Episode 11

Published on:

16th Jan 2024

S4 | Ep 11 | From Zero to Hero; The Role of Education in Data & Analytics Success with Dr Raoul-Gabriel Urma, Executive Chairman at Cambridge Spark

In Episode 11, of Season 4, of Driven by Data: The Podcast, Kyle Winterbottom is joined by Dr Raoul-Gabriel Urma, Executive Chairman of Cambridge Spark, where they discuss the role of education in Data & Analytics success, which includes;

  • Creating a business out of a passion for education and technology
  • Gaining a PhD in Computer Science at the University of Cambridge
  • Becoming a published author
  • The pace of technological change and transformation is becoming bigger and faster
  • How CDOs/CIOs are constantly battling to adopt and embrace that change
  • Creating a business out of a passion for education and technology
  • Why there’s too much hype in the industry and the impact that has on expectations  
  • Why there needs to be more education around commercial use cases for business leaders
  • What it will take for Data and AI to be a profit centre
  • Why it’s always about people (staff and customers)
  • The importance of being able to see the impact of your work
  • The retention challenge; why Data and AI skills are in high demand
  • Why you have to invest in people to keep pace with technological advances
  • How education supports retention
  • Why CDO tenure often disincentivises education and people investments
  • How the role of the CDO is expected to deliver ROI like any other exec role
  • The power of a strong HR business partner
  • Getting the balance of delivering quick wins while also building for and investing in the future
  • Educational use cases from some big brand names
  • How apprenticeship programmes can create several £m in top-line
  • How graduate boot camps are reducing time to ROI
  • Why educated leaders understand how talent delivers profit
  • Why people are the first to go when costs need to be cut
  • Why most UK organisations don’t realise the apprenticeship levy is readily available for training existing staff
  • How a lack of value realisation may become a blocker for investment in education
  • How business leaders don’t view data and AI as something that will support revenue growth
  • Why training is needed for business leaders to understand how a data strategy delivers value
  • Why that is the job of the CDO and the importance of selling
  • Why CDOs need to take more credit for what they do
  • Understanding which educational avenue is best for your organisation
  • The benefits of career changers and reskilling  
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About the Podcast

Driven by Data: The Podcast
Designed for Data Enthusiasts to hear from the Data & Analytics industry's thought leaders
Orbition Group is delighted to bring you this podcast series, which is designed for Data Enthusiasts, to hear from some of the most high-profile Data, Analytics and AI thought leaders from around the globe.

Each episode will detail the guests journey to the top while bringing unique insights, drawn from first-hand experience on the industry’s most trending topics.

This podcast was created as a way for our industry's most respected leadership figures from across the world to give back to the Data & Analytics community, by sharing; knowledge, experiences and ideas, to inspire, innovate and provide real-life use cases on the industries most pressing topics/challenges.

About your host

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Kyle Winterbottom

Founder of Orbition Group, a Search and Talent Solutions business that operates exclusively within the world of Data, Analytics & AI.

I am hugely passionate about enabling organisations to drive decisions and obtain value from the use of Data, Analytics & Artificial Intelligence.

As such, I believe it is imperative that as a community, we share; knowledge, ideas, real-life use cases and inspiration to collectively give back to our industry.

Given my fortunate position of speaking with hundreds, if not thousands of leadership figures within the global Data & Analytics community each year , I feel it is my duty to share the successes, failures, challenges and opportunities.

Therefore, I have positioned Orbition Group to be a facilitator of that knowledge sharing, through these podcasts, events we host and public speaking.