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SEng Seminar Series: Ben Schein

Date of Event: 
Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Location: 
3-230 Keller Hall
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All Software Engineering Industrial Seminars are open to the public.

Title: Data for the 99%: Unlocking the Value of Big Data for the Masses

Speaker: Ben Schein

Presented by the University of Minnesota Software Engineering Center

Abstract: Everyone knows that data is critically important to any organization in 2018. What that really means however and how you use data to change the way an organization makes decisions and operates is a different matter. This seminar will unpack the emotional side of data as we seek to understand how to build data ecosystems and data products which unlock data curiosity and innovation for all parts of an organization (not just the elite 1% of data scientists or engineers). Part of this journey involves applying an agile philosophy to a data and analytics realm which does not always think in an agile mindset. We will discuss multiple frameworks for leveraging engineering skills to change the data conversation at an organization. Participants will also have a chance to share their own stories of data curiosity (and frustration) so we can learn together.

Watch videos of Ben's talk on our UMSEC Youtube page.

Bio: Ben Schein, VP of Domo’s Center for Data Curiosity and Innovation, has more than 15 years of experience leading business intelligence (BI), analytics and finance teams. He is an expert in user adoption and implementing large-scale BI and analytics initiatives that deliver quantifiable business value. As vice president of Domo’s Center for Data Curiosity and Innovation, he sparks the fire of data curiosity in enterprises large and small. His regular focus includes exploring data curiosity and innovation with Domo’s 1,500+ customers and bringing the insights back to Domo’s product development teams. Prior to Domo, Ben worked at Target Corporation where he led merchandising analytics and enterprise BI capabilities within the Enterprise Data Analytics and BI (EDABI) Center of Excellence. Ben also led a similar insights team supporting Target’s digital business areas including site merchandising, guest fulfillment, digital merchandising, gift registry, subscriptions, item setup and digital media. Ben holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in Strategy and Finance from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. He serves as the treasurer on the board of the Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School.