In this edition, we have two extended interviews. Lynn Usher, data capability manager, talks about the NatWest Group Data Academy, winner of the 2020 DataIQ Awards Grand Prix. And Neil McIvor, chief data officer and chief statistician at the Department for Education, talks about holding two very different roles.
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.
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.
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.
As one of the world’s largest entertainment corporations, WarnerMedia views privacy-by-design as part of its global vision. It approached DQM GRC to develop a training programme that encouraged employees to view privacy as a creative challenge and help people from across different teams understand each other’s perspectives.
Lacking adherence to data protection legislation, a financial services institution engaged Instinctive BI to develop a programme to address the risks and mitigate the client’s exposure. Its solution delivered a comprehensive set of core assets and re-engineered key processes to minimise and control the capture, use and storage of personally identifiable information.
As a global business, JLL has multi-million dollar accounts with KPIs that need to be reported monthly. This involves aggregation of multiple data sources to ensure metrics roll up from site to country to region to global level. Using KPIs to direct the business has put business intelligence right at the heart of the organisation.
When the Covid-19 pandemic started to impact on society globally, the Vodafone big data and AI team focused its resources onto emerging use cases, like epidemiology and financial inclusion. These have helped to inform government and institutions in their crisis planning in multiple countries.