Prospering from big data is not simply a matter of employing new technologies. To achieve the benefits from big data and high-performance analytics, firms will need to make some adjustments to their capabilities, even if they are already experienced users of analytics.

Big data and high-performance analytics environments are clearly different from traditional data analysis environments in many ways. This research study, however, explores the human-related differences, specifically the data scientists who do this sort of work.

Their combination of hard-core technical skills with traditional analytic capabilities makes data scientists a rare breed of professional. Recruiting, training and retaining them are challenges that will only intensify. The most successful big data organizations will be those that create or identify unique sources of data science talent.