Shifting Your Focus from Big Data Infrastructure to Data Science Skills

by Angela Guess Dr. David Johnston, Lead Data Scientist at ThoughtWorks recently wrote in Data-Informed, “A recent white paper and survey from IDG Research and Kapow Software states: ‘Big data projects are taking far too long, costing too much, and not delivering on anticipated ROI because it’s really difficult to pinpoint and surgically extract critical insights without hiring expensive consultants or data scientists in short demand.’” Johnston opines, “As a data science consultant, I have recognized the key problem involved in most of these failures: the insufficient attention given to data science skills and overemphasis on infrastructure. So many companies have the tools, but a deficit of ideas and the right kind of talent using them. Product companies benefit from this problem, and actively contribute to it: It’s easier to…


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