There was an interesting article in CIO Magazine, IT Departments Battle for Data Analytics Talent, which argues (along with a related McKinsey report) that by 2018 the US will be facing a massive shortage of analytics talent.
According to the article, By 2018, the United States could face a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 people with deep analytical skills; as well as 1.5 million managers and analysts with the know-how to use the analysis of big data to make effective decisions.
On a more personal note, I attended a holiday party in December, where a parent was telling me how their pre-college-aged son was being advised to pursue ‘Data Scientist’ as a course of study because it is ‘hot’ (while asking me what exactly a ‘Data Scientist’ does).
But is the solution really just to throw more people at the problem? More importantly, is harnessing and leveraging Big Data really a labor problem, a technology problem or a community problem?
At HP Vertica, we believe that the Big Data challenge will be met. We agree that Data Scientist will indeed be one of the hottest (if not sexiest) jobs of the 21st century. We are also confident that the power of community will allow companies to leverage technology to compensate for the demand for labor. Consequently, we have been making significant investments in the MyVertica community and have big plans in store for 2013.
Our friends at the Community Roundtable have put together a terrific set of materials around what it takes to build an active, engaged community – which aligns very well with our efforts to ‘socialize’ our organization.
I recommend viewing the Eight Competencies to Socializing Your Organization slideshow from The Community Roundtable to find out how to socialize your organization.
Watch for much more in the year ahead, and if you’re not already a member of MyVertica, sign up today!