Big Data is Big News. This week the industry is buzzing with IBM’s news that their number-one priority for the coming years is going to be data. Given that their investments in data and analytics are driving significant growth, top management have revealed that two thirds of IBM’s Research arm will now be devoted purely to data and analytics. The Big Blue’s Chairperson Virginia Rometty claims that IBM has “built the world’s broadest and deepest capabilities in Big Data and analytics—both technology and expertise.” IBM to date has 15,000 people in the field. Encouraging news yet again for all those who are betting their future on Big Data. Read their Chairperson’s letter in their annual report for more buzz on their data plans.
In a sure sign of confidence in the power of analytics and recognizing the immediate need to narrow the analytics skills gap that currently exists in the region, Google together with the Singapore Government have begun an initiative that will train 20 Singaporean fresh graduates in analytics, and also give them the opportunity to work within a Singapore media agency to gain hands-on experience. Read the full article here.
If you are not one of the lucky 20, log onto Jigsaw Academy’s website and find out how you can build your analytics skill set.
The faculty at Jigsaw in between creating all that fab content for their courses and taking classes and engaging with students, also spend time researching interesting tit bits about analytics in general, that they can share with you. This week Sawinder Kaur has come up with a list of most popular analytics videos out there on YouTube. These are a great resource for all of you who want to learn more about analytics.
A chat with Anil Parashar- Jigsaw student, Batch of April 2013
With Data Analytics booming the way it is, we know that there are many of you IT people out there sincerely thinking about making a switch to analytics. You know that your skills are transferable and that you will find data fascinating. You know that you will make more money and that your career path will be rich and rewarding. But still, you are just a little bit hesitant to make that bold move. Its change after all and let’s face it, all of us are apprehensive when it comes to change. What we need is confidence and we get that confidence when we see others just like us taking that step…and succeeding.
Following the success of the initial batch of the Post Graduate Programme in Business Analytics and Management (PGP-BA) offered jointly by Jigsaw Academy and Great Lakes at their campus in Gurgaon, the course will now be offered at the Great Lakes campus in Chennai as well. Read the full article here
SAS software has proved itself as the market leader in providing a new generation of business intelligence software and services that creates true enterprise intelligence. The SAS Institute is the world’s largest privately held software company. It is also the only vendor that completely integrates leading data warehousing, analytics and traditional BI applications, to create intelligence from massive amounts of data. Isn’t that impressive!
This month the analytics industry in India was abuzz with the news of the Corporate Executive Board(CEB), a U.S.-based member advisory company acquiring Indian talent analytics startup, Talent Neuron, for around $10-$15 million. This marks a significant milestone in India’s analytics journey. Rajiv Rao in a recent article in ZDNet talks about just how this acquisition is the harbinger of what’s to come in the analytics space in India. Read the full article here.
Social media analytics refers to the analysis of data collected from various social websites, blogs and other online sources. It is more than analysing “tweets” or “likes”. It is an in depth analysis of customer sentiments.
Since HR Analytics has been our focus this month, we thought it would be interesting to share a recent article in Informationweek that highlights some HR Analytics in action at Mindtree. Read the full article here
This weekend, Young Turks, 4 time award winning and one of CNBC-TV18′s longest running shows, featured Jigsaw Academy. The show that puts the spotlight on young entrepreneurs poised to be tomorrow’s leaders traces the journeys of these achievers, from who they were to who they have become.
Take a look at Jigsaw’s journey, as founders Sarita Digumarti and Gaurav Vohra share their story with the producers of Young Turks.
Eliza Matthen, a Data Analyst at Marketelligent talks to Jigsaw about what drew her to Data Analytics, what she loves best about her job as a data scientist and how she spends a typical day in the office.
Ever since we launched the HR Analytics course this month, we have been inundated with questions from students and HR professionals/managers (in mostly mid-sized companies). The questions came in varied shapes and sizes but the gist was this, “Is it worth investing in HR analytics? Can it truly build a more effective, empowered and engaged workforce that will add value to the larger organization and impact the bottom line?”
With the introduction of analytics tools, companies have started making decisions that bring definite and immediate business value. Analytics tools are being used to identify trends and patterns, and at the same time, to gather pertinent information from the mountains of data that is available. That analytics is being widely used in the telecom, retail and healthcare sectors, is well-known. Here are some offbeat domains where analytics is driving innovation.
A warm welcome to our guest blogger- Arun Prabhu, Founder and CEO of inTouch Analytics. inTouch analytics delivers ‘everyday analytics’ to clients in India, United States and Europe while focusing on leveraging customer and employee relationships to deliver business value. Their forte being Talent Analytics (among other things), Arun interestingly outlines how they took on the challenge of modeling the problem of employability.
Happy to share the news clippings that we have featured in since January. There were quite a few mentions in digital media too. To take a look at all of them please visit our Press coverage page on our website.
Professor Mouratidis, Associate Professor at Singapore Management University(SMU) is working on research that aims to maximise the potential of databases to provide solutions to real-world problems. In a recent article on the SMU website, David Tan gives us an insight into Mouratidis’work. It’s a fascinating read for all of us who love data analytics. Read the full article here.
An Interview with Shailesh Kapoor- Media Insights Detective
Here at Jigsaw, we are always excited when we find someone doing something exciting and different with data analytics. And then of course, the next thing we want to do is share it with all of you. “Why”, you may ask? Well we think it’s important for all of you to know the broad spectrum of industries that data analytics can influence. After all data analytics is reshaping how companies are making decisions and the reality is that many of those decisions impacts our lives in subtle and not so subtle ways. Where we go, what we buy, how we pay for what we buy…..that’s just the tip of the iceberg.