Trend 4: A Gap Emerges In The Talent Pool
A generation gap is emerging within the BI, analytics, and information management workforce, says Accenture Analytics executive Stacy Blanchard. The difference between "next-gen" and "old-gen" professionals isn't about age so much as attitude. Next-gen workers are more likely to be open to open source tools and cloud computing, and Accenture's research indicates they're also looking for different perks than their counterparts. "They want to be sure that they're using the latest, greatest technology and access to certifications and training that gets them up-to-speed with the market and more marketable," Blanchard says.
The potential downside for employers is that this new breed is less loyal to the corporation and they're sensitive about their working environment. "If they're not collaborating with like-minded colleagues and they don't see how the insights they're developing are actually having an impact on the business, you're going to lose them," she warns.