Hi John, please tell us how you realized your passion for everything to do with AI, Data, & Advanced Analytics?
Shortly after leaving college, it became clear to me that when thinking about technology, what was essential to making an impact was the combination of data and software, not one or the other. After realizing the need for data and software, it was clear to me that analyzing data was far more exciting and useful than working with transaction processing systems.
In my 2nd post-college job, I explained to two executives that I loved working with data and analyzing data to determine the root causes of problems. I told them that I enjoyed coming up with novel solutions to help the business improve. I asked where in the business I would fit best to concentrate on this type of work. They told me to quit. They went on to say that there was no place in the business for a person like me. So, I did. I found a job that enabled me to focus on data and analytics full-time. That was the start of my data and analytics journey.
My role is to lead a team of analytics experts – data scientists, data engineers, and developers to build novel applications that have a strategic impact on the business.
The most difficult challenge is communicating with non-technical executives and convincing them that they should change how their organizations operate based on data and analytics and become data-driven.
Startups are great. I have spent most of my career working in emerging firms. I am confident that the biggest challenges faced by start-ups have nothing to do with COVID.
Although there are many emerging firms working on numerous aspects of the world impacted by COVID if you ask me the greatest threat to a start-up, I would say that it is developing a relevant solution to the users to solve the problem that the users face. To sum it up, I would say the biggest challenge is relevance.
Before I start writing anything, I think about the value that I want to deliver to my readers. I focus on the reader and how I can help them understand how to plan for and reach their goals.
Both of my Books:
- Analytics: How to Win with Intelligence
- Building Analytics Teams: Harnessing advanced analytics & AI for business improvement
They are written as “how-to” books that lead readers toward a goal or objective.
The first book is for non-technical executives to understand how to invest in and create an analytical strategy and focus at the corporate level.
The second book is for senior managers tasked with building an analytics function to deliver business improvement through data and analytics projects.
Both books are helping organizations of all sizes understand how to be more data-driven.
We are working on several exciting initiatives, but I can’t talk about them because they are sources of competitive advantage.
We are focused on making operations more efficient, improving our donors’ experience, ensuring that we are serving our patients in the most effective and efficient ways possible, and we want to make a life for all our stakeholders better.
Spend almost all your time defining the problem. Solving the wrong problem is never useful.
Once you have defined the right target, you can solve it with zeal.