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Chief Data Science Officers Won't Supplant CIOs
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Susan_Nunziata
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1/31/2015 | 10:48:18 PM
Re: Another chief, another seven digit salary
@asksqn: There's no doubt we'll see this position come to the forefront in the enterprise. The real question is: how much power will they have? What portions of the IT budget will they control? How will such a position affect the CIO, who in many cases is already fighting to reshape the IT organization into something that is valued by the enterprise? What human resources will be devoted to the DS department, at the expense of which other deparmtments? and will it be yet another place for silos to be created in the organization.

I don't have any answers yet, This trend will be worth watching closely.
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asksqn,
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1/30/2015 | 5:50:25 PM
Another chief, another seven digit salary
I think it's only a matter of time before the world sees the first CDS:  Chief Data Scientist pulling down some obscene annual salary based on the "sexiness" of the hip-to-be-square meme being fed to intended audiences (CEOs, etc.) For the moment, nobody really knows what a data scientist does exactly.  Sure, there are myriad career paths consisting of everything a DS would need to know at both traditional colleges as well as in the almost free MOOCs, but I think this country could start seeing a CDS as soon as next year.  I base this on my own personal perception given that I've seen DS marketed ad nauseum and otherwise used as a buzzword.  
pfretty494
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1/30/2015 | 10:35:17 AM
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At this point I think its too early to say how the CDS will evolve. In organizations I have seen with the position, it still reports to the CIO. Personally, I think the integration of data scientist into various lines of business is a better model and having the data scientists report to the CIO.  Regardless, the focus needs to be on breaking down barriers and creating a truly analytical environment where all involved have an understanding and appreciation for how data analysis can impact an organization's bottom line.

Peter Fretty, IDG blogger working on behalf of SAS

 


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