While automation will undoubtedly help organizations with some of the tedious tasks currently performed by data scientists, the evolution will only afford more time for specialists to utilize their talents to continuously come up with creative new ways to leverage data. We need to keep in perspective that the big data analysis space is still maturing. Most organizations still have quite a ways to go before they are truly effective at utilizing data. It is something that comes with time, experience and honestly learning from failures/mishaps.
Peter Fretty, IDG blogger working on behalf of SAS