Building Your Data Analytics Team at SQLBits!

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The demand for effective data analytics within organizations continues to grow – how do you build your analytics team? While at SQLBits in Wales, panelists Maria Zakourdaev, Falek Miah, and Anupama Natarajan discussed their experiences with building teams - from recruiting to training, up-skilling, and retention. The discussion spans the different roles, including architects and data modelers, that help to provide the data sets analysts need. Do you train from within, hire into the role, or use consultants? There are many choices for growing your data analytics team!


Recorded March 18, 2023


Maria Zakourdaev has been working with data technologies for more than 20 years. She has extensive hands-on experience managing various data management technologies, including Postgresql, SQL Server, Azure CosmosDB, Azure SQL Database, Azure Synapse Analytics, Apache Spark, MySQL, AWS Aurora, Redis, AWS Redshift, Couchbase, and Elasticsearch, Snowflake, Google Big Query. She likes every aspect of data management, infrastructure, query tuning, monitoring, data analysis, and data visualization. She is the main organizer of the Israel annual conference "DATA TLV" Maria is one of the featured authors at (

Falek Miah is a Microsoft, Databricks (Spark), and Terraform (HashiCorp) certified consultant with over 14 years' technical experience. Falek specialises in Business Intelligence, Azure Cloud and Power Platform, with extensive experience on delivering end-to-end cloud solutions across a wide range of industries. He is a data, cloud & DevOps enthusiast with a passionate for automation and like sharing knowledge with the data community.

Anupama Natarajan is a Data, Analytics and AI Consultant with 20+ years of experience working in design and development of Data Warehouse, Business Intelligence, AI enabled applications and SaaS integrated solutions. Anu is a Microsoft AI MVP, Microsoft Certified Trainer and really passionate in sharing knowledge. Anu loves solving complex business problems with innovative solutions using technologies. Anu speaks at conferences including PASS Summit, SQL Saturdays, Data Platform Summit, Difinity, and organises local user group meetups.

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