When faced with the challenge of building an Information Platform at Facebook, I found it helpful to look at how others had attempted to solve the same problem across time and problem domains. As an engineer, my initial approach was directed by available technologies and appears myopic in hindsight. The biggest challenge was keeping focused on the larger problem of building the infrastructure and human components of a Learning Organization rather than specific technical systems, such as data warehouses or enterprise search systems.
I'm certain that the hardware and software employed to build an Information Platform will evolve rapidly, and the skills required of a Data Scientist will change at the same rate. Staying focused on the goal of making the learning process move faster will benefit both organizations and science. The future belongs to the Data Scientist!