We have heard a lot about data scientists recently. Quite often, the term seems to mean little more than a data analyst or a quantitative analyst (a "quant"). Yet the notion of the data scientist seems to be part of a large paradigm shift.

There is now a growing feeling that data is a fundamental resource for enterprises that can be used to do things that affect the core of what enterprises are about. Long ago, data was seen simply as a byproduct of automation that needed to be organized and administered. Then data was found to be useful for the management of enterprises. Now, data is increasingly regarded as a vital input to the business models of enterprises. We are moving beyond the data-centricity of projects or environments, like data warehouses, to data-centric enterprises.

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