By my count, at least two dozen organizations have created a “center of excellence” (CoE) for data analytics, business intelligence, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. (Most are called the Analytics Center of Excellence (ACE), or something very similar.) In my latest IDC report ($$$$), Creating and Managing an Analytics Center of Excellence, ACE directors describe their methods of keeping their centers focused on high-impact business projects. (Otherwise, data scientists may stray into intellectually interesting pursuits that don’t produce business ROI.)
The report includes insights and advice from the following CoE directors: Philip Jenkins at Verizon Communications Inc.; Margery Connor at Chevron Corp.; and Constantinos Kotopoulos at Information Resources Inc. (IRI).