conversation about maximising value from customer insight

Event: Analytics for Insurance, Europe 2014

This conference was well attended and lived up to it’s billing of attracting insurers, consultants and suppliers from across Europe. With approximately 200 attendees and representation from over 14 different countries, it was a lively and interesting event with strong audience participation. Six key themes emerged consistently during the day: a) try, try & try again; b) fail fast & fail cheaply; c) data is an asset, manage it as such; d) insight is.. Read More

6 key attributes of Chief Analytics Officer

In this published slideshow (with associated notes), Rob O’Regan from IT World shares some sensible tips for Analytics leaders with this new job title. Chief Analytics Officer (CAO) appears to have now joined Chief Knowledge Officer and Chief Insight Officer in the pantheon of possible names, for the most senior customer insight leader in a business. 6 key attributes of a chief analytics officer Returning to one of my soapboxes,.. Read More

Event: Insurance Data & Analytics 2014

This event organised by Post Magazine was pretty well attended by Insurers and their suppliers. Although the audience was pretty quiet during Q&A sessions after each speaker, there was plenty of time for questions and a good buzz of questions & ideas during the breaks. A good mix of presentations, interviews and panel sessions as well. With apologies to those who my failing memory has overlooked, here are my recollections:.. Read More

Do you benefit from the full breadth of Customer Insight?

Different businesses continue to use the term “Customer Insight” to mean different things. Even in our poll of over 100 customer insight leaders, only half of you considered data management or database marketing to be part of Customer Insight. The majority also had only research reporting into them, not analytics. Does that ring true with your role? In June, I shared a definition of Customer Insight that I find useful: “A non-obvious understanding.. Read More

Poll: Latest results on analytics software

Well with over 60 votes in, the results appear to have stabilised into a clear pattern. As has been the case through most of my customer insight career, SAS and SPSS (now IBM) are the leading analytics software used by CI teams. For several weeks now they have tied at 25% of votes each. The real change over recent years, at least from my perspective working with Financial Services companies, has.. Read More

Poll: Which Analytics Software?

“We use R” is a comment I used to only hear from recent graduates or some analysts working in the public sector. Both these sectors appeared to more readily accept open source software. But this does appear to be changing, over recent years I have heard a few commercial organisations share their interest in saving licence fees and moving to R for their analysts. Are you one of them? Do.. Read More

Why you need your analysts to be storytellers and how to develop them

I wonder how many of you value being a storyteller, as one of the most valuable skills in your analysts or data scientists. Do you? Even writing that it seems a strange thing to say, almost an oxymoron for such quantitative roles. Surely you can’t expect these specialists to also master the humanities? However, as I look back over the pieces of analysis which have driven most change in the businesses.. Read More