Carla Gentry has over 16 years of data analytics experience working with Fortune 100 and 500 companies in financial services, education and retail and is the Data Scientist at Analytical Solution where she asks and answers the question daily…What can your data tell you that you don’t already know?
A self-described Data Nerd, Carla has been crunching Big Data since before the term was popular and when companies were still unsure of its importance. She’s mastered the art and science of social media and if there is a list of top Big Data influencers, she’s on it…every time.
Carla recently spoke with icrunchdata about her experience as a Data Scientist, what Big Data means to her and what she does when she’s not mining data. Okay Carla, let’s get started.
Actually day 1 of my career with RJKA, my boss said, “this isn’t college, we work with data sets that would crash a regular computer. This is BIG DATA.”
Big data is anything that goes above what an average analytical tool can handle. If you can’t open it on your laptop, it might be big data.
The realization that the market is glutted with wannabe Data Scientists and that I had to step up my game and show value rather than just talk about value. Talk is cheap but true talent is NOT!
I would say, have a years’ salary saved up. I may make it look easy but filling the pipeline and finding your own sales is a challenge – before you quit a job, network and ensure you have business on the books and not just hand shake promises.
SPSS, R and SAS
I was going to be a conductor of the Philharmonic orchestra when I was younger. Music was my life so I would go continue that dream, pick up my baton and make some beautiful music!
I love Chattanooga for its beauty, Chicago for its diversity but Louisville has both, so this is my home and my favorite.
Giggle, that one will cause a fight in Chicago but since you asked “Lou Malnati's Pizzeria.” Old school!
The horses, can’t wait till May “Running of the Roses and Churchill Downs”
Oh wow, chess…. It’s been awhile, no one will play with me anymore, not sure why – maybe the “I can beat you in 4 moves, intimidates.”
Golf, now there is a sport, I play as much as I can (the clubs are in the back of my SUV) couldn’t wait for spring! (We need an indoor golf range for winter.)
Fishing, now here is how a data nerd really relaxes but unfortunately I only get to do this once or twice a year. :o(
That’s it. Thanks Carla for taking the time to answer a few questions about your career progression as a Data Scientist and who you are outside of the data.