Know the Role – Data Artist

We all understand that the amount of data that modern companies use to drive their businesses is growing exponentially.  You may know the roles of database administrators, database architects, and data scientists.  But are you familiar with the role of the “data artist”?

Data artists bridge the gap between the business and IT by creating data visualizations that can be quickly understood by business leaders to accelerate decision-making.  Data artists offer three dominant skill sets including:
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  1. Understanding data well enough to know what pieces of data are needed to tell their story.
  2. Mastery of the process of analysis and finding insight.
  3. Ability to create the most compelling way to convey those insights visually to the rest of the organization.

The Booming US Healthcare Consulting Market

Valued at $45 billion last year, the US management consulting market relating to healthcare is booming.  How so?  Well, the healthcare consulting sector is expected to break the $60 billion mark by the end of next year.

The main drivers of growth in the US healthcare management consulting market include:

  • Healthcare IT
  • Adoption of cloud technology
  • Digitalization
  • Value-based care
  • Compliance
  • Big data and analytics

Top 10 Most Sought-After Consulting Skills
According to Spend Matters, the procurement and supply chain blog, the top 10 most sought-after consulting skills across all industry sectors are:
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1.  Project management

2.  Market analysis

3.  Growth strategy

4.  Strategic planning

5.  Corporate and business unit strategy

6.  Program Management Office (PMO) support

7.  Product development and launches

8.  Supply chain

9.  Customer experience and insights

10. Innovation strategy


How Data Analytics Are Changing the Consulting Industry

Like other industries, the consulting industry is being disrupted in many ways.  With the rise of artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain and advanced analytics, consultants may find themselves working closely with artificially intelligent systems that can analyze huge volumes of data that are incomprehensible to the human mind.  Learn more about how data analytics are changing the consulting industry – and what is perhaps the most important consulting skill going into the 2020s.


Consulting Trends…September 2018

Read the September 2018 issue of CONSULTING magazine to keep informed of trends in the industry and for ongoing professional development.  The Croixstone team recommends that you be certain to read the articles entitled “Workforce Consultants Tackle Future Phobia” and “Mastering the Art of Organizational Change.”