Is the data analyst you’re thinking about hiring qualified to do the work that’s required? Does he or she have all the requisite skill sets to add true value to the business? As the importance of big data grows for businesses across the board, the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences is trying to help them answer those questions.

The Institute, better known by its acronym — INFORMS — has launched a certification program to define and establish the requisite credentials for professional data analysts. "We realized that many people are throwing up a shingle that says ‘I can do this,’ but companies had no good way to determine if that was true,” INFORMS president Anne Robinson tells Information Management.

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