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5 years of Information Management change

Posted on November 10, 2015 by Mark T
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5 years ago I joined an ‘IT’ recruitment consultancy specialising in the Niche area of Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing, and oh how things have changed! Let’s go back to 2010 The fallout from the recession going into 2009/2010 saw huge growth in business intelligence and datawarehousing. Companies started driving their recovery through informed, data […]

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5 amazing “real-world” uses of Big Data

Posted on October 20, 2015 by Amy
Information Management and data, News & Blog

As an Information and Data Management professional, you’ve probably been asked what you do for work and found yourself trying to describe Big Data. Even those of us in the industry struggle sometimes to adequately define the breadth and scope of what Big Data is, and what it can do. Or maybe you’ve been considering […]

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Get organised with the best apps for contractors

Posted on August 17, 2015 by Claire
Career development, Contracting, Information Management and data, News & Blog

Being an independent contractor can mean freedom and flexibility – but it also means becoming your own business manager. So in addition to providing your highly specialised skills to clients, you must also take responsibility for tracking hours, billing and collecting payment, itemising expenses and mileage – in short, all the things you don’t have […]

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Recruitment in an analogue world: my 20th anniversary in Information Management (part one)

Posted on July 14, 2015 by Mark D
Information Management and data, KDR News

My 20th anniversary in the recruitment industry has prompted me to look at how the world of recruiting has changed since this nervous recruitment rookie started out in May 1995. When I started out, recruitment was very much a sales led industry. My job as a trainee recruitment consultant was to make as many exploratory sales […]

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What will define the data manager of the future?

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

A data manager must meet very specific, highly specialised technical requirements. But as is becoming clear, a truly robust organisation thrives on communication, teamwork, problem-solving and project/process management. That’s why enterprises are keen to build teams that can bring those values to the forefront, and are increasingly interested in a candidate’s soft skills. It’s a […]

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How to win friends and influence…finance

Posted on June 25, 2015 by Claire
Information Management and data, News & Blog

Rob Easton is Head of Finance for MoneyPlus Group in Manchester, and in our latest article about how data professionals can work more effectively with other departments in their business, shares his thoughts on building closer working relationships with those in finance. In an increasingly target driven business world, those who run companies have an […]

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The data industry calls for a change in culture

Posted on June 8, 2015 by Claire
Information Management and data, News & Blog

What are the biggest barriers to implementing an Information Management strategy? We asked respondents in our recent ‘State of Data’ survey to answer that question – and the responses were interesting. Not surprisingly, a sizable amount of replies spoke to a lack of resources or budget. And whilst these obstacles can certainly be a factor […]

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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 […]

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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, […]