Peter Jackson, Chief Data and Analytics Officer at Exasol believes that data teams have room for all sorts of people, from the technical masterminds to the data storytellers. In today’s episode, Peter shares how the best data scientist he ever had in one of his teams had a philosophy degree from Warwick University; he was creative, curious, and could turn insights into compelling arguments.
We discuss how if we concentrate too much on STEM, then we’ll have people who understand the numbers and stats. But, still, they won’t necessarily have the skills to articulate the meaning of that data and turn them into actionable insights for the business. Bringing information to life and allowing everyone to see the business value hidden inside company data is critical.
We talk about why business leaders should recruit people with an arts background so teams can create narratives from data to aid storytelling. Combining a mixture of people and their different skills and abilities will make the translation of data more powerful.
Peter is also a data evangelist and co-author of two best-selling data books: ‘The Chief Data Officer’s Playbook’ and ‘Data-Driven Business Transformation’. Prior to joining Exasol, Peter was Director of Group Data Sciences at Legal and General, where he was responsible for the group’s data strategy and for driving innovation and digital transformation globally. During this time, Peter also served as the Chief Data Officer for the L&G Investment Management business, and an Exasol customer. Additionally, Peter held the first Chief Data Officer role at Southern Water, leading the utilities giant’s data transformation and helping it become a data-driven organization.
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