By the numbers, my career in Big Data
I joined Telstra’s Big Data team as a Senior Strategy Specialist in November, after six years working in innovation, digital, and Big Data roles.
I’ve mostly worked in consulting companies, where I’ve helped out on projects, working with the business teams to understand the value behind Big Data, build the business case, and work on the market strategy.
One project involved using aggregated anonymised data to see mobility patterns in order to help transport, tourism, and retail companies make better decisions for their customers.
As a business-oriented person I’ve also helped executive teams assess the value of Big Data and closely worked with different business units to identify and deliver new uses for it.
I made my way to Telstra’s Technology, Innovation and Strategy (TIS) team after working for an IT consultancy based in Paris as a Big Data business developer where my role was to bring in the business value of Big Data to the CIO of telco and media companies.
I feel like part of the reason why I have a very good eye for Big Data is because I’m not a very technical person.
This may sound counter-intuitive, but because of my quite deep understanding of Big Data techniques I don’t get bogged down on details - so I can explain it simply to people outside my team.
Making things easy to understand forms part of what I do today, but my role also involves working in benchmarking our position with competitors globally.
My team and I develop tactical position papers, help shape our yearly strategy and work on new projects as part of our own business development assignments.
I am developing ways for our customers to take control of their own data, understand how it is used and enable them to provide relevant data to help improve their overall experience.
This could have positive impacts across a range of customer interactions and promote a responsible attitude in the way companies deal with customer data today.
Working in technology is REALLY exciting and it’s a fast-paced environment where you learn a lot every day.
I don’t think you need to be a huge numbers geek to work in Big Data.
Instead, you need the right attitude and strategic foresight to see where the best value lies and help the business explore ways to make the best decisions for the customer.
As long as you’ve got the skills to develop yourself and embrace disruptive innovations as they come along, you’ll do fine.