Why Data Scientists Must Act as Mediators and Translators Between IT and Marketing

Analysts must reconcile teams sometimes speaking different languages

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Data scientists must translate between teams. Getty Images

Cats and dogs have some serious communication issues. For one, cats raise their tails when they are angry, while dogs wag their tails when they are happy. A playful dog can inadvertently start a physical conflict for just waving his tail in front of a cranky cat, who’d say, “Do you know whom you’re raising your stupid tail against, dog?” Encounters like that cannot end well.

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Stephen is president and chief consultant at Willow Data Strategy.