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

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

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 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 24th, 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.

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 w/ Laura Ellis from Rapid7

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.

September 23rd, 2022

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 w/ Ole Olesen-Bagneux

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

September 7th, 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.

September 7th, 2022
Your Thoughts Become Action; Going From Thought Leadership To Practice W/ Roel And Valentijn Of Vopak

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

June 30th, 2022
Season Three Finale w/ Juan and Tim

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 w/ Ergest Xheblati

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 w/ Peter Kapur

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 w/ Sanjeev Mohan

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 w/ Brett Hurt

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? w/ Sarah Krasnik

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 w/ Francois Scharffe

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 w/ Nick Handel
April 21st, 2022
Everybody's an Imposter Sometimes w/ Steve Perry

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
March 31st, 2022
The future of data is knowledge w/ Bob Muglia
March 17th, 2022
Agile like a fox, but for data. w/ Shane Gibson
March 10th, 2022
Your privacy is my currency with Patricia Thaine from Private AI

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. w/ Steve Whitla

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? w/ Kelly Wright from Gong

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? w/ Nick Schrock

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? W/ Andy Palmer

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? w/ Cindi Howson

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 w/ Erik Bernhardsson

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 w/ Doug Laney

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! With hosts Juan and Tim

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? w/ Partha Srinivasa

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...w/ Danielle Oberdier

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? w/ Mammad Zadeh

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 w/ Jans Aasman

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 w/ Lars Albertsson

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? w/ Tejas Manohar

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 w/ Mike Ferguson

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 w/ Kirk Borne

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
Episode 47: 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
Episode 46: 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
Episode 45: 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
Episode 44: 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
Episode 43: 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
Episode 42: 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
Episode 41: 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
Episode 40: 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
Episode 39: 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
Episode 38: 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
Episode 37: 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
Episode 36: 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
Episode 35: 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
Episode 34: 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
Episode 33: 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
Episode 32: 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
Episode 31: 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
Episode 30: 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
Episode 29: 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
Episode 28: 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
Episode 27: 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
Episode 26: 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
Episode 25: 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
Episode 24: 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
Episode 23: 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
Episode 22: 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
Episode 21: 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
Episode 20: 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
Episode 19: 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
Episode 18: 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
Episode 17: 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
Episode 16: 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
Episode 15: 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
Episode 14: 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
Episode 13: 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
Episode 12: 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
Episode 11: 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
Episode 10: 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
Episode 9: 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
Episode 8: 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
Episode 7: 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
Episode 6: 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
Episode 5: 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
Episode 4: 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
Episode 3: 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
Episode 2: 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
Episode 1: 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.