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MIT Expands Big Data Online Education Programs

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  • April 02 2015, 5:05pm EDT

A talent shortage is the biggest limiting factor for big data success, pundits say. Not by coincidence, MIT is striving to close that talent gap through expanded programs like Tackling the Challenges of Big Data and Machine Learning for Big Data and Text Processing.

Designed for technical professionals, the new MIT courses fulfill a need in the industry for continued education in big data and its applications, according to an MIT spokesperson.

In its pilot session of the course, Tackling the Challenges of Big Data drew over 3,500 professionals from over 2,000 organizations in 88 countries worldwide, the spokesperson said.

Many universities and colleges have expanded their big data education programs in the past few years. Software and cloud vendors have also launched online education programs to train more IT experts -- particularly when it comes to Hadoop certification

Still, hiring and training data-driven talent is a daunting challenge. About two thirds of the IT executives rank big data architects as the most difficult role to fill. Data scientists (48%) and data modelers (43%) round out the top three most difficult positions to fill, according to a recent TEKsystems survey.

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