Tag Archives: Analytics

Could the English language get any more confusing?

September 14, 2017

Did you know that the English language consists of over 200,000 words? Of these 200,000 words, many have the same meaning but different spelling (synonyms). Some words even have the same spelling but different meanings (homographs). Confusing, right? Let’s imagine you were talking to your colleagues about your recent trek to the coast and you… Read More »

The Uber-ization of Analytics

September 13, 2017

As I have travelled the country talking with customers, I have gotten a common refrain that companies want to move to the cloud for analytics to reduce costs. My retort is that you need to be careful and understand what you are really trying to achieve, for while there may be good reasons to run… Read More »

Occam’s razor and machine learning

September 12, 2017

In the last instalment of this blog series, we discussed objectives and accuracy in machine learning. And we described two crucial tests for the utility of a machine learning model: The model must be sufficiently accurate and we must be able to deploy the model so that it can produce actionable outputs from the available… Read More »

Objectives and accuracy in machine learning

September 7, 2017

We get to go to a lot of conferences. And we’re always amazed at how many vendors and commentators stand up at events and trade shows and say things like, “The objective of analytics is to discover new insight about the business”. Let us be very clear. If the only thing that your analytic project… Read More »

Is analytics operations the key to successful data science?

September 1, 2017

Despite a continuing shortage of data science skills, data-driven teams do exist in businesses across many industries. Expectations are high and the promises of predictive analytics, prescriptive analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) has captured the imagination of many. Now that the role, the skill-sets and the responsibilities of data science are becoming better defined, how… Read More »

Five ways Analytics and Data Science can add business value

August 30, 2017

The conversation around big data has grown, well, big in recent times. So much so that it is now part of the day to day vernacular for businesses around the world. Nowhere is this more prevalent than in the thriving technology ecosystem happening right now in the UK. Any organisation can leverage the exponential data… Read More »

It’s time to wake up to the big data gold mine

August 25, 2017

Originally featured in IT Pro Portal. There is no excuse for any modern business to operate without a big data strategy. We have moved beyond discussions about unmanageable data volumes to a time where companies can easily adopt a method to analyse and garner insights from their data to make more informed business decisions. So, in… Read More »

‘Game’ theory: Perfecting in-app purchasing through analytics

August 23, 2017

When you think about buying and selling, it’s usually about a tangible product or service. But what if the job is to sell new forms of reality and value itself? If you’re an online gaming company, that’s exactly your goal: to create and sell virtual worlds of escape and adventure, with the “value” increasingly coming… Read More »

Lessons from the Sentient Enterprise: Business data meets business culture

August 17, 2017

“Lessons from the Sentient Enterprise” is a series of posts timed around the publication of The Sentient Enterprise, a new book on big data analytics by Oliver Ratzesberger and Mohan Sawhney. Each post in the series highlights a major theme covered in book and at executive workshops being held in conjunction with its upcoming release by… Read More »

Data and analytics in financial services — a challenge or an opportunity?

August 16, 2017

Data Points — Long reads. This article is somewhat longer than our usual output. Let us know what you think by tweeting @TeradataINTL. Since starting a new role at Teradata with the responsibility of supporting our financial services sales and consulting teams across the globe, I’ve decided now is a good time to document some… Read More »