Gareth Parkes is responsible for the data and analytics function within Sir Robert McAlpine, the 150-year-old private UK construction firm. In a sector better known for rivets than pivot tables, it is a role that offers a huge opportunity for transformation. He spoke to DataIQ about building a new approach for the company and the industry as a whole.
In this edition, two senior practitioners - Dr Sachiko Scheuing and Paul Ravenscroft - reflect on their careers and achievements to date, sharing key lessons and insights on working in data and analytics.
The technology we create today can impact on millions tomorrow. Therefore, advances in technology must coincide with the development of a robust ethical framework within organisations. This should be an enabler, not a blocker, argues Rachel Aldighieri of the DMA.
Agriculture generates more data than any other industry, however, 62% of farmers do not collect and share it. But insufficient data sharing can disrupt supply chains as lockdown revealed. Peter Leppan of Proagrica offers three strategies for increasing data flows and thereby optimising the farm-to-fork journey.
Processing gas leads to the generation of carbon dioxide which can lead to a trip or shutdown of the plant, costing Spirit Energy £3.6 million annually. Merkle applied artificial intelligence to sensor data to create a predictive model, giving plant operators valuable early warning of problems.
The NatWest Group data academy not only provides formal learning development across data science, data engineering, decisioning, ethics and governance, performance and insights, it is also yielding outputs from up-skilled workers that are providing business benefits. Open to incumbent practitioners and across the bank, it has already trained nearly 600 practitioners and over 4,000 non-data colleagues.
Having started her career as a marketing database analyst, Sachiko switched into data protection at the end of the 1990s. She has been Acxiom’s European privacy officer since 2005 and has also been co-chair of FEDMA since 2014, bringing a clear understanding of both the needs of analysts and the demands of data protection regulation to her work and her lobbying.
Trust in digital channels has been declining. As a digital media lawyer, Jamie Barnard felt a strong sense of responsibility to address this challenge. Working with the World Federation of Advertisers, its transparency advisory board was rebranded as the WFA data ethics board, and his report, “The rise of morality in technology,” became the world’s first guide on data ethics for brands.
OUAnalyse is one of the very few analytics systems available that has been tested, applied and rolled out, and has shown, through systematic evaluation, to improve student learning at a large scale. It has been developed to predict whether students would submit their next assignment and presents the outcomes to teachers.