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GoodData 2019 Predictions: Big Data, Compliance, and the Changing Role of the Data Scientist

Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2019.  Read them in this 11th annual series exclusive.

Contributed by the leadership at GoodData

Big Data, Compliance, and the Changing Role of the Data Scientist

With a new year comes new challenges, opportunities, and technologies that will affect how companies manage their data --- and keep it secure. Here are three big picture predictions for 2019 and beyond, from the leadership at GoodData.

The modern enterprise will continue to edge out technologies like Hadoop. 

The merger of Hortonworks and Cloudera was a first look into the projected value for Hadoop in 2019. Technology that was designed twenty years ago in an era of "small" data will no longer support the modern, global, and dynamic enterprise. Data will still require management tools, but the complexity will be eliminated with the rise of Artificial Intelligence and machine learning. 

Roman Stanek, GoodData CEO


The demand for the data scientist will take a sharp turn. 

The data scientist, once the sexiest job of the 21st century, will become very different from what we know today. As analytics are pushed to the end user, self-service becomes routine, and data prep tools become more powerful, the data scientist will transform into more of a consultant than a data sourcing and preparation expert. They will be charged with helping the business make sense of data, understanding how to interpret results, and what courses of action might be warranted. It's a higher value role for the data scientist and ultimately, a better use of their skills. 

Kevin Smith, Vice President of Product Marketing at GoodData.


Global Privacy, Regulation, and Governance will continue to keep security professionals up at night.

GDPR was a great first step, but global regulation and governance still remain a complex web. The United States will continue to fall further and further behind in competency and international relations as our federal compliance efforts simply aren't moving fast enough to meet worldwide requirements. Countries where privacy is prioritized and seamlessly integrated will see the most optimal growth. 

Tomas Honzak, Chief Information Security Officer at GoodData.


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Published Friday, December 21, 2018 7:22 AM by David Marshall
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