The secret to being a successful data scientist (hint: it isn’t data or science)

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I wasn’t fortunate enough to be at O’Reilly’s Strata Data Conference in London earlier this year, but in his roundup of the event’s big takeaways, CIO contributor Martin De Saulles listed eight “factors shaping the future of big data, machine learning, and AI.” No. 2 on his list is “changing skillsets for data scientists.” “Cassie […]

Adopting a hybrid data management approach

Companies such as Apple, Amazon, Google, Uber and Airbnb have shown how to build scalable data-centric foundations and disrupt traditional markets. Others will have to decide if they can lead as market disruptors or follow the leaders by perfectly executing their digital transformations to defend their market positions and extend their systems to new digital […]

How big is a gigabyte (GB)?: Putting units of data into tangible scale

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Data permeates our lives. And, while data is measurable, it is also abstract, making it difficult for people to grasp its size or scale. This video shows data units re-imagined as more tangible objects, so we can more easily comprehend their scale. RELATED LINKS Thoughts from a data scientist: Becoming competent may be easier than […]

Data lakes, hubs and warehouses — when to use what

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Often in any “technical” field (and I use that term very loosely), it can be quite hard to differentiate between the facts and the fiction — the latter normally created either by over-zealous product marketing or an over-increasing circle of folklore. One particular area that has a lot of attention is the whole big data […]

Shadow influences drive considered decisions

The term “the usual suspects” is used widely in law enforcement and marketing vernacular. We are creatures of habit and we gravitate toward what we’ve grown accustomed to or at best toward what seems to work. I spend much of my professional life analyzing data related to the neuroscience of buying technology products. These purchases […]

Raising your Analytics IQ

Rapid innovation and productivity breakthroughs require an accelerated digital transformation strategy that brings together people, business processes, advanced analytics, artificial intelligence and new human-to-machine interaction technologies. Stakeholders across the organization must commit to enhancing insight-driven decision-making capabilities, leading cultural changes and applying systematic approaches to optimize business intelligence and data warehouse environments. Cost savings should be leveraged to deploy advanced […]

Thriving on change: My winding road to data science

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I didn’t start my career aiming to be data scientist. In fact, I didn’t start my career aiming for anything. I was the kid who could never settle on a career. Marine biologist, actor, doctor, engineer, police officer, artist, lawyer – every week I changed my mind on what I wanted to be. As I […]