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Statistical Communication became critical when pharmaceutical companies recognized the need to include statisticians earlier in clinical trial design and trial strategy. The strict requirements of regulatory authorities for granting market access meant decisions made in the clinical trial design could help minimize the sample size of a single study or reduce the time needed for… Read more »

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There is perception out there that the practice of retaining an Executive Retained Search company is for hiring in C-Suite and mostly by Fortune 100 companies. Most worry about the risk of paying an advance retainer just in case the recruiting company does not deliver. Others feel they lose something if they do an exclusive… Read more »

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Research Supplier | Smith Hanley Associates

Quirk’s 2016 Corporate Research Report states: Quirk’s also quoted a common buyer of research supplier services concern: “I want research that is customized to my specific product category and business needs—I don’t want suppliers to force a cookie-cutter approach. I want a final report that contains a clearly-written story with implications and recommendations. I spend… Read more »

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Labor Day Hiring Boost | Smith Hanley Associates

Whether you see Labor Day as the end of summer, a time for great back to school sales or as it’s true history as a celebration of labor and the U.S. workforce, it is a significant signpost for hiring. As you would expect, hiring managers and human resource professionals come back from their August vacations… Read more »

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“Disruption is the new normal,” Sir Martin Sorrell, WPP founder and chairman, said recently at Consumer Goods Forum. And in this “disruptive world”, Sorrell explained that disruption was not just about the getting used to sharing low growth economies; but about robotics, 3D printing, even flying cars. Did you know that Google founder Larry Page… Read more »

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Banking Regulations | Smith Hanley Associates

What can the banking industry expect with the new regulations coming out of Basel? History 2004 Basel II 2008 – 2009 The Financial Crisis!!!!!! 2014 Basel III  (Better known as the Revised Securitization Framework) Formalization of a series of reforms that were implemented after the financial crisis to determine the relevant amount of regulatory capital… Read more »

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Presidential Election and Pharmaceutical Industry

Politico reported that “Recent polls have found that high drug costs are the No. 1 health care priority of Americans, eclipsing Obamacare even among Republicans and independents.” A tracking poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that nearly two thirds of Americans supported “government action to lower prescription drug price.” A majority of Republicans, 56%,… Read more »

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The Data Science revolution is not going away and it pays for actuaries to prepare for the impact that big data is having on the insurance industry and their careers. The Healthcare and Property and Casualty industries have led the way in establishing the Data Science/Actuary hybrid. Josh Wills, Director of Data Engineering at Slack… Read more »

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Digital Marking spending in 2017 will SURPASS information technology related spending. (Gartner) $3.4 trillion was spent in 2015 on IT. That is A LOT of marketing spend. Where should your 2017 budget money go? 1. Invest in Social and measure that investment with Social Analytics The Direct Marketing Association’s (DMA) Statistical Fact Book (SFB) reports… Read more »

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Technology Required for a Data Scientist

Smith Hanley has been recruiting statisticians for over thirty-five years. We have evolved along with our clients and candidates from traditional marketing and business analytic roles to full-fledged data scientist positions. The evolution required? The technology skill set that has to be added to your core statistical skills. Hadoop What technology is the most in-demand?… Read more »