The State of Data Analysts

Moderator and panelists: Andy Cotgreave, Charles Wilson, Manav Gupta, and Parker Dillon
Video date: 19 May 2021
Running time: 44m


Moderated by Andy Cotgreave, Technical Evangelist at Tableau and Co-Author of ‘The Big Book of Dashboards,’ this session reviews how the role of the data analyst has evolved over time. The demands of modern analytics, the advent of AI and ML, and the emergence of SQL-based MPP query engines like Starburst have altered the way analysts have traditionally operated.

The panel features Charles Wilson, Senior Manager of Customer Insights and Analytics at New Balance, Manav Gupta, Head of Analytics and Insights at Adobe Stock, and Parker Dillon, a senior consultant at Slalom.

The speakers make bold predictions about dashboard usage, examine whether AI is overhyped, share advice for budding analysts, and even get into a somewhat philosophical debate about whether data analysis is an art or science. Or is it a scientific art? The highlight of this discussion is the mix of participants and perspectives, and it’s a must-watch for every data analyst.