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Friday, November 30th, 2018

Rebooting analytics leadership: Time to move beyond the math


“To help their organizations capitalize on artificial intelligence and analytics, CAOs must do more than demonstrate their technical chops. They need to lead like a Catalyst.”

The role of the chief analytics officer (CAO) is being thrust into the spotlight as artificial intelligence (AI) technology continues to improve—and prove its value. AI and other advanced analytics will unlock $9.5 trillion to $15.4 trillion annually, with recent AI advances such as deep learning alone making up nearly 40 percent of the total.

This Week’s Must Read features an insight piece from McKinsey, in which the consultants discuss how CAOs can cut through the whirlwind of obstacles to help their organization capture a larger piece of the advanced analytics prize than their competitors. It was revealed in the article that one key to success will be for CAOs to assume the role of Catalyst—a new persona that redefines leadership for deploying analytics and AI at scale.

Read on to Find out More: “Rebooting analytics leadership: Time to move beyond the math”, featuring Brian McCarthy, Chris McShea & Marcus Roth, McKinsey.

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  • The evolving role of the chief data officer in financial services : As organizations discover that they need to proactively and effectively manage their information assets at the enterprise level, this report explores the evolving role of Chief Data Officers in the global financial services industry and how it’s transforming from senior data marshal and steward to strategic business-enablement leader and innovator.  | Deloitte
  • Big Data: The Organizational Challenge -You can then begin experimenting, testing hypotheses to learn where and how advanced analytics is most likely to help your business. This type of review will help you determine your Big Data ambition, embed a culture of analytics and decide where Big Data’s organizational home should be.  | Travis Pearson and Rasmus Wegener , Bain &Company


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