The PRQL: Data Success From Mid-market to Enterprise with Ben Rogojan

May 20, 2024

In this bonus episode, Eric and John preview their upcoming conversation with Ben Rogojan, the Seattle Data Guy.


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Eric Dodds 00:05
Welcome to The Data Stack Show prequel. This is a short bonus episode where we preview the upcoming show. You’ll get to meet our guests and hear about the topics we’re going to cover. If they’re interesting to you, you can catch the full length show when it drops on Wednesday. We are here with Ben Rogojan. Ben, you were on the show. Actually, this is crazy, a couple of years ago. It’s crazy to say it out. So you were one of our very early guests. And it’s so great to have you back on. Thanks for joining us.

Ben Rogojan 00:38
Yeah, no, thank you. Thanks so much for having me on.

Eric Dodds 00:41
All right. Well, for those new listeners to the show, who didn’t hear your original episode, tell us brief background. So where did you come from? And what do you do today?

Ben Rogojan 00:51
Yeah. So everyone, thanks so much for joining the show. But my name is Ben John, a lot of people know me as the Seattle Data Guy online. Currently, I help companies kind of fill up their end to end data infrastructure, help them, you know, figure out which solutions to pick, there’s just so many these days and sometimes help implement. And before that, you know, I’ve worked as a data engineer for the past near decade, my last job was at Facebook and brings a data engineer before that working at kind of a healthcare analytics startup, doing a lot of similar work. And honestly, I started out at a hospital, doing a lot of like programming in dashboarding, and things of that nature. But that’s really kind of where I started my data journey.

John Wessel 01:33
So then we talked a little bit before the show about your background with Facebook, and then the journey into consulting. So I’m really curious to dig in a little bit on that of like, what problems did you work on at Facebook? And then now that you’re consulting working for various companies, like which, which of those problems, you know, really crossed between the two? You’re like, yeah, this works well, or which of them are like me, and that’s more of a Facebook, you know, bigger tech company problem, and it’s not applicable, really excited to dig into that topic. What about you? What are you excited to talk about?

Ben Rogojan 02:05
Yeah, no, I think that’s definitely on the subjects I’m kind of mixed in talking about is like really comparing some of the differences, you know, like, in some ways, the similarities in terms of outcomes you’re always trying to get to, but also in terms of like, how you get there, like the amount of data you’re dealing with, or just the complexity, and the various challenges that companies have different sizes, and data maturities kind of face.

John Wessel 02:27
Yeah. Awesome. All right. Well, let’s do it.

Eric Dodds 02:30
Let’s do it. All right. That’s a wrap for the prequel. The full length episode will drop Wednesday morning. Subscribe now so you don’t miss it.