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DataAware by Ascend
41 minutes | May 18, 2022
Certifying Data Fresh and Organic with Data Lineage
In this episode, Sean and Leslie talk all things data lineage with Ascend solution engineer Jon Saltzman—from its importance at every step of the data journey to how data organizations go about ensuring their data is "certified fresh and organic" or rather, easily traceable to where it's been and who has touched it.
43 minutes | May 4, 2022
Getting to the Heart of ETL with Data Transformations
In this episode, we chat with Ascend Field Data Engineer Shayaan Saiyed about one thing data engineers can't function without—data transformations, including best practices for iterating and troubleshooting and how data teams can be goal-oriented when starting to think about their ETL pipeline.
44 minutes | Apr 20, 2022
Back to the Beginning with Data Ingest
In this episode, we go back to the foundations of data engineering and data pipelines with Sheel Choksi to take a deep dive into data ingest—from where to start to how to not back yourself into a data pipeline corner and what different requirements different sources may need, and more.
39 minutes | Mar 23, 2022
Negotiating the Release from Accidental Ransomware
In this episode, Sean and Leslie sit down to discuss the concept of accidental ransomware—or when a team is slowed down by the burden of managing and maintaining outdated, commoditized, or otherwise decreasing in value software architectures or code. Learn how to spot the signs of accidental ransomware and negotiate the release in this week's episode.
36 minutes | Mar 9, 2022
Autopiloting Snowflake ETL with the Data Automation Cloud
In this episode, we do things a bit differently and chat with one of Ascend's lead engineers, Nandan Tammineedi, about his work helping develop the Ascend for Snowflake platform, including what surprised him during development, what he's enjoyed seeing since it has been in production and more.
37 minutes | Feb 23, 2022
Data Automation—The Pros and Pros. Are There Cons?
In this episode, Sean and Leslie talk deeper about a foundational aspect of data engineering workloads—automation. They look at the confusion that frequently surrounds data automation and how some data teams can avoid the major pitfall of going too far too fast, so they can realize all the benefits automation brings.
32 minutes | Feb 2, 2022
Orchestrating Data for Success with Automation
In this episode, Sean and Leslie chat about one of the foundational principles of data engineering—data orchestration. What is it, who needs it (spoiler alert: everyone), and just how data engineering organizations, and data teams overall, need data orchestration to evolve over the next few years.
43 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
Operationalizing Machine Learning Pipelines with Vidora's Shawn Azman
In this episode, Sheel and Leslie had the chance to sit down with Shawn Azman, Head of Operations at Vidora, to chat about how organizations are moving forward with building out machine learning pipelines, overcoming common pitfalls, and overall, successfully operationalizing their machine learning practices.
33 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
2021 Data Aware Pulse Survey Results with Sean Knapp
In this episode, we sat down to chat through the surprising (and not so surprising) results from our 2021 Data Aware Pulse Survey, which takes a look at how the data engineering landscape is evolving and how data teams are changing with it to meet growing organizational needs.
26 minutes | May 13, 2021
Streamlining Data Infrastructures with Ascend.io's Joe Stevens
In this episode, Leslie chats with Ascend's own Joe Stevens about some of the recent infrastructure changes to the Ascend Platform, how this helps streamline users' data infrastructure, and more.
45 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
Expecting Great Things from Data with Special Guest James Campbell
In this episode, Sean and Leslie chatted with James Campbell, CTO of Superconductive—the team behind Great Expectations, about some of the intricacies of data validation as well as what it's like to build an engaged community in the data realm.
33 minutes | Mar 3, 2021
Achieving Data Alignment at Every Level with X is Y's Cyrus Facciano & Jared Langguth
In this episode, Michael and Leslie dove in with Cyrus Facciano & Jared Langguth of X is Y, a New Zealand-based data consultancy, about the challenges that data teams—all the way up to the CDO—face in getting alignment on data, data strategy, and analytics outcomes.
46 minutes | Feb 17, 2021
Making Healthcare Smarter Using AI & ML with special guest Miguel Alvarado of Lumiata
In this episode, Sean and Leslie chatted with Miguel Alvarado, CTO at Lumiata, a company on the cutting edge of enabling ML & AI for healthcare organizations, about how data science is moving the needle in the healthcare industry, as well as what organizations should be looking for when it comes to AI & ML centric data teams.
16 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
Shaving Off Time to Analysis at Harry's
In this episode, we learn from Harry's data analyst William Knighting and Ascend.io's Sheel Choksi how the Harry's data science team recently undertook an effort to expedite ingesting, transforming, and delivering new retail data feeds into a robust shared data model that connects all brand information across every retail delivery model.
36 minutes | Jan 22, 2021
Diving Into Data Engineering with Sheel Choksi
In this episode, we chat with Sheel Choksi about his path to data engineering, and what he's seen as the biggest regrets data engineers have as they're building out their systems—as well as how to avoid those regrets.
39 minutes | Jan 6, 2021
The Evolution of Data Teams with special guest Jesse Anderson
In this episode, we chat with Jesse Anderson, managing director of the Big Data Institute and author of the new book Data Teams (available at datateams.io), about the growth and change of data teams. We chat about best (and worst) practices for how data engineers, analysts, and scientists can work together now and in the future.
16 minutes | Dec 17, 2020
Unifying Spark Ecosystems with Flex Code Data Connectors
In this episode, we sat down to chat about Ascend.io's new Flex Code data connectors and how they will help organizations speed—and simplify—data ingest for Spark-based data systems.
27 minutes | Dec 9, 2020
Ep 01: An Intro to DataAware and What Data Engineering Means Today
In this inaugural episode, we chatted with Ascend.io's founder and CEO, Sean Knapp, about the trends we've been seeing in the data engineering realm, as well as the shift the data engineering function has taken over the last several years.
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