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techUK plays a key role at UKTI Big Data Paris event

techUK join panel at Paris event to discuss the role of UK government initiatives in driving the use of big data.

On Thursday 19 March Sue Daley, Head of big data, cloud and mobile services took to the stage alongside industry leaders from France and the UK to discuss how big data and analytics are energising economic growth on both sides of the English Channel. The UKTI Conference, chaired by DataIQ editor David Reed, brought together French and British businesses to discuss the opportunities and challenges created by the big data revolution.

Expert-led panels discussed issues including how big data in action is transforming business efficiency and the customer experience and the importance of respecting consumers' privacy. Business users of big data analytics shared their experiences of how investment in big data can deliver real business results. Panellists highlighted that the value of big data to both the UK and French economy will not be determined by the sheer amount of data being collected but from the application of the insights gained from analysing big data to address business and customer needs.

Speaking on a panel discussing the role of government initiatives in driving the use of big data techUK applauded the UK government's £231 million investment since Big Data was identified as one of the eight great technologies essential for driving the UK's future growth back in 2012. Sue Daley also welcomed the budget announcement of £4 million to fund the use of data analytics by the financial sector and £11.8 million to create an Agricultural Informatics Centre exploring the role of big data technology in sustainable food production. Moving forward techUK emphasised the importance of the government and industry coming together to address challenges that need to be overcome if the UK is to gain the full economic value and social opportunities big data has to offer. These include concerns around data privacy and security, skills and a need to build trust and confidence that investment in big data can deliver real results. The importance of trust in building effective industry and government technology partnerships was a key issue discussed by attendees in the roundtable discussions chaired by Sue Daley at the conference.

techUK was proud to have played a role in this Franco-British business event that provided businesses an opportunity to share best practices and experiences of navigating the big data journey. Discussions clearly highlighted a shared passion and enthusiasm for unlocking the full economic potential and value of big data and data analytics on both sides of the Channel.

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