Summary: Someone had to say it. In my opinion R is not the best way to learn data science and not the best way to practice it either. More and more large employers agree.
Summary: The largest companies utilizing the most data science resources are moving rapidly toward more integrated advanced analytic platforms. The features they are demanding are evolving to promote speed, simplicity, quality, and manageability. This has some interesting implications for open source R and Python widely taught in schools but significantly less necessary with these more sophisticated platforms.
Summary: Picking an analytic platform when first starting out in data science almost always means working with what we’re most comfortable. But as organizations grow larger there is a need for standardization and for selecting one, or a few analytic tools.