Data professionals waste half their time on futile activities and repeated efforts

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Analytics and data science is having a major impact on the commercial world, but a new report shows that data professionals are wasting half of their time each week finding, protecting, or preparing data — costing organizations significant amounts of money. The research commissioned by self-service analytics company Alteryx, and conducted by IDC, surveyed 400-plus individuals performing data functions across North America and Europe. It finds data analysts spend 60 percent of their time generating insights, but just 27 percent of that time is spent on actual analysis. The remainder is spent searching for and preparing data. These data workers…

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