A Decade of Data

Joshua Carter our consultant managing the role
Posting date: 12/3/2019 10:53 AM
Y2K was nearly 20 years ago. Remember when we were all worried about the massive changes that could mean; the preparations we made getting ready for the turn of the century? Ten years later, we scoffed at our worries and hopped on the Data bandwagon…some of us. Others are still trying to catch up but in recent years, most businesses have realised it isn’t a matter of “if” you should have a Data strategy and begin to build your team, it’s a matter of “if you don’t do it, you’ll be left behind.”

As the year and the decade come to a close, we thought we’d take a look back and see some of the trends which have shaped a decade of digital transformation. And like everyone who takes a moment to look back and reflect, in our next article, we’ll take a look forward and see what surprises 2020 has in store.

Data Trends Then and Now


Still reeling from the financial crisis of 2008-2009, budget concerns were top of mind for many. The takeaway? Plan, and be flexible. 

Other trends which began in 2010 still exist today, but the vocabulary has changed. And there are further changes still which impact our technologies today and in ways we may not have realized.

  • Train and Retrain becomes Upskill and Reskill. In 2010, organisations were advised to train, and cross train their staff. Not much has changed in ten years as it’s just as important now. Only the vocabulary has changed. Now it’s upskill and reskill those employees with the skill and inclination to pivot into more Data-centric roles within your company.
  • Colocation Concerns Give Rise to the Cloud. Astronomical real estate costs for Data centre space and colocation prices drove businesses to find another way to store and manage their Data. As Cloud Computing spread, it allowed companies to avoid costly IT infrastructures. Not only did this save money, but it also gave businesses the flexibility they needed. In addition to the benefits of enterprise level organisations, cloud computing levels the playing field for smaller businesses to get in on the game.
  • Virtual in the Palm of Your Hand. Smartphones and apps offer project management of our businesses and personal lives from “what’s for dinner?” to “let’s schedule our next meeting.” Our smartphones are a one-stop shop for phone calls, text messages, video conferences, scheduling, communication with remote teams, online banking, bill pay, and more.
  • Eco-friendly is not an option, it’s an imperative. Carbon-emissions and reduction plans were already abuzz within companies. Today, Data has evolved from LEED green building certification to massive advances and predictions on the climate crisis. Standards are set.
  • Blockchain finds friends in finance, and beyond. Though it debuted in 2008 in the finance industry, it was quickly snapped up in every industry from manufacturing to retail to shipping; any business requiring a more organised supply chain. 
  • Rise of Automation and Artificial Intelligence (AI) offers benefits beyond basic tasks. While this evokes fears for many in the workforce, there are benefits which is what’s driving things forward. While this is intended to streamline processes and avoid health risks in dangerous places like factories, there is still some cause for concern. However, some studies suggest people are happy to allow computers to take on mundane, routine, and menial tasks, freeing humans to think more creatively. 
  • Getting Social Goes Online. Though platforms like Facebook and MySpace (yeah, remember MySpace?) were already available in 2010, the plethora of platforms today was a glimmer in our smartphones’ eye. No longer relegated to youth culture, social media has become one of the most important ways for leaders and corporations to communicate with people. 

The Information Age has morphed into the 'Data Decade', with improvements across Data and Analytics, AI, and Machine Learning just to name a few. It’s enhancements within these spectrums which allow Data professionals to search and sort more quickly to provide the most useful Insights for their enterprises.  

It’s estimated that in the next couple of years, 90% of companies will list information as critical and Analytics as essential to their business strategy.

If you’re interested in Marketing & Insights, Robots and Automation, Big Data and Digital or Web Analytics, we may have a role for you. Take a look at our latest opportunities or get in touch with one of our expert consultants to find out more. 

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Life Science Analytics Lead the Way to a New Normal

The Life Science Analytics industry has always beaten to its own drum. But in the days of Covid-19, there’s a different feel and it’s one in which teams are coming together and candidates are staying longer in jobs where they feel connected and impactful.  As the drive for a vaccine and the virtually overnight demand for telemedicine and contactless care come to bear, this industry which once seemingly fell behind that of retail and banking has caught up. So, what can businesses like biotech, pharmaceutical, and other healthcare providers do to retain and keep top candidates? EXPAND AND GROW YOUR TEAM LOCALLY AND GLOBALLY Reskill and Upskill for Career Advancement - If you’re lucky enough to have retained top talent, re-consider tenure-based positions. Advance your great candidates based on performance, need, upskilling, or reskilling. You may already have someone on staff who can do the job you need done or have the potential. Let them. The world has been moving faster than it ever has in this year alone its jumped into warp speed.Consider Global Collaboration – While many professionals, in every industry are working from home these days, some simply can’t due to the nature of their business. In this case, the need to be in the lab. However, as the Life Sciences & Analytics industry leads the way in their approach to flexible hours and the available Data on COVID-19, for example, global collaborations allow teams to do their work without the need for lab access.In demand technical skills - Candidates skilled in Data gathering, algorithm development, and predictive modeling are in high demand as well as AutoML, NLP, and other Machine Learning solutions. In demand soft skills – As the impact of the above technical skills increase and offer proven solutions, it will be important to have Data professionals who cannot only manage the technical side of things, but who can also explain solutions to the nontechnical and business executives in plain language. Since the start of the year, we’ve seen a massive shift in the way we do business. While for some businesses, it was business as usual for the most part. For others, it completely reinvented others. Healthcare and Life Sciences are no exception. And in the healthcare industry, they’ve been stretched in ways unimaginable just last year. And have learned a new respect for numbers and accurate Data. Two things vital to moving forward. A NEW RESPECT FOR NUMBERS AND ACCURATE DATA This new respect for accurate numbers and Data will help teams align to predict new threats while tracking current ones. In other words, no one will be caught off guard next time as the Life Sciences and Healthcare industry prepare for a post pandemic transformation. And how will it impact the industry moving forward? Work from home policies, global teams, telemedicine, the demand for PPE and ventilators, even the demands of the financial side of healthcare have shifted. But with the right data, innovation, and improved efficiency, it’s a sure bet the industry won’t be caught unawares again. WELCOME TO THE NEW NORMAL Though every profession has been hard hit during the pandemic, it’s the healthcare industry which has seen an even greater shift in the need demands to be met, shifting priorities, and patient care delivery has gone online. By moving forward with telemedicine and other automated services, the revenue cycle of the industry, too, has seen a shift. Yet to maintain business continuity, they must close the revenue gap. And here’s where Life Science Analytics meets FinTech and InsurTech. All of these industries will need Data professionals who can speak code and translate it to the nontechnical. All will need professionals with skillsets in predictive modelling, automation, Machine Learning, AI, and more. Is it you they’re looking for?  If you’re interested in Data & Technology, Risk or Digital Analytics, Life Science Analytics, Marketing & Insight, or Data Science jobs we invite you to check out our current vacancies or get in touch with one of our expert consultants to find out more. 

Three Ways You Can Better Prepare for the Future of Work

From reusable planners to navigating Zoom meetings, the world of work has changed irrevocably. Though some businesses are hoping to return to the formal in-house model, many are opting to remain remote workplaces.  Data and web professionals have often worn a mix of hats between the two versions of work even taking breaks or making changes through contract work. The options open now, if structured well, could mean more productivity, safe environments for employees working from home rather than in house, and what may look like true work-life balance.  But what does this mean for the world of the Data professional? Isn’t their career path already pandemic proof? Though it depends on the need of the business, this path isn’t as limited as others might be. But as everything from the world of retail to legacy institutions like banking move online more permanently, opportunities are expanded.  TRANSFERABLE SKILLS ARE KING As more and more professionals seek new ground, transferable skills are more in demand than ever. Specifically, those soft skills of communication, working toward solutions with limited resources, and crafting creative solutions when working through seemingly impossible problems. How professionals handle these issues, pivot on a dime toward solutions in a swiftly changing environment, and the experience they bring with them from other backgrounds all play a role. A maturity level of professional experience far outweighs age or education. Businesses are looking for those who have not only studied toward their career, but who have experience to navigate any changes when the chips are down, and help the business stay on top of its game. BE ABLE TO NAVIGATE CHANGE Employees can be trained, upskilled, or reskilled when it comes to the technical aspects of their job. But what businesses need now are those professionals who can handle pressure well, understand the inner workings of organisations from a business perspective, and are customer-focused.  JOB HOPPING IS NO LONG TABOO  In recent years, if a resume showed more than a few jobs, it was deemed taboo. The professional was job hopping? Why? Was it the employee? The manager? Why couldn’t the employee stay in one place? Today, job hopping is no longer taboo. It’s expected. To keep things fresh from both the business and the employee perspective, changing jobs is part of the next normal. Sabbaticals, once the darling of academia, are finding their way into other professions as well. Renamed contract work, this short-term experience, can lead to permanent roles, or just a quick change for employees to recharge from their former roles.  This is the time to reassess, recharge, reskill, and upskill your way to success as a Data professional. The high demand and the skillset shortage is shrinking, but the demand remains and will continue to grow. So how will you structure your career path for the next normal? In the wake of work-from-home policies, remote working, and the shifting landscape of working outside the office, technology, and particularly biotechnology careers are prime opportunities to both gain increased knowledge in your chosen field or begin your career path.  If you’re interested in Big Data & Analytics or other Data professional opportunities, take a look at our latest jobs or get in touch with one of our expert consultants to find out more.  

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