Accenture builds data scientist base in Australian city Perth

The expanding scope of work of a major analytics project for Australian natural energy supplier Woodside has given consultancy giant Accenture the impetus to rapidly expand its data analytics team.Woodside is looking to harness past investments in new areas of its business. Its interest in analytics has resulted in the creation of a mini-industry as consultants and technology suppliers run to help address its needs. Sensing opportunities in converting improved equipment monitoring into lower maintenance and increased reliability, Woodside established a separate data science division in January 2015. In May, the company signed a deal with IBM to apply Watson’s high-end analytics capabilities against historical datasets, collected over 30 years of operation, to identify trends that will help it manage its operations more proactively in the future. “We are bringing a…

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