When I asked Bruno Aziza last year how he would best describe a data scientist, his answer still sticks with me today. “Think of a data scientist more like the business analyst-plus,” he told me. Part mathematician, part business strategist, these statistical savants are able to apply their background in mathematics to help companies tame their data dragons. But these individuals aren’t just math geeks, per se.
“A data scientist is somebody who is inquisitive, who can stare at data and spot trends. It’s almost like a Renaissance individual who really wants to learn and bring change to an organization.” — Anjul Bhambhri, Vice President of Big Data Products, IBM