Managing Scarce and Valuable Talent

THOUGH COMPUTERS AND DATA drive analytical decision making, they are not nearly as vital as people; we’ve never seen an analytically oriented firm without plenty of analytically oriented people. Finding, developing, managing, and deploying analysts—the people who make the day-to-day-work of such organizations possible—is critical to a firm’s success.

Defining Analysts

In a large corporation, hundreds or perhaps thousands of employees have the word analyst in their functional titles, referring broadly to anyone who uses data or information. For our purpose in this book, we define analysts as workers who use statistics, rigorous quantitative or qualitative analysis, and information modeling techniques ...

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