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Why do some companies treat software development as a cost center but data science as strategic investments? Don’t they both write code?

Jamie Dixon has been writing code for as long as he can remember and has been getting paid to do it since 1995. He was using C# and javascript almost exclusively until discovering F# and now combines all three languages for the problem at hand. He has a passion for discovering overlooked gems in data sets and merging software engineering techniques to scientific computing. When he codes for fun, he spends his time using Phidgets, Netduinos, and Raspberry Pis or spending time in Kaggle competitions using F# or R.

 

Key Takeaways

  • Kaggle is worlds largest data science site.
  • When companies view their software development as a cost instead of a strategic investment, everything trickles down from org structures to culture.
  • Full stack is not a cylinder, its an hourglass.
  • Make yourself uncomfortable as often as you can.

 

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