In today’s episode of Tech Talks Daily, we discuss the evolving world of data and analytics with Julie Smith, the director of data and analytics at Alation, a global leader in data intelligence. With over thirty years of experience in the data industry, Julie offers a unique perspective on its transformation and the role of women in this traditionally male-dominated field.
Our conversation with Julie centers around the critical theme of a people-led data transformation. She believes there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to data governance and emphasizes the importance of considering the diverse needs and perspectives of people involved in these processes. Julie’s insights are precious for organizations looking to balance the technical aspects of data governance with the human elements that drive its success.
Julie also discusses her journey as a woman in the tech industry, highlighting the barriers that still exist for women aspiring to succeed in data and tech roles. Despite the progress made, Julie acknowledges the need for greater diversity and inclusion in the field. Her experiences provide valuable lessons and inspiration for women navigating their careers in tech and data.
Much of our discussion focuses on the importance of effective communication in data management and governance. Julie highlights how data intelligence is revolutionizing various industries, from retail giants like Sainsbury’s to energy companies like Vattenfall. She stresses the need for flexibility in data transformation strategies, considering organizational culture and scale factors.
For those aspiring to build a career in tech and data, Julie offers sage advice. She emphasizes the importance of building confidence, the power of networking, and the value of staying true to one’s authentic self. Julie’s anecdote about a humorous mishap with a sat-nav on a work trip is a light-hearted reminder of the importance of human input and context in our increasingly technology-driven world.
Join us in this enlightening episode as Julie Smith shares her seasoned insights on data governance, the data industry’s evolution, and women’s empowerment in tech. Whether you’re a data professional, aspiring to enter the field, or simply interested in the intersection of technology and human dynamics, this episode is packed with wisdom and inspiration.
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