Put Data Science Before Data Infrastructure

“Big Data” and “Data Science” are today’s business buzzwords. Many companies today are trying to modernize their data platform and enable their employees to monetize their valuable data, but most businesses are not seeing the benefits. Advanced data science may be driving some of the hottest startups but most mature companies are struggling to get into gear. The key reason for this is an overemphasis on architecture over ideas and a tendency to ignore agile practices that have proven so successful in other areas of software development. While there are many tenets of Agile software development, it can be described succinctly: Don’t try to plan it all out up-front and then do it. Plan it lightly and adapt that plan while you do it. As my colleague Ken Collier argues…


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