Speaker Series on Data, Analytics & Cloud – How to make data-rich interfaces intuitive?

Last Monday, October 23, 2017 we held our first session of the Speaker Series on Data, Analytics and Cloud in our Master of Science in Business Analytics program.   

This first edition was devoted to Visualization. How to visualize complex data is an important part in any data driven strategy. Not only because of need to transmit the discourse in a convincing and compelling manner but also because visualization facilities to uncover and make visible hidden relationships promoting a discussion around them.

If visualization for Analysis is important, when it becomes integrated in the user interface either favoring data exploration or allowing to manage sophisticated AI applications, then it turns out because data visualization becomes the interface itself.

The field is evolving rapidly, developments such as DS3, Python libraries such as Bokeh, Plot.ly or recently Dash are democratizing the capacity of building sophisticated visualizations and the UX around them. However, this is only the beginning, the new developments in AR-VR promise a quantum leap in visualization.   

We had three great Speakers in this first edition:

        • Mark Schindler – GroupVisual.io
        • Alberto Gonzalez – Bestiario bestiario.org
        • David Nogué – Eixos eixos.cat
        • Victor Pascual Cid – One Tandem – onetandem.com

Before the Speaker Series I had the opportunity to talk to Mark Schindler, here is the result

 

 

ESADE’s Master Of Business Analytics

BY: MARC ETHIER ON MAY 06, 2017

ESADE Professor Esteve Almirall, lecturer in the Department of Operations, Innovation and Data Sciences,

             will teach course for the school’s new Master of Business Analytics. Courtesy photo

poetsandquants.com/2017/05/06/esades-master-business-analytics/

Program Name: Master of Business Analytics

School: ESADE

Length of Program: 12 months

Cost: €26,500, or about $28,864

Esteve Almirall’s roots are in the computer industry. He has worked for more than 20 years in executive- and board-level positions in IS, organization, and marketing for consulting, banking, and finance firms; as an entrepreneur he has actively participated in — and founded — several startups in the field. So it’s easy to see where he developed the core belief he brings to his current role as lecturer in ESADE’s Department of Operations, Innovation, and Data Sciences, and director of the school’s new MSBA: Business schools must take the lead in the digital revolution.

‘I believe that in a digital world, in a world that is transforming itself more and more into software, business schools cannot be absent and should be not only present but have a leading role in this transformation,” says Almirall, who earned an MBA from the University of California-Berkeley Haas School of Business. “Our business schools should train the business professionals of the future and these business professionals will be digital. Coding should become in BSs as common as spreadsheets, and analytics and experimentation the normal way to tackle projects and explore new ideas. Our job is to fully contribute to this transformation!”

That’s the basis for the launch of the Barcelona, Spain school’s MSBA this fall. Almirall believes the future of business lies at the intersection between technology and innovation; he is active and sought after for his expertise in the areas of “smart cities,” innovation ecosystems, innovation in the public sector, and user innovation. And he has coordinated several large EU competitive projects and participated in more than 10 of them as main researcher. Now, Building on ESADE’s years of integrating technology and data science into its programs — and with input from company partners and others — Almirall and the school’s faculty have designed the new MSBA to be a leader in analytics education.

“In our case, launching and planning this program involved many people — it has been truly a team effort,” Almirall tells Poets&Quants. “We started with this program checking the rest of the programs that were available. After, we held interviews with more than 20 companies asking their opinions on what should be there and what they wanted of our graduates. Internal checking and discussion has been extensive, with the involvement of many academics and non-academics from our organization.”

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Uber i Airbnb: prohibim el futur?

«Com tantes vegades a la història ens trobem que una nova forma d’organització social, clarament millor per a tothom, es veu aturada per la inèrcia, la legislació i els interessos contraposats»

Aquests dies estic a Londres, aquí hi ha uns 120.000 conductors d’Uber i l’empresa s’està plantejant no agafar-ne més per una temporada. Es un mitjà molt popular en totes les seves modalitats: compartit, normal, de luxe, executiu,… Com ben bé a tot arreu els taxistes van portar Uber als tribunals però aquí van perdre, els tribunals varen dictaminar que mentre es paguessin impostos tot era perfectament legal, és clar els paguen i suposen no només uns ingressos importants per l’estat, sinó també una reducció dels subsidis.

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Ens calen agències com NESTA

Article publicat a Nació Digital http://www.naciodigital.cat/opinio/15181/calen/agencies/nesta

Us heu preguntat alguna vegada com es dissenyen les polítiques públiques o les propostes que sovint apareixen a la premsa? D’on surt la proposta d’una renda bàsica universal, la manera d’implementar les superilles o quines són les polítiques millors per fenòmens com Airbnb? S’ha experimentat i vist què funciona millor i què pitjor, o estem davant d’idees plenes de bones intencions (suposem) però mancades de cap evidència o sigui sense dades?

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One of my classes @ ESADE

When I was a student many times I wondered how was a class experience in other universities or Business Schools, particularly the ones that we all admire. With time I got the opportunity to attend classes in many of the most prestigious universities around the world. I learnt a lot with that, both as a student or as a teacher. Still learning and still trying to improve every day.

Thanks to the nice marketing people @ Esade (thanks Lidia & Noemi) I got a recording of one of my classes. It was totally unexpected and I thought it will be a nice idea to share it with you. This class is a short version of a longer one that I normally use as an intro to platforms.

I am certainly not the best professor @ Esade and I really hope not to be the worst, at least I try not to. Still learning and still a lot to learn !!!

 

eDreams – Native Digital Companies

We are all familiar with native digital companies like eDreams, the Spanish on-line travel specialist.

However, native digital companies work differently than normal companies. There, you are not going to find product managers but product owners. Project Management is basically SCRUM and you cannot meet your clients but you know a lot about them.

Digital experiments is the tool for taking decisions and personalization is the name of the game.

Here you can find the interview ith Manuel Bruscas, Director of Analytics and Insights at eDreams ODIGEO, where we talk about the differences between native and non-native digital companies and how both work !

I am sure that you will find it not only very interesting but enlightening !

 

Los deberes para una Barcelona digital

Para que Barcelona se transforme en una sociedad digital no se necesitan más laboratorios, más programadores y más emprendedores, que también. Debe ser una sociedad que busque de forma constante mejorar y poner en marcha nuevas iniciativa.

ESTEVE ALMIRALL. PROFESOR DE ESADE BUSINESS AND LAW SCHOOL

MARTES, 28 DE FEBRERO DEL 2017

 

Parece que el mundo avanza hacia una sociedad digital en donde buena parte de las actividades humanas o bien se trasladan al ‘software’ o acabarán en manos de máquinas inteligentes o robots. Quizás alguien puede pensar que tardaremos mucho en ver este mundo, pero de hecho ya está aquí. La venta ‘on line’ está ganando terreno rápidamente, los fondos de inversión ya empiezan a estar gestionados por ‘software’ en vez de humanos (Bridgewater, Sentient, Numerai …) y los coches, camiones y autobuses se autoconducen. Los Tesla ya hace tiempo que van solos por las autopistas… Que esto va a más y con gran rapidez no hay ninguna duda. Ahora bien, si esto es así, ¿qué le hace falta a una sociedad para tener éxito y no terminar atropellada por el tsunami de la innovación digital?

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