The problem with big data isn't gaining access to it - it's knowing what to do with it once you've got it. To achieve this, CIOs and IT organizations depend upon the experience and skills of data scientists. These professionals are driven to analyze a mass assemblage of information to help companies achieve strategic goals. That said, a significant shortfall in data-science talent looms large, according to a global survey from EMC Corp., which has launched a training/certification program to help address this need. The world's volume of data doubles every 18 months, according to industry forecast, fueled by a wealth of mobile sensors, social media, surveillance, medical imaging, smart grids and other information generators. This creates a dynamic in which the vast majority of data professionals doubt that companies will be able to keep up, and future business growth will suffer as a result. Nearly 500 members of the data science community -- including data specialists, business intelligence analysts and data engineers, all with IT decision-making authority -- took part in the survey, conducted by the EMC Data Science Community. For more about the survey, click here. Here are eight highlights:


38% of respondents strongly agree that their company uses data to learn more about customers.

This article was originally published on 12-23-2011
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