Category Archive: Data science

Data science = Data analysis "plus"

Does prescriptive analytics deserve more attention?

Leveraging data to gain worthwhile insights is fast becoming a natural practice for businesses, as they contend to remain competitively viable in a market where the only constant seems to be change. Data is an asset and those not investing in it are likely to be missing out.

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At the core of successful AI lies quality data

Globally, the world is abuzz around Artificial Intelligence (AI). At the very core of AI lies data – and data of course is what really drives me.

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The value of the CDO

Chief Data Officer (or CDO) is a term that cropped up during the early 2000s, and two things became apparent to me. First was that many organisations found themselves caught in the ‘hype’ of having a CDO and second, that far too many organisations appointed a CDO without a clearly defined data analytics strategy.

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The data science strategy – part II

The eagerness of how data science can help businesses ‘achieve’ still seems be high on the agenda amongst business and IT leaders that are looking for ways to leverage their data. In fact, many are of the view that ‘if this process can help solve our business challenges and create new opportunities, let’s definitely hire …

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The data science strategy – part I

In the world of BI, it is not rare to hear a professional say ‘I want to become a data scientist’ due to the nature of this field being so new and exciting. As an interdisciplinary profession, which requires a candidate to create value out of data, and create it in a way that businesses …

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Big Data – Round 2

If you had told me a decade ago that big data was going to get bigger, I may not have believed you – given that most IT terms are often surrounded by so much hype, and given that growing data types and volumes is, in fact, nothing new. Many people thought this ‘fad’ would not …

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Health Data Analytics 2016

I had the privilege and pleasure to attend HISA’s Health Data Analytics conference in Brisbane on 11 and 12 October 2016. What follows is this particular BI and Analytics consultant’s impressions and insights from the conference in terms of the main themes covered and the messages and impressions I take away, again from my particular …

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Seven Tips to Improve Data Storytelling

Data analysis and exploration can answer many of the questions that decision makers have, and even generate questions that some businesses have not yet even figured out. Of course it also sparks curiosity around the value that data brings. Data has purpose and meaning – but not all organisations understand this – which is what …

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Hospital Analytics – are we getting there?

In the research literature we find thousands of papers documenting academic projects documenting analytical models for the hospital environment. But the big question we need to investigate is – how much of it is actually used operationally to make a real change to treatments and patient outcomes?

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