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Audrey Hammonds on Women in Tech, COBOL, and the #SQLFamily

In this episode, Frank and Andy catch up with Audrey Hammonds, the other half of the Data Chix duo.


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Notable Quotes

Frank’s cold/allergies ([1:00])
Andy is now Enterprise Data & Analytics‘ Chief Data Engineer ([2:00])
Frank wants to be more like Buck Woody ([3:00])
Innovative Architects ([3:50])
Hurricane Irma disrupted Data Driven! ([5:00])
Data Chix ([5:20])
Palm Beach Tech Association ([5:45])
Audrey lives at the beach ([8:00])
Audrey escaped COBOL… ([9:50])
… and learned Oracle in the Air Force ([12:00])
On COBOL… ([13:00])
Audrey studied Bio-Medical Engineering in college ([14:30])
On building toys for children with prosthetics… ([15:15])
“I’m right here!” – Andy ([17:20])
On Andy’s phone calls… ([17:35])
“I’ve been trapped in here with me for decades, and I am not impressed.” ([21:45])
On Women if Tech… ([23:00])
Being a woman in IT… “It’s a double-edged sword” ([25:20])
Microsoft Flow ([27:00])
“If you don’t like learning, this is a terrible field…” – Frank ([28:15])
We are constantly learning… ([29:00])
Weaponized hacking ([30:00])
Shoutout to the Frank and Andy show about Elon Musk ([32:40])
Data is the new oil ([33:30])
Audrey is putting PowerBI in SPACE! ([36:00])
Movie reference: Hackers ([39:30])
Book Reference: Wheel of Time ([40:30])
Book Reference: Paradox Bound ([41:15])
Book Reference: Ready Player One ([42:00])
Sci-fi television reference: Stargate ([44:00])
Sci-fi television reference: Battlestar Gallactica ([44:30])
Back to school for Audrey! ([45:30])
Randy Dyess’ first sci-fi book: First Contact: Spider Wars: Book 1 ([49:00])
Mark Russinovich’s book: Zero Day ([50:00])
“I don’t always know what I’m doing.” ([53:00])
“Be ready to fail many, many, many, many times before you get it right.” ([54:00])
#SqlFamily shoutout ([56:45])

About the author, Frank

Frank La Vigne is a software engineer and UX geek who saw the light about Data Science at an internal Microsoft Data Science Summit in 2016. Now, he wants to share his passion for the Data Arts with the world.

He blogs regularly at and has a YouTube channel called Frank's World TV. (www.FranksWorld.TV). Frank has extensive experience in web and application development. He is also an expert in mobile and tablet engineering. You can find him on Twitter at @tableteer.