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Proposal by Smita Mishra

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Tester or a Data Scientist - Are you ready for this Switch?

Session Type: Experience/Research Report Track: The Psyche Timebox: 1

Data Scientist has been named as the sexiest job of the 21st century. "Data scientists make discoveries while swimming in data. It’s their preferred method of navigating the world around them. They are able to bring structure to large quantities of formless data and make analysis possible. They identify rich data sources, join them with other, potentially incomplete data sources, and clean the resulting set." Quoted from HBR. Replace the word Data Scientist in the paragraph above with tester and it will still make as much sense. If your organization stores multiple petabytes of data, if the information most critical to your business resides in forms other than rows and columns of numbers, or if answering your biggest question would involve a “mashup” of several analytical efforts, you’ve got a big data opportunity. Much of the current enthusiasm for big data focuses on technologies like, Hadoop (the most widely used framework for distributed file system processing) and related open-source tools, cloud computing, and data visualization. While those are important breakthroughs, at least as important are the people with the skill set (and the mind-set) to put them to good use.

Key Takeaways:

The session is for testers who would like to understand the whole landscape and role of data in our IT world today. How easy or difficult will it then be for a tester to be a data scientist someday? Or is she one already?

Smita Mishra