Daniel Buchuk

Besides formal education and established courses, it is key for anyone in the industry (or wanting to join it) to stay on top of trends, tools, and platforms. After all, it is an ever-changing landscape in large part shaped by companies that over the years have become the backbone of the data stack for most organizations.

Updates and new features on Redshift or Snowflake can impact thousands of companies and teams. Because of this, it is essential to learn from professionals and enthusiasts living and breathing these tools, who inspire millions of people to build modern data processes and data stacks.

These four YouTube channels are great resources to explain key data management concepts, simplify complex challenges, and guide newcomers and experts alike.  

1. Intricity

This channel represents a body of videos from Intricity who simplify complex topics in the Data Warehousing, Business Intelligence, and Data Management spaces.

Their short videos are a great resource for beginners looking to understand key concepts and processes. From managing data tools with unlimited scale to understanding ‘what is data orchestration’ or a ‘data silo’. In addition, they have a series of interviews called “Data Sharks” in which industry leaders share experiences and helpful tips.

View Count: 6,769,796 views

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2. Lights OnData

George Firican’s passion is helping future, new, and seasoned data professionals and organizations learn more about data governance, data management, data quality, data storytelling.

His channel is all about providing informative videos to best address your data governance and data management questions and challenges. Here you will find best practices, explanations, guides, industry know-hows, and much more.

View Count: 261,154 views

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3. Freecodecamp.org

With over 5 million subscribers and more than 1000 videos on their channel, Freecodecamp’s mission is to help people learn to code for free.

They accomplish this by creating thousands of videos, articles, and interactive coding lessons – all freely available to the public. Since 2014, they claim that more than 40,000 freeCodeCamp.org graduates have gotten jobs at top tech companies including Apple, Google, Amazon, and Microsoft. While the channels isn’t just focused on data management, there are hundreds of videos that will help data teams improve their processes – from data architecture to database management.

View count: 298,898,627 views

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4. Data Management University

Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Chicago, EWSolutions’s vision is to be the best-in-class consulting company focused on enterprise data governance, data literacy, data management, managed metadata environment, business intelligence / data warehousing solutions, advanced analytics, and data stewardship. Data Management University (DataManagementU) is their knowledge portal with hundreds of data management articles, teaching videos and webinars. 

View count: 33,863

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Beyond YouTube… Harvard University?

Access to education has been completely democratized. What was once only available to a small group of people that could afford elite schools and colleges can now be accessed freely for the most part by any curious mind with a computer and an internet connection.

From Harvard University courses on Data Science (including Machine Learning, R Basics and Data Visualization) to MIT’s course on Computational Thinking and Data Science.

So go out, explore, and learn something new – I hope these helpful resources spark your curiosity!