or reading nerdy books late into the night.

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