4 Things to Know Before Building Data Science Into Your Organization

“Data scientist” is a popular role these days. Everyone seems to have one — or claims to be one. But how do executives know whether they have the “real thing” and how that value is best employed? I met with Kaiser Fung, leader of the Applied Analytics program at Columbia University and co-founder of a new school for data scientists called RSquare Edge, to discuss this question. Here, I offer our perspective on capturing true value in the corporation with human talents in data science. Define What a Data Scientist Means to Your Organization To start, the term “data scientist” has been diluted, and companies don’t always get what they paid for, so to speak. There’s a difference between operators of software who appear to find real data relationships and…


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