Week Note: 13 August 2021

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Well, as expected, our birthday picnic didn’t quite happen last week due to some rather grey rain clouds.  But never fear, alternative party planning is underway and we’ll share some photographs in future weeks. But we still had plenty to keep us busy.

Travel and Tourism

We continued this week with work on our case studies.  I had a really interesting conversation with Joshua Ryan-Saha from TravelTech and shared some of our stories about clients in the Travel and Tourism sector.  Without doubt the last year and a half has been one of the most challenging they will have ever faced, and along the way we looked to help them in a number of different ways including some digital transformation projects.  In some cases they’ve been able to use this quiet time as an opportunity to review their tools, processes and use of data, and look to make changes that might be more challenging when things are going full pelt.  We hope to be able to share some more of these stories in the form of a case study, so we’ll keep you posted. 

The Bayes

One of the team is making regular use of our desks at The Bayes now, and Jo and I managed a meetup just outside too!  The area around the Bayes is also feeling a little more like ‘normal’ too, with plenty of food trucks and bars popped up in the George Square area, all be it in a far more controlled sense than usual.  It’s nice to feel a wee bit normality creeping back in.  I’ve also spotted what looks like a great ice-cream van – a particular weekness of mine so I’ll test out and report back!

AI and Innovation

We also had a wrap up session from our work on the SBRI Challenge we completed recently.  The project was based around creating a holistic care record for a resident in a care home  – and at this point was very much a research piece for us.  Alex Christian has been carrying out research for his PhD which looks to understand “the Role of AI in Organising Innovative Processes”. He’s been observing this Care Home challenge to gain insight on how we have all approached this, and carried out this end interview to gather feedback. We had a really interesting conversation, and we look forward to seeing see the final work. 

More free workshops!

I’m delighted to say that we’ve also released more dates for our workshops we’ve run for businesses in the Borders and Dumfries & Galloway.  After the success of the first three, we’ve been able to do three more cohorts.  The sessions are free for any organisation in those areas, and can really make all the difference to a business that’s not quite sure they’re doing the right things with their data, or indeed haven’t really got started as they’re full of uncertainties and questions.  Further details and the dates can be seen here in the flyer, or drop me an email at hello@effini.com if you’d like to find out more or book your place.

So…I’ll let you know on the ice cream front,  and get on with my week, hope you have a good one!