Machine learning can replace data scientists

Data scientists are no longer needed to mine data for business value, and organisations should instead look to machine learning platforms. That’s the view of Albert Hitchcock, CIO of publishing and education group Pearson. “The days of writing to a Hadoop database and have a data scientist write algorithms are rapidly disappearing,” said Hitchcock, speaking to Computing this week. “We just put the data into a machine learning platform, and it spots the patterns.” This could be good news for many firms which are reportedly struggling to recruit data scientists, with many being snapped up by giants such as Google and Amazon. Pearson is in the middle of a large digital transformation project, which includes discarding the majority of the group’s on-premise hardware and moving wholesale into the cloud. Part…

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