I was in a meeting with the CIO of large financial firm a few years ago, and he made an important comment. He said something like "We don't need to know about new technology. We need to know how to change the company organization to take advantage of new technology."

The organizational impact of new technology involves new skills, new job descriptions, and new ways of thinking about old problems.

The job of "data scientist" didn't even exist a few years ago. Now it's one of the most important roles in a cutting edge organization.

When he was at LinkedIn, DJ Patil put together one of the best data teams in the industry. I'm really glad we got him to do a session on how to build and manage a team of data scientists.
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