Berni Simmons

Berni is the founding Director of Smart Vision Europe and led the business through its start-up phase to its current position as an accredited premier IBM business partner. He has over twenty years experience of predictive analytics, data mining, business intelligence and market research.

Berni Simmons

The type of spreadsheet error that caused the loss of 16,000 coronavirus test results in England isn’t unusual – the limitations of spreadsheets are well known

Spreadsheets have been much in the news over the last couple of days in the UK, and not for good reasons. It looks as though Excel’s limit on the number of rows of data possible in a spreadsheet has led to Public Health England misplacing more than 16,000 Covid test results. The implications of this …

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5 key trends affecting technical training provision in predictive analytics

I have been in the business of delivering software applications and solutions that have advanced and predictive analytics at their core, in one form or another, for last 25 years. In a recent conversation with colleagues we were discussing how the wider market has changed and, more specifically, how this has affected the way that …

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Why R can be hard to learn

Many of the analysts we speak to are being pushed over to R, primarily because it’s open source and therefore a free alternative to commercial data analytics packages for which the costs can sometimes run into tens of thousands of pounds (or more). However, even experienced analysts often find that getting to grips with R …

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How repeatable application templates will maximise the effectiveness of your first predictive analytics project

As we help our clients get up and running with the predictive analytics tools and skills they need, we see some trends emerging in terms of the kind of applications for which clients tend to use predictive analytics most commonly. These are what we call ‘repeatable application templates’. In my previous post I outlined the 4 …

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Four reasons why getting started with predictive analytics is simpler than you think

We spend a great deal of our time at Smart Vision helping our clients to establish the use of predictive analytics in their business. For many organisations, getting started with predictive analytics can feel like a real departure from more traditional and familiar areas of activity. That said, organisations in almost every industry sector are becoming …

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10 reasons why your organisation is ready for prescriptive analytics

Prescriptive analytics is a relatively recent development beyond the broader disciplines of predictive analytics and data science. In this blog post I want to explain a bit about what it is and discuss why I think many organisations are already on the road to using it, without even knowing it. Prescriptive analytics is the third …

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How can predictive analytics help retailers weather the economic storm?

In this blog post I’m going to suggest  some ways in which predictive analytics can help retailers weather the economic storm they’re currently facing. The UK’s battered retail sector has been enduring an ongoing perfect storm following the financial crisis of 2007 / 2008.  The government would like us to believe that things are much better …

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