Author and professor Thomas Davenport’s new book, Keeping Up with the Quants, serves as a “quantitative literacy” guide for managers as they wade through the world of data today and tomorrow. Keeping Up with the Quants, co-authored by Davenport and Jinho Kim, covers the basics of quantitative analytics, the essential habits of effective analysts and insight on how business users and top-ranking quants can best collaborate.
Michael Koploy, Managing Editor at business intelligence software review company Software Advice, recently hosted a Google+ Hangout with Davenport to discuss key takeaways from the book and Davenport’s thoughts on the future of business analytics.
Among other topics, Davenport and Koploy cover:
- The importance of balancing creativity with a regular, thorough analytical process
- Why great companies hire great analysts--and why that isn’t likely to change anytime soon
- Why visualization tools are effective at analyzing “Big Data”
- How “Ph.Ds with personality” drive analytical innovation in business
- Why everyone should dabble in coding
Software Advice has posted a blog post summarizing the key takeaways from the conversation on its Plotting Success blog, which you can check out here: Hangout with Thomas Davenport: The Future of Working with Data. Be sure to check out Keeping Up with the Quants: Your Guide to Understanding Analytics, on sale now. For further questions, connect with Koploy (@PlottingSuccess) or Davenport (@tdav) on Twitter.