The Past Week Reminds Me Why I Love Analytics in the Philippines

When I left the U.S. five years ago, it was to chase a dream.

The dream although simple to me was one that many people thought impossible at the time… to see analytics becoming a topic of everyday conversations.

In business, in education, in the government and in the media over the past week, I have been part of conversations about how to empower 100,000s of Filipinos to get more analytics in what they do.

There is still so much to be done to turn this dream into a reality, but as I have talked with journalists, professors, political figures and business leaders, I keep getting the same result… the dream is now one that many share.

Some examples of the new reality…

The Analytics Association of the Philippines (AAP.PH) will be the umbrella on which so many analytics initiatives incubate, grow and prosper.

Schools like De La Salle – College of St. Benilde, the University of Asia & Pacific, and UP will continue to offer new and innovative courses built around regional standards for the enablement of data science and analytics.

New batches of students like CSB’s SMIT students taking Business Analytics subjects will enter the workforce armed with more skills then any batch before them.  They kids are learning Tableau while still in school. How cool is that?

Advocacies like Augment BPO will rise up to address clear and present threats like the one that AI presents to the BPO industry.

And that’s just the tip of the proverbial ice berg.

It’s been a really good week.  No, check that… its been a great week.

And it all reminds me of why I love this adopted country of mine so much.

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The Augment BPO Data Science and Analytics Advocacy Project (Augment BPO) is empowering BPO Companies, Executives, and Workers in the Philippines to prepare for and address the clear and present danger posed by Artificial Intelligence Chatbots (AI Chatbots) to BPO revenue growth and jobs through Data Science and Analytics strategy planning, awareness building and upskill training.

DMAIPH is a founding member of the Analytics Association of the Philippines and specializes in arming the Data-Driven Leader with the tools and techniques they need to build and empower an analytics centric organization. Analytics leadership requires a mastery of not just analytics skill, but also of nurturing an analytics culture. We have guided thousands of Filipino professionals to become better analytics leaders. Contact DMAIPH now at analytics@dmaiph.com or connect with me directly to discuss a uniquely tailored strategy to ensure you are the top of your game when it comes to Analytics Leadership.

Top Data Science & Analytics Skills in Demand: 2017 vs 2022

One question I get asked a lot are what are the best skills to master for Data Science & Analytics (DSA) jobs right now?

Another question is what skills will be in demand five years from now.

With both questions, most of the ones asking are looking for specific applications or tools to learn. Often my reply is that it really doesn’t matter which tool or application you use as much as you get practical experience working with data.

My point is that job titles and technical skill sets come and go as technology evolves… what you really need to do is be in a place where your curiosity and critical thinking are continuously challenged. It helps to also be somewhere that encourages new solutions and has a culture that fosters innovation.

Not easy to find, but thats more important to me then what you learn now. That said, I still have to answer the questions with some sense of what to learn and master so…

Here are some of the top DSA skills needed right now:

  • Management Reporting
  • Advanced Excel
  • Familiarity with Business Intelligence Tools
  • SQL Coding for Teradata Databases
  • Transforming Data Warehouses into Data Lakes
  • Business Dashboards and Data Visualization with Tableau
  • Predictive Analytics with R and Azure
  • Predictive Model Building with SPSS
  • Data Storytelling

By no means a exclusive list… if you do a quick search of job posting for DSA professionals you will not find two job posts with the exact same requirements.  From where I sit, these are just the ones I see a lot.

When it comes to the future, I did a quick search and came up with this list…

Here are some of the top DSA skills likely needed over the next 5 years.

  • Natural Language Generation and Text Analytics
  • Human/BioMetric Analytics
  • Machine Learning
  • Prescriptive Analytics
  • Chat Bot Design and Maintenance
  • AI Virtual Assistants Design and Programming
  • IoT Sensor Analytics

Again… not even close to a complete list, but you can get a sense of where things are going.

Assuming most companies mature past the basic analytics phase and that we continue moving towards AI solutions at the current pace, there will be a lot of new analyst jobs out there with new titles. Data Scientists will be busy solving a wide range of data challenges that currently still seem like Science Fiction today.

At least that’s my take as of now.

It will change.

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The Augment BPO Data Science and Analytics Advocacy Project (Augment BPO) is empowering BPO Companies, Executives, and Workers in the Philippines to prepare for and address the clear and present danger posed by Artificial Intelligence Chatbots (AI Chatbots) to BPO revenue growth and jobs through Data Science and Analytics strategy planning, awareness building and upskill training.

Data Science and Big Data Analytics For Finance

Was recently asked to do a one hour talk on data science and big data analytics for Finance… so I created A Step By Step Process To Get More Value Out Of Your Finance and Accounting Data.

To get started, we will discuss at a high level what is analytics, big data and data science and how it can be used in Finance and Accounting to get more value out of all the numbers you have in your business.

Per Deloitte, “In today’s highly competitive business environment, companies need more from Finance than accurate financial statements and reports. They need forward-looking, predictive insights that can help shape tomorrow’s business strategy and improve day-to-day decision-making in real time. “

New IT applications and infrastructure such as big data technologies, predictive analytics, as well as modern mathematical methods are opening up new possibilities for gathering and processing large amounts of data and opportunities for generating value.

They keys to a sound data science and analytics approach to Finance include the following:

  • A Process for Using Big Data to Answer Business Questions
  • A Well Mapped Data Lake of all the Data Finance Needs
  • The Right Mix of Analytics Talent, Technique and Technology
  • A Top Down Embrace of an Analytics Centric Culture

By translating data into insights around financial statements and operations, the finance team can unlock and create new value. Being able to identify unrealized and often unexpected potential as well as quickly and decisively mitigating risk, data science and analytics can take your team to a new level of insight and performance.

This in turn supports the finance function to make better decisions by being able to understand what has happened and why, and then predict what may happen next. The end result is a strategy built on data and one with a much higher rate of success then ones based on intuition or gut feel.

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The Fundamental of Business Analytics – Business Analytics is the application of talent, technology and technique on business data for the purpose of extracting insights and discovering opportunities. DMAIPH specializes in empowering organizations, schools, and businesses with a mastery of the fundamentals of business analytics. Contact DMAIPH now at analytics@dmaiph.com or connect with me directly to find out how you can strengthen your business analytics fundamentals.

Analytics for Team Leads: Optimize Analytics & Data Science for More Efficient Operations and Engaged Employees

Join DMAIPH and Augment BPO in a two-day analytics training for Team Leads on August 22-23, 2017 in Ortigas! 

Learning Session Description

Every  organization is looking for a way to better understand what’s working and what’s not working in their operations. By using meaningful Big Data Analytics techniques, your leadership efforts can be greatly enhanced.

Learning Session Outline

In the past few years, we have seen the importance of big data, analytics and data science grow at a dizzying pace.

With real-time operations metrics & reporting, we can finally know what’s happening in our business, with our employees and with our customers.

New technologies like social networks, data rich information systems and business intelligence applications are fundamentally changing the entire operations process.

The pressure to deliver results has never been greater. Team Leaders are now more than ever required to demonstrate the return on investment of their efforts are contributing to the bottom line.

Building analytics centric teams and using techniques taught in this training session will empower more data-driven decision making. This will result in both process efficiency and better return in investment in the operations of your business.

With the global demand for analytics-enabled talent booming and the coming threat of A.I. to the BPO industry, Team Leaders need a deep understanding of analytics.

Learning Session Objectives

  1. Apply Best Practice Techniques and Cutting Edge Technologies to Organize, Interpret, and Summarize Quantitative Data
  2. Create a Process to Analyze Data and Identify Patterns Not Apparent at First Glance
  3. Reduce “Analysis Paralysis” and Go from Hard Data to Well-Reasoned Conclusions in Less Time
  4. Understand the implications of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in regards to the future of work in the Philippines.

Who Should Attend

This session is suitable to a wide range of professionals but will greatly benefit:

  • Managers, Supervisors and Team Leads
  • Business Analysts working as part of an Operations Team
  • Leaders who oversee business operations

Learning Session Process

Based on a Set of Key Data Science and Analytics Competencies developed by the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), our learning sessions are designed for Team Leaders and Managers to use both in the Philippines and across the region.

Session One – Domain Knowledge & Application:  Apply domain-related knowledge and insights to effectively contextualize data, achieved by practical experience and exposure to emerging innovations.

  • Overview of Big Data, Analytics & Data Science in the Philippines
  • Cutting Edge Trends in Big Data
  • How to Apply an Analytics Process to Solving Business Problems

Session Two – Data Management & Governance: Develop and implement data management strategies and governance, incorporating privacy, data security, polices and regulations, and ethical considerations.

  • The 5 V’s of Big Data
  • The 3 Tenants of Data Governance
  • Information Security Guidelines for Filipino Businesses

Session Three – Data Analytics Methods & Algorithms: Capture, clean and inspect data. Evaluate and implement data analytics to derive insights for decision making.

  • Data Warehouses and Data Lakes
  • Blending Data from Across the Organization
  • Cloud Computing and 24/7 Data Access

Session Four – Data Science Engineering Principles for Business Operations: Use analytics software and system engineering principles and modern computer technologies to share findings and tell data stories. Develop analytic processes to improve HR operations.

  • Analytics with Lean and Six Sigma
  • Getting IT: the 3’s I and the 3 T’s of Data
  • Data Science 101: How to Build a Data Science Team

Session Five: Computing Principles for Team Leads: Apply information technology, computational thinking and utilize programming languages to design and develop data analysis processes and techniques.

  • Optimizing the use of MS Excel for Operations
  • Mangement Reporting
  • Working with the IT Team: Buy them Doughnuts

Session Six – Statistical Techniques for Data Analytics: Apply and/or direct the application of statistical concepts and methodologies for data analysis including predictive analytics.

  • Predictive Analytics Case Study: Google’s Top Performer Model
  • Tying Management Reporting to Predictive Models
  • Group Exercise: Build a Top Performer Model

Session Seven – Operational Analytics: Use data analytics and specialized business intelligence techniques for the investigation of all relevant HR data to derive insight in support of decision-making.

  • Competitor Landscapes and Demographic Profiles
  • BI Tools Demo: Tableau Public
  • Social Media Data

Session Eight – Data Visualization & Presentation: Ability to create and communicate compelling and actionable insights from data using visualization and presentation tools and technologies. Build a Business Dashboard prototype.

  • Data Visualization Guidelines
  • Group Exercise: Build a Business Dashboard Prototype
  • The Concept of Enchantment
  • Data Storytelling Case Study: The Best NBA Team of All Time

Case Studies and Exercises

We will use case studies and group exercises throughout the two-day class. In these activities, the group is divided into teams. Each team will analyze datasets using the principals learned in the various learning sessions. These exercises will also use elements from the case studies as we progress from finding data, to conducting analysis on the data and finally presenting the data.

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Augment BPO

The Augment BPO Data Science and Analytics Advocacy Project (Augment BPO) is empowering BPO Companies, Executives, and Workers in the Philippines to prepare for and address the clear and present danger posed by Artificial Intelligence Chatbots (AI Chatbots) to BPO revenue growth and jobs through Data Science and Analytics strategy planning, awareness building and upskill training.

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DMAIPH

Analytics Training – DMAIPH offers a wide range of analytics centric training solutions for professionals and students via public, in-house, on-site, and academic settings. We tailor each training event to meet the unique needs of the audience. If you need empowerment and skills enhancement to optimize the use of analytics in your organization, we are here to help. Contact DMAIPH now at analytics@dmaiph.com or connect with me directly to set up a free consultation to learn which of our DMAIPH analytics training solutions is best for you.

Help Me Pick an HR Analytics Topic…

I need your help. I am submitting a proposal to speak at an upcoming HR event being put on by my good friends at Ariva and need help determining which one sounds like the most interesting topic.

Option 1: Insightful HR: Integrating Quality Data towards Better Decisions

Most HR teams are surrounded by an almost limitless wealth of information locked inside business data. However, very few HR teams are consistently able to identify the right data at the right time and even fewer are able to integrate high quality data into the strategic decision-making process. The keys to data-driven decision-making are finding the right balance of analytics Talent, Technique and Technology. I will share a few of tips on how to align the 3 T’s in your business so that HR is able to empower data-driven decision making across the organization. For most HR teams, having good data is the easy part, distilling actionable insights is what makes all the difference

Learning Session Outline:

  1. Learn how to Identify the right data
  2. Discuss how to Inventory the data to gain actionable insights
  3. Discover how to Integrate the data insights into HR decision-making
  4. Unlock the analytics Talent needed for cutting edge HR Analytics
  5. Reveal key analytics Techniques to analyze the data
  6. Master the appropriate analytics Technology to optimize HR decision-making

 

Option 2: Driving Workforce Performance using Balanced Score Card Metrics and Analytics

Balanced Score Cards have been around since the 1990’s. HR teams across the globe have spent millions in trying to perfect ways to positively drive workforce performance based on metrics. So why is this still a topic of interest? Well, in most cases, it is because score cards and the metrics they report keep pointing us problems that are just not going away. Rising attrition, rampant job-hopping, and lower productivity are challenges we are all dealing with. In many cases, though the problem is not what we are reporting with our scorecards but the data we are populating them. As a whole, we are relying on metrics of the past to describe to us how we got here. What we need though is metrics of the future that accurately predict where we are going. I will share with you several of the metrics of the future I use for workforce reporting in my business and how we employ Predictive HR Analytics to optimize our scorecards.

Learning Session Outline:

  1. Discuss HR Metrics of the Past
  2. Learn about HR Metrics of the Future
  3. Discover how to use HR Predictive Analytics
  4. Design a Data-Driven Scorecard Template

 

Option 3: Strategic Problem-solving for Better Decision-making: Analytical and Critical Thinking in Motion

One of the biggest strategic challenges facing HR teams is transforming Big Data into actionable insights. The speed in which decision-makers need to act can often preclude the deep understanding of what value actual lies in the data. This causes misguided strategic planning and under informed decision-making across an organization. The best strategic solutions to quicker and more accurate decisions are found in a well rounded HR analytics approach. One that empowers critical thinking not just from the top, but down the ranks. Business Dashboards and Data Storytelling are two tools that should be used to quickly enable quick decisions in real time. I will show you how HR teams are able to keep one eye on strategic problem-solving while still taking care of daily challenges as they pop up.

Learning Session Outline:

  1. Discuss the challenges of HR Big Data
  2. Share HR Strategic Planning best practices
  3. Learn how to get Real Time HR Data
  4. Design HR Tactical Implementations using Analytics
  5. Align HR with Organization-wide Problem-Solving and Decision-Making

Let me know what you think asap!

Thanks!

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HR & Recruitment Analytics – The recruitment and retention of top talent is the biggest challenge facing just about every organization. You really have to Think Through The Box to come up with winning solutions to effectively attract, retain and manage talent in the Philippines today. DMAIPH is a leading expert in empowering HR & Recruitment teams with analytics techniques to optimize their talent acquisition and management processes. Contact DMAIPH now at analytics@dmaiph.com or connect with me directly to learn how to get more analytics in your HR & Recruitment process so you can rise to the top in the ever quickening demand for top talent.

Analytics for HR Managers (2 Day Training)

Deploy Big Data Analytics Solutions to Align HR with Organizational Business Strategy

Learning Session Description

Successful HR Managers are strategic planners and take decisions which are apt and considering all the facts. They also have a knack for metrics as these are essential in improvising various process in the organization and make data-driven decisions for the benefit of the organization.

Learning Session Outline

Successful HR Managers are strategic planners and take decisions which are apt and considering all the facts. They also have a knack for metrics as these are essential in improvising various process in the organization and make data-driven decisions for the benefit of the organization.

In the past few years, we have seen the importance of big data, analytics and data science grow at a dizzying pace. By using meaningful HR Analytics techniques, your recruitment and retention efforts can be greatly enhanced.

A recent Facebook job posting for HR Manager described the importance of Analytics for HR Managers. “We are looking for a visionary who gets excited about using data insights to drive HR related business decisions at all levels. The right candidate thrives on HR data, overseeing dynamic reporting and implementing actionable analysis within both HR and across the organization.”

New techniques like predictive analytics and data storytelling as well as new technologies like social networks, applicant tracking systems and business intelligence applications are fundamentally changing the entire talent management process from recruitment to retirement.

The pressure on HR Managers to deliver results has never been greater as they are required to demonstrate the return on investment being made into HR functions.

Building analytics centric teams and using techniques taught in this training session will empower more data-driven decision making across your HR organization from the top down.

Learning Session Objectives

  1. To learn analytics techniques that will allow quicker, deeper and more impactful analysis of HR & Recruitment Big Data.
  2. To be exposed to cutting edge technology being used in other companies to build HR & Recruitment business dashboards and design more powerful reports.
  3. To assess the current state of analytics in your HR & Recruitment process and build a strategy to empower the greater use of HR analytics in your organization.
  4. Understand the implications of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in regards to HR functions.

Who Should Attend

This session is suitable to a wide range of professionals but will greatly benefit:

  • HR Managers and Recruitment Managers
  • Business Analysts working with HR and Recruitment teams
  • Senior Leaders who work closely with HR and Recruitment

Learning Session Process

Based on a Set of Key Data Science and Analytics Competencies developed by the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), our learning sessions are designed for HR Managers to use both in the Philippines and across the region.

Session One – HR Domain Knowledge & Application:  Apply HR domain-related knowledge and insights to effectively contextualize data, achieved by practical experience and exposure to emerging innovations.

  • The Complexity of Multigenerational Workforces
  • Aligning the Brand between HR & Recruitment and Marketing
  • State of Data Science and Analytics in the Philippines

Session Two – Data Management & Governance: Understand data management strategies and governance, incorporating privacy, data security, polices and regulations, and ethical considerations.

  • The 5 V’s of Big Data
  • The 3 Tenants of Data Governance
  • Following Data Privacy and Security Laws

Session Three – Data Analytics Methods & Algorithms: Appreciate the processes used to capture, clean and inspect data for HR & Recruitment. Evaluate and implement data analytics initiatives to derive insights for decision making.

  • Finding the Right Data at the Right Time
  • Data Warehouses and Data Lakes
  • Blending Data from Across the Organization

Session Four – Data Science Engineering Principles for HR: Use analytics software to share findings and tell data stories. Develop analytic processes to improve HR operations.

  • Getting IT: the 3’s I and the 3 T’s of Data
  • Data Science 101: How to Build a Data Science Team
  • Data Storytelling Case Study: The Best NBA Team of All Time

Session Five: Computing Principles for HR: Appreciate information technology, computational thinking and utilize programming languages to design and develop data analysis processes and techniques.

  • Optimizing the use of MS Excel for HR and Recruitment
  • Defining KPIs Case Study: Google Project Oxygen
  • Working with the IT Team: Buy them Doughnuts

Session Six – Statistical Techniques for HR Data Analytics: Direct the application of statistical concepts and methodologies for data analysis including predictive HR analytics.

  • Predictive Analytics Case Study: HP’s Flight Risk Model
  • Tying Management Reporting to HR Analytics Models
  • Group Exercise: Build a Flight Risk Model

Session Seven – Operational Analytics: Use data analytics and specialized business intelligence techniques for the investigation of all relevant HR data to derive insight in support of decision-making.

  • Competitor Landscapes and Demographic Profiles
  • Overview of Business Intelligence Tools
  • BI Tools Demo: Tableau Public

Session Eight – Data Visualization & Presentation: Ability to create and communicate compelling and actionable insights from data using visualization and presentation tools and technologies. Build a HR Business Dashboard prototype.

  • Data Visualization Guidelines
  • Group Exercise: Build a Business Dashboard Prototype
  • The Concept of Enchantment

Case Studies and Exercises

We will use case studies and group exercises throughout the two-day class. In these activities, the group is divided into teams. Each team will analyze datasets using the principals learned in the various learning sessions. These exercises will also use elements from the case studies as we progress from finding data, to conducting analysis on the data and finally presenting the data.

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Augment BPO

The Augment BPO Data Science and Analytics Advocacy Project (Augment BPO) is empowering BPO Companies, Executives, and Workers in the Philippines to prepare for and address the clear and present danger posed by Artificial Intelligence Chatbots (AI Chatbots) to BPO revenue growth and jobs through Data Science and Analytics strategy planning, awareness building and upskill training.

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DMAIPH Analytics Training

DMAIPH offers a wide range of analytics centric training solutions for professionals and students via public, in-house, on-site, and academic settings. We tailor each training event to meet the unique needs of the audience. If you need empowerment and skills enhancement to optimize the use of analytics in your organization, we are here to help. Contact DMAIPH now at analytics@dmaiph.com or connect with me directly to set up a free consultation to learn which of our DMAIPH analytics training solutions is best for you. 

Global Chamber Manila: Filipino jobs threatened by Artificial Intelligence

For the past couple of weeks, digital transformation has been making headlines in the Philippines… finally!

A recent article from the Philippine Daily Inquirer has Senator Bam Aquino worried about Filipinos losing jobs to Artificial Intelligence.

Aquino, who chairs the Senate committee on science and technology, filed Resolution No. 344 that seeks to look into the government’s plan and initiatives to maximize the development of AI and other emerging technologies. Aquino says, “This early, we should be preparing for any eventuality that may occur when automation goes into full swing.”

Thus, we need to move very quickly to prepare! Don’t miss the Digital Transformation Summit on May 24-25. Save 15% on tickets with promo code: DTSBBDA15

Read the full news article: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/894684/filipinos-losing-jobs-to-artificial-intelligence-bam-aquino-worried

DMAIPH hires, refers and connects Filipino analytics talent. The Philippines is at the center of the action when it comes to solutions to the global need for analytics.

Working with DMAIPH to find work, hire analytics talent or set up analytics teams will ensure you are tapped into the best of the best when it comes to analytics in the Philippines. Contact DMAIPH now at analytics@dmaiph.com or connect with me directly to find out how to take advantage of this booming opportunity.

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Global Chamber Manila helps members get business done across metro areas!

We are a thriving and collaborating community of CEO’s, executives, and professionals growing business across 525 metropolitan areas. We leverage technology and our collective networks around the world to help member companies grow, reduce risk, be more productive, and succeed faster.

We are the only organization in the world with the mission to grow business from anywhere to anywhere while collaborating with every organization. We help companies, investors and business service providers around the world succeed.

Worried Your Call Center Job Might Be Taken by a Robot? You should be.

http://news.abs-cbn.com/business/05/12/17/bpos-gearing-up-for-impact-of-artificial-intelligence-on-industry

I shared this article on an FB group and got a lot of inquires from people who are indeed seeing an opportunity to move from a call center job to a Data Science and Analytics (DSA) job.

Most of the questions revolved around how to transition.

Want to get Data Science and Analytics Training. Not sure how, here are some tips!

  1. Self-Teach a Skill. (YouTube has thousands of free resources)
  2. Volunteer at Work. (Find out what skills are in demand in your company and ask if you can help)
  3. Take a Training Class (there are a lot of public training classes out there, including some that DMAIPH does).
  4. Read a Book (Experts share a lot… like my book Putting Your Data to Work: An Analytics Guidebook for Filipino Professionals)
  5. Find a Mentor (Jedi Knights start as an apprentice, so do many analysts and data scientists)
  6. Join a Group (there are a lot of meet up groups like Data Science Philippines you can use to network)
  7. Go Back to School (a few dozen schools here in the Philippines are either already offering data science an analytics programs are kicking them off soon)
  8. Follow a Blog. (Besides reading books, there are a lot of good ideas shared on blogs like mine, dmaiph.com)
  9. Become a Member (join associations like aap.ph aka Analytics Association of the Philippines)

Another question that came up often was, “What should you learn first?”

Find a tool, technique or technology that is high demand and fits your interests and aptitude. The best way to find out what to focus on is do a job search for the kind of job you want and look at the requirements. For newbies some of the in demand skills are

  • SQL (the most widely used language used for data analytics)
  • Microsoft Excel (if you know pivot tables, simple formulas and can make decent visuals you will be in high demand)
  • Tableau (a free version called Tableau Public can be downloaded and is easy to learn)
  • R (the most widely used tool for predictive analytics and data science and its free)

And then a lot more people added me on FB, hoping to network and find new opportunities. Thats a good tip too. Networking is key.

DMAIPH offers a wide range of analytics centric training solutions for professionals and students via public, in-house, on-site, and academic settings. We tailor each training event to meet the unique needs of the audience.

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Also if you own or manage a call center, we can help. In fact, DMAIPH has successfully set up Filipino analytics teams for over a dozen U.S. based businesses. Offering both virtual and office based teams that specialize in problem solving using data, new technology and analytics techniques is our strength.

Finding and empowering analytics talent is increasingly challenging, but we have mastered Surfing Into The Storm and can show you how to succesfully set up a team. Contact DMAIPH now at analytics@dmaiph.com or connect with me directly to learn more about how to set up an analytics-centric team in the Philippines.

Teaching Analytics: APEC List of Competencies

Teaching Analytics: An Instructor’s Guide to implementing the recommendations of Project DARE (Data Analytics Raising Employment).

APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) hosted an event on May 4-5 bringing together over 50 analytics experts and visionaries from over 14 counties across the Asia-Pacific region to form an advisory group.

The APEC Project DARE (Data Analytics Raising Awareness) Advisory Group started with an agenda set to develop recommended “APEC Data Analytics Competencies.

There are still being finalized, but as of last week here is a high level of the competencies that we came up with:

Business and Organizational Skills

  1. Operational Analytics: Use data analytics and specialized business analytics (i.e. business intelligence) techniques for the investigation of all relevant data to derive insight in support of decision-making.
  2. Data Visualization and Presentation: Ability to create and communicate compelling and actionable insights from data using visualization and presentation tools and technologies.
  3. Data Management and Governance: Develop and implement data management strategies and governance, incorporating privacy, data security, polices and regulations, and ethical considerations.
  4. Domain Knowledge and Application: Apply domain-related knowledge and insights to effectively contextualize data, achieved by practical experience (e.g. apprenticeships) and exposure to emerging innovations.

Technical Skills

  1. Statistical Techniques: Apply statistical concepts and methodologies for data analysis.
  2. Computing: Apply information technology, computational thinking and utilize programming languages and software and hardware solutions design and development for data analysis.
  3. Data Analytics Methods and Algorithms: Capture, clean and inspect data. Evaluate and implement data analytics and machine learning methods and algorithms on the data to derive insights for decision making.
  4. Research Methods: Utilize the scientific and engineering methods to discover and create new knowledge and insights.
  5. Data Science Engineering Principles: Use software and system engineering principles and modern computer technologies, incorporating a data feedback loop, to research, design, and prototype data analytics applications. Develop structures, instruments, machines, experiments, processes, and systems to support the data lifecycle.

Workplace Skills

  1. 21st Century Skills: Exhibit crosscutting skills essential for DSA at all levels including, but not limited too; collaboration, customer focus, communication and storytelling, organizational awareness, critical thinking, planning and organizing, problem solving, decision making, business fundamentals, awareness of social and societal awareness, intelligibility, cross cultural awareness, dynamic (self) re-skilling, professional networking, ethical mindset and entrepreneurship.

Once this list is finalized I will update you all.

My end goal is two fold, (1) to help craft a version of the competencies into an academic discipline that the Analytics Council can present to CHED for adoption and (2) to design a vocational education track to address the basic skills needed for entry level DSA work here in the Philippines.

Stay Tuned!

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Analytics Training – DMAIPH offers a wide range of analytics centric training solutions for professionals and students via public, in-house, on-site, and academic settings. We tailor each training event to meet the unique needs of the audience. If you need empowerment and skills enhancement to optimize the use of analytics in your organization, we are here to help. Contact DMAIPH now at analytics@dmaiph.com or connect with me directly to set up a free consultation to learn which of our DMAIPH analytics training solutions is best for you.

Chief Data Officer – The Data Geek in the Room

In his latest book Data Strategy, analytics guru Bernard Marr, discusses how to profit from a world of big data, analytics and the internet of things. Marr breaks down the importance of having a data strategy to ensure data-driven decision-making, improve business operations and to monetize the data in a business.

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One of the key takeaways from his book is the emerging role of Chief Data Officer. This is a separate C-Level Suite position form the more traditional Chief Technology Officer or Chief Information Officer as this person should serve as both an analytics cheerleader and data-driven decision-making champion.

Big companies have CDOs, but even smaller and medium sized companies need to have someone who acts in this role even if its not an official title. I often say that analysts have to not only analyze data, but be champions of using data for decision-making. They have to be the data cheerleaders to educate, enable, and empower the use of data and analytics across the organization.

There are six primary areas a CDO should oversee; (1) high level vision, (2) implementations, (3) data governance, (4) business opportunities, (5) data culture leader and (6) sees data as a commodity.

  1. CDOs have to have either a seat at the C-Suite table or the ear of the top decision-maker in the company. They are the ones who make sure that data is properly channeled to the right people at the right time to ensure data-driven strategies.
  2. CDOs have to be the one ultimately responsible for data project implementations. This is not an IT thing. IT should be involved, but not the owners of data and analytics.
  3. CDO’s have to make sure good data governance is followed. Data has to be stored, secure and accurate.
  4. CDO’s are the ones who have the task of discovering business opportunities and identifying risks. They should have access to all the data they need to do both.
  5. CDO’s are the ones who consistently and clearly articulate the importance of data and the value of data-driven decision-making.
  6. CDO’s see data for its monetary value. Data is a commodity that in itself can be used to not just help the company, but to generate revenue itself.

So if you have a Chief Data Officer, or just a chief data geek, you are on the right path. If you don’t have one of these in your organization then your organization are likely going to be left behind.

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