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Alan Turing Institute annual lecture – Better Living through Trusted Data

When Harry Powell shared, that he was planning to attend this year’s Alan Turing Institute annual lecture, I naturally asked him to blog for us. Harry is a very experienced Data Science leader, having created & led Data Science teams at several businesses, including Barclays. So, I was interested to learn more about his interest in a lecture from Prof. Sandy Pentland of MIT. As someone with a background in.. Read More

Why automating IoT needs rule elicitation, not just Data Science

Focusing on how to design & develop your teams, this month, reminded me of rule elicitation work I did over 20 years ago. We have previously focussed on the breadth of skills, including different technical skills, needed within an analytics team. As well as the modern passion for new role titles (Data Engineer, Data Journalist etc), it can be worth learning from the past. Back in the early 1990s, I.. Read More

How to manage virtual teams well, using 6 key leadership behaviours

Sitting in the comfortable coffee lounge, of a modern glass skyscraper in Canary Wharf, our conversation turned to virtual teams across India. Despite an enviable view across London, the challenges of my guest stretched across the world. He sighed as I raised the topics of how to get virtual teams to work together effectively. It seems his challenges are all too common. As I speak with analytics & insight leaders,.. Read More

2018 technology trends for leaders to consider, looking inside

Following on from our post on technology trends for leaders to consider, based on consumers, let’s look inwards. By that, I mean let’s consider both the needs of today’s organisations & technical innovations less visible to consumers. In this post, we will update you on progress with blockchain. You may recall, our posts explaining this & asking the key questions for analytics leaders. We will also consider how AI can.. Read More

Setting specific goals, as an Insight Leader, for 2018

Happy New Year, it’s time to decide what your annual specific goals will be. For the last couple of years, I’ve shared a post recommending a system for setting goals & achieving them. However, a few conversations with insight leaders have reminded me that advice remains generic. What about which goals to set? As this blog aims to support Customer Insight Leaders, I want to also offer more specific advice… Read More

Christmas Special – insight about the festive season

As Christmas draws closer, it’s time for a Christmas Special blog post. Like a double-length Radio Times, I hope these festive goodies will keep you entertained over the holiday. Two thoughts have guided my selection of material to share with you this week. Firstly, after so much focus on specific themes (Data Visualisation, Stakeholders, GDPR & Data Quality) I aim to be broader. Following my definition of Holistic Customer Insight,.. Read More

Customer Data Record Quality – reporting metrics for a broader view

Continuing our series on best practice in data quality, we turn to customer data record quality reporting. I hope you’ve been finding Paul’s series useful. It has certainly reminded me as to the need to focus on monitoring your data quality. It’s such an essential foundation to more advanced analytics work. Plus, our joint event with MyCustomer, reminded delegates of data quality as a GDPR requirement. We’ve already seen 11.. Read More