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Big Data Talent War: 10 Analytics Job Trends

A gap is emerging among data-savvy professionals, with big-data-analysis and predictive skills trumping routine business-intelligence and information-management talents.
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Trend 3: Employers Turn To Outsourcing
In another indication of the demand for (and expense of ) BI, analytics and information management talent, our 660 survey respondents in these professions report higher-than-average levels of outsourcing of these jobs. Twenty-five percent say their organizations are outsourcing to firms in the United States and offshore, 17% say their employers are outsourcing to U.S. firms only, and 22% say their outsourcing partners are exclusively offshore. For the 13,880 IT professionals across our entire survey, those figures are 18%, 15% and 18%, respectively.

From big systems-integrators like Accenture and IBM Global Business Services to outsourcing specialists to software and platform vendors like SAS and Teradata, supporting consulting and industry-specific analytics services are likely to play a significant role in filling the analytics and big-data skills gap.

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4/15/2013 | 5:40:05 PM
re: Big Data Talent War: 10 Analytics Job Trends
Very interesting. My shop is definitely bucking the trend of the offshoring of "back office low level" projects. Virtually all our staffers with Big Data or advanced programming/ statistics/ app dev skills are being discouraged from applying those skills in favor of manual report generation/ extract generation/ and low level data cleaning clerk typist duties. All the more complicated (or interesting) projects are outsourced or contacted out. This appears to be used to justify low pay scales (i.e., help desk pay for BI) in lieu of paying more for higher talent. The strategy is to outsouce the big ticket talent to show how cheap such skills are in order to reduce pay scales for such talent. Then, reduce the pay skills and work environment for all. So far that has worked in that many higher skilled staff have either quit or are looking at working elsewhere. What we have left are staffers who know nothing about fundamental data structures, algorithms, OOD, statistical mechanics, etc. Most are, at best, hack programmers in SQL and as much Java as one community college course can teach. Definitely degenerates the workplace environment and lowers the paycheck values.

Wonder if this is true of other shops?
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3/28/2012 | 9:40:33 PM
re: Big Data Talent War: 10 Analytics Job Trends
Editors note: the following comment was received by e-mail and posted here on his behalf:

Great piece, Doug. In our work with manufacturers, equipment data in time series format is ever increasing and the move toward what we call G«£Industrial Big DataG«• is the trend. With better analytics, manufacturers are saving data at higher fidelity so time series signals from equipment can be gigabytes a day per equipment type. Trying to analyze this data over time when there are terabytes of data presents real challenges. Thanks for bringing Industrial Big Data to everyoneG«÷s attention.

Brian Courtney
General Manager, Operations Data Management
GE Intelligent Platforms
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