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Revolution Analytics CTO on Big Data analytics platforms

In an ZDNet article published this morning, Revolution Analytics CTO Greg Todd surveys the landscape for IT archietcture and tools to bring the insights of data scientists to business decision makers: In the changing world of technology, information, and analytics, the ability to leverage the latest techniques and tools has historically fallen to a limited group of experts - the statisticians. Over the past few years, that role has evolved to become more one of management scientist, coupled with a business analyst, both of whom try to hypothesize and solve the ever increasing complexity of analysis of customer and market behaviors to gain competitive advantage. Read what Greg has to say about the talent gap for data scientists and statisticians, the rise of open source R, and the layers of a modern analytical platform at the link below. ZDNet: In 2014, New tools turn non-specialists into Big Data analytics experts

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David Smith is Vice President of Marketing and Community at Revolution Analytics. He has a long history with the R and statistics communities. After graduating with a degree in Statistics from the University of Adelaide, South Australia, he spent four years researching statistical methodology at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom, where he also developed a number of packages for the S-PLUS statistical modeling environment. He continued his association with S-PLUS at Insightful (now TIBCO Spotfire) overseeing the product management of S-PLUS and other statistical and data mining products.<

David smith is the co-author (with Bill Venables) of the popular tutorial manual, An Introduction to R, and one of the originating developers of the ESS: Emacs Speaks Statistics project. Today, he leads marketing for REvolution R, supports R communities worldwide, and is responsible for the Revolutions blog. Prior to joining Revolution Analytics, he served as vice president of product management at Zynchros, Inc. Follow him on twitter at @RevoDavid