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December 5, 2011 – The rise of big data is rocketing the need for data scientists, exposing a coming shortage at the position which is largely not expected to come from the pool of existing BI workers, according to a new global survey from storage and data management vendor EMC.

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Comments (1)
Interesting research and summary! Given the shortage of talent, organizations should consider adopting a multi-prong approach. Although they should certainly do what they can to train, hire and retain more data scientists, they should also look to spread the effort across other disciplines. For example, 3 of the activities are related directly to data preparation - acquiring new data sets, parsing data sets, and filtering and organizing data. IT should be directly involved in supporting these activities, and they could do a lot more if they were trained to understand the data formats that are required to support the different analytic disciplines. Organizations should also look for analytic capabilities that are easy to leverage - if capabilities are used that don't require deep analytical talent, data visualization comes to mind, then some of the basic blocking and tackling can be done by lower priced analysts. Although there is no replacement for highly trained professionals, organizations should look to offload work so that the data scientists can optimize their contribution.

I touch on this topic in the top 10 IT considerations for analytics in 2012 - http://blogs.sas.com/content/datamanagement/2011/11/28/top-10-it-considerations-for-analytics-in-2012/#more-1119

Mark Troester Global CIO/IT Product Marketing SAS Institute http://blogs.sas.com/content/datamanagement/

Posted by Mark T | Monday, December 05 2011 at 10:29PM ET
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