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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
R-Brain: A New Data Science Platform
2 years ago

R-Brain: A New Data Science Platform

R-Brain is a next generation platform for data science built on top of Jupyterlab with Docker. It was recently unveiled at JupyterCon in late August. Don’t let the name fool …
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Monetizing Your Valuable Data Assets
2 years ago

Monetizing Your Valuable Data Assets

A goldmine lurks within your valuable data assets for anyone to start mining. Every organization has raw masses of data stored within systems of record, content management systems, reports, Adobe …
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Quiet Before the Storm
2 years ago

Quiet Before the Storm

Grateful. Relieved. Exhausted. Last week my family was huddled together in a hallway as Hurricane Irma passed through Tampa Bay. Hurricane Irma was a record shattering massive hurricane. It was …
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Industry Pulse August 2017 Highlights
2 years ago

Industry Pulse August 2017 Highlights

So much for a slow summer. In August 2017, Python exceeded R in popularity in a recent KD Nuggets poll. Both the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Integration 2017 and …
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Why You Need a Data Catalog and How To Select One
2 years ago

Why You Need a Data Catalog and How To Select One

In a digital world where data lives everywhere, enterprise data catalogs are an invaluable asset in your information architecture. Over the past two years, I mentioned data catalogs for enhancing …
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Getting Started with Python [PART 3]
2 years ago

Getting Started with Python [PART 3]

In Getting Started with Python [Part 1], you were introduced to the popular Python language for data analysis. Then in Getting Started with Python [PART 2] we covered pandas, Python’s data …
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Spotlight on TIBCO: Exploring Spotfire Today
2 years ago

Spotlight on TIBCO: Exploring Spotfire Today

Have you taken a look at TIBCO Spotfire and TIBCO’s growing ecosystem of offerings lately? My initial impression is…shock. I missed what has been happening outside of TIBCO Spotfire the …
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Learn to Swim in a Data Lake You Trust
2 years ago

Learn to Swim in a Data Lake You Trust

Data of all shapes and sizes is rapidly pouring in from an increasing number of sources. To keep up with exponential data growth volumes, leading organizations are turning to ingest, …
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Smart Data Discovery will Radically Transform Analytics
2 years ago

Smart Data Discovery will Radically Transform Analytics

We are at the beginning of the next fundamental shift in the evolution of analytics. Smart data discovery, also called augmented intelligence, is already changing the analytics landscape. Early adopters …
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Industry Pulse July 2017 Highlights
2 years ago

Industry Pulse July 2017 Highlights

Here are filtered analytics industry highlights from the sweltering month of July. Augmented analytics, automation, data privacy, artificial intelligence and increased anti-trust concerns dominated the news. Don’t forget you can also …
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Getting Started with Python [Part 2]
2 years ago

Getting Started with Python [Part 2]

In Getting Started with Python [Part 1], you were introduced to the popular Python language for data analysis. Now we are going to play with pandas, Python’s data libraries. pandas …
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Are You Ready for General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?
2 years ago

Are You Ready for General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?

If you work with data for a living and don’t know about the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), it is time to educate yourself on this hot topic. If you …
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How Advanced NLG is Evolving Application Design
2 years ago

How Advanced NLG is Evolving Application Design

Through the universal power of words, Advanced Natural Language Generation (Advanced NLG) is positively changing modern human-computer user experiences. Why? Advanced NLG systems automatically understand user intent and generate content. …
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Top 5 OLAP on Hadoop Design Tips
2 years ago

Top 5 OLAP on Hadoop Design Tips

Process failed. That’s what happens when your data outgrows your OLAP technology. To solve that problem, OLAP on Hadoop was born. In a recent article, I shared classic OLAP dimensional …
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Back to Dimensional Modeling Basics
2 years ago

Back to Dimensional Modeling Basics

Several large systems integration consulting firm leaders in my network have confirmed a resurgence in demand for OLAP and related dimensional modeling skills. Dimensional modeling design patterns are still being …
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Getting Started with Python [Part 1]
2 years ago

Getting Started with Python [Part 1]

Python is a splendid, flexible, open source language that is easy to learn, easy to use, and has powerful libraries for data analysis and data science. I have been meaning …
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Faster, Intelligent Tableau Dashboards with Kinetica’s GPU Database
2 years ago

Faster, Intelligent Tableau Dashboards with Kinetica’s GPU Database

GPU-accelerated computing is the next frontier of computational speed and efficiency. Several weeks ago, I wrote an article explaining how GPU acceleration works and why analytics pros should care about …
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Industry Pulse June 2017 Highlights
2 years ago

Industry Pulse June 2017 Highlights

As June 2017 comes to a close, here is a quick wrap up of this month’s highlights. Don’t forget you can also keep track of these filtered updates on my Alerts …
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Analyzing Animal Shelter Overcrowding
2 years ago

Analyzing Animal Shelter Overcrowding

July is the top month of animal shelter overcrowding in the United States. If you have thought about adopting a pet, now is the best time to do it. Why is summer …
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Peek Inside The Big Book of Dashboards
2 years ago

Peek Inside The Big Book of Dashboards

Although I am an avid reader that relishes ACM’s digital learning libraries that include selections from Safari Books Online and Books 24×7, I still enjoy getting physical books to read. …
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