Wanted: Big Data and Big Data Experts

Wanted: Big Data and Big Data Experts

Wanted: Big Data and Big Data ExpertsWanted: Big Data and Big Data Experts

The majority of companies surveyed are initiating big data projects, but many are finding it hard to find professionals with big data expertise.

Companies Having or Planning to Have a Big Data ProjectCompanies Having or Planning to Have a Big Data Project

Have been using big data for some time: 38%.
Have just started a big data project: 38%.
Plan to have big data projects in the future: 20%.
Big data doesn’t make sense for the business: 4%.

Demand for Big Data Analysis GrowsDemand for Big Data Analysis Grows

Asked how the demand for big data analysis is changing, 93% of the survey respondents said that the demand for analysis is growing.

Stages of Big Data AdoptionStages of Big Data Adoption

In the early stages: 88%.
Running a couple of projects: 32%.
Running pilot projects: 30%.
New to big data: 26%.
Have numerous projects: 12%.

Measuring Rate of Big Data MaturityMeasuring Rate of Big Data Maturity

In process, but have a lot to learn: 35%.
Need to scale and optimize processes: 28%.
Still figuring this out: 22%.
Have mature processes that provide tools and access: 8%.
Have proven processes, but can’t meet business demand: 7%

Top Big Data ChallengesTop Big Data Challenges

Ensuring data quality: 48%.
Keeping costs contained: 46%.
Satisfying business needs and expectations: 45%.
Quantifying the value of big data projects: 40%.
Finding people with required expertise: 36%

What the Data Team Is Working to ImproveWhat the Data Team Is Working to Improve

Performance: 56%.
Data quality: 54%.
Automation: 52%.
Reliability: 45%.

Self-ServiceSelf-Service

65% of the respondents said they are moving to a big data self-service analytics model to enable data professionals.

Cloud ResourcesCloud Resources

58% said they perform some or all of their big data processing in the cloud, and 30% said it is an option for the future.

Lack of Big Data ExpertiseLack of Big Data Expertise

83% of the survey respondents said their data teams are growing, and 35% are having trouble finding professionals with big data expertise.

Dearth of Technical ResourcesDearth of Technical Resources

31% said there are not enough technical resources to run big data operations effectively.

Karen A. Frenkel
Karen A. Frenkel
Karen A. Frenkel is a contributor to CIO Insight. She covers cybersecurity topics such as digital transformation, vulnerabilities, phishing, malware, and information governance.

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