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How Data Scientist Skills and Qualifications Differ From Those of BI Analysts and Statisticians

Published: 21 October 2015

ID: G00272701

Analyst(s): Alexander Linden , Lisa Kart, Douglas Laney, Ankush Jain


Data scientists require a distinct and multidisciplinary set of skills for superior data-driven decisions, especially from big data. IT, business and HR leaders cannot rely on BI analysts or statisticians to accomplish the same objectives in most circumstances.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Adopt an Enterprisewide Position Description That Distinguishes Where Date Scientists Can Add Value
  • Arm Data Scientists With the Required Technical Skills
  • Enhance and Comingle Skills to Maximize the Value From Data
  • Ensure Your Data Science Team Maintains Its Domain Expertise

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