Why we’ve partnered with WiD UK 2018?

We’ve partnered with Women in Data again this year because we know at Mango how important it is to encourage diversity within data science. We know that a diverse team helps to build success as having a range of people and skills helps our teams perform better. We are proud that our Data Science team is 40% female, and we are keen to ensure that we continue to attract great female talent to the team.

Spotlight on Ruth Thomson

Name: Ruth Thomson
Job title: Strategic Advice and Strategic Innovation
Expertise: Helping businesses make better decisions using advanced analytics and data science
Education: Undergraduate honours degree in Geography combined with professional education in analytics and innovation

In the past, I disliked being asked “So, what is your background?” as I felt at a disadvantage because I didn’t have a traditional statistics/programming/computer science background.

So I started reading about how diversity is the key to innovation and commercial success. I then realised my different background was not a disadvantage but an advantage.

Now I can say I have the perfect background for innovation in data science and advanced analytics.

My background couldn’t be more diverse. I’ve worked for large organisations as well as start-ups, I’ve worked in product development, marketing and consulting, I have experience leading teams as well as delivering projects myself. I’ve won awards and seen projects fail. I bring a unique perspective and a blend of skills to my work in Strategic Innovation.

I am a voracious learner and the more I read about predictive analytics, the more passionate I become about its power and potential. Using MOOCs and online learning, I learnt how to formulate analytic questions from business problems and how to use SQL, Python and Jupyter Notebook. I connected with people working in advanced analytics on LinkedIn and in person at events like Bristol Data Scientists.

I saw I could add value to a company by combining my business experience with a knowledge and understanding of data science. Mango Solutions has given me the opportunity to do just that.

There are so many ways Mango Solutions is a brilliant place to work as a woman. I have a young family so most importantly for me, they have created a working environment where I can thrive in a senior role whilst still having a family life.

In a world where the majority of companies struggle to create workplaces where women can thrive, I am proud to say that Mango is excelling in creating a culture and working practices that support female leadership.

How Mango Solutions see the data landscape changing in the UK in the next 5 years

We are already seeing the openness of business to change around data and this is a trend we expect to continue. You can write the best code, create the best algorithms and perform the most exacting analysis but if the business isn’t willing to effect change then this results in no value. We also expect to see the growth of innovation within the data sector and a continued move towards open source solutions from even the most traditional of industry sectors.

About Mango Solutions

Mango Solutions specialise in the provision of data science solutions to help organisations gain actionable insights from their data. We firmly believe that commercial decision-making can be enhanced by the use of analytics and that business success is increasingly dependent on being data-driven. Our mission is to empower organisations to make informed decisions using data science and advanced analytics to drive bigger gains, lower costs and optimize performance.