In my 16+ years of work in Information Technology industry so far, I have been across different countries, domains and roles. Starting as a Mainframe Programmer Analyst, I moved on to specialize in Database Administration and then tried my hand at Project / Program Management. But the search has been on to find something more fulfilling, something that will make me look forward to work every morning when I wake up, something that will allow me to finish every day with the satisfaction that I did something passionately and not just 8 hours of job for a living..
To state the obvious, “data” has been the buzzword in the recent times. “Statistics” and “Analytics” have been the most sought after skills. My instinct told me that the mathematical and puzzle solving elements in this domain will rekindle the spark in me and take me more into the zone I was looking for.
In May 2016 I decided to take the plunge and started planning my road map. Since then, I have gone past a few little milestones. I have completed 6 months of Post Graduate Program in Business Analytics and Business Intelligence in Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai. It looks all set for me to graduate in mid 2017. I have undergone a SAS training in “Predictive Modelling” using SAS Enterprise Guide & SAS Enterprise Miner products. I completed the relevant certification exam to become a “SAS Certified Predictive Modeler Using SAS Enterprise Miner 13”. I have completed a 5-day course on “Advanced Business Analytics using R” at IIT, Hyderabad. Through this journey I have done a handful of academic case studies using R, SAS and SPSS in Predictive Modelling, Segmentation etc.
I am getting to yet another goal in my checklist now. That is to start writing blogs to share my learning with friends as well as make it more enriching for myself.
People say God takes avatars periodically to clean up the world and make a fresh start. I do not know when God is planning for his next avatar. But, for now, “Data Avatar” is well and truly taking the world over. Intuition or experience based sinful decisions of the past are becoming a history. The only way to derive pure insights for the future is through a humble complete surrender to this avatar. When the avatar decides to do a clean up, only those who decided to take the holy dip and reached a statistically significant level of data enlightenment will be spared. Rest might be in for a rude shock !
Well, that is enough of frightening 😛 You are welcome to join in my learning journey. Happy Reading !!!