Forget Data Scientists – Make Everyone Data Savvy

by Bernard Marr

Many companies are putting massive focus on recruiting the rare beasts that are data scientists. But in doing so, they often forget the need for creating a much more data savvy culture overall.

You don’t have to be a data scientist to be data savvy. And that’s a good thing.

Many companies are putting massive focus on recruiting the rare beasts that are data scientists. But in doing so, they often forget the need for creating a much more data savvy culture overall.

Data is already becoming ubiquitous in business as well as in daily life. It used to be that the IT department could be contained to its own office or floor, but today, it’s becoming harder and harder to segregate the realm of data from any other aspect of business.

That means that data — and the application and analysis of said data — is going to become more and more important in every department, from sales to HR and from R&D to marketing.

The good news is that you don’t have to know how to code or do advanced maths to become data-savvy.  In fact, you don’t have to be particularly tech savvy at all.  What you do have to do is adopt a data-friendly mindset.

Whether you are looking to lead the way as a data-savvy employee, or lead the charge for culture change as a manager or C-level executive, here are some suggestions for encouraging everyone in your organization to become data savvy….

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