Spy Specialist Booz Allen Targets Data Skills Gap

Seeking to address the growing shortage of data scientists as demand for those skills explodes, leading U.S. security specialist Booz Allen Hamilton released a data science platform aimed at “democratizing data” via a simplified analytics system. The military and intelligence contractor (NYSE: BAH) based in McLean, Va., unveiled its “Sailfish” data science platform this week designed to “lower the barrier to entry for data science.” The platform consists of an “Exchange,” or data library, an analytics tool called “Explore” and a support platform. Booz Allen is promoting Sailfish as a way of smashing silos among analytics, management or business users while eliminating the need for formal data science training. That approach is similar to other efforts geared at addressing the shortage of trained data scientists by making data analytics tools…


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