Any business interested in data science should have an expert examine its current situation in terms of data intake and assets, network and IT infrastructure, current trainable staff (or the potential creation of new positions) that could handle data science issues moving forward, and other such considerations.
For some businesses, “getting ready” for data science might not be necessary, or at least not in the traditional context of business expansion. Other options are available. For example, hiring an outside firm with extensive expertise in data science and other advanced tech might be easier and more efficient for companies that wish to hit the ground running with respect to putting their data to good use. An objective, outside viewpoint might be better suited for implementation than trying to build a new section of your IT department from scratch. Even if you have employees on staff who could possibly meet the requirements, they may not have the capability or experience to exceed expectations and deliver a leap up the value curve.