Sir Nigel Shadbolt, co-founder of the Open Data Institute and expert AI researcher handed out three awards to an entrepreneur, a start-up and a data provider who all took part in the Data Pitch accelerator. Toni Sekinah reports.
The Open Data Institute is the non-profit organisation set up by Prof Sir Nigel Shadbolt and Sir Tim Berners-Lee to inspire people to be more innovative with data. At the ODI’s annual summit, the co-founders told Toni Sekinah why there should be a moratorium on online political advertising in the run-up the to the UK December general election and why data is not the new oil.
Reema Poddar of Teradata heads up the company’s technology and innovation office and looks after the information security. She tells Toni Sekinah about the women she admired in the technology and business worlds, what she does to make sure the customer comes first and how she encourages diversity in her organisation.
Concerns about data privacy and data security are top obstacles to effective use of data and analytics. This is finding of a report by Microstrategy of 500 data professionals across five countries. Toni Sekinah reports.
Dustin Spangler of Larry H Miller Sports and Entertainment has a huge variety of data to deal with as sports teams, a cycle race and a cinema chain, to name a few, fall under his company’s umbrella. He tells Toni Sekinah the challenges that he and his team face when dealing with that variety of data and how they went about choosing a cloud platform.
Energy industry research and consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie, has been integrating its numerous data sources into a single platform since the end of 2018. Karen Padir and Craig Foot tell Toni Sekinah how the platform Lens and its latest module are helping the company’s clients, consultants and researchers to locate and evaluate energy sources.
Yasmeen Ahmad, of Teradata, began her data career with a PhD in proteomics data. She tells Toni Sekinah about being a role model for women in data, the different attitudes to regulation in Europe and the US and why she is so excited by the prospect of personalised medicine.
GDPR wasn’t the data apocalypse many anticipated, but it has changed how consumers view their data. For companies that respect this shift and learn how to orchestrate customer data effectively, there are rewards to be had, argues Tealium’s Lindsay McEwan.
Andy McPhee of AstraZeneca manages a large team of data engineers working with almost all aspects of data within the pharmaceutical giant. He told Toni Sekinah the major data challenge his company was facing and the company-wide strategic initiative that has data at the heart of it.
The Financial Conduct Authority’s TechSprint brought together teams from all over the world to focus on how privacy enhancing technologies (PETs) can help financial institutions to share data. Simon McDougall of the ICO, who helped to judge the entries, feeds back on what he learned.