conversation about maximising value from customer insight

What are the questions that insight leaders today want answered? (part 2)

This post concludes our two-part series, on the questions that insight leaders raised, at DataIQ Discussion 2017 event. I hope you found part one, helpful. There we focussed on topics including: measuring your impact breaking through cultural barriers best organisational design tools needed by insight teams executing your insights (driving action as a result) Those certainly were hotly debated topics, that appeared relevant to everyone around the table. All those topics.. Read More

Why Mr Claus wants Big Data Analytics for Christmas

At this festive time of year, I’ve been scouring online for relevant seasonal wishes. Here is one such wish by Santa Claus, that also suits a few Customer Insight Leaders that I know. Reading several blogs, I was delighted to find that such a seasonal take on the need for data analytics was published by my friends at Mango software. Experts & local advocates in the use of R programming language for.. Read More

Salary Surveys: Are you being paid fairly?

Salary surveys always tend to gain participants. Most people are interested in finding out how much others are earning or whether they can make a case to be paid more. All too often one hears  of analysts leaving one company, where they were told a pay rise could not be justified, to then see a job ad for their replacement advertised with the higher salary requested (or higher). It isn’t easy for employers either, of.. Read More

Are softer skills for analysts being neglected?

Are you neglecting the development of softer skills in your analysts? Talking to Customer Insight Leaders recently, including at the very pleasant DataIQ Talent Awards, it would seem they are. When sharing the experience of Laughlin Consultancy, that training for analysts in softer skills is our most popular service this year, all these leaders are not surprised and agree they are needed. If there is such widespread support for the idea, why.. 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

Analysts as storytellers

I wonder how many of you value storytelling 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 I’ve served,.. Read More