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What do you need to know about Machine Learning?

As we enter conference season once more, perhaps like me, you’re getting used to regular emails. Many contain advertorial content on Data Science, Internet of Things or more rarely Machine Learning. Perhaps it is an indication that corporate life is more conservative, that Analytics and Big Data are still more prominent terms. I’ve yet to hear a Financial Services executive focus on Machine Learning as a key part of their insight.. Read More

Could you be excited by automated pricing models for free?

How long does it take to build your insurance pricing models? At what cost, especially if this work is completed by highly paid actuaries? In this post we take a break from our recent events & leadership focus and get ‘down & dirty’ with technical detail. In this case the challenge for insurance businesses to build and refine their pricing models in an ever more competitive data-led battleground. I’m not.. Read More

Will Microsoft own the research toolkit?

This is big news. Rarely have I shared just one news item as a post here on CIL, but I agree with GreenBook that Microsoft’s release of Pulse for Market Research is big news. Potentially very disruptive for the plethora of survey & research software on the market, this free offering has the potential to have the kind of integration that enables ‘in house‘ research teams to work differently.

3 tips for maximising the impact of your Data Management team

Data team

This is the last in our series of 3 top tips for each of the technical teams that make up a fully effective Customer Insight department. I’ve already shared tips for database marketing, research and analytics teams. Now, last but definitely not least, your data management team. As I have written for Customer Experience Magazine, there is a danger that the new generation of more senior customer insight leaders neglect.. Read More

Poll: Latest results on analytics software

Well with over 60 votes in, the results appear to have stabilised into a clear pattern. As has been the case through most of my customer insight career, SAS and SPSS (now IBM) are the leading analytics software used by CI teams. For several weeks now they have tied at 25% of votes each. The real change over recent years, at least from my perspective working with Financial Services companies, has.. Read More

Poll: Which Analytics Software?

“We use R” is a comment I used to only hear from recent graduates or some analysts working in the public sector. Both these sectors appeared to more readily accept open source software. But this does appear to be changing, over recent years I have heard a few commercial organisations share their interest in saving licence fees and moving to R for their analysts. Are you one of them? Do.. Read More