Analyst First – SURF

This presentation is aimed at all those working in commercial and government analytics, irrespective of what tools they use, and also to those students intending on such a career. R and other open source tools play a powerful, unique and disruptive role in business analytics, and are even now changing the landscape. The use of such tools leads to new business models and strategies that challenge the conventional approach.

The key element of the presentation is “Analyst First”, a new approach to analytics, where tools take a far less important place than the people who perform, manage, request or envision analytics, while analytics is a non-repetitive, exploratory and creative process where the outcome is not known at the start, and only a fraction of efforts are expected to result in success. This is in contrast with a common perception of analytics as IT and process.

Analyst First

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  1. Eugene’s highly perceptive and thoughtful observations accord entirely with my 15 years commercial consulting experience in the field. We heed his warning or resign ourselves to the fate of the TQM practitioner (without any promise of resurrection as emaciated 6 Sigma black belts).
    For our industry to fulfil its potential and one day become a Profession which consistently creates demonstrable value for Corporations and their shareholders (rather than vendors), we must find more deep thinkers who have Eugene’s perspicacity and courage to remind us of our glaring failings.

    Greg Taylor

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