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Sandra Bauer not only helps her clients solve today’s problems, but also points them towards the future. “Transformation needs to happen in many companies. They no longer can apply the old rules, because the markets are changing very fast,” she says.
Utilising analytics solutions in the areas of business intelligence with big data, advanced analytics and AI, Sandra equips companies with the tools they need to respond quickly to the challenges ahead.
With two decades of experience in analytics and business intelligence, Sandra is still excited about “new engagements, new technologies and implementing AI-related use cases for our clients in different industries across the globe.” She finds it especially satisfying to see the technology make a real impact for her clients. She recalls: “We went live with our first AI use case on a big data platform that we implemented and the head of statistics actually said, ‘Now, I can finally verify the complete model that that we’re using for predictions.’”
Sandra joined Deloitte Germany in 2016 and is a partner for the Artificial Intelligence & Data offering, which focuses on AI, big data, data management and cloud analytics. She originally comes from a background in technology and business. “I didn’t want to be pushed into one specific direction. I wanted to be open and flexible in choosing which paths to take. And very early on, I decided that I wanted to have a job that entails both the business and the technology side of a hybrid environment.” And this approach has guided Sandra throughout her career.
Sandra is positive about the impact AI will have in helping make the world a better place. But that depends on bringing more women into the field and deploying their abilities to make AI more human-facing. “I think that going forward, the main differentiator that we have in the workspace is that we need to be more human. As a woman, I still see the bias, of course. A minority of researchers are women, so we have to amp up on that side. We have to teach AI to be more human—and of course, that includes half the population, which is women.”
She is particularly proud of the role that diversity plays in her own workplace. “I deliberately chose Deloitte because of its values and I see them being lived in our organisation daily.”
With more women in AI, she is confident that the solutions she and her team develop for clients will be more aligned with trends in wider society, including diversity and inclusion. “I think it brings a lot of value to our clients and to us as a company, to focus on that more, going forward,” she says.
Her advice to those looking to embark on a journey in AI: “Find a good mentor, find a good company with a brand with values that you can identify with, start small and never stop being curious to learn about new technologies.”