A great post on the MIT Technology Review blog - on how business needs data scientists (HERE).
The blog includes a Venn diagram showing what is needed to become an Awesome Nerd. Sad perhaps to say but some of the people who I work most closely with (and enjoy working with) are in this exalted overlap.
Here also is a plot of the popularity of different data analysis softwares. R is way out in front! (from HERE)