Anita Fernqvist, chief data officer at Zurich Insurance UK, walked away from the DataIQ Awards last night clutching the Grand Prix, having already been handed the title of Data and analytics leader of the year (Data Titan). Channel 4 was also celebrating having scooped three awards.
Just days after British tech company Sage Group revealed its ambitious expansion strategy, Amazon has kicked off a major recruitment drive in the UK with plans to hire over 2,000 new workers, including data scientists, engineers and software developers.
Brexit uncertainty is still grating the nerves of firms up and down the country but British tech giant Sage Group has bucked the trend by revealing plans to invest over £300 million in the UK market, creating hundreds of jobs in data science and product engineering.
Marketers are facing such a huge deluge of customer information - arriving from numerous sources - that they are at risk of not being able to see the wood for the trees and losing sight of important KPIs.
The Government is backing a raft of projects - from examining how technology can help boost English farms’ productivity to creating environmentally-friendly offices and homes - to the tune of £76 million in a move designed to keep the UK a world leader in science, research and innovation.
The UK digital industry has overtaken both the construction and hospitality sectors in terms of headcount and now employs 2.1 million people, with tech jobs in some parts of the country accounting for huge swathes of the workforce.
The UK technology sector has been handed an £18.5 million cash injection by the Government in an effort to drive up skills in artificial intelligence and data science and support more adults to upskill and retrain to boost their careers or to find new employment.
Santander is making a major commitment to future talent by pledging to hand over £30 million in funding for a new university in Milton Keynes, which will have 5,000 students and be the UK’s first university focused on digital and data science skills.
HSBC has bolstered its commitment to launching new data-powered services for its Global Banking & Markets (GBM) division by opening a data and innovation lab in London as part of plans to generate client insights and drive its new product development (NPD) strategy.