Boldly Go -- Building Federated Data Science at Dell

1:10 - 1:40 | Friday, May 24

How do you ensure that data scientists are tied closely to the business and build solutions that meaningfully solve critical business problems? You could embed data scientists in business units. “I’m giving her all she’s got, captain!”

Then how do you escape silos, ensure best practices, and avoid rework for those scattered data scientists? You could consolidate them into a centralized organization. “That is highly illogical.”

Embedded vs. centralized - what if you could have the best of both worlds? Within the Dell Services org, we have implemented a Federated Data Science model. Randi will talk about the evolution of the organization in Dell, pitfalls to avoid, and benefits to champion. Let’s live long and prosper together!

Randi Ludwig
Data Scientist, Dell Technologies

Randi R. Ludwig is a Data Scientist at Dell Technologies within Support and Deployment Services. She brings data science solutions to business problems involving tech support, warranties, and repairs on Dell products. She also focuses on raising visibility for data science at the executive level and connecting global Dell data scientists into a networked community that can collaborate and learn from one another. Additionally, she is a co-organizer of Women in Data Science ATX and promotes diversity and fostering a welcoming space for newcomers to the field. Before venturing into industry, Randi completed a PhD in Astrophysics at UT Austin, including research on both active galactic nuclei and how students learn astronomy, which gave her experience with varied statistical data-mining techniques and many kinds of data sets.