How Companies Can Improve Their Big Data Analytics

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 10-17-2013 Email Print this article Print

If you had a car with a fantastic engine in your garage, you'd drive it, wouldn't you? After all, it makes no sense to invest in such a product and leave it hidden under a tarp, right? If so, then think of big data as the great, potential "engine" within your organization that remains, well, pretty much in storage, as CIOs and tech professionals agree that they're not doing nearly enough to maximize the use of effective analytics to unleash big data's potential, according to a recent survey from TEKsystems. These CIOs and tech pros differ on some related points, but they're essentially coming together on the key issues: That big data is vastly under-exploited, and they need more qualified IT analytics specialists to reverse this troublesome trend. "While the promise of big data initiatives are commonly accepted, the organizational readiness is questionable," says Jason Hayman, research manager for TEKsystems. "The skills organizations need do not necessarily come from the usual IT talent pools and the competition for those skill sets is heated. Organizations need to develop a blended sourcing strategy for hiring the innovative thinkers with backgrounds in mathematics and statistics." More than 1,500 IT leaders and 2,000 tech professionals took part in the research. For more about the survey, click here.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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