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Will all business people need to be data scientists?

data scientist.jpgI heard a co-worker say the other day that at the rate we’re going, all business people will need to be data scientists. They were making a bit of an overstatement, but it is true that the manipulation of data to generate value is becoming more important. In talking with a number of CIOs it was interesting to note that there was quite a bit of effort and concern in this space.


A while back I saw a post on why data without a soul is meaningless – No Star Trek Next Generation fans, I am not talking about that Data. That post had some thought provoking views on the role of data.


At the Compete through Service Symposium last week, at the panel I was part of, someone asked about the importance of data vs. environment the data came from in the decision making process. They were pointing to the fact that people don’t make decisions based upon data in isolation, they make decisions based on the context the data describes.


Will CIOs need to have special skills or enable their teams in certain ways to make that context universally more positive? In talking with a number of CIOs in Dallas this week, it seemed that they all view there are a few ways that the CIO role needs to shift based upon these changes:


  1. CIOs need to have core skills in that context alignment. Stop talking about technology and focus more on business value improvement

  2. 3rd party management is key, since rarely are organizations going it alone any more

  3. Experiment – there is no one right answer so try to use the data available in new and different ways


They may not all need to become data scientists, but the CIO has a significant role to play in sorting out how and what the business will need to take advantage of the abundance of data available.

Tags: CIO| Context
Labels: CIO| Context
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