Companies competing on data need the right skillsets and mindsets in place to succeed over the long term. While more individuals are analyzing data as part of their jobs, their ability to do so varies greatly, even among peers. We've identified 10 key traits of an analytical mind, and explain what to look for in your next hire and which skills to cultivate in your own career.
Does your organization have more data than it knows what to do with? The race is on in corporations everywhere to make sense of all the information flooding in. Knowing this, businesses investing in business intelligence, Big Data, analytics, and data science are hoping to gain a competitive edge. But technology is only one part of the challenge. You also need the right people and processes in place.
While not everyone is expected to be a data scientist, modern organizations are, nevertheless, seeking and cultivating talented people who are analytical in nature.
"We see businesses of all sizes struggling to discern between people who talk the talk and those who walk the walk. The rapid growth in the number of available jobs in the Data Analytics field is exacerbating this problem," said Igor Oliynyk, director of Analytics and Predictive Modeling at recruiting software firm Scout Exchange, in an interview. "An analytical mind is an asset, and each individual who possesses one should be prized.