The answer is: Yes. Here’s why.

While you may not need data scientists to harness big data, you do need them to understand it, and more importantly, to use it along with statistical and modeling techniques to better answer business questions.

Data scientists have been characterized as computer scientists that can tell the story of data by using business understanding, statistics, analytics, and math. Big data gave very high visibility to the previously obscure role of a data scientist. We could easily conclude that big data is too complex to handle and that we need data scientists to manage it. If we imagine a neatly segmented utopia with all the unstructured and semi-structured data analyzed, and things like buzz index and sentiment algorithms run and ready to use, would we still need data scientists then?