Gartner Research

No Data Scientist Is an Island in the Ocean of Big Data

Published: 18 May 2012

ID: G00228624

Analyst(s): Svetlana Sicular


Gartner conducted field research of 22 companies across various industries to learn about their results with big data projects. Organizations that achieved initial success focused on big data analytics and had skilled analysis groups with business and technical expertise. Although big data technologies are maturing, an acute need for skills to analyze big data will remain because of rapidly expanding big data adoption. This document gives recommendations on a realistic strategy for big data analytics that relies on building and sustaining multidisciplinary teams with capabilities necessary to compensate technology deficiencies and solve complex business problems.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings

Guidance Context

  • Problem Statement
  • Guidance Applicability
  • Related Guidance

Gartner Definitions

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Big Data Analytics
  • Prework: Plan for Success
  • People
    • A Big Data Team
    • Skills for the BDA Process
    • Data Sciences, Arts and Crafts
  • Process
    • Innovation
    • Inspiration
    • Improvisation
    • Iterations
    • Interactions
  • Technology
    • Technology and the BDA Process
  • Follow-Up

Risks and Pitfalls


Recommended Reading

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