The Gillmore Centre

Competitive edge: With AI, businesses can take their business analytics further than ever before

The Gillmore Centre for Financial Technology, the leading fintech research centre based at Warwick Business School, has produced a ‘how to’ guide on how to use machine-learning-driven analytics to support fast-growing businesses, using artificial intelligence and data science.

Aimed at firms wanting to transform their business analytics, Foundations Of Programming, Statistics & Machine Learning For Business Analytics details the fundamentals of using data, forecasting and machine learning.

The research unpacks how businesses can use artificial intelligence and machine learning to create a data science-focused approach to develop robust business analytics and predictive models, alongside how best to apply them.

Ram Gopal, co-author of the book and Director of the Gillmore Centre for Financial Technology, said: “Data is at the centre of business decision making and a core part of any successful enterprise, and, with the rise of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, data is continually being enhanced to help make better strategic decisions.

“Using AI and machine learning, businesses can collect and analyse vast amounts of data as part of tasks such as forecasting and take their business analytics further than ever before to gain a competitive edge.”

Professor Gopal added that guides such as the one produced by the Gillmore Centre can help drive business growth in the UK.

“Investment in research, development and technology adoption from businesses, with the support of government and regulators, is crucial to cement the UK as a leading global hub of innovation and business success,” he said.

“Academic research can greatly further our understanding of machine learning, helping people and organisations to better understand and harness the full potential of this technology for business analytics.”

Using data for strategic decisions

Fellow author Dan Philps, Honorary Research Fellow at the Gillmore Centre and Head of Rothko Investment Strategies, said: “Business analytics is a key driver behind any successful business and the continued development of technology allows firms to constantly evolve their approach to using data for strategic decisions.

“Combining business acumen, AI and machine learning expertise, and statistics is a powerful tool for organisations, helping industries such as fintech to leverage AI for international investing strategies.

“This research acts as a step-by-step guide on how organisations can get the best out of AI for their firm and can play a central role for fast-growing companies.”

The guide also aims to provide students with a foundational knowledge of business analytics to prepare them with industry standard insights and experience.

It was co-authored by Ram Gopal and Dan Philps, together with Tillman Weyde, a Reader in Computer Science at City, University of London.

The Gillmore Centre for Financial Technology is spearheading cutting-edge research and innovation for the UK’s financial and technology sectors. It was launched following a £3 million donation from Clive Gillmore, an alumnus of the University of Warwick, and CEO and Group CIO of Mondrian Investment Partners.