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Amanda Parker is a freelance communications and strategy advisor. At the Women in Data conference, she told Toni Sekinah why she thinks that data-driven organisations are more flexible and adaptable and therefore create more inclusive environments for a diverse range of employees.
For the data and analytics sector, 2018 started with fears about GDPR compliance and ended with worries about Brexit and how it might impact on data flows and recruitment. In between, high points included growing adoption of healthcare analytics, wearable tech, a growing flow of skiled graduates and the promise of artiicial intelligence proving its worth. These ten articles tell the story of the year.
With the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics, Open Data Institute Leeds and The Data City all based in the West Yorkshire city, one would be forgiven for wondering if there is something in  the River Aire that makes Leeds a hotbed of data activity. Toni Sekinah spoke to Alex Craven from The Data City, Paul Connell of ODI Leeds and Rob Shaw of Jaywing to find out why data is such an important industry there.
The percentage of women working as data professionals is 26%, according to Women in Data, but at Boots the figure is around 50%. While the Personalisation and Digital Insights team is an outlier, Emma Eatch and Gillian McNulty are keen to nurture their team and so maintain the level of diversity. Toni Sekinah reports.
With legacy accounts as well as current accounts, it is easy for your banking data to be sitting in multiple different organisations. So just how easy is it to find out how those companies are using it? Toni Sekinah finds out.
DataFest 2019 returns bigger, broader and more geographically spread-out than before. CEO of organiser The Data Lab, Gillian Docherty, spoke to David Reed about what delegates can expect and how the Edinburgh Festival has been an inspiration.
Centres of Excellences (CoE) are not a panacea for all analytics companies and so a one-size-fits-all approach cannot be taken. This is the view of Nondas Sourlas, director of Bupa Healthcare Analytics. He shared his thoughts with Toni Sekinah on what to consider when implementing one.
Be the change you want to see. This is the main message that Toni Sekinah took away from the Women in Data conference 2018 hosted by Datatech Analytics at the end of November. If there is something you think should be done but isn't, take a deep breath and roll your sleeves up and get to it.
The Pokémon app attracts millions of users, many of them children and young adults. With GDPR and COPPA requiring close compliance to the use of sensitive data, The Pokémon Company International realised it needed to understand its data flows and access, as well as using governance dashboards. John Visneski explained to DataIQ the challenges it faced and how a new solution has helped to address them.
When hospital staff are freed up from data gathering, they have more time to give to their patients. This was the key message from Mark Singleton, Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust. He detailed how the Trust has become more data literate year-by-year. Toni Sekinah reports.
Engendering a culture of collaboration, using data to answer very specific questions, and gathering data about customers through more creative avenues. These are a few of the actions being taken by large consumer-facing organisations, including Arcadia, to improve the experience of their customers and drive up revenues. Toni Sekinah reports.
The skills gap in data and analytics is greatly exaggerated according to two data leaders in the public sector - Johanna Hutchinson, head of data at the Pensions Regulator, and Kevin Fletcher, chief data officer at HMRC. They explained the key to their success in attracting data talent. Toni Sekinah reports.
Every decision at digital banking app Revolut is made with data and all its employees have access to the data they need. Toni Sekinah spoke to Revolut's lead data scientist, Abhi Thanendran, to find out how he and his team support democratised data in the business and what technology they brought in to speed up self-service.

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