Category Archives: Mark Hunter

Sorry Technology – Big Data Just Made Your Job Even Harder

Wednesday September 4th, 2013

In my last blog I discussed how “Big Data” was making the analytic professional’s job even harder.  This time round I’ve got Technology in my cross-hairs!  Let’s be honest, Technology professionals have historically had a hard time understanding the field of analytics.  They would normally approach this as if they were building an operational application… Read More »

The Top 10 Requirements to be a Data Scientist

Wednesday July 17th, 2013

I recently had a conversation about the difficulty in hiring analytic professionals (or data scientists if you are based in California!) and it’s not surprising given the skills and behaviours being sought (this list was created by looking at relevant Job Descriptions on LinkedIn): Analytical skill-set Mathematics / statistics (including experimental design) Domain knowledge (i.e.… Read More »

Infonomics – the practice of information economics

Friday August 3rd, 2012

I recently read a paper by Doug Laney from Gartner which started to challenge companies to treat information as another category of intangible financial asset. I’ve often heard companies talk about their data as ‘a source of competitive advantage’, yet there is a reluctance to try to measure the true value of this asset (maybe… Read More »

Do More With Your Data – Build Business Value

Monday May 14th, 2012

I’m really looking forward to this week as we will be hosting Teradata Universe 2012 (www.teradatauniverse.com.au) in both Sydney and Melbourne. This year we are privileged to welcome some excellent speakers from around the world and it’s a great opportunity for our Australian users to benefit from their thought-leadership. We will have presentations from Barnes… Read More »

Fact Based Decision-Making: A Source of Competitive Differentiation

Friday March 9th, 2012

The global finance sector is experiencing some difficulties, as evidenced by recent financial results and announcements by the banks to raise interest rates and cut jobs.   I believe in the current climate it is even more important to increase the competency around fact-based decision-making. The Banks have a responsibility to shareholders to outperform the… Read More »

Components of the lucrative Chinese Credit Card Market

Tuesday March 29th, 2011

The Chinese credit card market is particularly close to my heart, having spent almost 3 years in Beijing helping to build a successful credit card portfolio.  I read a Lafferty World Cards Intelligence report last month which reported that the Chinese credit card market moved into profitability for the first time in 2010.  The $1… Read More »