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According to a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers, the UK professional research and evidence market is a booming business and all indication are that it will continue to grow. It employs close to 73,000 highly-qualified people, generates up to £4.8bn a year of Gross Value Added (GVA), and makes a significant contribution to the UK.

Samuel Carter wrote a post on LinkedIn stating that the top skill for an insight specialist is not statistics but a strong ability to communicate. Poor communication is a far more common reason why research fails to turn into insight, than poor statistical underpinning.

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Medical: Watson already helps nurses diagnosing cancer more accurately than humans can and drafts a care plan. Facebook now has a pattern recognition software that can recognize faces better than humans. Computers will become more intelligent than humans.

Bloomberg published a list of the top jobs going into the future (to 2024). It ranked occupations by the percentage increase projected from 2014 to 2024. The new jobs and those that are expected to show the biggest employment growth are mainly in health care:

I love Babette’s writings. Her latest post on LinkedIn looks at the management of Competitive Intelligence and how to overcome certain challenges. She touches upon the reasons why some Competitive Units fail or fail to flourish and one of the top reasons is that they were never intelligence units to begin with; they were data collecting teams.

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