October 27, 2011 – About two months ago, a study declared the pervasiveness of analytics still lacking effectiveness because of a dearth of complementary analytical skills and talent. Businesses appear poised to attack this problem head-on in 2012.

According to new research from Accenture and SAS, 72 percent of business leaders will increase spending on business analytics next year, and two of the top three investment priorities cited are improving analytic skills of current employees (70 percent) and hiring analytical talent (52 percent).

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