It's important to understand that "data is the lifeblood of the business," says Leong, "and its smooth and efficient flow is necessary for knowledge and ideas to circulate." And its impact reaches far beyond IT. Its effects can be seen in legal, compliance, business intelligence, risk management and productivity, says Leong. The sooner businesses understand and acknowledge the weight of big data in day-to-day business, the sooner data scientists can be utilized to their maximum potential.
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