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About Jen Underwood

Jen Underwood is a Senior Director at DataRobot and founder of Impact Analytix, LLC. She has a unique blend of product management and “hands-on” experience in data warehousing, reporting, visualization, and advanced analytics. In addition to keeping a constant pulse on industry trends, she enjoys digging into oceans of data to solve complex problems with machine learning. Over the past 20 years, Jen has held worldwide product management roles at Microsoft and served as a technical lead for system implementation firms. She has experience launching new products and turning around failed projects. Most recently she provided advisory, strategy, educational content development, and marketing services to 100+ technology vendors through her own firm. She has been mentioned by KD Nuggets, Information Management and Forbes for her work. She also has written for InformationWeek, O’Reilly Media, and numerous other tech industry publications. Jen has a Bachelor of Business Administration – Marketing, Cum Laude from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and a post-graduate certificate in Computer Science – Data Mining from the University of California, San Diego. She was also honored to be a former IBM Analytics Insider, Tableau Zen Master, and Top 10 Women Influencer.
Latest Posts | By Jen Underwood
How To Analyze Unstructured Data Visually
8 months ago

How To Analyze Unstructured Data Visually

From raw data to actionable intelligence, I will share how easy it is to collect, ingest and visually analyze unstructured data in this next Oceans of Data series article. Unstructured …
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Advancing Your Analytics Career with Automated Machine Learning
8 months ago

Advancing Your Analytics Career with Automated Machine Learning

Analytics careers are rapidly progressing into new frontiers. According to The Quant Crunch: How the Demand for Data Science Skills is Disrupting the Job Market, the number of jobs for …
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Industry Pulse March 2018 Highlights
8 months ago

Industry Pulse March 2018 Highlights

Here is a quick skim of analytics industry updates from March 2018. This past month we have news from IBM Think, Domopalooza, NVIDIA AI Deep Learning Conference, and the usual …
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Hello Again DOMO
9 months ago

Hello Again DOMO

By  •  Cloud BI

READER  WARNING – DOMO is financially stressed. “If other equity or debt financing is not available by August 2018, management will then begin to implement plans to significantly reduce operating expenses,” …
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Hands-On with Zoho Reports
9 months ago

Hands-On with Zoho Reports

Zoho Reports is a low cost, cloud business intelligence solution that can be up and running in minutes. It is simple for non-technical personas yet deep enough for true technical pros to deliver enterprise-wide solutions. In this …
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Analyzing 2018 Gartner BI Magic Quadrant – Part 2
9 months ago

Analyzing 2018 Gartner BI Magic Quadrant – Part 2

In analyzing the 2018 Gartner BI Magic Quadrant – Part 1, we revisited how to interpret this report, discussed new criteria, who’s missing, top shockers, recurring themes and the three …
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Analyzing 2018 Gartner BI Magic Quadrant – Part 1
9 months ago

Analyzing 2018 Gartner BI Magic Quadrant – Part 1

Once again we enter the most magical, controversial time of the year in the analytics realm. Last year, I delved into understanding this report, why it is skewed, contentious, what …
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Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Science and Machine Learning 2018
10 months ago

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Science and Machine Learning 2018

Last week the annual Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Science and Machine-Learning Platforms 2018 was published. The old guard of SAS and IBM has tumbled this year with H2O.ai, Knime and RapidMiner taking …
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New Era of Analytics: Combine the Best of Mind and Machine
10 months ago

New Era of Analytics: Combine the Best of Mind and Machine

Due to growing data volumes and increased analytics complexity, today’s most successful organizations have adopted next era analytics that combine the beauty of the human mind with the amazing capability …
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Industry Pulse January 2018 Highlights
10 months ago

Industry Pulse January 2018 Highlights

After two quiet weeks, January analytics and data science industry news predictably heated up towards the end of the month. I mentioned it would be a roller coaster year. Well, …
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Creative Startup Stories Reinvents Analytics UX
10 months ago

Creative Startup Stories Reinvents Analytics UX

Once upon a time, an analytics team lead decided to design a system that would automate the time consuming, repetitive processes that he used to effectively find signals in vast …
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Becoming an Analytics Change Agent
11 months ago

Becoming an Analytics Change Agent

Last week I had the incredible honor and pleasure to listen to the infamous Billy Beane. You may recognize Beane’s name from the popular book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an …
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Taming the Wild West of Self-Service Data Preparation
11 months ago

Taming the Wild West of Self-Service Data Preparation

The self-service data preparation and analytics movement started with the best of intentions: help make organizations more data-driven, agile and confident in their business decisions. Instead, it’s become a bit …
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Unrivaled Big Data Exploration with Zoomdata
11 months ago

Unrivaled Big Data Exploration with Zoomdata

Recently we’ve seen demos on several billion rows of data using older technology that is stretching previous data visualization boundaries. Although we see and hear numerous vendors touting big data …
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Top 2018 Analytics Industry Trends and Predictions
11 months ago

Top 2018 Analytics Industry Trends and Predictions

Time to get back to work. Buckle up and get ready for another thrilling year of ups, downs, twists, turns, and tunnels. In this article, I will share top analytics …
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2017 Predictions Right, Wrong and Totally Missed
11 months ago

2017 Predictions Right, Wrong and Totally Missed

Before sharing my annual analytics industry trends forecast for 2018, I wanted to quickly summarize reader hot topics and my past predictions right, wrong and totally missed from 2017. Here is a …
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2018 Analytics and Data Science Events
12 months ago

2018 Analytics and Data Science Events

Save the date! Here is a highlighted list of Analytics and Data Science Industry Events in 2018 in the USA. More events and international ones will be added soon or …
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Industry Pulse November 2017 Highlights
1 year ago

Industry Pulse November 2017 Highlights

November 2017 was another peak analytics industry event news month. I am thrilled that it is finally over. Here are the collected highlights from IBM Watson Data Science for All, …
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Data Prep Essentials for Automated Machine Learning
1 year ago

Data Prep Essentials for Automated Machine Learning

Data preparation is critical for any analytics, business intelligence or machine learning effort. Although automated machine learning provides safeguards to prevent common mistakes and is robust enough to handle imperfect …
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Self-Service Data Prep Governance
1 year ago

Self-Service Data Prep Governance

Data-driven organizations that empower everyone with self-service analytics are more vulnerable to classic shadow IT pains – unmanageable data sprawl, reporting inaccuracies, governance, security, regulatory, compliance, and privacy gaps. Don’t …
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