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Thom Ives

Thom Ives, Ph.D.

Lead Data Scientist
Founder, Integrated ML & AI, Multi-Physics Engineer

Analyzing data to make predictions describes my 30+ year career.

I love data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and multi-physics engineering, and have had the honor of doing a wide range of predictive analytics.

Among my wide range of work, I have a particular passion around automating the flow and analysis of data and data visualizations including animations when necessary. It’s not always about making predictions. It’s also about giving actionable insights to the organizations that I serve.

In August 2018, I started Integrated Machine Learning & AI, which is a growing community of data specialists that learn and grow more together.

I’m an addicted data scientist and dynamic multi-physics systems modeler and analyst that loves to work with great people to improve the performance of business or products through better analytics, processes, and design.

What attracted you to data management or IT, and why did you choose to pursue this career?

My passion for good data usage was first ignited when studying physics in high school, and the more I learned, the more I saw that the wise use of data and predictive analytics would serve multiple realms.

What has been your greatest career accomplishment so far, and why has it been important to your career?

Founding Integrated Machine Learning & AI, because it helped me to see that I had more to give back to the community than I could have realized. Those that sought my mentorship helped me to see it.

What are the two or three biggest challenges you face as a data management professional / CDO and how can we address them?

Helping non data specialists to understand what data specialists do and to appreciate best practices policies.

How do you see data management / the role of the CDO / IT changing in the next 2 – 3 years?

I wish I could predict the next 2 to 3 years. I’d rather say that my biggest concern for the next 2 to 3 years is that the world has a desperate need to become more data literate. If this does not happen, the value from good data literacy and usage to the world will be delayed to our great detriment.

Do you have any planned next steps for your career?

Continue to help the community grow in skills in ever greater amounts.

What is the single best piece of advice you have received in your data management / IT career so far?  Why has it been so important to you?

     I had usually heard, “Garbage In, Garbage Out”, and I had agreed with it. But I prefer the way that Scott Taylor says it, “Goodness In, Goodness Out.” This is the key to good data literacy and data usage. We must help the world see the importance of good data practices at every stage of data usage if we are to achieve ever greater benefits using data.

Can you share something about yourself as a person that people wouldn’t know about you?

I am very artistic, especially in the realm of music and singing. I don’t have the time to practice those as much lately, but I do enjoy them a lot still.

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