Today's business intelligence processes are unique in the way they distribute responsibility to many different user types. Instead of a few cloistered BI experts bringing insights to the company at large, each section can carry out its own analytics. However, that doesn't mean there is no role for employees with specific and trained knowledge regarding data and the many analytics processes that can bring it to life for their colleagues. While it's common to find CEOs typing up their own analyses on their personal iPads or salespeople who can crunch their numbers, there are also high-level thinkers at work on large-scale projects.
Roles for data scientists
Smart Data Collective contributor Ray Major recently pointed out the valuable role that trained IT professionals will play in the next step of analytics development for their employers, working with scales and types of information that would have been impossible to tame only a few years ago. He stated that these employees will fill a description that doesn't quite mesh with the general corporate structure. Instead of following set paths from one project to the next, they will be creative. Rather than being off-task, such innovators are always looking for new areas that can be illuminated through targeted analysis.
The democratization may not weaken the need for these pros. In fact, it could make their experiments and prototypes possible by removing the need for scientists to always be handing in reports to the business department.
The addition of big data to the computing landscape has meant a focus on analysis that can find new questions rather than just answering the same ones that have been posed before. Major stated that scientists are at organizations to "approach data with fascination, not force." A lake of data is an intimidating concept when workers first approach it. Trained professionals, however, can demystify these elements and make them fit with the rest of the company's similar efforts. This important role justifies the demand.
The right software
Organizations that want to ensure their everyday employees and dedicated information pros alike have meaningful access to content should be sure they choose software that enables this approach. This is where programs such as Necto can help, offering customized dashboards to suit each user by giving them a view of what is important in terms of their own roles. The program is powerful enough to handle big data while remaining friendly and accessible, even through mobile devices. Experts are part of an enterprise-spanning team of BI users.