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With just 12 weeks to go until Brexit and the Government's plan being thrown out by Parliament, attention has turned to the potential impact of no deal on the digital industry. What is emerging is not reassuring for anybody working across ad tech or digital marketing - with the possible exception of Google. By David Reed
Michelle Wong has always been interested in numbers, so it is no surprise that she has ended up working in analytics at technology companies such as Expedia. Now at Farfetch, a luxury online fashion marketplace, Wong told Toni Sekinah what she thinks are the key attributes to being a good leader and what she does to refocus if her self-belief starts to falter.
One in four enterprises are at the stage of data and analytics maturity whereby, at the very least, they embed data and analytics into all businesses processes and decision making. This is one of the findings of a Harvard Business Review Analytic Services study. Toni Sekinah reports.
Eduardo Anglada of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Space Astronomy Centre is currently working on the Gaia mission to map one billion objects in the Milky Way. Anglada and Jordi Calvera Sagué of InterSystems explained to Toni Sekinah how much data is involved in categorising a billion space objects, and the requirements of the technology that supports this extra-terrestrial task.
Mine Çetinkaya-Rundel believes that analysts and data scientists have been missing out on a key lesson - how to ensure their great ideas and models can be reproduced by others. That's why her course - which she is giving a taster of at DataFest in March - focuses on the real-world application of computational statistics. David Reed found out more
Data leader Natalie Jakomis finds the innovative nature of data and technology exciting, especially the fast rate of change and the opportunity to buld solutions that can revolutionise industries. She now works at GoCompare and told Toni Sekinah about some of the high points in her career so far and how she learnt to step into the limelight and celebrate her achievements.
The wealth of data generated by road journeys means there is plenty of analysis to be done that can improve efficiency and logistics. Frank Kozurek, of coach transport company National Express, told Toni Sekinah which tools his company is using to optmise its network.
Pete Sherlock of the BBC’s Shared Data Unit explained how the public corporation is spreading data skills to regional news titles. Could the BBC’s Shared Data Unit be a model for data skills transfer in other sectors? Toni Sekinah considers how this might work.
Data advocate Lee Howell of the Avon and Somerset Constabulary believes that sharing data is fundamental to helping solve some of society’s biggest problems. He gave examples of how data sharing can help improve road safety awareness. Toni Sekinah reports.
Nearly one billion people had their data compromised in September. 925,633,824 data breaches and cyber-attacks to be precise, according to IT Governance. That is one seventh of the population of the entire world. At the end of December, I received confirmation that my personal identifiable information has also been accessed by nefarious individuals. In other words, I've been pwned. Here is how I handled it.
Footwear retail brand Footasylum has experienced a 28% increase in revenue derived from email as a result of delivering hyper-personalised marketing communications after working with AI company Peak. Toni Sekinah reports.
Charlotte Emms is a business intelligence engineer at video collaboration platform Seenit. She discussed the lessons she learnt on her “pretty big journey” of creating three data programmes on top of a NoSQL database in an effort to help make company data more accessible to her colleagues. Toni Sekinah reports.
Johanna Hutchinson of The Pensions Regulator discussed ‘citizen data’ with four other panellists on stage at the Women in Data conference. Toni Sekinah caught up with her afterward to talk about her career trajectory, how data workplaces can be more accommodating to all workers regardless of their family circumstances and the challenge the UK faces in becoming more data literate.

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