Empowering Analysts in Financial Services to Move Away From Excel: Venerable Case Study


Many businesses find themselves in a rut, with multiple, complex, often manual analytical processes inevitably built using Excel. These legacy processes are typically woven together into a spiderweb of files, spreadsheets, and databases. Often, this tangle is nearly impossible to unwind.

Join us to discuss our journey moving our Excel-centric analytics to streamlined solutions using sophisticated approaches with SQL, Python, and Jupyter Notebooks. Learn how we started to transition our data team from spreadsheet ninjas to citizen developers. You will gain insights into how to facilitate your team's migration from Excel-centric analysis to more efficient and reliable analytical methodologies. This approach aims to foster a productive and collaborative work environment with minimal resistance.


Steven Skarupa is an Enterprise Architect at Venerable where he is primarily focused on innovation and bringing impactful solutions and architectures to life. In this role he acts as an internal consultant to development, infrastructure, and the business community to help teams develop the optimum solutions to their everyday problems. Currently focused on cloud-based architectures and developing solutions to the ever-increasing financial reporting and workflow sprawl.

During his long career, starting off as a developer and working his way up to manager of managers, he has extensive experience working with financial and trading back-offices having setup and developed a complete Master Data Management practice as well as managed multiple development teams building large scale distributed systems. In addition to his work in back-office systems, he has also deep understanding of user-driven design and product management, having spent 5+ years as a product manager running a team of developers, designers and analysts who used a hybrid eXtreme programming methodology. In his current role, he brings his years of hands-on development and management skills together with his technical experience to act as an internal consultant to help Venerable build robust solutions.

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