A Data-Driven Approach to Business Development

Abt Associates, a large professional consulting services firm, faced a difficult problem shared by many firms today. Hiring data scientists on the job market is expensive, and new hires are typically unequipped with the domain knowledge and company experience that would make them efficient employees.

Designing and delivering an internal data science training program was outside of Abt’s core competency. The company approached Data Society to develop the Abt Data Science Fellowship, a four-week customized course, in which students used real-time, organizational data to build machine learning models and find solutions to business challenges across the organization while developing field-tested skills they could immediately apply on the job.


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