Building data science teams takes skills mix, business focus

Hiring data scientists can be a big challenge, partly because the available supply doesn’t meet the demand for them. But that’s only the first of the hurdles that organizations face in building data science teams with the technical skills, business acumen and analytics bent needed to take full advantage of all the information flooding into big data systems.In a panel discussion at Strata + Hadoop World 2016 in San Jose, Calif., a group of experienced data science team managers offered advice on finding, managing and retaining skilled data scientists. They said it starts with hiring the right types of people at the right time, then working to ensure that the assembled data scientists are both productive for the business and satisfied by what they’re doing. That’s easier said than done,…


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