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Lack of data scientists is the new Von Neumann bottleneck

Brian Proffitt | Jan. 31, 2012
Data is a huge presence within much of business and technology, and the next installment of the O'Reilly Strata Conference will provide attendees a look into the revolutionary ways data is driving, well, everything.

"The headline here is that there are still very few data scientists to go around," Dumbill said. "The lack of data scientists is our new Von Neumann bottleneck."

Dumbill was quick to emphasize that data scientists do not necessarily have to be all-in-one super geniuses that can do it all. Teams with members whose talents are complimentary toward data science are also very effective.

The first Strata conference of the year will be held in Santa Clara, CA from February 28-March 1. A second conference will be held in New York later this year. The conference will feature a Jumpstart track that will be "the missing MBA of big data" for businesspeople, as well as a Deep Data track into which data scientists can really sink their collective teeth.

"Strata is the home for the data science community," Dumbill explained, "And we're happy to have an oasis of deep geekery as well."

Tracks on Hadoop, which is currently regarded as the Linux of the big data world, as well as a showcase for data startups will also be a part of the three-day conference.


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