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Data & Analytics

Building a data enabled future

Data & Analytics

The way we use data is changing

Data & Analytics is one of the most exciting and rapidly-changing areas in tech. With the introduction of a modern suite of technologies, from Big Data platforms to a Visual Analytics exploitation toolkit, we’re transforming the way we collect, look after and use data.


Data Solutions

We are laying the foundations for an even stronger data capability to ensure the smooth running of our data ecosystem.

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Business Intelligence and Data Visualisation

We’re using data to drive better decisions, give us a competitive edge and keep our business sustainable.

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Data Management

Using data to drive better decisions for our members

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Data Science

Realising the opportunities presented by Big Data

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The importance of data to Nationwide

Tooled up for transformation

These are exciting times. We’re embracing the possibilities of data, and becoming more data enabled and data literate as an organisation to better serve our members. Put simply we want all our people to be “Fit to Fly with Data”. To this end, we’ve signed an enterprise Qlik license so we can deploy solutions for 5,000 of our people and spread the power of data across the Society.

When it comes to customer experience, banks and FinTechs are learning from retailers and increasingly grasping the importance of personalization. For banks to stay ahead of the game and give best-in-class customer experience, customer-facing employees need to be armed with accurate, relevant and up-to-date data, and mobile, web and branch channels need to act as one. How can we do this? With the right tools.

Enter Qlik, the data exploitation engine that breaks down the complexity of disparate data, and delivers analytical insights to those who need it, instantly.

Empowering our people

What this means for us is that where data insight was previously locked away in static management reports, we can empower more people to answer more questions themselves – across every community in our organisation, truly driving a data enabled culture.

The benefits are manifold: our people can access and act on the data provided when they need it, they can be inquisitive with data and answer more questions themselves, and are freed up from having to spend large amounts of time collating it. In short, there can be more focus on insight than engineering. Qlik also starts to deal with the problem of data silos and the inefficiency they cause, as well as moving to more data-based decision making, relying less on intuition and institutional knowledge.

Introducing 'Google for data' 

Continuing to innovate with Analytics technology, we’re also in the process of implementing Thoughtspot. Described as ‘Google for data’ it analyses our data using natural language to enable quick and easy data search and results.

We’ll be rolled out our first Thoughtspot application in April 2019 so more on this to follow, but in the meantime, imagine being able to ask vast, accurate and up to date volumes of data very specific questions. And then being able to drill down into the detail. This is exactly what many of our employees will be able to do.

Paul French is Nationwide's Director of Business Intelligence and Data Visualisation