This week we are happy to introduce and welcome our guest blogger Nirav Dalal. Nirav is currently working with a large KPO and has close to 10 years of overall experience in the analytics and modeling space. In his role he is responsible for delivery, solution development, business development, research and innovation. He has worked extensively in the areas of sales and marketing analytics, consumer analytics and predictive analytics in the CPG / Retail space. He has a master degree in Statistics and PhD in applied mathematics. Nirav writes about the retail analytics industry covering topics on specific solutions, to generic trends in the industry. In this post Nirav talks about what an analyst’s job really entails.
Getting your hands dirty with data
There are significant number of people employed in the analytics industry who do not have an academic background in quantitative disciplines like Statistics, Mathematics or Econometrics. If you evaluate various solutions applied to solving business problems in the industry, there is always a statistical rigor behind these solutions. There are many folks in the industry, with diverse backgrounds like engineering, environmental sciences, pharmacy etc.who have done exceedingly well in the field of analytics. There are a couple of qualities required for such professionals to succeed in analytics:
- Ability and willingness to learn the mathematics behind the solutions
- Analyzing large datasets
Originally published in analyticsindiamag.com
In our world of rising costs and shrinking funds, a rising number of colleges are in real financial trouble. Institutes are deep in debt as they’ve borrowed heavily to fix aging infrastructure, keep up with competitors and lure students with state of the art amenities. In an increasingly competitive sector, education institutes need to develop programs that meet the market need. But what is more critical is finding ways to improve student retention, grades and services to students. To do this efficiently and effectively, educators and administrators need deeper insights into what impacts student completion rates, learning outcomes, and yet fulfills the goals of the institution bringing increased returns. Analytics once again could provide these answers.
Originally Published in PRWeb
Jigsaw Academy, a premier online analytics training companies, announces the launch of its video based courses in Retail Analytics, Financial Analytics and Analytics with R. “The mix of video, interactive Q&A sessions and application oriented real life case studies will create a dynamic learning environment for our students,” said Gaurav Vohra, CEO and co founder of Jigsaw Academy.
Ok, so we all know that there is this big demand for data scientists world over. Many of you are aspiring to become one, but are not quite sure if you have what it takes. As Anjul Bhambhri, vice president of big data products at IBM, says, “A data scientist is somebody who is inquisitive, who can stare at data and spot trends. It’s almost like a Renaissance individual who really wants to learn and bring change to an organization.”
Well we at Jigsaw have here a simple test for you. Answer the questions below and see if you have what it takes to be a data scientist.
Originally published in Sulekha.com
Finding trained and competent analytics personnel has become one of the biggest challenges for employers in India. Hence, in order to solve this issue, a large number of analytics training institutes have surfaced all over the country. These institutes focus on training the candidates in the best possible manner so as to make them a perfect fit in Business Analytics and Business Intelligence Sector. Here in this post I have compiled a list of top ten analytics training institutes in order to help you in picking the right one for building your career.
Successful companies are realizing that a strategic focus on people management is necessary to recruit and retain the brightest and smartest. An enthused and energetic workforce is directly correlated to great management and an environment that supports innovation. But just how do organizations uncover the secrets to what makes their workforce effective and happy and what makes their management inspiring leaders? Analytics has the answers yet again. Yes People Analytics is the next big thing in Big Data and Ben Waber has a very interesting take on it.
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Originally published in PRWeb
Jigsaw Academy, a premier online analytics training institute offers a variety of courses to train students, professionals and corporates on the latest tools and techniques in the field of analytics. They use cutting-edge technology to successfully improve the portable classroom experience for its students across the world. It’s carefully-designed courses are a unique blend of statistics, statistical tools and industry knowledge, all taught through real life examples. Today, there is a huge shortage of analytics talent in the industry. Jigsaw’s courses are an excellent opportunity for those interested in entering the analytics arena to gain the SAS and other analytics skills they need.
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Vision: Empowering clients to make scientific, data driven decisions.
Mission: To create decision enabling tools, which combine the power of predictive analytics and the latest technology, and enable the user to make the right decision at the right time with the right data.
Headquartered in Kolkata, SIBIA founded by Angshuman Bhattacharya is an up and coming marketing and consumer analytics venture that Jigsaw Academy is proud to feature this week. Truly enabling smarter decisions, the team at SIBIA has more than 40 years of experience in the field of analytics. They bring to the table an expert knowledge of best practices in multiple types of marketing and customer analytics and multi disciplinary knowledge across technology, statistics and econometrics among others.
In a recent interview, Angshuman was kind enough take us behind the scenes of SIBIA. He told us what inspired him to start this venture, his vision for SIBIA as well as his predictions for the future of analytics. Here are some excerpts from the interview.
Originally published in Business Standard
Though big data and analytics is already a buzz word in business circles, it’s potential is continuously reaching out further to touch the everyday ordinary lives of the common people. Can you imagine using analytics to help your child decide their future? Well companies like IBM are beginning to develop predictive, prescriptive analytics platforms in education that will help parents guide their children to a career best suited to them. Isn’t that amazing?
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Data is being collected everywhere around us. This data is analyzed and used to impact B2C and B2B markets in traditional and nontraditional sectors in ways we never imagined. Indeed Analytics has proven itself to be an essential tool for any organization, influencing every decision and impacting every stakeholder.
But what exactly does this big Analytics boom mean for India specifically? Well the outlook is extremely bright and here is just why:
This week we are proud to feature another bright student of ours who, with hard work and determination, translated her dreams of being a data analyst into reality. Fully realizing the potential of analytics in India, Smriti realized that the path to rich career growth lay in obtaining the skills that were in demand in the analytics industry.
Name: Smriti Singh
Current Profile: Analyst, Marketing Analytics
Smriti, a math buff, completed her MSc in Applied Statistics from IIT, Mumbai in 2009. Four years later she is a data analyst, part of the big boom world of analytics. Smriti was happy to share some of her thoughts on how she achieved this dream.
Analytic Edge is a provider of high impact business solutions leveraging advanced analytics and technology. Headquartered in Bangalore, India, it is the brainchild of Santosh Nair. With over 12 years of experience in statistical modeling and advanced analytics consulting, Santosh and his team bring a refreshing and dynamic approach to their business. By integrating myriad sources and applying cutting edge analytic techniques, they are able to deliver insights that add tremendous value to their client’s business.
Jigsaw Academy is always proud to encourage analytics startups that they believe will make a mark and contribute successfully to the growth of the booming analytics industry. We recently had a candid chat with Santosh Nair. His passion and exuberance was infectious and the story behind the inception of the start up, as well as his vision for the future is inspiring and one that we would like to share.
Jigsaw Academy, an award winning online analytics training academy will be will be offering interested candidates the opportunity to attend a free online workshop in analytics.
Whether you are a fresher, or considering shifting to analytics, companies like Genpact, Accenture, Infosys, TCS, Citibank and HSBC will need more than 100,000 trained analysts over the next two years.
This week we are happy to introduce and welcome our guest blogger Alastair Kane. Alastair is a freelance writer and has provided this article on behalf of Acxiom a company providing big data analytics services. In this post he talks about how Big Data can enhance Customer Experience.
What is Big Data, and why is it different from other data
As the world becomes increasingly digitised, access to reams of information about customers, including data detailing buying behaviours, preferences and dislikes is advancing. These useful, but separate bits of information arrive in a variety of formats, from an equally varied number of sources, as in addition to traditional CRM information, data is now being exponentially captured from social posts, blogs, via smartphones and other diverse digital sources. Formed of small pockets of brand-useful information, plus an explosion of other data ‘noise’, this voluminous and varied information is what’s known as ‘big data’.
Originally Published in PRWeb
Jigsaw Academy, a premier online analytics training academy has spent the last six months, visiting business schools across India, spreading awareness about analytics and the exciting and rewarding career options it opens up. They found that Business schools are only just waking up to the realization that data science and SAS skills are imperative for business graduates today.
Originally published in Analytics India mag
I recently completed the Advanced analytics program conducted by IIM Bangalore. It is a 1 year course that is designed to provide in-depth knowledge of handling data and Business Analytics’ tools that can be used for fact-based decision-making.
Prior to this course I have done a 3 month course at Jigsaw Academy – The Foundation course in Analytics. This course built my interest in analytics and helped me secure a job with Infosys as a business analyst. I then decided to opt for the IIM Bangalore program with the aim of further establishing myself in this domain.
Many of Jigsaw’s students join our various courses because they can hear the rising crescendo within the analytics industry. They yearn to be a part of this challenging and exciting career, one that is fast paced, has rich monetary returns and can fast track your career path. For those of you out there, who also have such dreams, are you skeptical and nervous because you have no previous experience in analytics? Well, be reassured, many have walked a similar path. Having no previous analytics experience, they took that first step and contacted Jigsaw, registered for one of our analytics courses, worked hard at their assignments and upon completion of the course, were able to find a job in the analytics sector.
This week we would like to showcase one of our bright and talented students who after successfully completing one of our courses, has been able to break into the analytics arena.
As big data explodes across all sectors of the business world, it has seen greater relevance and popularity in the retail sector. Whether it’s strategy and planning, merchandising, supply chain, marketing or store operations, Data Analytics can be used to garner useful insights than can be used to positively impact the business. Marketelligent, a leader in Advanced Analytics offering affordable global delivery models that leverage the best of domain expertise and analytic capabilities, have published an interesting article on how data science can be applied to solve business problems in the retail industry, which we would like to share with you.
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Companies across the business world have realized that the answer to staying one step ahead of their competition lies within data analytics and the ability to effectively manage their data. The quintessential factor in successfully using their data to positively influence their business is quite simple- all they really need is a sound strategic plan, that encompasses every level of the organization, meeting each and every data need.
This article, on mckinsey.com, not only outlines the challenges, trade-offs and stumbling blocks, organizations seeking to be analytics focused face, but it also offers many interesting and useful insights from their advanced analytics team.