IBM’s Watson Analytics: Addressing the … Skills Shortage
About four years ago, after attending IBM’s Information on Demand conference in Las Vegas, I praised the company for making huge investments in analytics software and related infrastructure – but I also wondered “where are all the data scientist skills coming from?”
I got my answer last week at an IBM event in New York City when the company announced a new, highly integrated cloud environment called “Watson Analytics”. This environment greatly simplifies the role of the data scientist – the person who looks deeply for new insights contained in enterprise and departmental databases. More importantly, it makes it easy to clean and enhance data; it offers a simple human to machine interface; and it presents resulting queries in graphic form using a “storyboard” approach. In short, Watson Analytics automates 80% of the rote manual data cleansing/query work, enabling data scientists to focus more strongly on analytics-related activities.
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NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT Review.