The path of far too many Data Science & Analytics Professionals

How often have you seen a house being constructed with the roof built first? How about a new road where the asphalt is laid before the over-brush cleared? Maybe learning calculus before mastering basic addition and subtraction?

No? None of those questions make any sense? Good, I was hoping not.

Now that we’ve established a common understanding that some steps in a process must occur before others, let’s consider why we often find that individuals are learning Data Science before learning the basic concepts of analytics?

Individuals attracted to Data Science & Analytics, as their first career or as a…


In this weeks Five Question Blitz we focus on data storage systems. In our previous article we covered how data serves as the foundation for every business. This naturally leads into how data storage systems are the mechanism by which data facilitates business operations and analysis.

The Five Question Blitz was created to answer five questions relevant to Data & Analytics. Topics will be broad and answers will be simplified. Our goal is to promote common definitions and increase the general knowledge of individuals with interest in Data & Analytics.

What is the difference between a database and data warehouse?

The two are very similar, both store data generated by…


In this weeks Five Question Blitz we focus on data. Data is the foundation of Data & Analytics and it’s important to have a sound understanding to build upon.

The Five Question Blitz was created to answer five questions relevant to Data & Analytics. Topics will be broad and answers will be simplified. Our goal is to promote common definitions and increase the general knowledge of individuals with interest in Data & Analytics.

What is Data?

Data, from a business perspective, is the transactional recording of the operations of the business. …


My colleagues and I, from SimDnA, are creating a new information series answering five questions related to Data & Analytics. Topics will be broad and answers will be simplified. Our goal is to promote common definitions and increase the general knowledge of individuals with interests in Data & Analytics.

Today the two co-founders of SimDnA, George Earl and Ion King, will be sharing their answers for each of the five questions. Even though our answers are different the core messages are complimentary and share common threads.

What is Data & Analytics?

Ion — Data & Analytics is the process of using data to facilitate scientific…


Data & Analytics has steadily grown into a top field of interest over the past decade and is forecasted to continue this growth well into the next decade. It has benefited from buzz and hype attached to advanced predictive modeling methods such as artificial intelligence and machine learning. However Data & Analytics is so much more than those two highly visible disciplines.

Data & Analytics includes Data Analysts, Business Analysts, Business Intelligence Analysts, Process Analysts, Data Scientists, Modelers, and so many more disciplines. There are 5 key components that every Data & Analytics professional must learn to master.

These include:


Allow statistical evidence to expand your point of view.

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Anecdotal references are common place throughout many forms of communication and media. This includes news of all formats (print, broadcast, and online), political speeches, marketing, advertising, internal business operations and many others. Anecdotal references serve as supportive evidence to persuade an audience of an intended message, argument, or conclusion. The drawback however is the scope of anecdotal evidence.

It is quite often that politicians reference individuals by name and highlight personal experiences with the purpose of creating supportive evidence to messaging and political strategies. At the last presidential state of the union address in January 2020 President Trump invited 15…


Thinking outside the box to expand interview methods within Data Science & Analytics

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Evaluating strangers over the course of several hours with the intent of investing tens of thousands of dollars per year is a high stakes game of chance. How much can truly be understood about a person’s experience, capabilities, ethics, and overall fit in such a short period of time. Essentially, employers are making decisions with a compromised level of information. This outcome is the product of an outdated model for candidate evaluation which includes four key components; resume, ATS (Applicant Tracking System), interview, and assessment.

Resumes

In today’s employment market majority of resumes are sourced through a handful of methods. Those…


Unlock the potential that sits within.

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Leadership is an action that people witness throughout their entire life. It begins the moment we are born by observing doctors, parents, caretakers and continues on through teachers, governing bodies, employers and so forth. We are continuously exposed to numerous examples of leadership which influences everyone differently.

It is a common observation that people display varying degrees of leadership qualities. Many experts write that leadership is a learned trait or skill. Others argue that some individuals are predisposed to having greater amounts of leadership qualities. A debate over whom is correct is a conversation for another day.

However, it is…


Are we too lazy to learn?

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Great importance is placed upon knowledge. It serves as the foundation for success. The social structure of nearly every country is that individuals must be educated in order to become a viable member of society. Knowledge itself is a huge industry. Think about budgets allocated to public school systems, revenues associated with universities, and all of the supporting industries (food, books, construction, technology, etc.).

Given the critical importance society has placed upon knowledge ,would it be safe to assume that every persons top priority is the acquisition of knowledge? Are there classifications of knowledge? If so, is there a hierarchy…


A common challenge with resumes! Simple question. Simple answer.

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This is a question I ask myself often when reviewing resumes. The second my eyes fall upon the absurdly dense 10 point font ‘Skills and Abilities’ section I immediately sigh and want to skip right past. Typically this section is filled with a list of tools that resemble the music industry’s top 50 songs… if it’s hot it’s part of the list.

During these types of experiences I find myself asking an internal question; do people understand the difference between a tool and a skill? Do people understand that employers value skills over tools? …

Ion King

The CEO at SimDnA. A simulation based learning and talent evaluation platform focused on Data & Analytics. Ion writes about common challenges & opportunities.

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