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Training for the C-suite on data science

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Author and president, co-founder at Doblin Group, Larry Keeley.
Author and president, co-founder at Doblin Group, Larry Keeley.

The Deloitte School of Analytics (DSA) has announced that it will be hosting its annual education event in February as a continued effort to interpret data science for C-suite titleholders in organisations.

"The annual education event is a training programme that focuses on enhancing analytics capabilities across Africa. This year we look at demystifying data science, there is an enormous value in data from innovative insights to improved understanding of problems as well as countless opportunities to predict and shape the future," says Nanette Scott, associate director at Deloitte.

Wesley Govender, risk advisory Africa leader: data analytics at Deloitte, says there is an increasing demand for data analytics specialists who know how to manage information as well as draw useful insights. "Data-driven strategies are increasingly becoming an important point of competitive differentiation; with organisations increasingly using data to obtain better insights. Technological advances and the associated changes in the business landscape, have produced a rapidly expanding 'parallel universe' of new data and new information sources, making data science too important to be elusive. Big data and analytics have climbed to the top of the corporate agenda, together promising to transform the way organisations do business."

Throughout the three-day event, candidates will receive classes in practical application of machine learning and artificial intelligence, data architecting for the future as well as learning on agile logical data warehouse architecture.

"There is enormous value in data, from innovative insights to improved understanding of problems as well as countless opportunities to predict and shape the future. Data science provides ways to benefit from big data. Given the large demand for data analytics skills - experts place the talent pool supply at 20% of the actual market demand. The majority of organisations find themselves at low levels of analytic maturity and need to move from information and hindsight to optimisation and foresight to remain relevant and competitive in the future," explained Govender.

Moreover, Deloitte has invited president, co-founder at Doblin Group and managing director of Deloitte Consulting Chicago, Larry Keeley to give the keynote address.

Keeley teaches graduate innovation strategy classes at the Institute of Design in Chicago, the first design school in the US with a Ph.D. program, where he is also a board member. He also lectures in executive education programs at Kellogg Graduate School of Management and is an adjunct faculty member for their core MBA and their Masters of Manufacturing Management programmes where he was recently named a distinguished Fellow. He is also the author of Ten Types of Innovation: the Discipline of Building Breakthroughs and in 2010 was named one of seven innovation gurus that are changing the field by Bloomberg Businessweek.

"We are excited to be bringing Larry Keeley to SA as our key note speaker as we shift focus from the traditional data techniques to reimagine the future of data driven innovation," adds Govender.

The Deloitte School of Analytics takes place from 7-9 February 2018 and costs R6 875 per delegate per day.

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