What is the Key to Citizen Data Scientist Success?

Are You Feeling Less Than Confident in Your Role as a Citizen Data Scientist?

As a Citizen Data Scientist, your journey may have been rocky. If your business did not plan for the cultural shift, the new workflow and processes, or provide support to help you scale up with intuitive, sophisticated augmented analytics, you probably struggled to find your footing. Perhaps you have yet to find that footing and are still looking for support. No matter where you are on the journey, one thing is for sure, if you don’t have the right tools and techniques to accurately and effectively use data, your Citizen Data Scientist role will not be fulfilled.

Citizen Data Scientists Deliver Business Intelligence!

Why Should My Business Want Citizen Data Scientists?

These days, it seems that every conference I attend, there is a discussion about Citizen Data Scientists. For some of my colleagues, the discussion seems irrelevant or, in some cases, daunting. If you are hesitant to embrace this type of initiative in your business, here are a few Gartner predictions that might convince you to at least consider this crucial shift in business culture and data literacy.

Give Citizen Data Scientists the Tools They Need!

Don’t Be Intimidated! Citizen Data Scientists Don’t Need Rocket Science!

When you take on the mantle of Citizen Data Scientist, there is a lot to process! Much of the reason business users feel overwhelmed at the idea of the Citizen Data Scientist role is the anticipation of having to learn new tools and techniques to analyze data.

Ease of Use for Augmented Analytics is Key!

Want to Succeed with Citizen Data Scientists? Choose Simple Augmented Analytics!

Gartner has placed an increased focus on augmented analytics and solutions that support data democratization and business user transformation to the Citizen Data Scientist role. It predicts that those organizations that engage in Citizen Data Scientist initiatives will outperform businesses that do not take this approach and they will be more competitive and better prepared, by increasing productivity, optimizing resources and making better decisions. As your business competitors embrace this evolution, your organization must seriously commit to the Citizen Data Scientist concept and to the Augmented Analytics solution approach that will support the Citizen Data Scientist.

Citizen Data Scientists Need to Understand Their Role!

Before You Deploy a Citizen Data Scientist Initiative, Understand What That Means!

When a business takes on the task of transforming business users to Citizen Data Scientists, they might have very clear goals mind but they may not have a firm grasp on what the role means or how to provide the business user with an understanding of what the role will be (what it will not be) and how it will change their day-to-day work.

Citizen Data Scientists CAN Get Help!

If You Are A Newly Minted Citizen Data Scientist, You Don’t Have To Do It Alone!

As a newly minted Citizen Data Scientist, you may feel overwhelmed and uncertain how to proceed. As with any other transition and new responsibility, the first order of business is to understand what is expected of you and what the boundaries and obligations of your new responsibilities will dictate. It is also important to learn how to use any new tools that may be important to your new role.

With Support, Citizen Data Scientists Can Be Successful!

Create an Environment that is Suitable for Citizen Data Scientists!

When a business user takes on the new role of Citizen Data Scientist, it is often with misgivings and concerns. If their business and management team have not adequately explained the expectations of this new role, or made the workflow and cultural changes required to ensure that this new role is successful, the business user and team member is likely to fail, and the Citizen Data Scientist initiative is likely to fail.

Embrace The Citizen Data Scientist Workflow!

The Journey To Citizen Data Scientist Must Include New Workflow And Processes!

Gartner has rightfully predicted the rise of Citizen Data Scientists. Coming from the ranks of business users, Citizen Data Scientists continue to function in their primary roles and fulfill their responsibilities as they take on the tasks of aligning with Digital Transformation initiatives and improving data literacy. Their new role does require that they embrace some new concepts and become comfortable with analytics and with making decisions using augmented analytical tools.

Citizen Data Scientists Need Support to Succeed!

You Can’t Wave a Wand and Change a Business User into a Citizen Data Scientist!

Most business executives and managers have, by now, read the Gartner predictions wherein the average business user will be (or already has been) nominated to become a Citizen Data Scientist. Gartner defines a Citizen Data Scientist as “a person who creates or generates models that leverage Predictive or Prescriptive Analytics but whose primary job function is outside of the field of statistics and analytics.” It is true that a Citizen Data Scientist is NOT a Data Scientist, but some businesses incorrectly expect the same results and anticipate being able to reduce the need for business analysts or data scientists as these new roles are assumed.

Managers Should Evaluate Citizen Data Scientists Differently!

How to Evaluate Business Users in Their New Role as Citizen Data Scientist!

When a business initiates a Citizen Data Scientist movement within its ranks, it is important to recognize the other changes that will be required in order to reinforce the value of the program by reviewing and modifying team member evaluation and merit programs to reward Citizen Data Scientists for their collaboration, use of data-driven information in decisions and recommendations and work with Data Scientists, IT and others involved in the new initiative.