Alec Smith leads the Data Science, Engineering and Analytics practice for Xpand in Australia.Â
He is a strong believer that a recruiters position allows for a unique perspective on the market so keep an eye out for future topics of discussion around this space.
I moved to Sydney in June last year. Like every other Brit in Australia, I moved for the sunnier climate and a life by the beach (yes, I live in Bondi!). My background in the UK was in investment bankingÂ technology and the first time I got a flavour of âbig dataâ was when the fraud department of a global bank asked for artificial intelligence experience. I was instantly intrigued!Â
Personally, I canât imagine recruiting in an area that doesnât interest or challenge me intellectually. So when I started my research and came across concepts like machine learning and predictive analytics, the decision was made â I was moving into this field in Australia!
So, for the past eight months with Xpand, I have been on a journey to discover the market in Australia and on a crash course in science, engineering, statistics, distributed computing, scalability â the list goes on. And this is my attempt at summarising what I have learnt so far â a recruiters perspective if you will! Â
WhyÂ doÂ organisationsÂ needÂ DataÂ ScienceÂ andÂ Analytics?
As a starting point, it is worth pointing out that Australia is a smaller market than say, the US or UK, so data sets are inherently smaller. But to avoid getting caught up in the murkiness surrounding âbig dataâ, I am not just concerned with who has massive volumes of data â I am interested in whether Australian organisations are employing data science and advanced analytics, irrespective of the sizes involved. Put simply, is Australia doing this stuff well?Â
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