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Data scientists a “currency for transformation”

Zafirah Salim | Feb. 2, 2016
To have a better understanding of this 'sexy' job, I spoke to Vivek Gupta, Microsoft's senior data scientist and Vivek Ravindran, Director, Data Insights Lead, Microsoft Asia Pacific, to get an insight into what a data scientist actually does, and why they are increasingly crucial in an organisation.

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"Every company today is a data company, even the ones you don't expect like a dairy farm. It is important to note that organisations are now becoming more data savvy," said Ravindran.

"They are starting to embrace the data culture not just to write out reports, but use it as a key point of differentiation. They call this the currency for transformation. And so everyone in the organisation have to also be more data savvy - in terms of their roles and responsibilities. I think it's safe to say that data scientists are the fulcrum geared for this change. The industry is now getting more competitive, and this is the only way for us to transform and be different," he concluded.


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