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Why you should stop buying consultancy (at least by itself)

When should you use external consultancy? Are you wisely bringing in wider expertise, or wasting your money on people who won’t be around to see the consequences? Such a question plagues many analytics or insight leaders. Indeed I have spoken to many, over the years, who are frustrated by the speed with which directors turn to consultants. I’ve mentioned before the need to build the reputation of your team, to.. Read More

The most important skills for Data Scientists in businesses

Which are the most important skills, needed by analysts or data scientists? It’s an interesting question to ponder. It is tempting to fall back on technical basics, like statistical knowledge & software or coding skills. But most graduate data scientists or experienced analysts will be screened for those at recruitment. So, if you are leading an Analytics, Data Science or Insight team, where should you invest? My mind was prompted.. Read More

Data Science programming languages: (3) Resources for Julia

As promised, I’m returning to our series covering data science programming languages, this time-sharing resources for Julia. My first introduction to the Julia language, was mentions at R or Python events, that “the cool kids are writing in Julia these days“. Now, bloggers are always in danger of being on the look out for something topical or trendy, but further investigation revealed that Julia is indeed a useful language with.. Read More

Are your Analytics teams growing & sharing through internal events?

Following Tony’s critique of mega-conference events, I was fortunate enough this week to join a client, at one of their internal events. It was a ‘Data & Analytics Seminar’, focused on increasing knowledge and sharing best practice. Attendees came mainly from Analytics or BI roles, but included a range of experience and technical verses business focus. There was so much to praise about this event. Held in a modern, innovation.. Read More

What topics should CPD, for Customer Insight leaders, cover?

A few different parts, of my practice, periodically remind me about Continuous Professional Development (CPD). As a leadership coach, the co-coaching events or workshops I attend, are counted towards CPD credits for my Association for Coaching membership. As an Institute of Direct & Digital Marketing member & marker, I also get annual reminders to register any personal development activities over the year. Plus, I am regularly mailed by the Institute of.. Read More

Developing that vital Domain Knowledge in your analysts

How do you develop domain knowledge in your analysts, so their data usage, interpretation & recommendations make sense? I’ve mentioned in a previous post, about the difficulties of offshoring analytics, how vital domain knowledge can be. Yet, I find most articles or speakers focus on your need to develop new technology skills (like mastering the latest ‘en vogue‘ coding language). Akin to the greater importance of softer skills in analysts,.. Read More

Where should your firm focus for 21st century growth?

Having spent a number of weeks speaking at, or chairing, various industry events – I’ve become aware how much focus there is on technology. FS firms in particular appear nervous about rise of FinTech/InsTech & convinced they should focus on digital & technology for growth. Is that right? Does success & sustainable growth come from that focus? In response, I want to share a two-part blog post, based on a.. Read More