Tag Archive: visualisation

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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Empowering Employees to become Data-Centric

Building a data-centric organisation is becoming critical if you want to develop a strong competitive advantage. In this post I examine some insights into, what I consider, a key step, in actually ‘being’ data-centric. Given that any company is made up of more than just its executive team, it therefore makes sense that it should …

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Establishing a Data Science Program

Data science has been gaining attention over the last few years, but as with most new trends or topics, some organisations have been slow to actually adopt and implement it. Although data science, by its nature, is quite an unstructured discipline, you may just need a more formal strategy to implement such a program in …

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Analytics for Small Companies

Over the last few years, we have seen large organisations implement analytical technologies, like Data Warehousing, Business Intelligence (BI) and even Big Data Analytics, and we have seen some of them achieve the objective of a positive Return on Investment (ROI) on these initiatives. However, does the same reality apply to small to medium sized …

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Graphic Design in Data Science

This post is about an interesting debate around the relevance of graphic design skills in the data scientist’s portfolio. Should there be a graphical designer in the data science team? Should graphic design be taught in the data science curriculum?

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Big O and Big Data

Last week I attended the Oracle Big Data and Extreme Analytics event in Melbourne. The packed audience was a good indication how relevant this topic is. Oracle illustrated and demonstrated the flow from unstructured data on Hadoop, through the Oracle NoSQL platform, integrated with structured data in their BI stack running on Exadata, to end …

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Storytelling in Data Science

Comics are a combined medium of written text and pictorial images used to convey stories, typically in a social context. Initially comics were mostly humorous, but since then have communicated many other sentiments, and even instructive information. Contextual storytelling is analogously important in data science.

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Data Scientist – Job Spec

In my next life I want to be a data scientist… Appart from being labelled the sexiest job for this decade, it encompasses a very interesting mix of job functions. The typical data scientist performs a combination of technical IT tasks, various forms of data analysis, and high-end consulting to the business. However, while these …

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