Information Management and data

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Using data to better understand your customers – still a long way to go

Posted on May 21, 2015 by Claire
Information Management and data, News & Blog

When we conducted our recent ‘State of Data’ survey, we wanted to find out how businesses were using data. Not surprisingly, more than 50% of survey respondents said they are using data to understand customer behaviour. What’s more, nearly 80% believe they should be. The gap suggests that while organisations understand that better insight into […]

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The secrets of how the financial services industry uses data

Posted on May 6, 2015 by Claire
Information Management and data, News & Blog

Generally speaking, data is most commonly used to deliver insight around three areas for companies across all sectors: profitability, customer behaviour and cost of sales – not particularly surprising, given these are areas that present strong ROI for data infrastructure spending. Sales and marketing remain the clear focus overall in 2015, as enterprises deploy data […]

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Nearly one-third of IT Directors think data is being used poorly

Posted on April 20, 2015 by Claire
Information Management and data, News & Blog

Among the most surprising findings from our recent ‘State of Data’ survey was the response to the first question: ‘How well do you feel your organisation uses the data it generates?’ Overall, 25% of respondents answered ‘fairly or extremely poorly.’ Even more surprising? When we looked at the replies from senior level respondents –those with […]

How to influence HR

How to win friends and influence…HR

Posted on April 16, 2015 by Claire
Information Management and data, News & Blog

Last month, we looked at how data professionals can help the marketing department. This month, we asked HR Consultant Emily Dean to explain how improved information management could engage the human resources team. In business, HR is under pressure to show its value through information about people.  We need numbers and data to do this.  […]

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The state of data in 2015

Posted on January 7, 2015 by Claire
Information Management and data, News & Blog

There’s never been more data in our lives and yet the skills gap in the Information Management sector is a ticking timebomb, threatening to be the key differentiator between success and failure for many of the UK’s top data-driven organisations. We’ve been running our landmark survey to hear your views on the management of data […]

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Top ten hottest BI Analytics skills for 2015

Posted on December 8, 2014 by Mark D
Information Management and data, News & Blog

Gartner’s recent CIO insights document shows that BI/analytics is the number one (and growing) priority for CIOs globally. Additionally, respondents to the recent Computerworld Forecast survey who said they plan to add IT positions in the next 12 months, listed BI/analytics expertise as the skill set they expect to have the hardest time finding. Well […]


How I learnt what ‘Big Data’ is

Posted on December 1, 2014 by Claire
Information Management and data, News & Blog

An early encounter At my graduation ceremony from the University of Salford, John Amaechi, a best-selling author, organisational consultant and retired basketball player, made a fantastic speech that caught my attention. During this he described the significant rate at which data is being produced and in turn how data storage has needed to adapt and […]


The Seven Deadly (Data) Sins

Posted on November 10, 2014 by Mark D
Information Management and data, News & Blog

There was a time when data managers were simply required to…well, manage data. But in the era of Big Data, Information Management professionals are increasingly called upon to bridge the worlds of analytics, business intelligence, strategy and enterprise planning. Your data work must have real relevance, and add real value, to your organisation, and connect […]

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Is your job going to be replaced with an algorithm? The role of Big Data in HR

Posted on September 18, 2014 by Mel
Hiring, Information Management and data, News & Blog

“Humans don’t make very good decisions about people.” – Tom Davenport  That was the attention-grabbing headline to an interview in the HR industry publication, People Management, in its July 2014 issue. Given that Tom Davenport is one of the most respected authorities on how businesses use Big Data, we were curious, to say the least, […]

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Everything is awesome! Or is it?

Posted on September 2, 2014 by Mark D
Information Management and data, News & Blog

  I’m a huge Lego fan.  I was a huge fan of the building sets as a kid and have really enjoyed using it with my kids.  We spend many hours building and rebuilding various designs, both ‘off plan’ and freestyle pieces using our imagination. However I wasn’t convinced when I heard they were bringing […]

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Why Big Data Is a Big Deal at the World Cup

Posted on June 19, 2014 by Admin
Information Management and data, News & Blog

Billions of people all over the world have turn with rapt attention to Brazil, where the world’s finest soccer players are gathered for the extravaganza known as the World Cup. While everyone will have their eyes on the soccer pitch as teams compete for the title of champion, there’s much more going on behind the scenes. Indeed, big data will […]

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How much is your personal data worth?

Posted on April 25, 2014 by Admin
Information Management and data, News & Blog

British ministers are looking at changes that will allow HMRC to sell taxpayers’ data to third parties. Putting aside the privacy issues, how much is personal data worth? The Guardian reported last week, ministers are considering changes in the law which would allow HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to sell taxpayers’ data to third parties. They […]

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10 changes in Information Management recruitment in 10 years

Posted on November 26, 2013 by Mark D
Information Management and data, KDR News, News & Blog

To celebrate KDR’s 10th birthday, we interviewed Managing Director Mark Dexter about how the industry has changed since he founded the company in 2003. His answers are honest, heartfelt and insightful… 1.       Technology has been transformational In 10 years, Mark’s approach to recruiting hasn’t changed but the use of technology has transformed the business. Back […]


Big Data: The Digital Backbone Of Formula 1

Posted on September 25, 2013 by Admin
Information Management and data, News & Blog

Formula 1 Grand Prix racing hits the silver screen next weekend in Rush, a Ron Howard film depicting the rivalry between drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda during the 1976 F1 season. But while Howard will surely deliver all the high-speed thrills of racing’s past, its present is about much more than just car and driver. Nowadays, […]

Big Data Changed the Way We Think About Data Warehousing

Posted on September 12, 2013 by Admin
Information Management and data, News & Blog

Expectations from organisations have changed the demand for data. The change requires organisations to gather and manage very large data sets – terabytes and petabytes of data – for processes and near real-time analysis and predictive analytics, and is due, in part to a society that is increasingly fast-paced. This big data challenge impacts data […]