Big data still in its infancy but skills are short

A survey of UK companies identifies the skills that businesses are seeking for big data projects but says they remain in short supply, TechRepublic reports.

While the proportion of firms using big data analytics remains relatively small recruiters are finding it difficult to source the talent they need.

Of the more than 1,000 firms polled by IT skills body e-skills UK just one in five are implementing or plan to implement a big data analytics scheme.

But more than half of recruitment firms hiring people for big data-related roles in the UK reported they had difficulty finding people with the necessary skills and experience.

Big data is defined as data being collected very rapidly in large volumes and from a variety of sources. An example is credit card transactions captured by a bank. Big data analytics would be a bank using models of normal customer behaviour to analyse those credit card transactions for fraud.

“There is a shortage of analytical talent that needs to be addressed and requires government, academia and industry to work together,” said Jim Goodnight, CEO and co-founder of the analytics firm SAS Institute, which has just opened a new office in London and commissioned the eSkills UK report.

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