Statisticians work with data. Database professionals manage data. It would seem that the two groups would have much to talk about and should be seen assisting each other. At Data Analysis Australia we have teams with both statisticians and computer scientists working together, but our experience suggests that our approach is not common. Most statisticians have little deep knowledge of databases and most database professionals have limited experience in interpreting the data they manage. This leads to much inefficiency, with statisticians putting more effort than necessary into manipulating their data before analysis, and database experts often reinventing methods known to statisticians for decades.
It is natural to ask how and why this separation arose, and what can be done to bridge the chasm between the two fields.