Software // Information Management
News
3/27/2012
11:32 AM
Doug Henschen
Doug Henschen
Slideshows
Connect Directly
Google+
LinkedIn
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

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.
Previous
4 of 12
Next


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.

Recommended Reading

Big Data Widens Analytic Talent Gap

InformationWeek IT Salary Survey 2012

Why P&G CIO Is Quadrupling Analytics Expertise

Hadoop Spurs Big Data Revolution

eHarmony Matches Informatica HParser With Hadoop

How Starbucks Taps 7 Tech Trends

Johns Hopkins Execs: How To Make Medicine Smarter

Previous
4 of 12
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Threaded  |  Newest First  |  Oldest First
D. Henschen
50%
50%
D. Henschen,
User Rank: Author
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
dbell947
50%
50%
dbell947,
User Rank: Apprentice
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?
The Agile Archive
The Agile Archive
When it comes to managing data, donít look at backup and archiving systems as burdens and cost centers. A well-designed archive can enhance data protection and restores, ease search and e-discovery efforts, and save money by intelligently moving data from expensive primary storage systems.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
InformationWeek Tech Digest, Dec. 9, 2014
Apps will make or break the tablet as a work device, but don't shortchange critical factors related to hardware, security, peripherals, and integration.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
Join us for a roundup of the top stories on InformationWeek.com for the week of December 7, 2014. Be here for the show and for the incredible Friday Afternoon Conversation that runs beside the program!
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.