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Maximize the Value of Your Data Science Efforts by Empowering Citizen Data Scientists

Published: 22 October 2019

ID: G00402131

Analyst(s): Carlie Idoine , Erick Brethenoux


There aren’t enough expert data scientists to meet data science and machine learning demands, hence the emergence of citizen data scientists. Data and analytics leaders must empower “citizens” to scale efforts, or risk failure to secure data science as a core competency.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • More Data, Accessible Technology and a Tech-Savvy Business Community Are Fueling the Rise of the Citizen Data Scientist
  • Citizen Data Scientists Already Exist in Many Organizations, but Tend to Operate Independently in Silos
  • Citizen Data Scientists Drive Organizations to Effectively Embrace Data Science With Greater Business Context and Value
  • Citizen Data Scientists Will Continue Their Efforts With or Without IT Support, So Data and Analytics Leaders Must Proactively Direct Their Behavior

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