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Catalog & Cocktails

Listed in the TOP 3 Knowledge Management Podcasts You Must Follow in 2021, Catalog and Cocktails is an honest, no-bs, non-salesy conversation about enterprise data management and analytics. This is your 30-minute elixir containing everything interesting about data and metadata management, DataOps, architecture, and more. Join Juan Sequeda and Tim Gasper to explore emerging topics and hear from visionary leaders. 

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May 22nd, 2024
What is AI Ops with Brandon Gadoci

AI Ops is a new and upcoming role focused on understanding and improving the business process by using AI. In this episode, Brandon Gadoci, VP of AI Ops at shares his experience on how to get started and what are the opportunities for the business.

May 15th, 2024
4 Years of our Honest No-BS Podcast, Live from Gartner D&A Summit in London

We can’t believe it’s been 4 years since the start of Catalog & Cocktails! In this episode, Tim and Juan will reminisce on 4 years of the podcast, reflect on developments in the data world, and share takeaways from Gartner Data & Analytics Summit in London. We'll also close with tips for those looking to start their own podcast.

May 8th, 2024
Everything you wanted to know about Knowledge Graphs but were afraid to ask with Ora Lassila

Knowledge Graphs are gaining more and more attention due to their role of structuring data and knowledge and providing accuracy for LLMs through GraphRAG. In this episode, we are joined by Ora Lassila, one of the “fathers” of RDF graphs and semantic web, which are the foundations for modern knowledge graphs, where we will dive into the questions you’ve always wanted to ask but haven’t.

May 1st, 2024
Leadership transformation in this Data and AI world with Sol Rashidi

CDO, CDAO, CAIO, CIO, CTO! Oh my, it's a cluster! Sol Rashidi joins Tim and Juan to help navigate this cluster, sharing honest no bs advice from her vast experience in the Data and AI world. If you are a leader, or a practioner aspiring to go to leadership, this is the must listen episode!

April 24th, 2024
Demystifying Vector Databases with Bob van Luijt

When you think about Gen AI applications, one of the first things that comes to mind is Vector Databases as part of the stack. In this episode, Tim and Juan chat with Bob van Luijt, co-founder of Weaviate, to demystify Vector Databases.

April 17th, 2024
Crawl, Walk, and Run on How to be AI Ready with Peter Kromhout and Mariam Halfhide

Everyone wants to be doing AI and we know that data is at the center. So, how do we become AI Ready? Tim and Juan chat with Peter Kromhout and Mariam Halfhide from Xebia to discuss strategies and techniques to become AI Ready.

April 10th, 2024
Who’s buying Data Catalogs and Why? with Neil Burge

Neil Burge has been researching who’s been buying data catalogs and why. His LinkedIn posts are a gold mine for data practitioners, leaders and vendors. In this episode, Tim and Juan chat with Neil to go over his research, learnings and recommendations for the data industry.

April 3rd, 2024
Data Security and AI: How to get them on the same page with Jesse Sedler

Data governance and security may be scary and hard, but with the right solutions in place, data teams can enable the right balance between security and usability to drive their businesses forward!

March 27th, 2024
Live from Data Council Austin: what’s your honest no-bs take of the data world?

Tim and Juan will be attending Data Council Austin and will be live interviewing anyone who wants to be interviewed! One question: what’s your honest no-bs take of the data world?

March 20th, 2024
What Data Will Say When You're Willing To Listen With Scott Taylor you hear that? It's the Data Whisperer. And he's here to tell a story: A data story. He'll disclose some hard-won truths. He'll philosophically approach the idea of truth before meaning. There may even puppets.

March 13th, 2024
Gartner Data and Analytics 2024 Takeaways: Metadata is Everywhere with Cris Hadjez from Norwegian Cruise Lines

What are we hearing at talks and in the hallways at Gartner Data and Analytics 2024? AI is not only the cool kid, Metadata is everywhere. Join us to learn about the latest takeaways from the conference.

March 6th, 2024
When business goals and data strategies align with Amy Raygada

Amy works at the cross-section of arguably the most important thing to a business: aligning data strategy with corporate vision. How do you ACTUALLY use data to achieve business goals, and how do you know if you're going in the right direction? Amy stops by to discuss.

February 21st, 2024
Don't lift and shift: Data governance to AI Governance with Karen Meppen

You can’t lift and shift your traditional data governance practices to AI governance. AI's unique quirks bring unique governance requirements: understanding its limitations, ensuring fairness, protecting personal and intellectual property rights, and tailoring accuracy to specific use cases.

February 14th, 2024
Another sucky year for startups and investment? with Eva Nahari

If you really want to win, you need to take some risks and be the first with something new. But how do you minimize risk? Eva Nahari, Principal at DNX Ventures, talks to us about the current genAI investment environment.

February 7th, 2024
Bridging Innovation and Open Source to the Real World with Paco Nathan

Paco Nathan has a career on bridging innovation and open source project on Data and AI to the real world. This episode will be his honest, no-bs take on the impact of open source in the real world. And of course, we will also talk about Knowledge Graphs and LLMs.

January 31st, 2024
Without Information Architecture, There Is No AI With Jessica Talisman

A world without AI? Unimaginable. And that's why - so is a world without information architecture, according to Jessica Talisman, information architect at Amazon. Information architecture extends beyond browse menus and UX/UI. We talk about why.

January 26th, 2024
Productivity is not performance with Santona Tuli

Santona Tuli is the head of data at Upsolver. She's a voice we like to listen to about how data teams assemble: data roles, data culture, the function of data at a company...She stops by Catalog & Cocktails to talk workflows, architecture, and looking at data teams with a 10,000-foot view.

January 19th, 2024
The Data Mesh-terclass

Samia Rahman is the Director of Enterprise Data Strategy and Governance at Seagen. She's a data mesh expert, and she's here to tell us why data mesh often gets mesh-understood. Also - we discuss knowledge graphs, prompt engineering, and whether AI and data governance should be separate.

January 11th, 2024
How will AI impact 2024 and beyond?

Jeremiah Owyang is a general partner at Blitzscaling Ventures. His career arc has spanned web, sharing economy, and autonomous/AI technologies. He believes that AI is going to help humanity accomplish many of the big challenges we have for society, from health to learning to work and more. But the way we communicate and measure work will change - radically. What does our AI-future look like? He stops by to discuss.

December 8th, 2023
Season 6 Finale with Tim Gasper and Juan Sequeda

2023 is coming to a close and so is our season 6 with 20 episodes. Join Tim and Juan where they will provide the takeaway of takeaways for all the episodes of season 6. We will be back in January 2024 and kick off Season 7.

December 1st, 2023
Data Contracts and Shift Responsibility to Left with Andrew Jones

Data contracts are all the rage and it’s about shifting responsibility to the left. What does that actually mean? How do you do that? Do we actually need more technology for it? Who needs to be involved? So many honest no-bs questions and who best to answer them than Andrew Jones, inventor of data contracts.

November 23rd, 2023
Making Data Science More Accessible with Doris Lee

In this episode we will chat with Doris Lee on how data science started from an exclusive, hi-tech branch, how it's become more accessible over time, and what's still missing. We will also go over the data science market and the role of open source.

November 23rd, 2023
Understanding The Role Of Knowledge Graphs On Large Language Model’s Accuracy For Question Answering On Enterprise SQL Databases

Investing in Knowledge Graph provides higher accuracy for LLM-powered question-answering systems. That's the conclusion of the latest research that Juan Sequeda, Dean Allemang and Bryon Jacob have recently presented. In this episode, they dive into the details of this research and understand why - to succeed in this AI world - enterprises must treat the business context and semantics as a first-class citizen.

October 24th, 2023
Data Catalogs, The Power Of Collaboration With Krystin Kim

Technical folks miss the boat and are boring when they talk about the features of data catalogs – such as glossaries and data lineage – to business people. In this episode Krystin Kim will share how a data catalog should be presented to the business: the ultimate place to share ideas across big companies, a treasure trove of use cases for others to discover and make even better, recipes to make amazing things that returns millions in business value.

October 12th, 2023
Data Stewardship, Data Product Management, Data Governance And AI With Tim Gasper And Juan Sequeda

What's the state of data stewardship today and where is it going? Will data stewards continue to exist? How is this evolving with respect to data products? And what is the impact of AI? All of these questions and more is what Tim and Juan ranted about in this episode.

October 5th, 2023
Generative AI, Data Products and Business Value with Jon Cooke

With the hype of Generative AI, how do we keep focused on the goal of delivering the right valuable and business facing analytics and data use-cases with as low friction and maximum agility as possible? Jon Cooke, founder of Dataception, has a lot of honest no-bs thoughts to share!

September 28th, 2023
From London To San Francisco: Summary Of BigDataLDN And AI Conference

Tim and Juan provide an honest no-bs summary of what they observed and learned at Big Data London and the AI Conference in San Francisco. Tune in to get the latest on Data and AI and short interviews from Peter Norvig (Google), Nazneen Rajani (Hugging Face), Fabiana Clemente (YData), Danny Bickson (Visual Layer), Gev Sogomonian (AimStack), Yujian Tang (Zilliz), Patrick McFadin (Datasax) and Ofer Mendelevitch (Vectara).

September 21st, 2023
Business Value On The #Meandatastreets with Chris Tabb

Live from #meandatastreets of Big Data London, Tim and Juan will be chatting with Chris Tabb on how data teams need to be driving the message on providing the ability to increase the performance of the business across all domains with the use if data.

September 14th, 2023
Tim And Juan Rant From Amsterdam: Where Is The Data Budget?

Tim and Juan share their latest thoughts about where the budget for data projects are heading.

September 7th, 2023
Data That Doesn't Drive Results Is Useless With Alexa Westlake

If data isn't driving results is useless. In this episode, Alexa Westlake will share from her experience on how to define and scale a council, create a culture of joint ownership of metrics, and discuss the relationship between outputs and outcomes.

August 31st, 2023
What Does Data Lakehouse, Sports And Generative AI Have In Common? With Ari Kaplan

Sports analytics requires video, scouting textual reports, streaming data, numerical results of games. How can these types of analytics be accomplished? Where does Generative AI fit? Enter the data lakehouse. Ari Kaplan, the real money ball guy, will share his experience with Tim and Juan.

August 24th, 2023
From Technical To Business Data Strategy With Aaron Wilkerson From Carhartt

Are you a data leader with a technical data strategy and struggling to connect it with the business? Are you trying to get a “seat at the table” and not succeeding? This episode is for you! Aaron Wilkerson will share his thoughts and learnings with Tim and Juan

August 17th, 2023
Juan And Tim Rant About AI And Chatting With Your Data

While Juan is out on PTO he took this time to reflect on all the chatter around AI and Generative AI and it's impact on being able to "talk to your data." Tim also offers his own thoughts on the importance of how this impacts the business.

August 10th, 2023
Data Sustainability W/ Simone Steel

Have you asked yourself what is the relationship between the exponential growth of data and the environmental and business sustainability goals? Simone Steel, an experienced CDAO, has been asking these questions. This episode is a follow up to her thought provoking presentation at 2023 CDOIQ Conference.

August 3rd, 2023
Is Data a First Class Citizen in your Company? with Wendy Turner-Williams

Everyone says they want to be a data-driven driven company. To do so, data must be a first class citizen, at the heart of all strategy and reporting to the CEO. Is that really happening at your company? Wendy Turner-Williams will discuss how data is at the center of AI, Ethics, Privacy, Security and more.

July 27th, 2023
Ranting About (Lack Of) Business Value by Data Teams with Ethan Aaron

How is your data team driving revenue and reducing costs? How is the impact of your data team being measured? All of these business value topics and more will be discussed with Ethan Aaron, CEO of Portable.

July 20th, 2023
People and Data with Tom Redman, The Data Doc

Live from CDOIQ, we will joined by Tom Redman, The Data Doc, to discuss what's broken, why we go in circles, and how we can objectively evaluate the data world. We will also chat about his upcoming book, People and Data.

July 13th, 2023
Modeling and Semantics are more important than ever, because of AI with Joe Reis

In this episode, Joe Reis, best-selling author of Fundamentals of Data Engineering explains why data modeling and semantics need to take the center stage for AI to truly succeed.

July 6th, 2023
Live From Snowflake Summit 2023 In Las Vegas

Juan and Tim sit down at the end of Snowflake Summit 2023 and debrief on everything that was Snowflake Summit 2023 in Las Vegas and there's even a sneak peak and a future guest.

June 8th, 2023
There is no “I” in Data Governance with Aakriti Agrawal from American Express

Our special guest, Aakriti Agrawal from American Express, shares her expertise and insights on the change management process, emphasizing the need for leadership rather than mere management. Join hosts Juan and Tim for this insightful episode as we explore change management in the nonprofit sector, uncover the power of data governance, and learn strategies to effectively lead change within organizations.

May 25th, 2023
Automating Data Governance, It’s The Only Way To Go

Organizations that have to address regulatory needs have to answer so many data governance questions. This can’t be a manual process anymore.

May 18th, 2023
Using Data To Change The Game

Join Maddy Want, VP of Data at Fanatics and author of “Precisely: Working with Precision Systems in a World of Data” to discuss digital transformations stories from her book.

May 11th, 2023
Live From The Knowledge Graph Conference

Hosts Tim Gasper and Juan Sequeda will be joined by Katariina Kari, Lead Ontologist at IKEA to chat about all things Knowledge Graph.

May 4th, 2023
Unpacking Responsible AI

In this episode, we will be unpacking Responsible AI, what is the problem, what are solutions such as principles, governance, auditing, regulation with renowned computer scientist researcher, Ricardo Baeza-Yates.

April 27th, 2023
What is the DNA of a data organization?

Join special guest Alex Vayner from KPMG US to discuss the data roles in different types organizations and dive into the buy vs. build decision-making process.

April 20th, 2023
KG + LLM = Happily Ever After?

Knowledge graphs and large language models. A match made in heaven. This pair will drive centralization and eventually work with AI to further consolidate and connect your data.

April 14th, 2023
Do's and Don't for the Next Gen Data Leaders

Survival guides, rulebooks, blueprints and more. Learn the best way to prepare yourself as a next generation data leader.

April 6th, 2023
Passing the buck; Business or Data?

Join special guest Benny Benford as he discusses who’s to blame for inefficiencies, unsolved problems, mismanaged processes and other barriers in business and uncover where the buck stops.

March 30th, 2023
Show me the metrics

Special guest Abhi Sivasailam from Levers Lab talks metrics, and hear the use cases that allow data teams to create value fast.

March 23rd, 2023
Takeaways from Gartner D&A with Juan and Tim

Juan and Tim give their ultimate takeaways from Gartner Data and Analytics in Orlando with a TON of guests.

March 16th, 2023
School of Building Data and Business Relationships

Kristin Schooley from Learning Care Group sits down with Juan Sequeda and Tim Gasper to discuss the importance of teamwork and building relationships when it comes to scaling an analytics team within a large organization.

March 9th, 2023
Data Operations vs. Data Analytics

Tim and Juan join special guest Bethany Lyons to discuss how we should have a separation between data operations an data analytics

March 2nd, 2023
Catalog & Cocktails: Throwback Elixir

This episode of Catalog and Cocktails presented by features a special gathering of guests for their first official honest, no BS, data day

February 23rd, 2023
Increasing adoption of data products, by design

Why are teams so often creating technically right, effectively wrong data products? Join hosts Juan, Tim, and special guest Brian T. O’Neill

February 16th, 2023
Metadata, is this a graph problem?

Join Juan and Tim with special guest Mohammad Syed, Head of Data Architecture & Engineering at Capco to chat about metadata and what it looks like in a pre and post graph world.

February 9th, 2023
Everywhere you look, there it is; entity resolution

Juan and Tim talk entity resolution with guest Jeff Jonas from Senzing. How do we make sense of it? How can we harness the value of data through entity resolution?

February 3rd, 2023
Is Master Data Management (MDM) dead?

In this episode, join Tim, Juan, and special guest Malcolm Hawker from Profisee, will discuss the history of master data management, the buzzwords surrounding it, and where it’s headed.

January 27th, 2023
Data Modeling: your data isn't going to model itself

Join Tim, Juan, and special guest Anna Abramova from SqlDBM to answer these burning questions on this weeks episode of Catalog & Cocktails.

January 19th, 2023
Providing Data Business Value And Building Data Teams

Join Tim, Juan, and special guest Jane Urban from Takeda to understand the difference between a data asset and a data product and why companies still struggle finding the real value.

January 13th, 2023
A conversation with the Father of the Data Warehouse

Join Tim, Juan and Bill Inmon, the father of the data warehouse and Founder of Forest Rim Technology, to learn about the past and present of data, and where things might be heading in the future.

December 15th, 2022
Season 4 Finale

Join in for the ultimate takeaways of the takeaways as Tim and Juan recap best moments, favorite hot takes, and the most controversial opinions over the last season.

December 8th, 2022
2022 State of Data Governance

What better place to discuss the current state of data governance and what should the industry be focusing on than a live episode at the Data Governance and Information Quality (DGIQ) Conference.

December 1st, 2022
Getting into the Pool without Drowning

Join Catalog & Cocktails hosts Juan and Tim, with special guest Allison Sagraves as they discuss how you get in the water by yourself without drowning.

November 17th, 2022
Are data teams keeping up with AI teams?

This week on Catalog & Cocktails, join hosts Tim Gasper and Juan Sequeda as they chat with special guest, Theresa Kushner, Head of North America Innovation Center at NTT Data Services to discuss how the AI train is leaving the station and data teams can only run so fast.

November 16th, 2022
Where are the semantics in the data dictionary?

Join this weeks episode of Catalog & Cocktails as hosts, Juan Sequeda and Tim Gasper with special guest, Dan Bennett, tackle semantics and how to get everyone -- machines and people -- on the same page.

November 6th, 2022
Put the Business in charge of their own data

Co-founders of Preql, Gabi Steele and Leah Weiss, join hosts Tim and Juan to discuss how to put the business in charge of their own data and how this leads to the answers AND massive alignment between data and biz teams.

October 27th, 2022
AI: No One Wants your Models

Join Tim Gasper, Juan Sequeda, and Andrew Eye, CEO at, to discuss the challenges of AI deployment, AIOps, and maintaining models as data changes

October 20th, 2022
Knowledge, the missing key to understand your business

Join Tim, Juan, and Loris Marini, CEO of Discovering Data, as they zoom in to find that balance and the humility it may take.

October 13th, 2022
Data empathy; you either got it or you don’t

Join Tim, Juan and special guest Laura Ellis from Rapid7 as they discuss supporting all the cooks in the kitchen when it comes to data projects, why that’s a hill to die on and HOW to actually get that done.

October 6th, 2022
AI/ML: Where Should The Focus Be?

Join Tim, Juan, and Patrick Bangert, VP of AI at Samsung SDS where they will discuss where the focus of AI is today and where it should be tomorrow.

September 29th, 2022
Struggles of Setting up a Data Governance Program

Join Tim, Juan and Rupal Sumaria, Head of Governance of Penguin Random House UK to discuss the steps for a successful data governance program and what to avoid.

September 23rd, 2022
Live from Big Data London

For this special episode of Catalog & Cocktails, join hosts Juan Sequeda and Tim Gasper LIVE from Big Data London to close out our Fall summit 2022 and recap the event across the pond!

September 22nd, 2022
Keeping It 100 About Metadata; The Data Stack Glue

Join Tim Gasper, Juan Sequeda and Fraser Harris, VP of Product at Fivetran, as they celebrate the 100th live episode of Catalog & Cocktails and discuss how #metadata, #datacatalogs, and #dataintegration act as the power source for your connected enterprise.

September 15th, 2022
The Future of Data Catalogs

Join Tim, Juan, Ole to discuss the future of data catalogs and why knowledge is at the center.

September 8th, 2022
Data Engineering: Where Are We And Where Are We Going?

What is the state of Data engineering today and where is it going (or should it be going)?  Who better to talk about Data Engineering than the authors of the recent O’Reilly book “Fundamentals of Data Engineering”, Joe Reis and Matt Housley from Ternary Data.

September 1st, 2022
Your Thoughts Become Action; Going From Thought Leadership To Practice

Join Tim, Juan and Roel Pot, Global Data Manager at Vopak where they discuss how to go from thought leadership to practice.

August 25th, 2022
Build Bridges. Don't burn them.

Join Tim, Juan and Vip Parmar, Global Head of Data Management at WPP where they discuss approaches to bridge the gap between business and IT.

June 30th, 2022
Season Three Finale

Join Juan and Tim for the Season Three Finale of Catalog & Cocktails. The hosts discuss the takeaways of the takeaways, best guest moments and valuable advice from some of the guests from the last 20 episodes!

June 23rd, 2022
Data Models are Divas

In this episode, Tim, Juan, and Ergest Xheblati, will live discuss why data modeling should be at the core of an enterprise.

June 16th, 2022
Don't let good metadata go to waste

LIVE from the Snowflake Summit in Vegas. The hosts of Catalog & Cocktails sit down with Peter Kapur from WM to explore how we should be getting true value from metadata, data and analytics.

June 9th, 2022
Getting all meta about data

In this episode, Tim, Juan, and Sanjeev Mohan, former Gartner analyst and principal at SanjMo, explore how metadata acts as a proverbial travel guide for your data and analytics journey.

June 2nd, 2022
Does our understanding of data bias our analytics outcomes?

Is it possible to take the bias out of data work? That’s the question Juan and Tim ponder in this episode featuring Ciaran Dynes, chief product officer at Matillion.

May 31st, 2022
The Data Entrepreneur’s Essentials

We are live from the All Hands and joined by Brett Hurt, CEO and co-founder of, author, and serial entrepreneur. Brett will share what it’s like to fundraise and scale a data company in this challenging economic climate, who inspires him and why, and how he sees the data and analytics landscape evolving.

May 19th, 2022
A Roadmap to Data Mesh Success

In this episode, Tim, Juan, and Omar Khawaja, Global Head of BI at Roche, break down the good, the bad, and the ugly of the company's data mesh journey.

May 12th, 2022
Is your Modern Data Stack delivering value?

In this episode, Tim, Juan, and Sarah Krasnik get back to first principles and remind us why everyone was excited about the modern data stack to begin with.

May 5th, 2022
LIVE from the Knowledge Graph Conference

What better place to talk nodes and edges than the Knowledge Graph Conference in New York City? In this episode, Tim and Juan are joined by conference chair, Francois Scharffe, to discuss how knowledge graphs are driving the automated enterprise.

April 28th, 2022
A layered approach to data meaning and measurement

Data architecture is more layered than an onion. Data, metadata, access, transform, virtualization, visualization. And with the modern data stack, we’re now talking more about semantics and metrics layers.

April 21st, 2022
Everybody's an Imposter Sometimes

In this episode, Tim and Juan are joined by Steve Perry, Director of Data and Analytics at Genius Sports, to talk about the challenges that rising data leaders face, and how to block out the noise, and chart your path to success.

April 14th, 2022
Why are we so bad at this modern data stack? w/ Chad Sanderson

In this special episode, Tim and Juan are joined by Chad Sanderson, Head of Product, Data Platform at Convoy, to discuss whether we’re incorrectly architecting our modern data stack.

April 7th, 2022
Can data policy drive data productivity? w/ Nong Li

Everyone - including us - wants to talk about how to get value from your data, but the truth is you can’t even get your data program off the ground without policy. Policies guide our decisions, our access controls, and even our data supply chains. But can policy make us more productive?

March 31st, 2022
The future of data is knowledge w/ Bob Muglia

In this special episode, Tim and Juan are joined by a legend in our industry. Bob Muglia, the former CEO of Snowflake, will hang out and chat about the modern data stack, new approaches to governance, and the search for the enterprise holy grail… knowledge

March 17th, 2022
Agile like a fox, but for data. w/ Shane Gibson

Agile processes in software development date back to the beginning of the century. We’re now seeing concepts like scrum and sprints make their way into the world of data. is even applying agile to data governance.

March 10th, 2022
Your privacy is my currency

What does the word, “privacy” mean to you? Is it about being left alone? Being forgotten? In today’s world of ubiquitous digital apps, we think about privacy and utility as a give and get.

March 3rd, 2022
Are you swimming upstream by not streaming data?

Join Tim, Juan and special guest Arjun Narayan, CEO of Materialize to discuss all things data streams and how these pipelines fuel the modern data stack.

February 24th, 2022
Why are data transformations such a big deal?

Hosts Juan Sequeda and Tim Gasper broadcast live from the 2021 dbt Coalesce conference and were joined by special guests, Meetesh Karia and Claire Look from The Zebra to take a glimpse into the future of analytics engineering.

February 17th, 2022
The easiest data is always the hardest to model w/ Karen Lopez

Join Tim, Juan and Karen Lopez, aka @datachick on Twitter, from InfoAdvisors, to discuss what assumptions people and applications make about the simplest data. We’ll also try and answer the question, “why are phone numbers, and addresses so damn hard to model?!?”

February 10th, 2022
The three most important letters in data & analytics are W-H-Y

Join Tim, Juan and special guest Luke Slotwinski, VP of Data & Analytics at Prologis, to discuss how data leaders can empower their teams by asking for more from their data.

February 3rd, 2022
Can Agile Practices Disrupt Data Governance? w/ Laura Madsen

If data governance had a help line, it would likely be staffed by this week’s guest. Join Tim, Juan and Laura Madsen, author of “Disrupting Data Governance,” for a discussion on how we can all be better ambassadors for data.

January 27th, 2022
Can the Data Mesh be Governed? w/ Dora Boussias

Join Tim, Juan and special guest Dora Boussias, Director of Enterprise Architecture and Data Strategy at Stryker for a live brainstorming session on how to implement data governance for the data mesh.

January 20th, 2022
What good is a Metrics Layer w/ Benn Stancil

Join Tim, Juan and special guest Benn Stancil, chief analytics officer and founder of Mode to discuss all things Metrics Layer including what it is and why we should care.

January 13th, 2022
Modern Data Work at Drizly w/ Emily Hawkins

Special guest Emily Hawkins, analytics and data platform lead, joins Tim and Juan to share how the data team and the data stack were established and how the e-commerce platform is evolving following the company’s acquisition by Uber.

January 11th, 2022
Will 2022 change how we think about data?

Join Tim, Juan and Sarah Catanzaro from Amplify Partners, to discuss what’s in store in 2022.

December 29th, 2021
Season Two Finale

Join Juan and Tim for the Season Two Finale of Catalog & Cocktails as they discuss the takeaways of all takeaways from the last 20 episodes!

December 16th, 2021
Please be quiet. The machines are talking.

Join Juan, Tim, and special guest, Steve Whitla from Visual Meaning for a discussion about how humans and systems talk to one another, and even have meaningful conversations.

December 9th, 2021
What happens when everyone is a data worker?

Join Tim, Juan and special guest Kelly Wright, president and COO at Gong and former VP at Tableau, for a discussion on data and analytics past, present, and future

December 2nd, 2021
Modern Data Stack: Technology, Methodology, or both?

What holds the modern data stack together and makes it the architecture of choice for so many data-driven enterprises? Join Tim, Juan and special guest, Nick Schrock, founder of Elemental and creator of Dagster and GraphQL, to chat about all things MDS.

November 18th, 2021
Long live the monolith?

Join Tim, Juan and special guest Andy Palmer, Co-Founder and Chairman of Tamr, to talk open vs. closed ecosystems and how to decide what’s right for you

November 11th, 2021
Is self-service BI the answer?

Tim, Juan, and special guest Cindi Howson, chief data strategy officer at ThoughtSpot and host of The Data Chief Podcast explore the positives and potential downsides of data democratization and how to drive data cultures that bias for good.

November 4th, 2021
Data tools: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Special guest Erik Bernhardsson, formerly with and Spotify, joins Tim and Juan for a conversation on data tools; the good, bad and the ugly.

October 28th, 2021
Data is the new... Herman Miller Aeron Chair

This week, we're joined by Doug Laney, author of the best-selling book, "Infonomics: How to Monetize, Manage, and Measure Information as an Asset for Competitive Advantage.” We'll talk about taking better care of your data, so it can take better care of you.

October 21st, 2021
The Great Data Mesh Debate!

We're settling this whole data mesh debate the only way we know how: a good old-fashioned debate. Only one side can win.

October 14th, 2021
Sure you’re responsible, but are you ethical?

Join Tim, Juan and special guest Partha Srinivasa, award-winning CIO/CTO/CDO and current CDO of Verisk, for a conversation about data responsibility and ethics.

October 7th, 2021
A data analyst, scientist, and engineer walk into a bar...

Join Tim, Juan and special guest Danielle Oberdier, founder of DiKayo Data and host of the popular DataFemme podcast, to talk about the state of data jobs

September 30th, 2021
Do we have a data infrastructure crisis?

Join Tim, Juan and special guest Mammad Zadeh, former VP of Engineering at Intuit, for a deep dive on data tools, leadership, and change management.

September 23rd, 2021
Fashion Week... but for data

Join Tim, Juan and guest Jans Aasman from Franz Inc, the makers of AllegroGraph, for a conversation on why your graph-based machine learning and 360 projects should start with data modeling.

September 16th, 2021
How to think about data value

This week, Tim and Juan join Lars Albertsson, founder of Scling, to talk about data productivity and balancing a technology vs product-driven approach to data.

September 9th, 2021
What’s the deal with Reverse ETL?

ETL (Extract Transform and Load) was the SOP for data integration for 25+ years. A decade ago the introduction of data lakes pushed transformation to the end of the process and into tools like Snowflake, BigQuery, and Redshift. Now the latest chatter in the data management industry is Reverse ETL. Shouldn’t we call this LTE?

September 2nd, 2021
The Era of Data Usage

We focus so much on tools, processes, and architectures, but we don’t talk enough about actually using the data. This week, Tim and Juan are joined by Mike Ferguson, managing director of Intelligent Business Strategies Limited

August 26th, 2021
You can’t spell Buzzwords without BS

In this episode, Tim and Juan are joined by Kirk Borne, Chief Science Officer at Dataprime AI to demystify some of our most egregious buzzwords and look at what everyone’s going to be talking about next.

August 19th, 2021
Free-range, grass-fed, open-source data

Open source software is one of the largest and fastest growing segments within the data landscape. And if you’re implementing DataOps practices or considering data mesh, openness and flexibility are key architectural principles.

August 12th, 2021
Documents and Clouds and Graphs, Oh My!

The data landscape has evolved substantially over the last decade. We’ve gone from data lakes to data hubs to lake houses. We see data represented as documents, columns, graphs, and time series. So how might this evolution continue over the next ten years?

August 5th, 2021
Season Two Kickoff Episode w/ DJ Patil

We're "back in the office." Now what? Hear Juan, Tim and Former U.S. Chief Data Scientist, DJ Patil discuss what we learned about data work and data people over the last year.

July 1st, 2021
Special Edition: Panel of Data Architecture at Knowledge Graph Conference

Panel Discussion on Data Architecture at the Knowledge Graph Conference

June 3rd, 2021
Season Finale: A Look Back at Season One

Hosts Juan and Tim embarked on this journey that turned into a 50-episode series.

May 27th, 2021
Episode 49: The Future of BI is AI

Explore the intersection of BI, analytics, and artificial intelligence.

May 20th, 2021
Knowledge is Power: Knowledge Management meets Data Management

We always talk about managing metadata and data...but what about managing knowledge? It has to be more than keeping a spreadsheet of a business glossary!

May 13th, 2021
Don’t treat your Data Stack like a Fine Wine

Classic Rock, historical paintings, and fine wine; some things are better left untouched. When it comes to your data stack however, that rule doesn’t apply.

May 6th, 2021
Data Organization: Reap what you Sow

Every maturing company hits a point where the processes and systems that once worked no longer scale. Don’t let this happen to your data organization.

April 29th, 2021
What's the Secret Recipe for DataOps?

Join Tim, Juan, and Chris Bergh from Data Kitchen for a conversation about DataOps and why it's imperative for your organization.

April 22nd, 2021
Why it’s time to mesh with your data architecture

Mesh is everywhere. It’s in our clothes, our fishing nets, our Wifi networks, and now our data architecture. But what is a data mesh? Do you need one? And if so, how do you start?

April 15th, 2021
What do they teach you at Data Science U?

Get a gist of the Data Science U syllabus as George Fletcher, Professor at TU Eindhoven, discusses how higher level institutions are preparing the future data workforce.

April 8th, 2021
Power to the Data!

Know what it takes to shift from an application-centric to a data-centric mindset? There's a couple things to do... and it all starts from right within your organization.

April 1st, 2021
Building a great data team: Mission (Im)possible

Your company is making poor decisions about how to bring its latest product to market. Step one is building a strong data and analytics team.

March 30th, 2021
Does your data have a 'born on' date?

Like the origins of the universe, there can be quite a mystery surrounding the genesis of your company’s datasets.

March 18th, 2021
Identity Graph: The New Customer 360

What’s the best way to get to know your customers? Learn how Wunderman Thompson understands their market using their identity graph.

March 11th, 2021
A modern approach to data transformation

We've relied on data integration processes like ETL (Extract-Transform-Load) to get the data in for decades, and little has changed in that time. Why?

March 4th, 2021
Do you have data trust issues

When data is powering your business, you expect that data to be trustworthy in real time, all the time, but that’s easier said than done.

February 25th, 2021
What does a Chief Data Officer do?

If data is the new oil, does that mean Chief Data Officers are the new baron? Not exactly, but it is a fast growing executive role.

February 11th, 2021
Do you test your data?

We test our food. We test our cars. We test our code. But do we test our data? Data testing is a state of mind and commitment.

February 4th, 2021
What can we learn from messy insurance data?

The insurance industry thrives on robust, diverse, accurate, and innovative data. In fact, it’s one of the most data rich verticals around, dealing in claims, ratings, coverage, pricing, geographic, and people data and so much more.

January 27th, 2021
Does your data governance strategy need a therapy session?

Is data governance making you more productive? Or is it a pain that you just have to deal with for the good of the company? If you’ve got data issues, it may be time for a therapy session.

January 20th, 2021
Is Your Data Fabric a Mesh?

Let’s talk data management frameworks. What is a data fabric and how is it different from a data mesh? No seriously, we’re trying to figure it out ourselves.

January 13th, 2021
Has Business Intelligence Jumped the Shark?

There’s a dashboard for everything in the enterprise now, so it’s easy to answer your complex questions in graphical form.

December 16th, 2020
Farewell 2020. Hello 2021.

Our podcast began with an ambitious episode titled, “the future of data management.” And since then we’ve covered a lot of ground, from career paths and culture changes to data governance and data policy.

December 9th, 2020
Getting your data bang for your catalog buck

You may recognize your company needs a data catalog. But does your boss get it? Can you justify the investment and determine how quickly and what kind of return you’ll get?

December 2nd, 2020
How Airbnb built its internal data catalog

What’s the secret behind Airbnb’s famously data-driven culture? It’s the company’s ability to provide all employees - not just the ‘data people’ - the ability to discover, understand, and trust data.

November 18th, 2020
Master Data Management: Hot or Not?

Master Data Management (MDM) sits at the intersection of metadata and data and has a lot in common with data integration, data modeling, and knowledge building use cases. It’s “old school” technology that even today confuses many data leaders. Is it still relevant?

November 11th, 2020
The Data Landscape is CRAZY!

The latest 2020 Data & AI Landscape now includes 80 boxes, each featuring anywhere from 10-30 vendor offerings! How do you navigate this landscape? Where do you start? And how do you know when you’re done?

November 4th, 2020
Documentation matters

“I love documentation” … said no one. But let’s be honest, what’s worse: having no documentation or having bad/outdated documentation? And to further make the situation worse, documentation is an afterthought for metadata and data projects.

October 28th, 2020
The Data Governance House of Horrors

Does the very idea of creating and managing new data assets keep you up at night? Do you get goosebumps just thinking about the state of your column headers?

October 21st, 2020
Your best data source may be outside your company

When you think about enterprise data, do you only consider the data associated directly with your company and its customers? It might surprise you to know external data is the fastest growing segment of enterprise data.

October 14th, 2020
Time for a data culture makeover

Is your data culture a drag? Turning it around requires you to be bold and take action. Join Tim and Juan as they discuss examples of what you should and shouldn’t do, and how to accelerate the transition to data awesomeness.

October 7th, 2020
95% Say Exit Polls Don’t Work. 15% Say They Do.

Since 1848, The Associated Press has been counting and reporting the votes in US elections. But they haven’t always done it the same way.

September 30th, 2020
Data work is much bigger than a soccer match

Have you ever heard someone say, “data is a team sport?” The comparison makes sense. You can’t be successful on your own, you need to work well with peers, you run up against tough opposing forces.

September 23rd, 2020
What we learned at the first ever summit

Juan and Tim recap the biggest ideas and perspectives shared at this year’s summit.

September 16th, 2020
Data Catalog FIGHT NIGHT: Build vs Buy

Data catalogs are foundational to a successful enterprise data management strategy. But, should you buy one off the rack or build it yourself using open source tools?

September 9th, 2020
Should we salute our robot overlords?

Enterprises are looking to ML/AI innovations in data management to accelerate their data strategies and achieve critical business goals. But how much of what we hear about ML/AI is real, and how much is hype?

September 2nd, 2020
Crowdsource your way to data empowerment

The power of the crowd is everywhere these days. We fund companies through crowdsourcing. We crowdsource products, commercials, and designs for ugly Christmas sweaters.

August 26th, 2020
Semantic Web for the Working Ontologist

Does the future of data management involve semantic technologies? Is Semantic Web an answer to providing a universal medium to exchange data and knowledge?

August 19th, 2020
How dirty is your data?

What do you know about the quality of your data? Who’s responsible for cleaning and maintaining it? And what would ‘beautiful data’ mean to your company?

August 12th, 2020
A data management chicken and egg

What comes first, the data warehouse, or the data catalog? It’s a vexing chicken and egg question that data teams must answer.

August 5th, 2020
Is it time to hire a data product manager?

In this episode, we’ll explore how these various personas interact and why we believe a data product manager should sit right smack in the middle.

July 29th, 2020
Get Data Governance Right for Once

Data management is a broad discipline with so many people, tools, and methodologies. Sorting it all out is tough, and many companies are inclined to ”boil the ocean.”

July 22nd, 2020
Stuck in the middle: How to become an advocate for a data catalog and governance

60% of organizations will use data catalogs by 2023. This prediction by IDC suggests a large number of companies are still using manual and complex processes to make sense of data.

July 15th, 2020
What the pandemic can teach us about data governance

The Coronavirus pandemic is also a case study in public data. Everywhere we look we find statistics: number of coronavirus cases, unemployment levels, economic predictions, etc.

July 8th, 2020
How does data policy impact you?

Successful enterprises understand the importance of data-informed decisions. But what role does data play in government affairs?

July 1st, 2020
What’s the story with data lineage?

How can you be certain the data you’re working with is trusted, up-to-date and understandable?

June 24th, 2020
What’s the deal with Knowledge Graphs?

What do companies like Airbnb, Google, and Lyft have in common? They put knowledge graphs at the center of their metadata and data strategy.

June 17th, 2020
How does your data team get value from a data catalog?

In this episode, we will chat how these pain points should be addressed by a data catalog in order to provide value to data teams.

June 10th, 2020
Who’s on your data team?

In this episode, we will chat about the myriad personas that interact with data, from producers to consumers and everything in between.

May 27th, 2020
Data Integration from the trenches

In episode three, CTO and co-founder Bryon Jacob joins Juan and Tim to share how data integration nightmares in a prior role put him on the path to data and metadata enlightenment.

May 20th, 2020
Don’t boil the ocean. Boil a fishbowl.

This episode will look at how catalogs can address the continuum of metadata and data management and give you an achievable starting point on your journey to understanding all your data.

May 13th, 2020
Where is Enterprise Data Management Heading?

Data warehouses, big data, data lakes. How did we get here? Where is it all heading? Step up to the bar, and join Juan Sequeda and Tim Gasper as they discuss the future of enterprise data management.

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