Big Data and Analytics are all the rage. And, as we all depend upon analytics to drive business – and stay competitive – hiring, developing, and retaining analytical and big data talent is becoming more critical. Over the past year, much of this conversation has spotlighted on the data scientist, that sexy elusive fantastical beast of legend. But, we’ve spent so much time trying to figure out who the data scientist is, that we haven’t yet asked the next logical question: Once we find him or her, how to we keep him or her?

At an event earlier this year, I had the opportunity to participate in a CIO Think Tank with a few dozen leading data minds from Bank of America, Boeing, Neilsen, Sony, and more. In our informal roundtable discussion, we focused first on identifying and hiring the right talent, the often-different types of development they prefer, and – finally – how to maximize the potential to retain the best talent.

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