"You asked - 'What skill makes an analyst indispensable?'"
Guess "natural curiosity" isn't much of a skill - but it's a key attribute. I have worked on projects where the "topic" was not that interesting but when I started going through the data I would become interested and spend hours chasing down details.
Thanks for sharing the information about eMetrics summit. But after visiting the site and reading some of the comments by attenddes and bloggers, I wonder what makes eMetrics summit different from other similar workshops or conferences. One blogger says that eMetrics summit has "a scientific approach to online marketing metrics." I wonder what that means.
HIPAA is supposed to protect the privacy of your medical information, but the sale of anonymized medical data and advances in analytics have made it possible for organizations to re-link your name to your private records.
Visual analytics tools, can enable non-statistician citizen data scientist to create models that use predictive or prescriptive analytics. These professionals can embed their business knowledge into the models they're testing, prototyping, or building.