Tag Archives: Analytics

GDPR – The Final Countdown…and Beyond

April 5, 2018

It’s rather appropriate that the rock band Europe recorded the hit “The Final Countdown”, because today, April 5th, represents 50 days until the much anticipated European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on May 25th 2018. The objective of this legislation is to strengthen the security and privacy of the individuals’ data… Read More »

Leveraging Artificial Intelligence in the Fight Against Global Wildlife Poaching

April 5, 2018

A few days ago, Kenya announced that Sudan, its last male northern Rhino, died at the age of 45, of age related complications. He’s survived by his daughter and grand-daughter but with no males left, the species’ proximity to extinction is perilously near. According to the World Economic Forum, Wildlife trafficking is the fourth most… Read More »

Transforming the Transformers: Demystifying Data for Power Network Transformation

April 3, 2018

Prior to European Utility Week 2017, I discussed the evolution of strategic analytics at scale for utilities. In line with the premise of that blog, the audience I speak to continually expands as news of what data can do in the sector continues to spread. This year the number of conversations I am having on… Read More »

Let business teams ask “why?” to drive data science results with guided analytics

March 12, 2018

We’ve all heard the onslaught or experienced it first-hand. An inquisitive three-year old unleashing a salvo of, “Mommy, why is this?” “Daddy, why is that?” and “What is that thing?” My recent favorite twist to this line of inquiry happened when I overheard a brave and honest parent dare to admit, “I don’t know.” The… Read More »

Don’t let analytic bureaucracy dictate your pace

March 8, 2018

Stuck in analytic bureaucracy? In “You Don’t Have to Be a Data Scientist to Fill This Must-Have Analytics Role” McKinsey’s Henke, Levine and McInerney recommend developing “Analytics Translators” who are professionals with a “working knowledge of AI and analytics [who] convey these business goals to the data professionals who will create the models and solutions.” To… Read More »

Analytics at scale: what data analysts need to know

March 7, 2018

With every technology company shouting “Big Data”, we are led to think analytics challenges can be solved simply by storing a whole mess of data. With current technology, storing large volumes of data is easy. It also provides absolutely no value. Value only comes from data when it is examined, manipulated, learned from, and acted… Read More »

Spend more time on analytics and less on data prep

March 6, 2018

What are the things keeping analysts and data scientists from productivity?  According to studies, it’s wrangling data. Vast volumes of data need to be sourced, collected, organized and cleansed to be useful in solving problems.  In an article by Forbes, it is estimated that about 80 percent of the time spent working with data was… Read More »

Defining a Successful AI Strategy for 2018: Key Thoughts from a Data Scientist

February 21, 2018

As the hype around AI continues, building and executing on an AI strategy that supports market competitiveness will be top of mind for executives. The AI pilots are complete, yet executives are still grappling with what AI means for their organisations. As the use cases develop and capabilities emerge, businesses will look to defining an… Read More »

When Marketing Meets Finance

January 22, 2018

Marketers wake up every morning focused on improving customer experience, driving sales and ultimately increasing brand value in the eyes of their customers. Almost 70% of marketers say that driving sales and revenue for their companies is a requirement. Yet according to a 2012 global survey by Furnaise Marketing Group, “eighty percent of CEOs don’t… Read More »