By Dennis McCafferty


Only one-third of respondents are confident in their company's ability to make business decisions based upon new data.


38% of respondents strongly agree that their company uses data to learn more about customers.


Less than a quarter of respondents strongly believe employees have access to run experiments on data. This lack of access hinders a company's ability to test, validate and innovate.


63% of respondents feel that demand for data scientists will outpace the supply of talent over the next five years.


Only 12% of respondents feel the best source of new data-science talent should come from the ranks of today's business intelligence professionals.


31% of data scientists polled have a master's or post-graduate professional degree, compared to 12% of business-intelligence professionals polled.

Best Sources of Data Science Talent (percent respondents):

Computer-science students (34%)Professionals in disciplines other than computer science (27%)Students studying something other than computer science (24%)

Five Biggest Obstacles to Data-Science Adoption (percent respondents)

Insufficient employee skills or training (32%)Lack of budget or resources (32%)Ill-fitting organizational structure (14%)Unavailability of needed tools or technology (10%)Inadequate executive support (9%)

This article was originally published on 12-23-2011