We are recruiting!

We are looking for a Junior/Graduate Developer to join our data engineering team based in Exeter.

Core skill set: .Net, Java, SQL

This is a pure back-end server side development role.  An opportunity to be involved in projects incorporating Big Data, AI, Analytics and Machine Learning.

Great if you have some industry experience (1-2 years) but not essential. It would be bonus if you have any of these: Node.JS. Cassandra. Spark. OrientDB. Postgresql. Redshift.

You will be serious about technology, a passionate problem solver, with love for data.

If you would like to apply, please send your CV, plus a brief summary of your interests and technical pursuits to: Gerry McNicol at gerry@big-consultancy.com with the reference Graduate Developer.

Learning Java with Monsters

At BiG we’re passionate about innovating with data but it’s coming together of brilliant minds that makes what we do possible. Rich flow of fresh talent and attitudes is crucial to keep our enthusiasm for problem solving with data infectious.

Here is what our intern, 4th year Mathematics student Conor, made of working at BiG. His responsibilities included: writing code, analysing data and learning to operate office robots (a form of machine learning!)

My name is Conor and I’m a 4th year Mathematics student at the University of Exeter. In June I spent one month as an Intern for BiG Consultancy. Before my internship, I had limited experience with programming and knew very little about big data. Once I had arrived, met the team and had a tour of the office, I was given my first task. I was to spend my first two weeks learning how to use and program in Java. I had no prior experience with Java, so it was a steep learning curve, but Gerry helped me to overcome any obstacles that I faced. I was challenged to create a text-based game by the end of the two weeks where the hero, Conor, had to go through different rooms, encountering and defeating monsters along the way. I was proud to have created this game from scratch after such a short space of time. It really opened up my eyes to the many applications of Java.

After successfully playing Frankenstein and creating an army of monsters, I moved from learning about the software development aspect of BiG Consultancy to data visualisation. In the next two weeks, I learnt how to use SQL to extract data. I found this to be significantly easier to work with than Java! With the help of Chris, once I had created data tables, I was able to manipulate them to create visual representations using programs such as Tableau and KNIME. This made the data easier for a client to analyse.

I really appreciated the time that I spent working at BiG Consultancy. With the help and guidance of the team I was able to develop my skills in programming in Java, as well learning about data analysis and visualisation. In addition, this was the first time that I have worked in an office environment, so this was also a very good experience. I especially enjoyed the coffee machine! Throughout the month internship, I learnt a lot about the rapidly developing world of big data and am excited to use the skills that I acquired here at BiG in my future endeavours.

Hungry to evolve your business through intelligent use of data? Join BiG at #Exeter #DataMunch Thursday 1st of June 6.30pm

#DataMunch brings together some very passionate and excitable digital and data experts who will be sharing their business data know-how. Join us and enjoy some tasty data insights as well as discovering those essential ingredients including:

  • Processes behind effective data analysis and their business applications
  • Problem solving creatively with data
  • Principles of refining data analysis so that it can be ‘algorithmised’ – a very iterative and non-linear process indeed
  • Aspects of data analytics we know so well that we can teach a machine to do it
  • Realising successful data-driven transformation by embracing analytics culture throughout your entire organisation

Speakers will include:

Gerry McNicol – Co-founder, BiG Consultancy Gerry will talk about how Big Data is being used in industry and routes to data-maturity within your organisation. Focussing on data-driven tools and solutions for the marketing sector such as rich customer segmentation, real-time personalisation and predictive analytics.

Jonny Day – Head of Digital Marketing, Crowdcube Jonny will be sharing Crowdcube’s use of data to understand their business goals, key metrics not vanity metrics and using data to drive change and product improvement. Including how and where to focus time and resource.

Christopher Proctor – Chief Executive, Oneserve Chris will debate how to future proof your business against the conundrum of decreasing customers’ cost palatability which is matched with increasing expectations of service quality, driven by technology and innovations. Listen out for a mention of a holy trinity of technologies – Big Data, IoT and Artificial Intelligence that can deliver a solution that truly moves the bar.

Chris Shadrick – Head of Digital Strategy, AB… Chris will run an interactive session, taking you through his top five tools that allow brands to have more control over their Digital Customer Experience by analysing customer data and digital interactions. Including a demo of one of the world’s most innovative big data customer experience solutions that replays user interactions.

Tom Moore – Solicitor, Stephens Scown Tom will give an entertaining report on the dwindling light of the Data Protection Act and many unknowns of the new General Data Protection Regulation. What does the looming compliance deadline mean for businesses and what should you do to prepare for it?

Data Consultancy

Improve every aspect of your business by transforming it into a Data-Driven Enterprise. We start with your key strategic goals, then map out a roadmap and build measurement points to work with every team ensuring they have the analytics and mindset to deliver continued process improvement. Until your goals are reached.

We guide your business through our Data Maturity Model to clearly define what you need to do to keep ahead of your competitors. We believe that data quality initiatives must run in parallel to business activities. That means there’s a need for an ongoing investment in data governance, within the parameters of your budget. You don’t have to aim for zero mistakes in your data, because that could be too expensive. Instead, we will help you achieve a state where your data is truly fit for purpose.

Data Science

Look, computers are better at understanding data than humans. But doing this is fraught with problems and challenges. We are experienced at doing this and won’t just throw things around until it sticks.

Data is powerful. Go beyond human; react faster, more reliably and over much larger and complex datasets than your competitors. We develop solutions that leverage the latest in Machine Learning, Predictive Models and real-time processing that can solve real business problems and make your company breakaway from the pack.