Surfing the Storm: How the Philippines will Digitally Transform and Prosper in the Age of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence.

There is a wave of digital disruption fast approaching the Philippines. The initial impact of massive digital transformation is already being felt. Just look at what Grab, Uber and Waze did to the Taxi Industry.

The same thing will at some point impact every aspect of the Philippines economy from banking to retail to the BPO industry. Swift advances in technology coupled with unstoppable demographic forces are pushing the country forward at a quickening pace.

The big question is not when will digital transformation happen on a nationwide scale, but how much of what we currently see will survive the wave when we come out on the other side.

For organizations that are well prepared, they will see new avenues of revenue, benefit from more optimized ways of doing business and enjoy a much closer connection to their employees and their customers.

For businesses that are not well prepared, they will see constant disruption and many will likely not survive the transition to the digital age. All you have to do is look at who the world’s most profitable companies ten years ago and compare that list to the top companies today and you will see many examples of what happens to companies who did not adapt.

In the Philippines, call center capital of the world, with over One Million workers and at least 10% of the nation’s GDP, we see a massive threat from one of the keystones of digital transformation, artificial intelligence. As many as 70% of work force and an untold number of workers in supporting industries (well over an additional million Filipinos) will likely see their current job replaced or at least heavily impacted by technological advances.

There are things being done to address this and with the right solutions falling into place we can envision a massive upskill training of the workforce. However, when it comes to both digital transformation and artificial intelligence, the best way to mitigate risks and take advantage of new opportunities is by turning to experts that can guide a business through a process of evolution.

It is an unfortunate truth however, that in the Philippines, a significant shortage in data-driven leaders and tech savvy workers who can teach others is a key challenge.  Exacerbating the problem is that our current education system has not been as closely aligned with building data and tech skills as we would like to see.

Again, we see a lot of positive momentum in schools starting to offer data science programs and government entities updating curriculums, but they too struggle with the lack of experts who can teach the skills in high demand. This has led to a massive disconnect is the demand for data and tech skilled workers and the supply of qualified ones.

In addition, we have to recognize some hard truths about the way the youth of today and tomorrow learn. Besides updating our traditional education and corporate training models, we have to embrace new ways to learn. YouTube, Wikipedia, TED Talks, Coursera, the Khan Academy and an endless list of others… they are all lessons in digital disruption that can benefit us and guide us on our path.

So that challenge leads us to coming up with upskill training in data science, analytics, digital marketing, and a wide range of tech jobs for hundreds of thousands if not millions of Filipinos. On the plus side there are a lot of high quality solutions out there and a core element of thought leaders working on the skills problem. However, when you look at scale, there just simply is not enough of us currently to get close to the end goal.

The current ecosystem of industry associations, higher education institutions, government programs, independent training providers are all striving to meet the demand, but at times it is very fragmented. There is an overarching need for an umbrella organization to help unify the landscape. That’s what is behind the mission of the soon to launch Analytics Association of the Philippines.

As we bring together key players and influencers we can build an advocacy. Built on cooperation and a strategic vision to uplift the whole of the nation, we can tackle the challenges posed by the lack of experts and the skills mismatch. Together we can work to enhance the way we train, evolve the way we teach and use our influence to empower.

That’s my big vision for How the Philippines will Digitally Transform and Prosper in the Age of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence. We will use big data analytics as our surfboard to help us navigate the wave of digital transformation and come out the other side as an example of how a nation can come together and Surf the Storm.

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Analytics Leadership – DMAIPH is a founding member of the Analytics Association of the Philippines (AAP.PH) 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.

 

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APEC Data Science & Analytics Key Competency #4: Domain Knowledge and Application

According to the APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) Advisory Group, Domain Knowledge and Application is one of the key competencies of a Data Science & Analytics professional working in the region.

By definition, a DSA professional can apply domain-related knowledge and insights to effectively contextualize data, achieved by practical experience (e.g. apprenticeships) and exposure to emerging innovations.

In my own experience, I knew Wells Fargo data like the back of my hand, but my domain knowledge would have easily allowed me to the same great things with other big banks. When I toyed with the idea of moving into the health services industry, it was obvious my skills would be useful but I had a lot ot learn about the domain knowledge of healthcare data.

Since, domain knowledge represents knowledge and insight that is unique to the organization or industry and that analysts need to consider when conducting any data project. Without this knowledge, analytics solutions may not entirely address the real business problem.

In my experience, domain knowledge about the data being analyzed can sometimes be acquired through exploration of the raw data.  Often, good analysts become subject experts just by playing with the data and asking questions to domain experts about the data.

Given the dearth of analytics talent in many areas, reality will dictate that a lot of data projects will have to be done without sufficient domain knowledge. However, most experts would agree the best results come when the ones using the data, know the data.

So, it behooves companies to invest more in educating and enabling internal resources then looking outside for DSA talent. My solution to this is to introduce apprenticeship programs where subject matter experts train current staff with high DSA affinity who are currently working in other roles.

As an example, there are likely thousands of current call center agents who have the aptitude to be analysts an data scientists, but never had the opportunity to of into DSA. Given they are already employees with proven track records of success, they would be much more likely to have the domain knowledge needed.

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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.

Philippines BPOs: Prepared To Stay On Top?

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The Philippines looks to remains the top Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) preference of companies around the world.

In fact, during 2016, the Contact Center Association of the Philippines (CCAP), the country’s Information Technology and Business Process Management (IT-BPM) sector projected that by 2017, the industry will provide more than 1.3 million jobs and over $25 billion revenue.

As of 2016, the industry employs 1.2M people and accounts for around 8% of Philippines’ GDP.  However, despite of  the continuous growth of the BPO, experts see a potential end to the growth of the industry.

In a study of Frost & Sullivan, low-skilled jobs in the outsourcing industry would decline by 28 percent within the next 6 years but will give rise to high-skilled outsourcing jobs by 2022.

By 2025, Pew Research Center survey expects robots and digital agents to replace a large number of BPO workers. “The Death of the Call Center”, Xerox’s worldwide survey revealed 42 percent of respondents said that call center will cease to exist but predicts the rise to “super-agent” who has high-tough and high value assistance to customers’ more complex problems.

The wide spread of robotic process automation (RPA) and artificial intelligence threatening to replace human agents is now the opportunity that companies under the BPO industry have been eyeing. For an instance, AI intelligence or the ability of machines to imitate human intelligence that get’s better through time and repetitive use is slowly changing the game.

A good example is Luvo, a virtual assistant that could assist customer problems such as lost or stolen bank cards and forgotten pin numbers. A startup founded by George Yang,  called AI Pros’, a voice-based natural language software, that can speak with customers using spoken English to pitch them a sale and only need human intervention when there are words that the system can’t understand  has shown an 80 percent increase in performance  of call centers. AI Pros’ is geared to help the BPO to cope with the AI threat by creating higher value jobs.

The alarming peril of the technological advancement to the BPO’s has also been recognized as a serious concern by the government. Senate Resolution No. 344 is the government’s response to maximize the  the development of AI technologies whilst acknowledging the possible negative impacts to jobs and employment in the country. With these, people seeking for employment are encouraged to take on the opportunities posed by the growth in software and mobile programming, cloud, analytics and other technical skills.

The bright side of this probable sunset of the BPO industry is that, companies and universities in the Philippines have responded positively through organizing events, trainings  and integrating growing industries such as analytics in the curriculum currently offered.

This initiative will create a highly skilled and competent pool of human resource that secures them against the threat of the downfall of the BPO industry. In addition, analytics training companies such as Decision-Making, Analytics & Intelligence Philippines (DMAIPH), BPO’s can be be guided as to how to slowly navigate from losing to winning  back the market.

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Analytics in the Philippines – The Philippines is at the center of the action when it comes to solutions to the global need for analytics. Blessed with a solid foundation of young, educated and English speaking workforce, companies around the world are look for Filipino analytics talent to fill analytics positions.

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DMAIPH was set up to facilitate these solutions and bring the talent and the business together. And that is exactly why I wrote Putting Your Data to Work, the first analytics guidebook designed specifically for the Philippines.

Contact DMAIPH now at analytics@dmaiph.com or connect with me directly to order the book. Take advantage of this unique global opportunity and get more analytics in your career or in your business.

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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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.

jobspicture2If 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.

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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.

DMAIPH Analytics Apprenticeship Program Starts May 15, 2017

Analytics Apprenticeship Program Starts May 15, 2017

This is a 3-6 month, paid apprenticeship program that will provide in-depth and hands on training with a range of analytics skills needed across various industries today. At the end of the apprenticeship, you will a very strong change of staying with DMAIPH or being referred to one of our key business partners.

We are looking for 3-4 highly motivated, tech savvy, young professionals or fresh grads to join our program. Past apprentices have gone on to have successful analyst careers in a wide range of companies including HP, Emerson, Citibank, Wells Fargo and

Skills all analysts will learn

  • How to apply the DMAI methodology of business analytics
  • Advanced Excel Skills like Pivot Tables, Marcos, Formulas and Data Visualization
  • Using Tableau for Business Dashboards
  • Using SQL and R for Predictive Analytics
  • The key aspects of Data Storytelling

In addition, each track will focus on specific skill sets including but not limited to:

  1. Business Analyst
  • Analytics Assessment Facilitation
  • Project Planning and Documentation
  • Management Metrics Reporting
  1. Finance Analyst
  • Financial Forecasts
  • Budget Planning
  • Expense Tracking & Reporting
  1. Events Management Analyst
  • Competitor Intelligence
  • Market Research
  • Lead Generation, Tracking and Reporting

Compensation package is dependent on experience and skills, but in the range of P20,000 a month.

Interested applicants should send an updated resume to danmeyer@dmaiph.com as well as plan on attending a group interview exercise on April 29 in Ortigas.  Group interviews will be held from 10am-12noon and from 5pm-7pm at Unit 1704 Prestige Tower on Emerald Ave (F. Ortigas Jr. Rd) at the office of IBA.

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Analytics Jobs – 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.

I Have Always Admired People Who Have “Grit”!

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.

In short we are looking for a people who have grit!

http://www.forbes.com/sites/margaretperlis/2013/10/29/5-characteristics-of-grit-what-it-is-why-you-need-it-and-do-you-have-it/

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Came across this interesting Forbes article. What makes up “grit”?

1. Courage

2. Conscientiousness 

3. Follow Through

4. Resilience

5. Excellence

Yeah, I got those. 🙂

So do most of the people who I surround myself with.

Grit is something that got me to where I am and will get me to where I’m going.

Do you have grit?

DMAIPH specializes in arming the Data-Driven Leader with the tools and techniques and the grit 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.

How is Buisness Analytics Used in the Philippines?

Another search result that lead someone to http://www.dmaiph.com

And it is a very good question.

Analytics in the Philippines is something that I have spent the past 6 years trying to champion.

We have come a long way, from where hardly anyone really knew what analytics meant to a time where just about every business is trying to get more analytics in it.

By far the most common use of analytics is management reporting. It’s not uncommon for the Philippines to follow trends in American by 10 years or so.. and this is true when it comes to analytics.

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10 years ago I was a business analyst and we were pretty uncommon outside corporate America. But in the time since then we have seen an explosion in analytics jobs and now in data science jobs.

The past year we are seeing that trend here in the Philippines.

There are some great business analysts here in the Philippines who do some pretty amazing things with business intelligence tools. But they are mostly limited to descriptive analytics.

The number of Filipinos who can do advanced analytics like building models and predictive analytics are few and far between.

So as of now, most business analytics focuses on reports. Occasionally I see some amazing data  visualizations or complex predictive models, but they are still by far the exception to the norm.

In the coming months you will see more and more trainings and courses built around more advanced types of analytics, but I have to wonder if its almost too little too late.

Time will tell.

Analytics in the Philippines – The Philippines is at the center of the action when it comes to solutions to the global need for analytics. Blessed with a solid foundation of young, educated and English speaking workforce, companies around the world are look for Filipino analytics talent to fill analytics positions.

DMAIPH was set up to facilitate these solutions and bring the talent and the business together. And that is exactly why I wrote Putting Your Data to Work, the first analytics guidebook designed specifically for the Philippines. Contact DMAIPH now at analytics@dmaiph.com or connect with me directly so we can help you take advantage of this unique global opportunity.

 

 

DMAIPH Help Wanted > Curiosity Above All Else

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 will ensure you are tapped into the best of the best when it comes to analytics in the Philippines.

This is far more then just a simple office job and much more rewarding then your typical customer service or call center job.

Contact DMAIPH now at analytics@dmaiph.com or connect with me directly to find out how to take advantage of this booming opportunity.

We are currently hiring for the following positions:

Office Based (in Ortigas)

  •  1 Senior Marketing Analyst1 to oversee company branding, training materials, and social media content publications. Potential opportunity to work partly from home. (Pay range is 25-30K depending on experience)
  • 1 Junior Marketing Analysts/Admin Assistants to assist with trainings, social media marketing and administrative office duties. (Pay range is 10-23K depending on experience)
  • 1 Hybrid Marketing/Recruitment Analyst to assist with recruitment when we have openings and to spend the rest of time on internet research, social media marketing and assisting with training.  (Pay range is 18-25K depending on experience)

All positions come with government mandated benefits, a competitive salary based on experience and with a large degree of job flexibility.

However, fresh grads, undergrads and even high school grads are encouraged to apply. DMAIPH does not discriminate based on age, appearance or social status.

To join the  DMAIPH team, send a resume now to analytics@dmaiph.com

If you are a curious person by nature, we want you!

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Analytics is the application of using data and analysis to discover patterns in data. DMAIPH specializes in empowering and enabling leaders, managers, professionals and students with a mastery of analytics fundamentals. Contact DMAIPH now at analytics@dmaiph.com or connect with me directly to find out what we can do to help you acquire the analytics mastery you and your organization need to be successful in today’s data-driven global marketplace.

Looking Ahead To The Most Awesome Analytics Year Ever

A little over 5 years ago my Analytics Story begun.

The first year was all about validating my business plan of being an analytics resource to Filipino schools, companies and to a large number of Filipinos themselves.

The 2nd year was taking the concept, basic analytics training, and getting it in front of a variety of audiences to see what where the biggest needs in the marketplace.

Year Three saw us start focusing on the things that gave me both profit and satisfaction. Trainings for groups of professionals who were hungry to get more analytics into their businesses.

By the 4th year my priorities evolved to firming up the foundation of the business to ensure smooth operations so that I could focus more on what I do best; empowering analysts to use data to drive decision-making.

Last year saw it all come together. Year 5 was all about building a network to take my passion and do much more with it then my small team could take on alone. I trained more Filipinos across a wider range of need then I could have imagined. And yeah, we made a nice profit too. Also got my first analytics book published.

img_7910Now, as I look at year six I see the fruits of our blood, sweat and tears and I see nothing but growth. More and more Filipinos empowered to use data, across an even wider swath of backgrounds and in an ever increasing footprint.

2017 is going to be the most awesome analytics year ever, not just for me. Not just for my business. But for my beloved adopted home, the Philippines.