Mastering the art of data science

How to craft cohesive teams that create business results

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Authors: Mark Grabau

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, Chief Data Scientist, IBM North American Financial Services Sector,
Dr. Emily Plachy

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, Distinguished Engineer, IBM Chief Data Office,
Dr. Michael Haydock

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, IBM Fellow and Chief Scientist, IBM Watson Analytics Services

Data scientists have become increasingly invaluable to senior executives around the world, helping to inform decision-making processes as they seek to increase operational efficiency, improve impact analyses, reduce cost and improve forecasting. Successful data scientists work with business leaders to understand the challenges, define analytic solutions and analyze data to uncover innovations and insights. Organizations that want to build or expand a data sciences team in today’s environment, where qualified candidates are in short supply, need to understand how to proceed intelligently. This report provides expert advice on how to build a strong team with relevant experience, a solid academic foundation, varied backgrounds and skills, and an ability to envision and work toward outcomes.


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