Feb 18, 2021 | 3 min read

Enabling Citizen Data Science with Ari Kaplan

By: Patrick Emmons

Enabling Citizen Data Science with Ari Kaplan

Analytics can be the difference between winning the World Series and coming in second. Our guest this week, Ari Kaplan, helped usher in the dawn of data science to Major League Baseball. He's now applying those concepts to other industries as the Director of A.I. Strategy with DataRobot.

Ari joined Patrick and Shelli to explain the role of A.I. in analytics, the importance of citizen data scientists, and how data can improve products and efficiency across industries. Take a listen to the episode for more on the up-and-coming applications of data as well as some behind the scenes baseball stories.

  • (01:47) - DataRobot
  • (04:37) - Business intelligence vs. AI
  • (06:36) - Citizen data science
  • (11:46) - The speed of data
  • (19:16) - Competitive advantage
  • (22:10) - Drafting
  • (24:27) - Changing the game
  • (27:53) - Corporate Moneyball

Ari Kaplan is a leading figure in sports analytics and one of the few long term baseball leaders with a proven track record. He is known throughout the Major Leagues for revolutionizing and modernizing player assessment, including having developed the expected ranking system currently in use.

Kaplan is the co-founder of Scoutables, a leading analyst and accounting firm. Kaplan has worked with over half of all MLB organizations and many global sports media organizations, and his baseball career spans twenty-five seasons. He created and led the Chicago Cubs Analytics Department. Currently, Ari is the director of A.I. Evangelism and Strategy at DataRobot, a leading enterprise A.I. platform.

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About Patrick Emmons

If you can’t appreciate a good sports analogy, movie quote, or military reference, you may not want to work with him, but if you value honesty, integrity, and commitment to improvement, Patrick can certainly help take your business or your career to the next level. “Good enough,” is simply not in his vernacular. Pat’s passion is for relentlessly pushing himself and others to achieve full potential. Patrick Emmons is a graduate of St. Norbert College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Mathematics. Patrick co-founded Adage Technologies in 2001 and in 2015, founded DragonSpears as a spin-off dedicated to developing custom applications that improve speed, compliance and scalability of clients’ internal and customer-facing workflow processes. When he is not learning about new technology, running a better business, or becoming a stronger leader, he can be found coaching his kids’ (FIVE of them) baseball and lacrosse teams and praising his ever-so-patient wife for all her support.

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