How to build a data science team

Organizations seeking a competitive edge are increasingly looking to hire data scientists to parse through all of the information they collect and draw actionable insights from it. But building a data science team requires a strategic approach and realistic expectations about what these professionals can actually do, experts said.

“Data science is new to companies, despite assuming that it operates the same as other existing technologies,” said Ryan Johnson, head of data science at GoGuardian. “There’s an assumption that it will operate just like an IT department or engineering department, but it’s fundamentally different.” Because it is a relatively new discipline, companies often try to dip a toe in the water by hiring a data scientist who is fresh out of school and new to the workforce, because they command a lower salary.

Author: Alison DeNisco Rayome

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