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Smart Data Discovery Will Enable a New Class of Citizen Data Scientist

Published: 29 June 2015

ID: G00264037

Analyst(s): Rita Sallam , Josh Parenteau


Smart data discovery is a next-generation data discovery capability that provides business users or citizen data scientists with insights from advanced analytics. Business intelligence and analytics leaders should plan for adoption as capabilities mature.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • Smart data discovery is a next-generation data discovery capability that provides insights from advanced analytics to business users or citizen data scientists without requiring them to have traditional data scientist expertise
    • Preparing Data
    • Finding Patterns in Data
    • Sharing and Operationalizing
  • Startups and large vendors offer a range of smart data discovery capabilities that could disrupt current visual-based and search-based data discovery vendors in the long term, forcing BI leaders to re-evaluate investments; however, these capabilities are still immature
  • As smart data discovery tools and capabilities become more accessible, BI leaders must plan for adoption of new approaches to BI and analytics, and develop a strategy to address the impact on currently supported BI and data discovery capabilities
  • The enablement of the citizen data scientist through mainstream adoption of smart data discovery will require BI leaders to make changes to current deployment models and further emphasize the need for analytics governance and analyst/data scientist collaboration

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