May #cloudchat: The rise of the data scientist

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For this month’s #cloudchat on Thursday, May 9, we will be joined by Hilary Mason, Chief Scientist at, to discuss the rise of the data scientist.

Lauded by the Harvard Business Review as the sexiest job of the 21st century, hyped in the media and studied by the likes of McKinsey, today’s data scientists are commanding six-figure salaries straight out of school as the profession promises to transform industries from business to government to academia.

Famed data scientist Nate Silver has shown us the starling impact of analytics around the 2012 election and the baseball industry. Top universities are developing data science programs that will churn out a generation of students who have grown up on predictive analytics customizing everything from the advertising they see to the entertainment they watch.

Join us for #cloudchat this Thursday, May 9, from 4 to 5 p.m. ET (add to your calendar here). We’ll examine the role of cloud computing in this burgeoning field — the importance of scalable infrastructure for big data and analytics, the skills required for those trying to break into this profession, and the future of these transformative technology trends.

Learn more about the experts joining us:

Hilary Mason, Chief Scientist,

As Chief Scientist at bitly, Hilary studies the internet in realtime, doing a mix of research, exploration, and engineering. She co-founded HackNY, a non-profit that helps talented engineering students find their way into the startup community of creative technologists in New York City. Her numerous honors and awards include the TechFellows Engineering Leadership award, and membership on the Forbes 40 under 40 Ones to Watch list. She is also a member of Mayor Bloomberg’s Technology and Innovation Advisory Council. 

James Kobielus, IBM Big Data Evangelist

As IBM’s big data evangelist, James Kobielus is IBM Senior Program Director, Product Marketing, Big Data Analytics solutions. He is an industry veteran, a popular speaker and social media participant, and a thought leader in Big Data, Hadoop, enterprise data warehousing, advanced analytics, business intelligence, data management, and next best action technologies. He is a former senior analyst at Forrester Research.

Adrian Bowles, Founder and CEO, STORM Insights

Adrian Bowles is Founder of  STORM Insights, Inc, an analytics-driven market research firm. He is an internationally recognized thought-leader with over 25 years of experience as an analyst, practitioner and academic in IT strategy and management.

Previously, Adrian founded SIG411, LLC, a research and advisory firm, the Governance, Risk Management & Compliance Roundtable for the Object Management Group, the IT Compliance Institute with 101 Communications, and Atelier Research. He has held executive positions at Ovum (Datamonitor), Giga Information Group, New Science Associates, and Yourdon, Inc. Adrian also held academic appointments in computer science at the State University of New York at Binghamton and Drexel University, and adjunct faculty positions in the business schools at NYU and Boston College. He began his career with research and application development roles at GTE Laboratories and IBM.
Adrian earned his BA in Psychology and MS in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Binghamton and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Northwestern University.

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As always, here’s the full rundown of how the #cloudchat works:

  • What: A Twitter chat is an online conversation held at a pre-arranged time following a specific hashtag, in this case #cloudchat. You will need a Twitter ID to take part.
  • When: Thursday, May 9, at 4 p.m. ET, repeating the second Thursday of every month at 4 p.m. ET.
  • Where: The chat can be followed on Twitter using the hashtag #cloudchat. Alternatively, log on and access the chat on TweetChat. A recap will be posted on this blog the following Friday.
  • Why: To facilitate additional industry dialogue and provide a forum for questions, idea sharing, and problem solving. We want your input on what you’d like to discuss during future chats, so please leave a comment on this post or tweet @ibmcloud with topic ideas.
  • Who: Anyone and everyone is welcome to join!
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