Analytics Education = Out with the Old, In with the New

Having spent the last 5 years talking about analytics here in the Philippines, it seems we are finally at a place where a significant percentage of leaders and decision-makers are now aware that they need a good analytics strategy for their business to succeed.

Now that we are finally at point where people in power get, we have another challenge. Just because they get it doesn’t mean they know how to enable it.

In fact most of our current solutions to educate and train when it comes to analytics seems to be a bit old fashioned. Analytics evolves much faster then traditional education models can keep up with.

In fact, most people learn analytics on the job. Some attend public trainings. A few receive practical experience while in school. Very few learn in vocational or apprentice like programs.

Almost all the training is done in person, with an expert teaching in a classroom setting.

Most of the training is done by talking theory and doing some exercises on mock data.

Due to data privacy issues, few companies allow employees to get up skill training while using their own data and towards solving real business problems.

To compound the challenge, there are a precious few analytics experts to go around to meet the surging demand for analytics education and training.

When I do the math… 500,000 Filipinos need analytics training in the next 5 years to ensure we can deal with the wave of digital transformation the world in undergoing.

So now what?

It’s easy to say online training is the solution. And it is part. But just filming a training and reshowing it loses a lot of the impact. When learners aren’t engaged they struggle to absorb most of the content.

So live online classes that have an interactive ability are key.

Harnessing the power of YouTube and looking at things like TED talks give us some ideas.

Formal corporate trainings can be supplemented and eventually superseded by meet-up groups and more informal learning sessions.

Formal education has to transition more from the class room and to on the job.

Right now, students spend 90% of their time in classroom and less then 10% on the job working with real data solving real problems. Many schools struggle with educating on analytics topics because they don’t have qualified professors.

Lets flip that around. Let the subject matter experts working in the field do more of the education in the workplace.

That’s just three ideas; Interactive Analytics Talks, Optimizing Meet Up Groups and much more dynamic On the Job training.

What else can we do to shot for the moon?

Dr. Data_Analytics in the Philippines

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.

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The Analytics Association of the Philippines and our DSA Moonshot

When I think about what we can accomplish with the AAP I think about some pretty big stuff.

Moonshot kind of stuff.

It took more then just a government initiative to put a man on the moon. It took an effort of thousands. And the support of millions.

For the AAP, our moonshot starts with advocacy which comes in the form of doing as much talking about DSA as possible.

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Raising awareness among decision-makers is key. It is no longer an awareness about what is DSA (Data Science & Analytics). People get it.

Now it is an awareness of how Filipinos can use DSA in their  business.

I get excited thinking about how the AAP  can focus our message as thought leaders and look to continue to complement each other in ways that individual companies could never dream of.

We have been actively looking for speaking opportunities to push the message that DSA in the Philippines is of paramount importance.  In many ways, even a matter of national security when you look at the threats of Artificial Intelligence, nationalism and political instability… impact OFWS and BPOs directly. The two biggest source of revenue in the country.

Outside the core group who have come together to get the association off the ground, we can empower the multitude of interested parties to help too spread our advocacy too.

I see us sharing our message of collaboration and the idea that a rising tide lifts all boats across every industry and from all sectors. Big and small, domestic and international, size and scope don’t really matter, we all need more analytics in our businesses.

If we get enough key players on board with the advocacy we will have a legit change to actually upskiil train 500,000 Filipinos to be DSA enabled in the next 5 years. That is the moon shot goal I’m dreaming about.

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Analytics Leadership – DMAIPH is a founding member of the Analytics Council 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.

 

Upcoming DMAIPH Analytics Trainings

Analytics is my passion. I love empowering businesses with the solutions they need to make more data-driven decisions. To that end, I went into business myself to do three things; (1) empower managers and leaders how to better use analytics in their organizations, (2) enable more data-driven business cultures and (3) provide hybrid, virtual staffing solutions. If I can ever be of any assistance, please let me know.

I’d like to invite to a few Upcoming Analytics Events. All events are in Ortigas unless otherwise noted. Here are a few of them:

  • July 11-13 – Three Pillars of Data Science: Analytics, the Cloud and Data Storytelling
  • July 24-25 – Sales Analytics: Achieving Quantity Through Quality
  • August 3 – HR Predictive Analytics: Improving Talent ROI by Predicting Success
  • August 22-23 – Actionable Analytics for Team Leads
  • September 5-6 – Strategic Analytics for HR Managers

Case Studies and Exercises

In each training we will use case studies and group exercises throughout the length of the each class. In these activities, the group is divided into teams and 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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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.

 

Sales Analytics Tip: How To Size Your Market

The Sales Champ, Jonathan Petalver, and the Analytics Guru, Dan Meyer, will be conducting a two day workshop on Sales Analytics on July 24-25 in Ortigas.

https://dmaiph.com/analytics-solutions/sales-analytics-quantitative-results-through-qualitative-approaches/

One of the tips we will share with attendees is our strategies for assessing the size of your market. Every business, every product or service, every salesperson has a unique market that it is trying to capture.

As analytics guru, Bernard Marr said, “If you don’t understand the size and potential of your market you can easily jump to conclusions about how viable your business proposition is. Market size analytics is the process of working out how large the market is for your products and services, and whether there is sufficient growth potential.”

The size of your market can be measured terms of volume (how many units sold), value (money spent in that market) or frequency (how often a product or service is sold). It is important to start to gather data points like these and track them over time. You will be able to build a strategy built on numbers, not just gut feel or your best guess.

Useful data includes government data, trade association data, financial data from competitors, and customer surveys. You will be surprised how much data is available just by doing a google search. They you can look at sites that produce and share data for free. And finally you might even consider buying data for your analytics.

strategy_istock_olm26250_thumb800Another important tip Just because a market is large doesn’t mean it’s profitable – especially if most of the customers that want a particular product or service already have one and are unlikely to want another. A lot of people get caught up in the width of the market, but forget about the depth. Sales analytics will help you determine opportunity in both dimensions.

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.

Data Analytics or HR Analytics? Which Should I Attend?

Here at DMAIPH we offer a variety of analytics training solutions to organizations here in the Philippines.

Our two most popular offerings are Data Analytics and HR/Recruitment Analytics.

We get asked a lot, what is the difference.

Well, in general the Data Analytics classes like our Big Data Analytics & Business Intelligence training this coming May 18, are designed for a general audience.

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HR/Recruitment Analytics classes like the upcoming HR Big Data & Recruitment Analytics training on March 14 in Ortigas, is designed for a much more specific audience of HR and Recruitment professionals.

 

Data Analytics attendees come from a wide range of companies and have perform a variety of job functions. The one thing they all have in common is that they are looking for data analytics techniques and technologies to help them get a handle on all the Big Data they have to work with everyday.

HR/Recruitment Analytics attendees are all working as part of Talent Management teams in HR, Recruitment, Training, Operations and other parts of an organization that primarily handle people data. So case studies, exercises and the lesson plan itself are all focused on how to use the people data in the business to enhance and empower people centric decision-making.

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HR and Recruitment professionals can benefit a lot from attending the Data Analytics trainings and we generally have a few do just that. However, for a more focused approach to getting a handle on people data, the ones who attend the HR/Recruitment Analytics trainings will probably get a little more practical application to use when they return to the office.

Target Attendees for Data Analytics:

  • Data and Business Analysts
  • Managers and Supervisors of Analysts
  • Professional Staff who create reports and manage data
  • Decision-Makers who need more analytics

Target Attendees for HR/Recruitment Analytics:

  • HR and Recruitment Analysts
  • HR and Recruitment Managers and Supervisors
  • HR and Recruitment staff who work with a lot of people data
  • Data and Business Analysts who work closely with people data

Hope that helps you decide which one to attend.

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.

HR & Recruitment Analytics: 3 Reasons You Need More (Mar 28 – Ortigas)

On March 14, 2017 in Ortigas, I will be conducting a learning session on HR and recruitment analytics entitled HR Big Data & Recruitment Analytics.

Click here for more details and instructions on how to register >>>

The 3 top reasons for anyone working in human resources and/or recruitment to attend are:

  1. To learn analytics techniques that will allow quicker, deeper and more impactful analysis of HR Big Data & Recruitment Analytics.
  2. To be exposed to cutting edge technology being used to build predictive HR models for all aspects of talent management from recruitment to training to retention.
  3. To assess the current state of analytics in your business and build a strategy to empower the greater use of both descriptive and predictive analytics in your organization’s decision-making processes.

16649482_10155094449802425_5080201225679087647_nHR Big Data & 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.

Using Data To Recruit Better Candidates (Next Training Mar 28)

A few blog posts ago I mentioned 2 important recruitment analytics data points that can be used to help better understand attrition; distance to work and difficulty of commute. If a recruitment team has a way to use data on these two metrics in their screening process, they will be able to spend less time on high risk candidates and more time on candidates who have a much higher chance of sticking with the company.

It is not hard to start tracking these data points, as long as you have their home address, a general knowledge of traffic patterns and two very useful free  tools to help in your analysis. The free tools can be found at www.itouchmap.com and www.tableau.com/public

Based on the 50 Customer Care Analysts my team has hired for our 17 seat customer care team over the past 2.5 years, you can see some clear patterns when you look at their home addresses and commute on a map.

As you can see below, the majority of our candidates who turn into long term hires live closer to the office and along easier traffic routes. As a general rule, one direct ride (bus, train or shuttle) generally equates to stickiness of the candidate. Even some who live closer distance wise, but face multiple rides have a higher attrition rate than those who live a little further but have one ride. For example, taking a bus from the central part of Quezon City might be easier then 2-3 jeepney rides from Taugig, even though the distance from Taguig is much closer.

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The map, created in Tableau Public, is generated on knowing the latitude and longitude of their home address (from their resume), which can be looked on using itouchmap. The whole project took less then 2 hours to compile, organize and upload the data into Tableau, then seconds to build the map.

During our first year as we hired people from a wider range of places we had much higher attrition (65%), but as we matured as a business along with our understanding of these and other key metrics, our attrition has dropped significantly in the past year (28%).

As elaborated on more in detail in previous posts, distance to work and difficulty of commute are not on their own data points to be used to screen candidates, but when combined with their interview scores, test and assessment results and reference checks, you can have a much more well-rounded view of the candidate’s potential.

If you would like some help us setting up this same process of capturing distance to work and difficulty of commute and building a map to visualize them, feel free to reach out to me. I have a book, this blog, lots of training materials and I speak about analytics frequently. I’m here to help.

Our next training is March 14 in Ortigas, click here to learn more >>>

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.

HR Predictive Analytics is the Next Big Thing in Talent Management (Mar 28 in Ortigas)

Predictive analytics are a rapidly upcoming trend in Human Resources.

Even though a lot of people talk about predictive analytics in HR, hardly any organizations are really able to tie success in HR with success to the bottom line. By applying predictive analytics to business data, HR should be able to add value as a strategic partner that relies on proven and data-driven predictive models, instead of relying on gut feeling and soft science.

Last year, Towers Watson found that one in three organizations planned to increase spend on their HR function by more than 20 percent, and HR data and analytics tools rated as one of the top areas for investment.

However, just looking at HR data in isolation does not represent the best opportunity to make an impact. In fact organizations today need to be able to use predictive analytics for a wide range of functions, especially to:

  1. Measure employee engagement and workforce perceptions
  2. Predict employee turnover
  3. Predict employee performance
  4. Monitor impact of business interventions

This learning session is specifically designed to provide HR teams with a strategic road map to bring together all the relevant data in a business and to use it to predict successful outcomes. Join us March 14, 2017 in Ortigas. HR Predictive Analytics is just one of the topics we will discuss. Click here for more info >>>

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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.

Introduction to Recruitment Analytics

A standard definition of Recruitment Analytics is simply the metrics and analysis that relates to recruiting in a business.

However, we all know it’s actually a lot more challenging in practice.

When did you start first thinking about analytics in your recruitment process?

From my experience very few recruitment professionals actually have a solid grasp of how to use the data in their business to drive recruitment related decision-making.

Adding to the lack of analytics knowledge, we have new technologies like social networks, applicant tracking systems and business intelligence applications that are fundamentally changing the entire recruitment process from sourcing to placement.

What are some of the recent technological changes you have seen in recruitment? Are you using technology to your advantage?

Most of your peers are not. Based on my observations and interactions I’d say only about 20% of companies currently operating in the Philippines are using anything beyond MS Excel to manage their talent pipeline.

This is true even though the pressure to deliver results has never been greater.

Recruitment managers are now more than ever required to demonstrate the return on investment their efforts are contributing to the bottom line.

Now we are starting to see a wide spread interest in bringing more analytics into the recruitment process.

Are you expected by your boss to find ways to use analytics to bring about change with recruitment in your organization?

Every recruiting organization is looking for a way to better understand what’s working and what’s not working in their recruiting strategy.

With real-time recruitment metrics & reporting, we can finally know what’s happening in our pipelines and what channels provide us with most qualified candidates.

I often say recruitment here in the Philippines is one of the hardest jobs on the planet. Given the great demand for skilled labor and the lack of day one ready talent, there is just not enough supply to go around.

So wondering where do you start?

Some of the typical questions we all start out with when we think about analytics and recruitment include:

What metrics are important to my organization?

  • What are the metrics which enable me to measure my team’s effectiveness?
  • Which tool should I use to have better analytics?
  • How can I understand the ROI (return on investment) of my recruiting efforts?

If you are ready to answer these questions, then connect with me and we will provide you with An Introduction to Recruitment Analytics.

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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 on which of our DMAIPH analytics training solutions is best for you.

 

 

 

This I Why I Do What I Do…

This is why I do what I do…

Ron: Hi Mr. Dan Meyer, I have attended Data Science Philippines Meetup last February 22. And listened to your talk. I am a graduating student, and a former Data Scientist Intern. I want to be a Data Scientist, but Companies need an experienced person to be their data scientist. I just want to ask, what job should I take first to become a Data Scientist soon? Thank you for reading my message, hope you’ll answer me.

Dan: Data Analyst. IT Staff. Development Staff. Anything where you get to use data everyday. This will give you some hands on experience that you can use to more towards data science. Basically you need to get practical experience coding and managing data. Hope that helps. SQL is probably the most versatile language to learn, but any of the ones you see listed in a data science job posting will help.

Ron: Thank you for the response Mr. Dan Meyer, I’ll keep it in my mind, that really helps. I am hoping to be just like you soon.

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.