TDWI Hot Topic // The Changing Role of the Data Scientist

April 17, 2013

There’s a small pool of professionals who possess the skill set that makes for a good data scientist. With many of them physically located in Silicon Valley and charging high premiums for their services, vendors are focusing on how to automate as much of the data science processes and skills as possible.

The revamped Aster Discovery Platform that Teradata Corp. announced at February’s TDWI World Conference in Las Vegas is just one harbinger of things to come. The company bills its new Aster Discovery Platform v5.1 as a “data science solution in a box.” Given the complexity commonly associated with predictive analytics, this might sound like the company is promising too much. David Stodder, director of TDWI Research for business intelligence (BI), argues that Teradata’s solution could be an effective and innovative approach to an extremely difficult problem.

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