Midlands PASS

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Tuesday,

February

05

Becoming a Data Scientist

You’ve all heard about data scientists, and seen job postings for them. But what is the job like, really? Let me share the story of my first official data science project. While sharing the story I’ll stop to point out the skills used that many DBAs, PowerShell junkies, BI developers and architects already have. There may be a few new topics you’ll want to pick up. This is a show and tell session. It’s my hope that you come away with a better understanding of what a data scientist is, and be able to measure how far between where you are and your own first project.

About Shannon:

I am a data guy with a passion for partnering with clients to solve their database and technology issues. Over my career, I've played all the roles: database developer, administrator, business intelligence developer, and architect, and now consultant. I'm the guy you call in when you have the impossible problem and everyone tells you it cannot be solved. I automate solutions in order to free your current staff to do the higher value tasks. I bring solutions outside of traditional relational database solutions, in order to find the shortest path between you and your goals.

As an accomplished Microsoft SQL data professional, recognized BimlHero, and practicing Data Scientist, I'm the resource you need to extract the most value from your data.

Featured Presentation:

Becoming a Data Scientist

Shannon Lowder, Lead Data Analytics Consultant Allegient

You’ve all heard about data scientists, and seen job postings for them. But what is the job like, really? Let me share the story of my first official data science project. While sharing the story I’ll stop to point out the skills used that many DBAs, PowerShell junkies, BI developers and architects already have. There may be a few new topics you’ll want to pick up. This is a show and tell session. It’s my hope that you come away with a better understanding of what a data scientist is, and be able to measure how far between where you are and your own first project.

About Shannon:
For over 15 years Shannon Lowder has been spotting patterns and learning ways to work smarter instead of harder. He started with development and moved into database administration. Using TSQL, Database Jobs and PowerShell, he automated himself out of contracts quickly. As Business Intelligence became a greater demand, he moved into SSIS, SSRS, and SSAS development. Early on, he tried using PowerShell and .Net to automate BI Development. Later those efforts turned to Biml. After founding a startup six years ago, he finds himself a data platform consultant, designing and guiding other professionals to build highly automated enterprise solutions. Today, he is a Biml Hero candidate and is awaiting the final approval for the award.

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