Tag Archives: data scientist

Pooling data and analytics to power greater efficiency in water utilities

Monday December 19th, 2016

Although water and power utilities face very similar pressures, they have tackled them with very different levels of success. Both sets of utilities face a common battle to reduce network operating costs, beat off increased competition and meet the increasingly complicated requirements of the regulators. Yet it is the power sector organisations that so far… Read More »

Is your business ready to learn from the record-breakers?

Friday November 25th, 2016

In sport, as in business, there is the constant interplay between marginal gains and game-changing innovations. Take the 100m freestyle swim, records have been broken year on year, but every so often we see not just a record broken, we see an outstanding accomplishment like Albert Vande Weghe in 1934. In one stroke he changed… Read More »

Seven traits of successful Data Science teams

Tuesday May 3rd, 2016

Data Scientists seem to be the rock star of the modern organisation. Feted by the insights they generate and held in high regard for turning simple data into game changing metrics, they are the new face of the analytics team within every organisation. But with an extreme shortage of experienced data scientists in the market… Read More »

A little less quotation (and a little more ambition please)

Tuesday March 22nd, 2016

Your new big data initiative is not living up to expectations? Stop copying and try something new. If your social media feeds are anything like mine they are awash with inspirational quotes, sometimes at the expense of original content. Interestingly, data science/big data/analytics is in a similar situation, where copying and replicating what others are… Read More »

Aster AppCenter – Sharable, Repeatable Big Data Analytics

Thursday March 26th, 2015

I recently spent a week at the headquarters of Teradata Aster in Silicon Valley working on the recently announced Aster AppCenter. The basic idea of the AppCenter is to democratise access to so called big data analyses. The AppCenter allows a user to pre-package SQL, SQL-Map Reduce and SQL-Graph code into a one-click App which can then… Read More »

A Crazy Belief: Predicting Outcomes from Network Graphs

Monday November 24th, 2014

September 26, 1433 Two rival factions are attempting to seize Florence’s city hall. One block’s forces arrive haphazardly with new arrivals offset by departures. In contrast, the other block immediately and decisively mobilises all of their supporters. Centuries later, Medici is a household name; Albizzi, Peruzzi, and Strozzi are largely forgotten. Could this outcome have… Read More »

So You Want to Be a Data Scientist?

Tuesday August 26th, 2014

So, you want to be a data scientist? Congratulations!  You have made the right decision.  You have just chosen a career that will present you with diverse challenges, an interesting life and one that will be in high demand in the short and medium-term future. The other good news is that if you possess certain… Read More »

The Definition of Big Data

Thursday August 21st, 2014

As part of my duties in MC’ing the second of Teradata ANZ Summit series earlier this week, I had the opportunity to spend some time with not only, arguably the best, lineup of speakers that we have had at a Teradata Summit including Teradata Chief Analytics Officer Bill Franks along with Teradata customers including Barry Sandison of Department Human… Read More »