Irish Analytics Institute founded

Pictured left is minister Regina Doherty TD at the launch of the Analytics Institute. (Image: Analytics Institute)



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22 November 2016 | 0

A not for profit, professional body for data analytics and data science professionals in Ireland has been established in Dublin, led by chief executive Lorcan Malone.

The Analytics Institute aims to “promote greater awareness, understanding and innovation in Data Analytics”. The institute says that it is fully supported in its mission by leading organisations in the sector.

“Our founding members include senior experts from IBM, Microsoft, SAS, Central Statistics Office, Revenue Commissioners, An Garda Síochána and NAMA,” it said.

The institute provides members with opportunities to network with other professionals in the industry, learn about career development opportunities, share knowledge and expertise, access Continuous Professional Development programmes and carry the official designation Member of the Analytics Institute of Ireland (MAII).

“Our organisation works with Government, Academia and the Corporate Business Sectors to promote cooperation, research and employment growth in the Data Analytics and Data Science sectors,” said the institute.

A launch event was attended by more than 140 delegates, from industry, government, academia, including the Revenue Commissioners, Garda, CSO, NAMA, IBM, EY, SAS, Ulster Bank, AIB.

Government Chief Whip and Minister of State Department of the Taoiseach, Regina Doherty TD, spoke at the launch and welcomed the initiative, saying it would underpin Ireland’s position as a global leader in data analytics.

Other presenters included Ken Finnegan, chief technologist, IDA Ireland and Aidan O’Driscoll, secretary general, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

A panel discussion around the topic of the role of data in business and in government discussed opportunities and challenges ahead, featured panellists Dr Patricia O’Hara, chair, National Statistics Board, John Farrelly, EY, Yvonne Holmes AIB, and Dr Mike O’Neill, professor of Business Analytics, UCD.

“We were overwhelmed with the hugely positive response we have received from the industry today,” said Lorcan Malone, chief executive, Analytics Institute. “There was a real energy in the room and the demand for invitations was extraordinary. Organisations are keen to get involved – to raise the profile and understanding of data analytics and business intelligence in business and in Government. We want to build a Community of professionals who can share insights, improve skills and knowledge and to support research and innovation in analytics. The support and enthusiasm of so many organisations and professionals here today is a sign that this initiative has come at the right time.”



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