Walmart Exec Says Northwest Arkansas Could Be Data Science Hub

Walmart Chief Data Officer Bill Groves, who joined the retail giant about seven months ago, says he quickly sized up the potential for Northwest Arkansas to become a national hub for data science. He said the country is in the midst of a fourth industrial revolution via the digital age and connected world.

“Everything you touch today is digital content,” Groves said during a Friday (Feb. 1) address at the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce WalStreet Breakfast.

Some global jobs in biggest demand are data scientists. Groves said the U.S. puts the gap between 50% to 60% for the deep analytic talent needed. He went so far to predict the CEOs of the future will likely come from data science and analytics than from finance and marketing which have been the primary pools from which top corporate executives have been sourced.    MORE

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