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Chris Hyde: Making a Difference with Data Analytics

Chris Hyde, Data Analytics professional, met with us to share his experience with Data Analytics, Business Intelligence and Data Science.

In this discussion Chris shares:

  • Data can make a difference in people’s lives.
  • Increased use of statistics in data science.
  • Programming languages used to query and manipulate data.
  • The importance of a network and building relationships.

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Questions that Chris answers:

  • [01:33] What does a business intelligence, data analytics and database administration professional do?
  • [03:40] What is the difference between business intelligence and data science?
  • [06:22] How did you start your data career?
  • [08:09] What interesting thing have you learned from data?
  • [10:45] How can people move into a field related to business intelligence or data science?
  • [12:23] What are the top programming/querying languages that you are using?
  • [15:11] How can a full-time employee make the transition to working as an independent consultant?
  • [20:17] What tools/resources have you found helpful in your career?
  • [21:43] What events/conferences do you use to build your network?
  • [23:38] What courses and books do you recommend for new data professionals?
  • [25:09] Where can people find Chris Hyde?
  • [26:14] What kind of projects do you work on? (AUDIENCE MEMBER QUESTION)
  • [29:25] How do you give a customer something that they can manage on their own? (AUDIENCE MEMBER QUESTION)
  • [30:36] Additional recommendations for groups and events to begin building your network in data analytics. (AUDIENCE MEMBER QUESTION)
  • [32:29] How difficult is your job?

Useful Links:

  • The best way to connect with Chris Hyde is on Twitter. He can also be found on Linkedin.
  • Chris Recommends the following books:
  • Learning R by Richard Cotton.
  • R for Data Science: Import, Tidy, Transform, Visualize, and Model Data by Hadley Wickham and Garrett Grolemund.
  • Think Stats: Exploratory Data Analysis by Allen Downey.

Special thanks to the students, alumni and administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the College of DuPage for their help in making this episode a success.