British Gas revealed that it will form a data science team this week, according to the UK site, V3. The reason may serve as a strategic case for establishing data science teams going forward: The company says the team will help more business users delve into and use its Hadoop data lake.
The announcement reflects a subtle shift in focus, from hiring a team to make Big Data feasible to using a team approach to democratize Big Data. “We’re setting up a data science team to assist our business users so they can fish in the lake themselves,” Phil Crannage, head of applications development at British Gas, told V3.
Author: Loraine Lawson