Mapping Talent at Big Data Spain

Iskra Velitchkova and Josep Amoros

d&a blog

We are strong believers that in the analytics business, more than any other business, the value of the company is dependent on the talent of the employees. At BBVA Data & Analytics that is our competitive advantage. We are a team of people passionate about the latest technology, open source and innovative problem solving. We mix data scientists that love mathematics …

Scaling Simple Solutions to Complex Data Science Problems

Jose Antonio Rodriguez Serrano

d&a blog

Admittedly, I always find it difficult to narrowly define the term data scientist in a few words. For instance, the expertise of our data science team is the opposite of narrow with competencies in machine learning, software development, data visualization, design, statistics, economics or social science. What ties us all together is our capacity to solve problems. Additionally, we must …

Transforming a Bank into a Data-Driven Business

Fabien Girardin

d&a blog

At BBVA Data & Analytics, we are strong believers in Amara’s law that says “We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run” One of our main missions is to participate to the transformation of a global bank like BBVA into a data-driven business. This fall, when walking …

What Does Wind Look Like?

Jordi Aranda

d&a blog, dataviz

In our recent collaboration with United Nations Global Pulse to measure the economic impact of natural disasters we analyzed purchase behaviors when Hurricane Odile struck Baja California Sur in September 2014. As part of the study we visualized the strength of the winds and showed how the hurricane initially formed until finally making landfall. In this article I describe how we …

Data For Social Good

Jerry Finn

d&a blog

Although governments usually lag behind businesses in adopting new management techniques, many are starting to pay attention to the value of big data. Of course this may be because analytics has had a greater impact on the field of microeconomics and policy makers have traditionally relied more on macroeconomic analysis. We have been a leading company in applying big data to macroeconomic …

Introducing Commerce360

Jerry Finn and Juan Carlos Plaza Alba

d&a blog

With the rise of information-driven companies such as Google, Facebook and Amazon, it has become almost cliché to say that a company’s most valuable asset is its data, but it’s hard to deny that the more data a business has on its clients, the greater advantage it has over its competitors. This has put small businesses at an even greater …

The Competitive Necessity of Transaction Categorization

Jerry Finn and Jose Antonio Rodriguez Serrano

d&a blog

‘La revolución de las pequeñas cosas‘, or in English ‘the revolution of the small things’. That’s the slogan of BBVA’s ad campaign in Spain highlighting the digital transformation of the bank and the design of its services to promote an experience based ‘peace of mind’ and ‘time well spent’. We take an active part in that transformation. For instance, in the …

Visualization Comes of Age

Jerry Finn and Iskra Velitchkova

d&a blog

A fair part of our activities to transform data into knowledge involves visualizing large amount of data and communicate the results in interfaces and stories. At BBVA we also advocate for best practices in data visualizations and train data scientists to improve their skills (see for instance our Introduction to Data Visualization and to Human Perception in Data Visualization). Here is …

Recommender systems: Marketing gets personal

Jerry Finn, Juan Arévalo and Roberto Maestre

d&a blog

Did you ever get the feeling that Amazon understands your desires better than your spouse? Did you ever search for a vacation in Galicia on Google and then notice you see more ads trying to sell you sea food and raincoats? This is thanks to recommender systems brought to you by the phenomenon of Big Data. In today’s world, businesses …

Big Data Comes Alive with Animation

Jerry Finn

d&a blog

Our colleagues at Vizzuality commented that the interactive visualization they did with us was such a piece of art it could be displayed in Madrid’s Prado Art Museum. I disagree. Everyone knows that Madrid’s modern art museum is the Reina Sofia and BBVA’s and Vizzuality’s work is absolutely modern. In 2015 we decided in collaboration with our friends at Vizzuality to demonstrate the power …