Wednesday, October 22, 2014

An astrophysicist schools us on where to find data scientists

Below is my interview with HP Discover Performance about how to build data science teams.

An astrophysicist schools us on where to find data scientists

It’s hard to find qualified data scientists. Where are they hiding? We found one and asked her.

Yet even as “data scientist” is declared the next “it” career in the IT world, enterprises are struggling to not only define the role, but also find candidates with this unique skill set. Which may be part of the problem. We asked Jessica Kirkpatrick, an astrophysicist who’s now the director of data science at online education company InstaEDU, how to solve the talent shortage, and she said many companies are looking for the wrong skill sets, in the wrong places. The Big Data buzz often focuses on the tools and hardware that crunch your data, but that won’t do much good if you don’t have really smart people interpreting that data to give actionable insight to the business.