Earlier this month, our Chief Data Scientist, Anthony Scriffignano, visited our offices in Malibu and gave a fascinating lunch-and-learn presentation on how he gets his team to focus on making a big impact with big data. Tweet This
The topics covered might seem a bit dry to the uninitiated:
- The changing nature of big data
- The implications of our data decisions
- How to create a mindset that will help us solve the right problems
However, Anthony is loaded with colorful stories that bring his data to life… and lucky for us, his written stories are often just as colorful as his presentations.
- Want to understand how to develop the skills needed to make decisions in a world that’s overloaded with data? He starts with a story of a hungry donkey.
- Want to understand how to make sense out of unstructured data? He starts with a story about a spicy yelp review.
- Want to understand how to improve complicated data on a massive scale? He starts by making a connection to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Quite impressively, he told a story of how his team responded after the Tsunami that destroyed much of the coastal infrastructure in Japan of 2011. Knowing that quick updates could be valuable to the business community, his team leveraged spatial imagery, flood footprint info and so much more, along with Dun & Bradstreet data like company location and linkages to quickly build a model that accessed the impact. Most impressive of all, despite knowing the value of this unique dataset, D&B decided to give the data away for free.
A quick look at Twitter tells us that our team in Malibu isn’t the first to discover the colorful wisdom of Anthony Scriffagnano:
— Kirk Borne (@KirkDBorne) April 16, 2016
— The Agency (@GetTheAgency) April 27, 2016
— Shelly Lucas (@pisarose) April 7, 2016
— Bob Carrigan (@BobCarrigan) April 20, 2016
— Sam Panini (@SampathPanini) March 30, 2016
— FICO (Fair Isaac) (@FICO) April 11, 2016