Spring pastures

April 5, 2016

Exit stage left – digitally March was my last month working at Dynamo North East, a social enterprise which Charlie Hoult and I have bootstrapped over the last two years; and which Charlie co-founded with Bob Paton. Whilst I’m sad to move on, I believe we’ve created good things together (also this post from the […]

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Contract to let – database development and support

March 11, 2013

Intro I’m working on an assignment where we have a requirement for database development and support skills. Please see below and get in touch by COB 20th March. Role spec Contact Justin Souter Description The awarding authority is seeking a supplier who can provide the following services: Support and development of bespoke Line of Business […]

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Some reflections on Big Data – IBM Analytics reports

December 5, 2012

Introduction As part of my on-going interest in data, and the power of insight to generate business benefits, my third reflection. Other posts are “Some reflections on Big Data – Strata Europe”, and “Some reflections on Big Data – London meetups”. Three documents This post looks at three recent IBM docs: CMOs and CIOs: Acquaintances […]

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Some reflections on Big Data – London meetups

November 19, 2012

Introduction The second of my reflections on big data – this time, recounting my experiences attending some great meetups, especially Londata (and featuring Stewart Townsend). Meetup – Londata VI: Using Data to Delight and Excite I mentioned this event in passing, however I really enjoyed Pete Laflin’s presentation, who has blogged about the event, and […]

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Some reflections on Big Data – Strata Europe

November 16, 2012

Introduction I’ve recently been to several meetings in London, and had the opportunity to learn more about data, analytics, and developments in this area – especially around ‘big data’. It follows on from my interests in Cloud computing, business & web analytics, data and data visualisation, innovation: I think you get the idea. Hopefully these […]

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Building an analytics culture

October 1, 2012

Introduction I had a fascinating conversation with a web agency recently about analytics and the readiness of customers to make the most of the insights a well-founded analytics setup can produce. The upshot was this post, with some reflections on how to embed a culture in your organisation – both regarding analytics in general, and […]

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Making metrics actionable

September 19, 2012

Introduction One of my key things that Bobby taught me at Happiest was to look for actionable metrics and ignore vanity metrics. This can be hard when you’ve got so many fancy graphs and indicators. I guess it’s hard probably because installing the Google Analytics tracking code seems like a magic bullet, and you don’t […]

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My lessons from working with Happiest Limited

August 30, 2012

Introduction I wanted to take the opportunity to distil some of my learnings from working with Happiest for over a year. Most of my previous work has been with larger organisations, and the experience of working with a start-up, and now growing business has been rich with lessons. I’m conscious that my awareness will mature […]

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Supermondays – Data Visualisation write up

August 28, 2012

Introduction I’m catching up with my blogging, and heading off for Supermondays this evening, so keen to get this one up! By way of context is my post “Supermondays data visualisation evening” – I curated the evening and want to extend my thanks to everyone involved – particularly Brigitta Zics and Culture Lab at Newcastle […]

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Supermondays data visualisation evening – May 28th

May 8, 2012

Introduction Taken shelter from the ‘data explosion’? Looking for the patterns which become information and better decision-making? Join us at Supermondays on Monday May 28th and hear from a varied line-up about data visualisation – how software tools can help us seeing further, and differently. Context Inspired by Jer Thorp’s talks at Thinking Digital and […]

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