Enabling Data Science is a Team Effort: Data Science Summit 2012
I was excited to sit in on the recent Data Science Summit hosted by Greenplum, a division of EMC. Things were a little different from last year’s Data Scientist Summit, where the focus was on the rock stars that are our data scientists. To Greenplum’s credit, they broadened the focus because a data scientist alone is not the whole answer. As one of the few MBAs in the crowd, I was happy to hear a call out for more MBAs in the future. It truly takes a team to make data science happen.
My favorite talk was from Piyanka Jain called “Navigating the Road from Business Intelligence to Data Science: Trials and Triumphs.” (She used to be a calculus teacher so maybe she hit a soft spot for me, taking me back to when I was studying for my Electrical Engineer degree.) Piyanka said everyone needs to be thinking about how to make data-based decisions, not just the data scientists out there. The world is changing, and having the data to back up your decisions is now an essential, not a nice-to-have. I couldn’t agree more.
To see Piyanka’s keynote and other talks, check out the Data Science Summit videos.