4 ways to beat the big data talent shortage

Big data will continue to be hamstrung by a lack of talent for the coming years

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There is no doubt that Big Data has become a growth market, and is becoming one of the few on-premises projects seeing increased spending, as companies move less data-sensitive functions to the cloud.

In a report on Big Data growth, IDC said visual data discovery tools will grow 2.5 times faster than the rest of the business intelligence (BI) market and spending on cloud-based Big Data and analytics (BDA) solutions will grow three times faster than spending for on-premises solutions.

However, Big Data is and will continue to be hamstrung by a lack of talent for the coming years. IDC predicts that in the U.S. alone there will be 181,000 deep analytics roles in 2018 and five times that many positions requiring related skills in data management and interpretation. However, there won't be enough qualified applicants to fill those jobs.

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