Category Archive: Business analytics

Soft skills key differentiator of good data analytics professionals

The technical skills required to be a data analytics professional form the cornerstone of training approaches. If these individuals are not proficient in things like data wrangling, analytical approaches, modelling techniques, data exploration, or data visualisation, then they will likely not qualify. But that is just one part of what the job requires. I believe …

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Understanding the essential KPIs for data and analytics

To be successful, any organisation must be able to measure what it manages. This is especially true when it comes to data – easily one of the most significant assets any digitally driven business has access to. I recently came across this Gartner report that examines the five data and analytics (D&A) KPIs that every …

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Finding value in the data lakehouse

As you may have gathered from my previous post, I have become very interested in cloud-based data lakehouses. It was therefore with a keen interest that I read the article ‘Five Effective Ways to Build a Robust Data Lake Architecture’ on Enterprise Talk. While initially I was hoping that the author was going to review …

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Unlock new business insights through data fabrics

Seeing as I’m currently working at large for a federated organisation with significantly different and siloed business streams that are managed through a plethora of different systems – ranging from 30-year-old mainframes to modern in-cloud platforms – the topic of data fabrics is very interesting to me. Even more so given how I’m coming from …

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Debunking data analysis myths – Part 2

There are many myths surrounding data analysis, especially when it comes to identifying the best ways to drive business growth and competitive advantage. Last month, I mentioned this Forbes article that examines 14 myths in this regard, with my discussion turning to six of them. In my blog article this month, I will examine the …

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Debunking data analytics myths – Part 1

Experts in the data space know the importance of data and its analysis to help drive business growth and competitive advantage. Of course, data analytics is not something that can just be switched on and happen overnight. It does come with challenges, and overcoming those challenges are instrumental to a project’s success.

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A new world – a new way of upskilling

As the world continues to transform digitally, there is also a growing concern around how to retain the skills needed for the workforce of the future. While some believe technology and robotics may be the answer to the current skills gap, the reality is that human expertise is still needed to program machines.

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What a Chief Data Officer should be – part I

In an age where the role of a Chief Data Officer (CDO) and Chief Information Officer (CIO) are used interchangeably, it is easy to get them confused. In my personal experience in the Business Intelligence (BI) space, I have learnt to ‘accept’ the confusion. Though, I say ‘accept’ here lightly, because the hype and confusion …

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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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Using business goals to identify data analysts

The value of data has transformed many organisations today. In my view, organisations now have a better understanding that if data is used correctly, it can add great value to overall business and bottom line. In fact, according to recent research I came across, 46 percent of organisations have said that they are increasing their …

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