I’ve been in deep discussion with a cross-section of data and analytics leaders over the past month and it’s exciting to hear about the leaps that organisations are making to their data strategies; along with greater roll-out of advanced analytics tools. A particular focus that’s coming to the fore is how organisations are coming up with increasingly sophisticated ways of driving the value of data across the business. This often builds on showing the success (and learning points) from internal or external pilot projects and links in very tightly with cultural transformation.
Some of the key challenges that businesses in the UK are grappling with include:
- Enhancing the value of data through aligning data governance and advanced analytics tools with business goals and embedding Data as an Asset within organisations.
- Efficiently scaling pilot projects across the whole organisation, through keeping control of and resources
Exploring the growing importance of data ethics and algorithmic bias within advanced analytics tools such as Machine Learning.
- Empowering Data & Analytics leaders through aligning with corporate objectives, empowering teams and embedding a business-wide data culture.
- Practical examples of advanced analytics projects, including AI, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing and Robotic Process Automation.
These focuses will form the backbone of the Chief Data & Analytics Officer, UK conference next February in London. Over 70 speakers will participate across both days of the main conference on 27th and 28th February, which will also include a pre-conference Focus Day on 26th February.
Some highlights include:
- Ahmed Khamassi, the Vice President Data Science at Equinor (formerly Statoil), giving a case study on how they are scaling data projects across the whole organisation
- Tim Lum, the Head of Data & Insight at Virgin Atlantic, who’ll be sharing how he’s developing an offensive strategy to build additional value and drive defensive governance
- Barry Panayi, Lloyds Banking Group’s Chief Data Officer, focusing on building on the groundwork of data for regulatory compliance and towards optimal decision-making in the Financial Services & Insurance Focus Day.
If you’re interested in joining the speaker faculty, send me a quick note to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be delighted to run through the draft agenda with you and identify which topic areas are the best fit for your knowledge and experiences.