Posted in Business, Data Leadership, Vendor management

Sustainable data tool purchasing, Part 1: Cool tools on the Boulevard of Broken Dreams

Cool tools are often the Data Leader’s (or stakeholder’s) hot tech hookup, ending up in a cold alley with yesterday’s clothes the morning after. Cool tools get purchased, installed, tried out and abandoned for the next promising vendor. And it’s seriously threatening data teams‘ financial and operational viability. 
Why are data tools so seductive? 

How can we prevent procurement from ending up in a boulevard of broken dreams and unrealized projects?

Posted in Analytics, Business, Data as an asset

How can analytics become a revenue generating function?

The first Decision Lab Round Table covered the topic of how to make Analytics a revenue-generating function. We had a cross functional discussion involving data professionals, as well as adjacent professions who are working in Europe and the USA. This blog covers the discussion points, as well as D3M Labs commentary about how analytics should be a business function.

Posted in Analytics, Business, Data as an asset, Deutsch

Wie kann Analytik zu einer Umsatz generierenden Abteilung werden?

Der erste Decision Lab Round Table befasste sich mit dem Thema, wie man die Analytik zu einer Umsatz generierenden Abteilung machen kann. Wir hatten eine funktionsübergreifende Diskussion unter Beteiligung von Datenexperten und benachbarten Berufsgruppen, die in Europa und den USA arbeiten. Dieser Blog enthält die Diskussionspunkte sowie einen Kommentar von D3M Labs dazu, wie Analytik eine Geschäftsfunktion sein sollte.

Posted in AI use case, Data science, NLP

Exploring BERT: Feature extraction & Fine-tuning

Natural language processing (NLP) is a set of techniques that aim to interpret and analyze human languages. By using it in more complex pipelines, we can solve predictive analytics tasks and extract valuable insights from unstructured text data.
A major breakthrough was made in the field of NLP by the introduction of transformers, which paved the way for large language models (LLMs) and generative AI research (e.g. BERT, BART, GPT).
In this article, we walk through different concepts of NLP. In the first section, we summarize the architecture of transformers and highlight its core concepts, such as the attention mechanism. Then, in the second section, we focus on BERT, one of the most popular Transformer-based LLMs, and we present examples of how it is used in data science applications.

Posted in Analytics, Data Products, Self-Service

Can we align on the Definition of SELF-SERVICE ANALYTICS?

Ashish Kalra is an experienced data leader who has been reading about self-service analytics over LinkedIn from different Data Leaders for some time. He has observed that everyone has their own definition of „Self-Service Analytics.“ In this article, Ashish publishes his own view on the topic and is open to peer and stakeholder feedback.

Posted in Analytics, Data careers, Data education, Data quality, Product analytics

Solving the speed vs. quality experimentation dilemma and growing the New York Times- an interview with Shane Murray

Contextualizing our world with data, part 4: Journalism. Solving the speed vs. quality dilemma and growing the New York Times, also during the Trump years. Shane Murray, Field Chief Technology Officer at Monte Carlo and former Senior Vice President of data & insights at The New York Times, talks with about experimentation and growing a digital subscriber business, the New York Times. Shane talks about how to solve the experimentation speed vs. quality dilemma – and often outright conflict – between business stakeholders and data teams. Shane also talks about how the New York Times transformed itself into a digital subscription product and tech company.

Posted in Current events

On the communication front with the Ukrainian PR Army – an interview with Liuka Lobarieva

Contextualizing our world with data, part 3: Public Relations. Liuka Lobarieva, co-founder and coordinator at the Ukrainian PR Army, has been volunteering as a coordinator for Food Safety and Nuclear Safety since Russia invaded Ukraine. She is driven by her conviction that it is important to tell the truth about the war caused by Russia in the very center of Europe today. She does this while she is working as Public Relations and Communications Manager at, a startup using AI to automate data pipelines. Liuka gives a unique glimpse into the virtual world of PR professionals telling Ukraine’s story and narrates her own experiences before and since the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The Ukrainian PR Army is data-driven. Liuka tells us how.

Posted in Data Leadership, Inclusion, Society

Why is it important to talk about toxic leadership?

Kasia Musur is a Berlin-based founder of an early-stage startup dealing with toxic leadership through preventive, protective and accountability measures.

„A job is a job. A boss is a boss “. For centuries people complain about their work-lives and yet the world goes round. Why is it suddenly such a big deal how we feel about our jobs, colleagues, and bosses?

Posted in Analytics, CRM & Omnichannel, Data education, Data-driven marketing

Nurturing the customer relationship with data – an interview with Sarah Carr

Contextualizing our world with data, part 2: Customer Relationship Management (CRM). Sarah Carr is a recovering Marketer who has gone on to become a CRM systems nerd. Aside from core CRM, Sarah also works on data governance, data quality, and privacy. Looking back at her journey, Sarah talks about how CRM went from email marketing to automated omni-channel orchestration of the customer experience. Sarah also gives her insight on how data teams and stakeholders can utilize self-service and data education to drive business forward together. Moreover, she discusses how Arts degrees can be good breeding grounds for analytical minds.

Posted in AI use case, Data careers, Data science, NLP

Why creatives in advertising should embrace data science and data mining – an interview with Les Guessing

Contextualizing our world with data, part 1: Advertising. Les Guessing has a high school degree (barely) but has managed to find great success as an Emmy Winning Copywriter / Creative Director in Los Angeles (and beyond) in advertising – the marketing arm of Capitalism. Over the last 10 years, he has become hellbent on using data/Data Science/Machine Learning and aspects of Artificial Intelligence (especially NLP, Natural Language Processing) to make advertising creative more insightful, more efficient, more impactful, and funnier. He explains why creatives should work with data because. Among other reasons, the creative mindset enables them to look at data and see something from an entirely different perspective than data people.