“data scientists are going to replace business analysts”

Here is an interesting question posed by Michael Stonebreaker:

Now suppose that instead of hiring a business intelligence person you hired a data scientist instead. He will build a predictive model of what will sell. So ask yourself, would you rather have a predictive model or a big table that told you what you sold?

So what I think is going to happen is that over the next decade or so data scientists are going to replace business analysts.

source: Stonebreaker (2015)

I don’t think this is intentionally controversial. Instead, I think that it is a challenge to really think about the best way to communicate information to stakeholders. Does your manager want a table of data, or do they want to know what it means?

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