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Data Science collaboration between universities & businesses = Scotland

collaboration between universities & businesses

As a break from our focus on books, I want to return to the topic of Data Science collaboration between universities & businesses. When it works well, it can make such a difference to both students’ development & business talent pipelines. In many ways the topics are not disconnected. Books, like collaboration between universities & businesses, are conduits to learning & mutual understanding. To be strategic, analytics leaders need to think about.. Read More

Audio interviews, with Customer Insight Leaders: Norma Dove-Edwin

audio interviews

Today, we are launching a new feature for this blog, audio interviews with Customer Insight Leaders. I am delighted, to kick-off this new addition, with the help of Norma Dove-Edwin. She is the CDIO (more about that title in our interview) of Places for People Group. In this interview we discuss job titles, the role of a CDO (or CDIO), GDPR and her experience of achieving compliance. Following on from.. Read More

Why Customer Insight teams should learn from Design teams

learn from design teams

Listening to a Digital UX Design leader this week, I was struck by how much Insight teams can learn from Design teams. I had the privilege of speaking at a Marcus Evans conference on West India Quay in London. “Optimise User Experience and Digital Design to Increase Customer Centricity for Financial Institutions“. That must be the (crazily) longest event name I’ve ever attended! Anyway, before I shared on softer skills,.. Read More

Are you reinventing the wheel, every time you undertake analysis?

Once your analysts have a clear business question to answer, do they start new analysis each time, potentially ‘reinventing the wheel‘? After creating or leading data & analytics teams for many years, I began to notice this pattern of behaviour. What we seemed to lack was a consistent knowledge management solution or ‘corporate memory‘ that could easily spot what should be remembered. Funnily enough, as became convinced of the need for ‘holistic customer.. Read More

Data doesn’t kill creative, it feeds it (how to use both)

This week I had the opportunity to speak at the CIM’s “Marketing Analytics & Creative Conference“ in Cardiff. #CIMSmartArt proved to be a great event. Expertly chaired by Sameer Rahman, it focussed on the challenge: Is data killing creative? In a room with a mixture of data-led and more design/creative focussed marketers, 4 speakers had opportunity to share their experience. The result was an encouraging conclusion. That both better use.. Read More

Working on your marriage with IT

How well do you get on with your IT team? Do you see them as part of your team & you as part of theirs in a shared endeavour? If your answer was to laugh ironically, you are like many who attended DataIQ Link event this week. The third in our series on events focussed on internal partners for Customer Insight leaders. After Customer Experience & Digital, we now turn our focus.. Read More