We noted earlier this week that putting newly-hired big data experts into your existing analytics team was a recipe for disaster. Here's an added warning: don't just hire a single data scientist.
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Gartner research director Gareth Herschel made that point at Gartner Symposium 2013 this week. "Most organisations do not have these skills and they will be difficult to acquire. If you're going to hire data scientists, recognise that you are up against a significant challenge to create an enjoyable work environment for that person," he said. "You can't put them in a BI competency centre. That person wants to be with other people who are similar, who are also experts in that domain."
Building a team is a vital part of the process. "It's not just a matter of hiring one person with those skills; it's about creating a program and environment that values those skills," Herschel said. "Think of it as a group of people that can cross-pollinate." Cross-pollinate, and earn a small fortune.