Analyst First has been an Australian organisation, with chapters in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra.
This has now changed with the creation of Analyst First Tokyo, Japan.
Heading up the Tokyo chapter is Kevin Gray, Managing Director of Cannon Gray LLC, a Tokyo based company specializing in Marketing Science and Analytics, with clients worldwide.
We welcome Kevin aboard, and invite readers to look at the Cannon Gray website, particularly the section on philosophy, which resonates so well with the A1 view.
Readers in Japan and environs are encouraged to contact Kevin re A1 activities. Those interested in forming chapters in their own cities please contact me through this blog’s comments.
We look forward to further new chapters, with another to be announced very soon.
“For the first time, the number of users of free/open source software exceeded the number of users of commercial software. The usage of Big data software grew five-fold. R, Excel, and RapidMiner were the most popular tools, with Statsoft Statistica getting the top commercial tool spot.”
The sample is arguably skewed, but arguably the skew over-represents users at the forefront of the field.
It would be interesting to compare the numbers of several previous years in a single chart.
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