“Data engineers are like plumbers,” Edward Chenard, the Senior Director of Data Science and Analytics here at Shipwell, said in this latest episode of the Data Futurology Podcast.
It might sound like a strange analogy, but with so much vital data being piped through a business, a good data scientist needs to not only be excellent at analyzing not only what’s coming through the proverbial pipes, but at maintaining them, identifying issues and — should one of those pipes ever burst — repairing them quickly and efficiently. Just as a burst water pipe can quickly cause untold amounts of damage if left unchecked, the same goes for the networks that data flows along. And just as with a plumber, you need someone with a specialized skill set to keep it flowing smoothly. And that’s where data engineers come in.
From highlighting the changing dynamics within teams post COVID-19 and the disconnect between leadership and data scientists/engineers, to strategies for developing the confidence of younger data professionals, tune in for insights around the dynamic roles and exciting opportunities facing data scientists ahead.