One of the traits associated with data scientists — those techie, statistics geeks that are being hired en masse to handle big data — is “storytelling.” In fact, in one recent survey I conducted, storytelling was considered the primary skill expected of data scientists and analysts. Why? Because the volumes of data flowing into enterprises is bewildering and overwhelming to most people. Organizations need individuals who can not only find and pull out those nuggets of data that have some value to the business, but then be able to explain to the business why they should care about these data bits.

A new post at the Laserfiche site takes this idea a step further, proposing that IT leaders at levels become “storytellers.” This makes perfect sense, as they often are in the awkward position of asking their organizations to invest hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars in new systems. A common complaint heard across the business world is the lack of clear return on investment (ROI) for technology investments, or even money spent on hardware and software that doesn’t even get used.

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