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Alivia Smith

As the user marketing manager, Alivia works with users from top American and European companies to understand how to take the pain out of data science, and help them with Dataiku DSS. She also develops our academic and non-profit partnerships. She is passionate about technology and is the editor for our weekly data science newsletter Banana Data News.
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Recent Posts

Introducing Dataiku 4.0.1 with the "Power" of Apache Slug

We are very pleased to announce that the latest version of Dataiku (4.0.1) now fully sports Apache Slug, giving users the capability to execute code in microbatches. Dataiku and Apache Slug...

Product, announcement, Apache Slug, April Fool Joke | April 01, 2017 | Alivia Smith

Top Trends: Putting Data Science in Production Today

We wondered why some companies successfully implement machine learning models into their operational system, and others don't.

Production, Opinion, Data Engineering | March 31, 2017 | Alivia Smith

Top Trends from Big Data World 2017

I've just come back from an awesome/exhausting two days at Big Data World 2017. It was a whirlwind of interesting talks with interesting people, new product discoveries, awesomely weird goodies,...

Opinion, business, Events | March 20, 2017 | Alivia Smith

Want to Make your Data Science Team Efficient? Focus on Production.

By "efficient" data science team, I mean "data science that brings maximum productivity."

Production, organization, business | February 03, 2017 | Alivia Smith

Infographic: How Does Your Data Science Production Process Compare?

Deploying your data science models into production often requires complex processes and resources that can lead to the failure of your data project. How do companies handle this process?

Production, Data Engineering, Infographic | January 23, 2017 | Alivia Smith

Professor Dan Adelman (University of Chicago) on How He Uses Dataiku to Teach

Here’s how Dan Adelman, Professor of Operations Management, uses Dataiku for his classes at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Professor Adelman joined the Dataiku Academic Program

Users, Corporate, Academic | December 06, 2016 | Alivia Smith

The Dataiku Academic Program: Resources for Academics and Researchers

It’s about time we sat down and told you a little bit about our Academic Program.

Partnership, Corporate, Academic | October 21, 2016 | Alivia Smith

How to Really Grow your Data Science Team

If you’re looking to intensify your data science efforts, it’s pretty fundamental for you to sit down with your current team and really ask yourself how you’re all going to make this work.

organization, business, management | September 07, 2016 | Alivia Smith

From Small Data to Large - What Does Big Data Really Change

We live in the world of big data. We all know this. I do, you do, heck, I even picked up Cosmopolitan the other day and it had a definition of big data in it!

Opinion, Data Preparation, Visual Data Analysis, Technology, data | August 01, 2016 | Alivia Smith

7 Fundamental Steps to Complete a Data Project

It’s hard to know where to start once you’ve decided that yes, you want to become more data driven. Just looking at all the technologies you have to understand and all the languages you’re...

Data Visualization, Data Preparation, Data analysis | July 05, 2016 | Alivia Smith

Tips & Tools To Find the Best Data Science News

Data science is a world that doesn’t seem to ever stay put. In the blink of an eye dozens of open source projects are launched, companies develop new data products or find new use cases and...

Opinion, Technology, business | May 17, 2016 | Alivia Smith

How Do You Really Get Data Science Projects Into Production?

Articles everywhere keep hailing the end of big data and criticizing the hype. They are right, to some extent. The revolutionary world where data answers all our questions before we even ask them...

Production, business, Data Engineering | May 08, 2016 | Alivia Smith

Why you Need DataOps to Organize Your Data Science Projects

The DevOps movement tries to reconcile development and operations departments to encourage them to develop IT projects together. Today, we need to make that same transition in data, by introducing...

organization, business, Data Engineering | April 28, 2016 | Alivia Smith

Tragedy Strikes at Dataiku - the Cat Ate the Bird

The whole team is extremely saddened to announce the death of its mascot, our beloved blue bird, in a tragic accident involving local cat terror, Fluffy.

Corporate, fun | March 31, 2016 | Alivia Smith

Why Data Visualization and Dashboards Matter

Data scientists spend days and days (if not weeks and weeks) cleaning and preparing data, building and training models, and eventually trying to come up with interesting insights or delivering...

Data Visualization, Visual Data Analysis, Data analysis | March 09, 2016 | Alivia Smith

13 Tips to Not Win a Data Hackathon, Every Time

Hackathons are the coolest. Where else do you get to thrive amongst your peers in an intensely competitive environment, where you can have fun, build a useful product, learn, meet people, and get...

Opinion, data science, fun | March 01, 2016 | Alivia Smith

SQL, R, and Python: Why Data Wrangling in ONLY Code is Inefficient

So everyone knows the oh-so-popular statement that a data scientist spends 50 to 80% of his time cleaning and preparing his data before he even starts looking for insights in it. I mean everyone’s...

Opinion, Data Preparation, data science | February 24, 2016 | Alivia Smith

Telling Stories With Data Visualization by Matt Daniels from Polygraph

Before I had ever even heard about Dataiku and started really working around data, I remember reading this awesome article around March 2015 on the ranking of hip hop artists based on their...

Interview, Data Visualization, Technology | January 27, 2016 | Alivia Smith

A User Marketer Asks: Why Is Nobody Talking About User Marketing?

Everyone in the startup universe knows that everything they do should be centered on the user. So why isn’t "user marketing" a thing yet? Is it because no one is doing it?

Users, Opinion, Corporate | January 19, 2016 | Alivia Smith

A Kaggle Data Science Competition Made Easy

At Dataiku, every new member of the team, either marketer or superstar data scientist, has to try DSS out with the Titanic Kaggle Competition. It's such a milestone in the company that our first...

data science, machine learning, tutorial | December 08, 2015 | Alivia Smith
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