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Data Scientists 2.0, you’ve heard the case, now what can you do about it?

Following on from guest blogger Michael Young’s first post on Data Scientists 2.0, this one shares next steps. MBN chairman, Paul Forrest, builds on what Michael revealed as the learning points for employers, universities & students (from Data Science placements in Scotland). In this shorter post, Paul considers key questions for both employers and students: How can employers find these new (improved) Data Scientists 2.0? How can students currently studying.. Read More

Tips from passionate Data Insight Leaders in Barcelona

Attending the 2016 Data Insight Leaders Summit in Barcelona proved to be a very wise decision. Unlike so many buzzword-focussed events, this one actually did attract speakers & delegates who were data insight leaders. It also featured plenty of variety & interactive formats, to help delegates get fresh insights into their own data leadership challenges. My role was to chair Day Two of this event, together with the Sales &.. Read More

Colliding with a big conversation about Data Science

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending Scotland’s first “collider” event for Data Science. Data Talent Scotland brought together over 400 from the worlds of academia & commerce to talk Data Science & improve understanding of one another. Scotland is blessed with a rich source of Data Science courses & supporting universities (11 Masters courses in Data Science alone). There are also plenty of students on these well attended courses,.. 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