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Saturday, October 20 • 11:30am - 12:00pm
The Fashionable Misunderstandings of Data Science in the Industry

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Along the years, I have realized that many business leaders do not understand what Data Science is or why they would need experts of the field in their organization. Data Scientists even get too often confused with Data Analysts, Business Intelligence Analysts or Data Engineers.

But Data Science, Big Data, Machine Learning or AI are fashionable concepts so companies need to hire Data Scientist, right? So how do we recruit those specialists? Sometime the job descriptions list a set of requirements that demand 3 PhDs to achieve, sometimes you just need to know Excel to apply or sometime the job description is actually describing a Data Engineer or BI analyst. Few years ago, every Data Scientists had to know Hadoop or NoSQL for some reason. Few years later, it was about knowing Spark. Today it is about knowing everything in Deep Learning or/and being a Kaggle master.

When the companies finally get hold of a new Data Science recruit with the 3 PhDs, the question remains: what should they do with them? Too many times you will find Data Scientists ending up doing dashboard reporting instead of looking for ML driven business solutions. Too many times the companies simply do not have the engineering infrastructure around the data to leverage any data science solution. Too many times, the Data Scientists are actually discouraged to explore new ideas because of the upper management’s fear around the statistical uncertainty intrinsic to the field. Let’s discuss about those misunderstandings surrounding Data Science

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Damien Benveniste

Lead Data Scientist, Rackspace
Damien is currently a Lead Data Scientist at Rackspace, one of the leading companies in managed cloud computing. He has worked in diverse industries such as a market place for virtual items (Opskins), e-commerce (Bluestem Brands), healthcare (Transfuse Solutions) or data storage (EMC... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 11:30am - 12:00pm
Ballroom # 403B