The Hadooponomics Podcast, Episode 11 – Debugging the Gender Gap & Finding Big Data Success

Hadooponomics11Our show this week features Cornelia Davis, the CTO of the Transformation Practice at Pivotal. Bringing Cornelia on the show allowed us to cover a lot of ground ranging from best practices for Big Data investments, all the way to closing the gender gap in high tech.

What I loved about Cornelia’s background is that her job is to work with some of the largest Fortune 500 companies out there and to help them get value from their Big Data investments. She has a lot of experience to share, and for the first half of the show we talk through areas where companies fail in their Big Data investments, as well as what actions more often lead to successful outcomes.

From there, we pivot into a discussion around Cornelia’s other role as an advocate for gender equality in the technology realm. We dive into why the tech industry hasn’t yet achieved gender parity (we are further away than where we were 20 years ago!) and examine the underlying causes behind it. To me, the most interesting point of the discussion revolves around the idea that the gender gap is more a function of unconscious, yet systematic, biases than anything else.

Anyone interested in how to make the most out of their Big Data investments or how to steer the tech industry towards gender parity has a lot to gain from Cornelia’s perspective.


Listen to the Show:

Use the embedded media player to stream the full episode or you can subscribe to our iTunes and Stitcher channels. The full transcript of the interview is also available.

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Additional Resources

Find Cornelia on Twitter: @cdavisafc.

Learn about the documentary we referenced: Code: Debugging the Gender Gap.

Learn more about the Hadoop Summit.

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About James Haight

James Haight is a principal analyst at Blue Hill Research focusing on analytics and emerging enterprise technologies. His primary research includes exploring the business case development and solution assessment for data warehousing, data integration, advanced analytics and business intelligence applications. He also hosts Blue Hill's Emerging Tech Roundup Podcast, which features interviews with industry leaders and CEOs on the forefront of a variety of emerging technologies. Prior to Blue Hill Research, James worked in Radford Consulting's Executive and Board of Director Compensation practice, specializing in the high tech and life sciences industries. Currently he serves on the strategic advisory board of the Bentley Microfinance Group, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to community development through funding and consulting entrepreneurs in the Greater Boston area.
Posted on July 20, 2016 by James Haight

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