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Episode Info: Ganes Kesari is the co-founder and head of analytics and AI labs at Gramener, a software company that helps organizations tell more effective stories with their data through robust visualizations. He’s also an advisor, public speaker, and author who talks about AI in plain English so that a general audience can understand it. Prior to founding Gramener, Ganes worked at companies like Cognizant, Birlasoft, and HCL Technologies serving in various management and analyst roles. Join Ganes and I as we talk about how design, as a core competency, has enabled Gramener’s analytics and machine learning work to produce better value for clients. We also touched on: Why Ganes believes the gap between the business and data analytics organizations is getting smaller How AI (and some other buzzwords) are encouraging more and more investments in understanding data Ganes’ opinions about the “analytics translator” role How companies might think they are unique for not using “traditional agile”—when in fact that’s what everyone is doing Ganes’ thoughts on the similarities of use cases across verticals and the rise of verticalized deep data science solutions Why Ganes believes organizations are increasingly asking for repeatable data science solutions The pivotal role that empathy plays in convincing someone to use your software or data model How Ganes’ team approaches client requests for data science projects, the process they follow to identify use cases for AI, and how they use AI to identify the biggest business problem that can be solved What Ganes believes practitioners should consider when moving data projects forward at their organizations Resources and Links Ganes Kesari on Twitter: @Kesaritweets Ganes Kesari on LinkedIn:   Quotes from Today’s Episode “People tend to have some in-house analytics capability. They're reaching out for design. Then it's more of where people feel that the adoption hasn't happened. They have that algorithm but no one understands its use. And then they try to buy some license or some exploratory visualization tools and they try their hand at it and they've figured out that it probably needs a lot more than some cute charts or some dashboards. It can't be an afterthought. That’s when they reach out.” — Ganes “Now a lot more enquiries, a lot more engagements are happening centrally at the enterprise level where they have realized the need for data science and they want to run it centrally so it's no longer isolated silos.” — Ganes “I see that this is a slightly broader movement where people are understanding the value of data and they see that it is something that they can't avoid or they can't prioritize it lower anymore.“ — Ganes “While we have done a few hundred consulting engagements and help with bespoke solutions, there is still an element of commonality. So that's where we abstracted some of those, the ...
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