March 16th 2019 – Contemporary Analysis (CAN) sponsored the St Patrick’s Day Parade float for the Omaha Crawl for Cancer. Nate Watson, President of CAN, helped bring the Crawl for Cancer to Omaha and has been helping organize it ever since.
Here are just a few of the photos from the parade this weekend. Needless to say, we got into some Shenanigans and gave away over 5000 pieces of candy in the process!
Special thanks to all of the “Crawlenteers” who showed up to walk in the parade and hand out candy! See you this summer for the crawl!
Contemporary Analysis (CAN) will be presenting not one but TWO segments at this years Infotec Conference. Held at the Embassy Suites LaVista on April 1st & 2nd CAN will be hosting a workshop and a breakout.
Leading a Data Driven Organization Workshop.
Lead Data Scientist for CAN
April 1st – 8:30 am – 12:30 pm.
This is a workshop designed after the book of the same name. It is onsite, in-person learning designed for all levels of leaders within an organization. Filled with stories and real-world examples, the workshop will walk through the concepts of data science with an eye for what leaders need to know. From “What Data Science Does” to “Organizational Challenges,” the workshop makes sure you “Know if the Answers are Right.” With sections titled, “How Data Science is Done” and “Time is Not Your Friend” you get straight talk about business challenges and opportunities. Whether you are faced with your first data science project or you are just thinking about how to use the latest data science tools for your company’s benefit, this workshop is for you.
Earlier this morning our President, Nate Watson presented to a group. The group was a part of One Million Cups. If you’re not familiar with them, they are a community based movement to get entrepreneurs together to educate, engage and inspire others and otherwise grow small business.
Contemporary Analysis launched Inventory Batch Tracker earlier this year. The software helps small to medium sized manufacturing facilities to track elements of their manufacturing process. In the event of a recall, they can quickly and accurately generate reports and pull only the protected products.
Inventory Batch Tracker will help companies deal with a few pallets of bad product, rather than several truck loads of bad product. If you haven’t checked out the site visit. www.inventorybatchtracker.com
Contemporary Analysis (CAN) is pleased to announce and welcome Justin Trowbridge as the company’s new Business Development Officer. Trowbridge will be responsible for sales and marketing efforts as well as continuing to grow our Omaha Data Science Academy enrollment.
He joins CAN from PayPal located in Omaha Ne. At PayPal he cultivated new partners, expanded a referral network to include the European Union, and developed solutions for companies of all sizes. During his time at PayPal he also completed his Masters in Marketing from the University of Bellevue.
“We’re excited to have him on board. He’ll be able to expand our capabilities and adds depth to our areas of real world experience.” said Nathan Watson, President at CAN. “Justin has a track record of thinking outside the box and applying concepts in new and exciting ways.”
We are excited to announce a partnership with Bellevue University, the beginnings of which are data science leadership and data science learning seminars on their online platform. The first is an upcoming lunch and learn following our recent book entitled: “Leading a Data-Driven Organization.”
This online lunch and learn will be:
December 4th and 6th, 11am-1pm each day
The seminar will outline a practical guide you can use to transform yourself and your organization to Win the Data Science Revolution!
It is specifically built for those who are tasked, or are going to be tasked, with leading the philosophical change that is Data-Driven Decision Making. The seminar will include topics like:
what data science is
how data science works
how data science can drive better decisions
how to implement ideas, and
how to hire, train, and manage talent.
The seminar will also address some of the major barriers that leaders deal with when implementing data-driven decision making including:
the bias of inactivity
the bias of decision avoidance
ROI for “science” projects
choosing the right projects, and
management’s ability to understand the results.
You will come away with a much better understanding of the people you are managing, the people who need their predictions, and how to stand in between both camps.
Bellevue University is a private, non-profit, accredited university physically located in Omaha, NE but teaches students around the globe. They offer career-relevant bachelors, masters, Ph.D. degree programs including a Masters in data science and one in Business Intelligence.
CAN and Bellevue have decided to partner together in an effort to provide seminars and lunch and learns about relevant topics in data science. Our goal is to produce a monthly talk about relevant topics such as Data Science Legal, Practical Machine Learning, Data Science Leadership, Data Science Sales, Data Science Implementation, and hopefully, eventually, the entire Data Science Academy for Credit.
Gordon Summers is Contemporary Analysis’s Chief Data Strategist. With 25 years experience helping companies from large Fortune 500 corporations to small not-for-profit companies, he is the region’s leading voice on the changes needed to implement and to change permanently the culture necessary to be data-driven. He also teaches data science and has helped many leaders understand and implement data science within their organizations. Feel free to reach out with questions about his book or other management related questions you might have.
LinkedIn released their August workforce report today which revealed that the demand for data scientists has increased dramatically since 2015. Almost every large U.S. city has a shortage of data scientists in some capacity. This could be due to the fact that more industries are beginning to incorporate data science, from manufacturing to agriculture. Read more…
Last Thursday, Data Science on the Plains hosted their first meetup event. The event started with peer to peer networking over pizza and beer followed by a presentation by Union Pacific’s Jason Hochwender who spoke about the multiple data analytic projects currently happening at UP and his own pursuit of creating a data driven culture. 25 attendees from a range of different companies across Omaha were able to brainstorm strategies on how to lead data science initiatives into our own organizations and navigate politics that may arise in the process. Come join us at our next meeting in early November and help us continue to build the data science community in Omaha.
Live Well Omaha is a nonprofit that leads a coalition of organizations to collectively prioritize health in Omaha. Live Well is paving new ground in the nonprofit sector with their data driven mindset. They approached Contemporary Analysis with an idea: to visualize their health data with interactive storytelling maps, tracking the progress of different health metrics in Omaha such as child healthy weight.
Join them this Thursday, June 21 to discuss possible solutions to health issues in Omaha. Discover how the right visuals and story can help people digest information that may be hard to glean from printed statistics alone. Look for our case study about Live Well in the coming weeks to learn more. Register for the event: Map Chats with Live Well Omaha.
Here at Contemporary Analysis we believe good visualization is the key to understanding data and making data-driven decisions from it. We have worked with multiple companies (including nonprofits) over the years to provide valuable visualizations of their data, both at the macro and micro levels, to help them use their data more strategically. While technologically agnostic, we do recommend Tableau for those users who are either new or non-technical. We offer classes on how to use data visualization through our school, the Omaha Data Science Academy.
Data science has been named America’s hottest job by an article written in Bloomberg.
In recent years, there has been an explosion in the amount of available data and an advancement in tools that can tame and harness it. Companies are counting on data scientists to make discoveries within the data, yet there is a major shortage of people who are skilled in this area. The article recounts how this scarcity is causing companies to pay incredibly high wages to attract these sought-after professionals.
Programs for aspiring data scientists are difficult to find within traditional institutions because data science has only sprung up in recent years. Nontraditional educational routes such as the Omaha Data Science Academy has tried to fill this gap. Interested in joining the next cohort? Apply now.