Finding talented data scientists is no easy task. In fact, a recent Information Management article by Dermot O’Connor, cofounder of the cloud provider Boxever, called good data scientists “unicorns” because “it is so rare to find professionals who possess all the right skills to meet today’s requirements.”

The challenge is likely to become even tougher with time. Boxever, in his article, cited an observation made by management consulting firm McKinsey that the U.S. may face a 50 percent to 60 percent gap between the supply and demand of analytic talent as soon as next year.

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