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Best of Data Visualisation, more faves from #IIBAwards 2018

Best of Data Visualisation

Continuing our look at the best of data visualisation, as recognised at this years IIB Awards.

This post continues from our first part, by reviewing my personal selection from the other topic categories. As previously, I may sometimes select bronze or silver finalists. So, I do not always agree with the judges.

My interest is in examples that are helpful to analysts working in business today. I hope these positive examples build on the Data Visualisation resources that we have shared previously. Those were recommended blogs, experts to follow on Twitter & the best Data Viz books.


Data Visualisation excellence, my faves from #IIBAwards 2018

Data Visualisation excellence

This time of year we have another opportunity to celebrate excellence in data visualisation, at the IIB 2018 awards.

The Information Is Beautiful (IIB) awards have been running since 2012. Originally created by Data Viz pioneer & artist David McCandless

His excellent Information is Beautiful blog works well with sponsor Kantar Media. Together they have done a good job of highlighting some of the best data visualisers of 21st century.


Insights from FS firms sharing on CX at #CXCEU2018

Insights from FS firms

This week, I was delighted to attend FinTech Network’s #CXCEU2018 event. It’s the third year running that I’ve been part of this meeting. It brings together FinTech startups & established FS firms, to focus on CX.

As I’ve shared from previous years. this often helps highlight the need for customer insight to guide innovation. Despite the media focus on FinTech or InsurTech startups being all about new technology, analytics & insight can be more important. (more…)

Data Leaders Summit 2018 – debrief on the grand finale

Data Leaders Summit 2018

Let’s continue my debrief from chairing the Data Leaders Summit 2018 in Barcelona.

It has been impressive that, even after a late night of consuming beverages, attendance & participation has still been high. Data Leaders are clearly a hardy bunch!

All joking aside, the quality of both the speakers & audience questions have shown why this event is worth attending. Plus, the mix of keynotes, interviews, panels & workshops have kept the content fresh. 20 minute sessions (including Q&A) also help focus the mind.


Data Leaders Summit Europe 2018 – Day One

Data Leaders Summit Europe 2018

As promised, I am taking a break from chairing Data Leaders Summit Europe 2018, to share with you.

Once again, this year’s summit has been a really useful event. Numbers of attendees have doubled, so they must be doing something right.

The advice I give the audience when I chair such events, is to identify just one thing they will do differently as a result of hearing each speaker. I will expand a little on that, dear reader, but only to share 3 points that struck me from each session. (more…)

Two useful events to consider attending this month

useful events

Francesco’s great debrief on the “Rise of AI” conference in Berlin, heralds a month focussed on useful events.

I will be sharing details of events that I consider worth attending & later this month also posting debrief summaries from those useful events.

Both of these events are ones that I will be personally attending, so can vouch for. As I’ve encouraged previously, consider carefully which events will provide real value to you. Avoid the mega conferences where size can replace relevance for you. I recently heard a speaker compare these to the “supermarket sweep” of events, with their focus on exhibition stands & giveaways. For me, I’m afraid that includes large events like Technology for Marketing & Big Data London, both of which I will be avoiding. (more…)

Sharing takeaways from the Rise of AI conference, Berlin 2018

Rise of AI conference 2018

Building on the lessons we learnt from Tony Boobier’s book on AI & work, let’s hear more about the Rise of AI.

At the start of a month when I will be chairing and attending events, I was delighted to receive Francesco Corea‘s debrief. In this post, he shares his learning journey while attending the Rise of AI conference in Berlin.

Francesco has shared before his overview of the InsurTech sector, so it’s great to read these about wider AI applications.  A number of Francesco’s lessons learnt echo warnings from Tony’s book. They also confirm the needed convergence of technologies, that I’ve shared before on blockchain. (more…)