Just like the classic children’s fable of “The Three Little Pigs,” data professionals can feel like they are constantly building data houses in the form of new infrastructure and technology. However, when the full force of data blows in, these houses reveal themselves to be made of straw or sticks (like the first two pigs in the fable) and will get blown down under the pressure. This fear extends beyond data teams to business users who become afraid to touch anything in the data house for fear of breaking something or doing something wrong. This session will explore these fears around the use of data and how strategic Data Governance can give people the confidence to be curious and explore data. Let’s work together to build a data house of brick that can withstand all the coming big bad data wolves trying to blow it down.
Vice President of Data Curiosity, Domo
Ben Schein has 20 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 data curiosity, he works to spark the fire of data curiosity in enterprises large and small across the world. His regular focus includes exploring data curiosity and innovation with Domo’s 1,500-plus customers and bringing the insights back to Domo’s product development teams. Ben also leads Domo’s Strategic Architecture Group, which looks at how to create data pipelines that are both resilient and efficient. 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 set-up, 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.