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Dawn of the data scientist

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In short order the demand for a newly emerging class of business-IT expert, the so-called data scientist, will sharply outstrip the supply, says Harvard Business School visiting professor Tom Davenport. And the news gets worse, as our analytics expert reveals that few universities have plans in place to train this hybrid expert. CIO publisher emeritus Gary Beach conducts the interview.

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Paul Calento 255 Points | Sun, 11/25/2012 - 23:12

What Davenport calls "data scientist" reminds me of what's more what's commonly called the business analyst. But what the biggest challenge isn't just a scarcity of expertise, which Davenport points out, but an organizational buy-in to believe in the analyst. Are org's mature enough? Don't think so ... yet.

--Paul Calento

(note: I work on projects sponsored by and HP)