A jazz musician, philosopher and detective walk into an insurance company ... for a job? Well, not exactly, but their skills may be something insurers should be looking for. As analytics programs become increasingly prevalent and important in insurance organizations, putting the right people with the right skills on the project is crucial.

In the next 12 months, the most acute needs for IT talent in a number of industries are in analytics, joint business and IT expertise, and mobile and online skills, according to McKinsey’s Global Survey results. Also according to McKinsey, “companies that are starting to crack the skill problem through creative recruiting and compensation strategies are finding themselves shorthanded in another area: they need more ‘translators.’” McKinsey describes translators as people whose talents bridge the disciplines of IT and data, analytics and business decision-making, ultimately driving the design and execution of the overall data-analytics strategy while linking the teams.

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